James M Ferrell and Sarah Adaline Minor

My second great grandparents: Thomas Ferrell, Arthur Ferrell

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James M Ferrell was born March 31, 1848 in Harrison, Ohio, US. He was the son of Thomas Ferrell and Margaret Mahon. He died April 5, 1928 in Uhrichsville, Tuscarawas, Ohio, US. and buried April 7, 1928 in Union Cemetery, Uhrichsville, Tuscarawas, Ohio, US. His nickname was Catfish Jim, and he was a fisher and trapper. James was able to read and write. On May 7, 1874 he married Sarah Adaline Minor in Tuscarawas, Ohio, US.

As of 1850, his childhood home seemed to be in Jackson, Ashland, Ohio, US. His mother was born in Richland County, which doesn’t seem too far off to think they would have lived in Ashland. I can only guess how his parents met, being from different counties. How they ended up in Tuscarawas County is unclear as well. His father died about 1861, killed in the Civil War. The family was living in Uhrichsville as of 1860, at which time the spelling of the surname was Farrell.

As of 1870, he, his mother, two brothers were living in Uhrichsville. John Shea of Ireland, Eliza Mitchener, Melinda Johnson, Lewis Carpenter and Lewis A Johnson were living with them at this time, whomever those individuals might be. Perhaps they took in boarders at that time to help pay the bills, one can only guess. I have to wonder if these Johnsons might be related to Viola’s family at all. That’s also unclear at this time. His mother was living with his family as of the 1880 and 1900 US Census records.

At the age of death, he was retired. Cause of death is senility – anemia and jaundice – probably malignancy of liver (aka liver cancer.)

His obituary, from FindAGrave reads:

James M. Ferrell, 80, prominent retired Dutchtown resident, died Thursday morning at 8:12 at his home following an illness of 3 months. Death resulted from a complication of diseases. The deceased was born March 31, 1848 in Harrison County, a son of Thomas and Margaret Ferrell.

Surviving relatives include his widow, Sarah A. Ferrell; 4 children, Mrs. George Harshey, Thomas W. Ferrell, Dutchtown, Mrs. C. E. Groves, Big Bend, Miss Lulu Ferrell, at home; 1 brother, John K. P. Ferrell of Uhrichsville; fifteen grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. His brother is now the last of a family of 18 children.

The deceased had been a resident of Tuscarawas County most of his life and during his younger days was engaged as a driver on the old Ohio canal for a period of 6 years. At one time he served as Uhrichsville constable for 10 years and prior to his late illness had been actively associated with the Twin City Fish Market, this city, for 13 years. April 11, 1928 Chronicle.

Sarah Adaline Minor, sometimes spelled Miner, was born March 3, 1846 in New Rumley, Harrison, Ohio, US. She was the daughter of John William Minor and Catherine Gillaspie. Died August 18, 1928 in Mill Township, Tuscarawas, OH, US and was buried on August 20, 1928. I appears her name was spelled as Minor beginning after 1875, all previous records spelled it Miner. Sarah was a homemaker. She was able to read and write.

Sarah was born in the birthplace of General George Armstrong Custer, and there is some evidence her family and the Custers were intermingled for some time. General Custer’s father performed the marriage ceremony for her parents. From the research I’ve done, the Miner and Custer families were close friends for many years. One of Sarah’s cousins had a son with General Custer’s brother, Thomas Custer, who died at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

It’s been difficult to find any information on Sarah unfortunately. In 1850 the family was living in New Rumley. In 1870 it appears Sarah may have been living with a relative, William, and his wife Rachel. It appears her father may have died sometime between 1850 and 1860 so this makes sense. At this time, she was listed as being a domestic servant.

They had four children:

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(above: Clyde Harshey, Lula Ferrell, Clarance E Grove holding Lula Grove, Sarah Margaret Ferrell Grove, James M Ferrell, Sarah Adaline Minor Ferrell, Mary Ann Ferrell Harshey, George Harshey, Clinton Harshey, Viola May Fisher Ferrell, Thomas Wilson Ferrell. in front: Flora Grove Fowler, Thomas Harshey, Hazel Grove and Elsie Pauline Harshey Courtright. This picture must be from about 1906, 1907.)

