Sunday, March 16, 2014

Henry Ferry (1827 - 1912)

Henry Ferry was born August 15, 1827 in Pennsylvania (probably in Donegal, Westmoreland County) to Abraham and Martha (Wolf) Ferry.  He is found in the 1850 census living with his parents and his five siblings in Donegal.  By 1860 he had married Margaret J. Hines and was a farmer in Cook, Pennsylvania.  Based on the age of his oldest child, William H. Ferry, my great-grandfather, Henry and Margaret were married between 1850 and 1854.  Together they had 7 children.

Henry is listed as registered for the Civil War draft in July, 1863.  I have not found a record that he served in the Civil War, but that needs further research.

By 1870 Henry and Margaret had moved to Ligonier, Pennsylvania.  He is listed as a communicant at St. James Lutheran Church in Ligonier on October 8, 1871.  He lived in Ligonier for the remainder of his life, as did Margaret.  Margaret died January 24, 1884.

In 1889 Henry remarried.  There is a marriage license application form listing Maria L. Smith and Henry Ferry dated October 7, 1889.  In the 1900 census Henry and Maria are listed as living in Ligonier.  Henry’s occupation was shoe maker.  At the age of 82 Henry was still listed as a cobbler in the 1910 census.

My great-great-grandfather, Henry Ferry, died July 29, 1912 in Ligonier.  He is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cook, Pennsylvania next to his first wife, Margaret.

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