Thomas Ferrell and Margaret Mahon

3rd great grandparents < James M Ferrell < Thomas W. Ferrell < Arthur Ferrell

Thomas Ferrell and Margaret Mahon were 1st cousins. Thomas was the son of Charles Ferrell and Mary Hitchcock. Margaret was the daughter of James Mahon and Amelia Hitchcock, the sister of Mary.

Thomas was born about 1814 in Cadiz, Harrison County, Ohio. He died November 2, 1862 in St. Louis, Missouri, US., during the Civil War. He served in the 51st Ohio Infantry, Company E 03 Oct 1861. Mustered out on 03 Nov 1861 at Ohio River. One of the Civil War records estimates his birth year as 1819.

There is a marriage record for a Thomas Terrel and Margaret Mahon in Richland, Ohio on March 24, 1836.

In 1850, the family was living in Jackson, Ashland, Ohio and Thomas was a farmer. In 1860, Thomas was working as a laborer. On the census record for that year, the surname was spelled Farrell. They lived in Tuscarawas County at that time. Value of personal estate was 85.


Margaret Mahon

Margaret Naomi Mahon was born November 12, 1818 in Jefferson Township, Richland, Ohio. She died on June 6, 1904. Margaret’s name on her son David’s death certificate is McMahon. Margaret has a very unusual tombstone, which makes one wonder about the story behind it.


The 1870 census record shows Margaret as head of house, with James, David and Wilson living with her. John Shea of Ireland also lived with them at this time. Included on the record as part of the family, but not of the same dwelling are Eliza Mitchner, Malinda Johnson, Lewis Carpenter, and Lewis A Johnson. By 1880 she was living with her son James and his family.

Thomas and Margaret had 18 children. These are the ones I’ve found:

  1. Mary Jane Ferrell born 1837. Married Isaac Bell. Their children:
    • Emma Jane Bell (1864-1944), married Dwight A Leffingwell (1863 – 1930). One daughter, Ruth B. Leffingwell.

    • Howard D Bell (1865-1961). Spanish American War Veteran, Co. M, 9th. Ohio Vol. Infantry. He married Ida Jeanette Page (1879-1903) in 1902 then Amanda Howell (1884) in 1913. He and Amanda had one son, Issac S. Bell (1918-1951) and he married Vera L. Miller. Issac was an engineman on the PA railroad. He served in WWII, 1st Lieutenant US Army, 355 Engineer general service regiment, infantry.  He died from injuries resulting from a fist fight.

    • Margaret Bell (1867)