  1. Mary Ann Ferrell (Ferrel on the birth index) born June 23, 1875 at Mill Twp., Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States; died November 29, 1946. She married George Harshey (1868 -1956) on September 27, 1891. (note: her death record give her birth date as June 14, 1873. The date here is from her birth record. Also, the birth index for Mary Ann is of interest because it contains many family surnames: Fisher, Ferrell and namely, Sarah Trump.)Their children were:
    1. Clinton Ray Harshey (February 23, 1896 – October 17, 1918; he died from the flu pandemic)
    2. Clyde L Harshey (March 5, 1898 – February 1974)
    3. Elsie Pauline Harshey (June 10, 1903 – ?) married Joseph Lester Courtright (d. January 1980). Their children: Robert Courtright (May 27, 1923 – March 28, 2011), James Dean Courtright (1924 – October 28, 1941) and George and John Courtright who may or may not be living.
    4. Thomas Harshey (August 5, 1904 – February 1970)
    5. Sarah C Harshey (1908)
    6. Wilma Harshey (February 18, 1917 – July 30, 2000) Married William Horace Cole (1906 -1979), which was her second marriage.
  2. Sarah Margaret Ferrell born 1877, died 1939. She married Clarence Edward Groves (November 1877 – ?).
    From FindAGrave.com:
    “Sarah M. Grove was the wife of Clarence E. Grove. He owned a Photography studio in Uhrichsville Ohio. They had 2 daughters. Hazel and Flora Belle Grove Fowler. Flora Belle is buried in the East Avenue Cemetery in New Philadelphia, Ohio near the airport.”
    Their children:

    1. Flora Groves born 1901 married ? Fowler, had at least one daughter, Thelma E Fowler.
    2. Hazel Groves born 1904
    3. Lula Marie Grove born April 24, 1906, died October 31, 1909
  3. Thomas Wilson Ferrell
  4. Lulu Ferrell born September 1883, died August 2, 1940. She became a nurse, and my mother recalls she once helped save her brother Thomas’s life.

 

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Sources:

“Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XDWQ-N9D : 8 December 2014), James Ferrell and Sarah A. Miner, 07 May 1874; citing Tuscarawas, Ohio, reference V7, P135, cn14057; FHL microfilm 890,365.

“Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XD5Z-NH3 : 8 December 2014), James Ferrell and Sarah A. Miner, 07 May 1874; citing Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States, reference V7, P135, cn14057; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 890,365.

“Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XDVT-3LQ : 8 December 2014), James Ferrell and Sarah A. Miner, 07 May 1874; citing Tuscarawas,Ohio, reference ; FHL microfilm 0890365 V. 6-7.

“Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X6D3-Z44 : 24 May 2016), James Ferrell in entry for Mary Ann Ferrell, 23 Jun 1875; citing Birth, Mill Twp., Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States, county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 890,357.

“Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X6H8-3LS : 24 May 2016), James Ferrell in entry for Mary Ann Ferrel, 23 Jun 1875; citing Birth, Mill, Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States, county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 890,358.

“Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XXQG-B1Q : 8 December 2014), James Ferrell in entry for Mary Ann Ferrel, 23 Jun 1875; citing Mill, Tuscarawas, Ohio, reference ; FHL microfilm 890,358.

“United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M83S-X3V : 24 December 2015), James Ferrell, Uhrichsville, Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district ED 223, sheet 198C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1072; FHL microfilm 1,255,072.

“Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X6D3-YFC : 24 May 2016), James Ferrell in entry for Thomas Wilson Ferrell, 16 Dec 1881; citing Birth, Warwick Twp., Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States, county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 890,357.

“Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X6HN-4V8 : 24 May 2016), Sarah Miner in entry for Thomas Wilson Fernel, 18 Dec 1881; citing Birth, Warwick, Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States, county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 890,358.

“United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MMX6-1KK : 22 January 2015), James M Ferrell, Mill Township (excl. Dennison & Uhrichville), Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States; citing sheet 8B, family 169, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,241,327.

“Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X8JS-NCS : 8 December 2014), James M. Ferrell in entry for Thomas W. Ferrell and Viola May Fisher, 28 Jul 1909; citing Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States, reference cn 28405; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 890,369.

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MDR2-YSJ : 14 December 2015), James M Ferrell, Mill, Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States; citing sheet 8B, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,821,444.

“Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XXSS-P8H : 8 December 2014), James M. Ferrell in entry for Mary Annie Harshey, 29 Nov 1946; citing , reference certificate; FHL microfilm 2,372,964.

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“United States Census, 1850,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MX36-Y5W : 9 November 2014), James Ferrell in household of Thomas Ferrell, Jackson, Ashland, Ohio, United States; citing family 24, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“United States Census, 1860”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MCPM-WRJ : 30 December 2015), James Farrell in entry for Thomas Farrell, 1860.

“United States Census, 1870,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6LB-42M : 17 October 2014), James Ferrell in household of Margeret Ferrell, Ohio, United States; citing p. 19, family 144, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,772.

“Ohio Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VKRC-VFG : 8 December 2014), James M Ferrell, 05 Apr 1928; from “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2010); citing vol. , certificate number , Ohio Historical Society, Columbus; Ohio Department of Health, State Vital Statistics Unit, Columbus.

“Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X8G9-YLM : 8 December 2014), James M Ferrell, 05 Apr 1928; citing Mill, Tuscarawas, Ohio, reference fn 26914; FHL microfilm 1,991,297.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=68898620&ref=acom

(Sarah)

“United States Census, 1850,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MX3M-Z2T : 9 November 2014), Sarah A Miner in household of John Miner, Rumley, Harrison, Ohio, United States; citing family 118, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=111441813&ref=acom

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