Sunday, April 20, 2014

Abraham Ferry (1792 - 1874)

Abraham Ferry was born on April 8, 1792 in Pennsylvania, probably in Westmoreland County, to Henry and Margaret (Thomas) Ferry.  He was a farmer and lived in Westmoreland County his entire life.

He served in the War of 1812 as a Private in Captain William Reynolds’ Company, Riflemen, Pennsylvania Militia.  He enlisted November 22, 1814 and was discharged December 4, 1814.

Abraham married Martha Wolf on August 14, 1821.  Together they had six children – John, my great-great-grandfather Henry, Margaret, Abraham David, Matilda, and Elizabeth.  The 1860 census lists him in Cook Township living with his wife and his daughter Margaret.  His son Abraham and daughter Matilda were living on an adjacent farm.  Margaret, Abraham David, and Matilda never married and are buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery with a tombstone inscribed with their names.

I have found records of Abraham as a communicant at St. James Lutheran Church in Ligonier in 1870 and in 1872.

My great-great-great-grandfather died on September 11, 1874.  He was buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cook, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania.  

Easter Past

Easter 1956
My mother and I on Easter day.
Dad must have taken the photo.
I love the car!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Siblings Day

National Siblings Day was April 10, so I'm a little late with this posting.  But in honor of the day I'd like to share a photo of my grandmother and grandfather with her siblings.

In this undated photo my grandmother, Mary Ferry Hanlin, is standing in the top row, the third woman from the left.  Her husband, Harrison Hanlin, is the third man from the left in the top row.  Based on comparisons to other identified photos I know that the second woman from the left in the top row is Mary's sister Blanche.  Standing on the other side of Mary is her sister Elmeda. 

 Mary Ferry Hanlin had four sisters, Blanche, Elmeda, Mae and Nettie, and four brothers, Lawrence, Ambrose, Charles and John.

Any cousins out there who can identify the other people in the photo?  I'd love to hear from you.