  2. Charles D Ferrell born January 19, 1838, died April 7, 1914. Charles was a blacksmith and Civil War Veteran, Company K, 69th OVI. He married Phebe Adeline Taylor (1852-1900). Two daughters, at least one son:
    • Olive Ferrell (1878 -1968), married Frederick B. Singerman (1876 – 1920,) the son of Swiss immigrants. At least two sons: Charles P. Singerman (1905 – 1912) and John Singerman (1897.) Note: on the birth record for Charles, Olive’s maiden name is listed as Terrill.
    • Mary J Ferrell (May 11, 1876)
    • TJP Ferrell (1886) married Fanny Zumwalt. Their children: Prudence E (1911), Mary O. (1913), Sarah A. (1915), Charles I.A. (1916), Frederick (1920)
  3.  Isaac Ferrell born 1840
  4. Elizabeth M. Ferrell born 1841
  5. John Knox Polk Ferrell born August 16, 1844, died February 4, 1929. He was a blacksmith. He married Lida L. He served in the Civil War, Company A, 51st OVI. His death record names him as James K P Ferrell, and the 1850 US Census names him as JTH Ferrell. At least one daughter, Octave Ferrell (born about 1877) married Charles W Forster. They had at least two daughters, Helen F (1907) and Margaret Forster (1909.) Helen married Harold E. Nice (1905) and they had at least one son, Robert Forster Nice (1936-2004.)
  6. William Ferrell born about 1847. William is listed on the 1850 US Census, but not the 1860 US Census. He and John were both born in Ashland, Ohio. I did find records for a William Ferrell about the same age, born in Ashland but I cannot be positive it’s the same individual. There is a US Census in 1860 listing a 14 year old William Ferrell living with Cyrus and Mary Hendren in Delaware, Ohio. Cyrus was a farmer, so perhaps William was working on his farm at this time. One can only guess.
  7. James M. Ferrell
  8. David M. Ferrell born 1852. David had a son named James K Polk Ferrell. I presume this explains the mistake on John K Polk Ferrell’s death record. He married Sarah Elizabeth Hutchinson Whitman (1850, Ireland). He worked as a restaurant clerk. Their children:
    • Emma C Ferrell (1876-1944) married George William Hibbs (1866-1949). Their children:
      • Edwin H Hibbs (1893) married Anna Beamer (1893). One son, Harold
      • Winfield Hibbs (1917-1919) died from the Spanish flu/pneumonia. At least one daughter, Thelma (married Waldon T Leggett,) and one more son, William A.
      • William Clyde Hibbs (1894 – 1935) married Gretchen. By his WWI draft record, he was a coal miner, tall and stout with brown eyes and dark hair. He listed weak lungs as an exemption from the draft yet is listed as serving in the Army in 1917.
      • Florence Helen Hibbs (1895) married Andrew Brown (1885)
    • Henry Clarice Ferrell born November 3, 1878, died October 21, 1927. He married Minnie Deans of Scotland (1881). Their children:
      • Sarah Belle Ferrell born 2 February  1902, died 7 January 1987. She married William Duffet Postel (1896-1982). Their children:
        • Margaret J. Postel born 1918
        • William D. Postel Jr. born 1920. He married Mildred Helen Porter.
        • Damon H Postel born 1922, died 1999. US Army, Private, WWII.
        • Alice S. Postel born 1926
        • James Jacob Postel January 3, 1926 – April 29, 1937. He died from the flu.
    • Ruth May Ferrell born 30 July 1903
    • Viola Ferrell born 2 October 1904.
    • Isabel Ferrell born 30 January 1906, died 7 Nov 1988. Married Ging De Falo. Married ? Depald.
    • Goldie Ferrell born 27 June 1908, died 6 April 1964. Married Sherlock “Shirley” Morgan of Wisconsin (1904-1962.) One son, Henry Morgan (1927-1927) died due to being born 2 months premature. Other children:
      • Ronald Morgan (1926-1997) married Leah M McEuen. He served in WWII US Army, and at that time he worked as a painter.
      • Helene Mae Morgan (1930-1984) married Arthur E Bashor.
      • Kenneth P Morgan (1937.)
    • Anna Ferrell (1910 – 1980) married Gerald V Heft. They had at least one son, Henry. Secondly she married ? Beagle. She was living in California when she died.
    • Henry Ferrell born 1915 married Frances King.
    • Carrie Ferrell born 1881 and her twin,
    • Harry Ferrell born 1881.
    • William Franklin Ferrell born 1884. He married Mardella Collins (1889.)
    • James K Polk Ferrell  (1887-1967) married Ida E White (1891.) They had three sons, Francis, Clarence and William C Ferrell
  9. Wilson F. Ferrell born 1859




“Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958,” database, FamilySearch ( : 8 December 2014), Thomas Terrel and Margaret Mahon, 24 Mar 1836; citing Richland,Ohio, reference ; FHL microfilm 0388736 V. 3-6.

“United States Census, 1850,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 9 November 2014), 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 ( : 30 December 2015), Thomas Farrell, 1860.

“Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 December 2014), Thomas Ferrell in entry for James M Ferrell, 05 Apr 1928; citing Mill, Tuscarawas, Ohio, reference fn 26914; FHL microfilm 1,991,297.

“Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 December 2014), Thomas Ferrell in entry for James K P Ferrell, 04 Feb 1929; citing Uhrichsville, Tuscarawas, Ohio, reference fn 17687; FHL microfilm 1,991,764.

“Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2014), Thomas Ferrell in entry for Charles Ferrell, 07 Apr 1914; citing Death, Perry Township, Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States, source ID v 1 p 166, County courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 890,361.

“Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 December 2014), Thomas Ferrell in entry for Charles Ferrell, 07 Apr 1914; citing Perry Twp., Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, reference fn 25388; FHL microfilm 1,953,914.


U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Historical Data Systems, Operations Inc. 2009. Provo, UT, USA.

“United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917”, database, FamilySearch ( : 24 March 2016), Thomas Ferrell, 1862.


“United States Census, 1870,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 17 October 2014), 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.

“United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 July 2016), Margaret Ferrell in household of 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.

“United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 January 2015), Margaret Ferrell in household of 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. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave.

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