Heinrich Furrer (b. Jul 06, 1727, d. Sep 27, 1769)
Heinrich Furrer was born Jul 06, 1727 in Zell Parish, Lucerne Canton, Switzerland, and died Sep 27, 1769 in Mecklenburg County, NC. He married Russena Rosser.
Notes for Heinrich Furrer: Per THE HISTORY OF STANLY COUNTY -Vol I, Published by Stanly County His torical Book Committee, County Heritage, Inc, in 2002...
Henry Furr who wrote his Will 1769 is not (IS NOT) buried in the Furr C emetery as so many list, and where a monument was erected in the 1950' s ALSO note that the original gravestone was not legible, but there w as a date scratched on it "1779" (see below). So there is a question a s to whether or not the gravestone that everyone says is Heinrich's act ually belongs to another Furr.
This is what is written in a letter dated Oct 1, 1985 and published in t his History listed under story # 853 Pg221:
"Dear Coy, My writing is terrible. I can't see the lines and get off. I just wan ted to remind you about some of your earliest ancestors. When you visi t the two Furr grave yards, the first one is on the west side of Buffal o Creek. I understand that their cabin was between the creek and grave y ard. A new bridge and change in road. I understand the road built ove r some graves - - - the grave yard plowed up by a tenant. Henry Furr w as not buried in the grave yard. The old folks always said he was buri ed by the side of the cabin beneath a wooden opening window. My grandp arents, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Widenhouse always told the story - - - Gr andma always said a child was buied on each side of Henry. His death d ate unknown - - - will written 1769. Rev. Albright wrote a Furr History . This history left out Henry and Rosina Furr's son Paul Furr 1st - bo rn 1747. Rev. Albright substitutes a Paul Furr first born son of Jacob a nd wife, ___Pinkney, all the way through the history. He calls him Pa ul first, son of Henry 1st. Henry Furier and wife Susan Bowman of Swit zerland. Their son Jacob was born 1722, came to Pa. 1750 - He was fiv e years younger than his brother Heinrich born 1717 - - - that is exact ly what the old folks said." "THE TRUE STORY- Hans Heinrich and Rosi na's son Paul Furr, born 1747, wife's name I believe was Catherine. I s aw Catherine's petition for dowry. Paul Furr born 1747, died in the of 1 779 [Deb's note: Is this the grave that most list as Heinrich's?] Two m onths later, his wife deceased, by or about January 1, 1780. Paul Furr a nd his wife had two little sons - - - Henry born 1777 and John born 17 79. Now Rev. Albright, in the history named them John's sons, a big er ror all through the history. Paul and his wife were buried in the firs t Furr family graveyard - - -west side of Buffalo Creek (Teeter Bridge ) Henry and Rosina's son John born about 1745, the graveyard by the cr eek was flooded often. John Furr graveyard built on east side of creek . John died about 1827 - - - His tombstone vandalized. Notice this__ R achel Furr, daughter of John and Catherine Lively married William "Bill y" Stallings, lived near Buffalo Creek, now Pet Dairy land (Cleave Barr ier).
24 Jun 1762 purchased 301 acres in Anson County (later Mecklenburg, now C abarrus) just south of the Rowan County line. Purchased 185 acres adjo ining 5 years later. On 16 February 1820, Henry Furrer, Sr. sold 146 a nd 1/2 acres in Cabarrus County to Tobias Furrer for $566 (Deed Book 9, p age 486, LDS Film #463,597). This land adjoined Daniel Furrer's land.
His name appears on a list of immigrants naturalized in Rowan County on S ep 22, 1763 in the Superior Court Minutes, page 597, Salisbury, Rowan C o., N.C.
The following was extracted from "Our Story, A Short History of the Fur r Family in America" written and compiled by Robert Carol Furr, Jr. as r evised by William Frazier Furr.
"Furr" is the Anglicized version of the Germanic name, "Furrer," which m eans a "leader" or a "guide." The quotation in Rietstap's Armorial Gen eral describing the Furrer coat of arms reads:
D'azur a une fleur-de-lis d'or, soutenue d'un terte de trois coupeaux d e sin.
A blue shield with one gold fleur-de-lis rising from a green mound with t hree points.
It further states that above the shield and helmet is a crest of one go ld fleur-de-lis. There is no motto stated for this coat of arms.
We are of Swiss origin, our ancestors having lived in the area of Lucer ne, Switzerland. They spelled their name "Furrer" before leaving Switz erland and after arriving in the New World. However, the area in which t hey settled was under the control of King George of England, and the Br itish took the liberty of shortening our name to "Furr" on all legal do cuments and references.
As later generations of Furrers learned to speak and write English, the A nglo-Saxon spelling was accepted, and "Furr" has stuck with us to this d ay.
OUR SWISS IMMIGRANTS
The Swiss were adventuresome people and were very interested in the New W orld, especially Carolina and Pennsylvania. They established settlemen ts in both areas. The Pennsylvania area prospered and became by far th e largest settlement of Swiss immigrants in early America.
In 1732, Jean Pierre Purry, who was said to have been a Director-Genera l of the French East India Company, sent several hundred Swiss immigran ts to settle about 28 miles north of Savannah, Georgia, in what is now S outh Carolina. By 1739, Purry had sent over approximately 600 colonist s. They named the settlement Purrysburgh.
The colony was soon found to be in an unhealthy area. The colonists di ed in epidemic proportions and were buried in unmarked graves in a larg e graveyard near the settlement.
The surviving inhabitants began moving away, leaving the colony complet ely abandoned, some half-century after it was founded. There is no Pur rysburgh on the map today, however, about 30 miles north of Savannah ne ar Interstate 95 is the small town of Switzerland.
In the 1730's and 1740's, there were so many Swiss citizens becoming in terested in the New World and leaving their native country that in 1744 t he Swiss government became alarmed and issued mandates and decrees agai nst immigration.
Further, they sent circular letters to the local authorities of each di strict demanding the name, date of birth, and date of departure of ever y man, woman, and child who left the country between 1734 and 1744 for t he purpose of going to Carolina or Pennsylvania. The district authorit ies obtained this information from the individual parish pastors, who k ept such records.
The original lists of Swiss immigrants in the eighteenth century to the A merican colonies can still be found in the Library of Congress in Washi ngton, DC, and the Swiss Archives in Zurich, Switzerland. According to a l etter from the Swiss Record Office of the County of Zurich dated Decemb er 23, 1987 to Mary Ann Plumeri of Las Vegas, Nevada, some of the infor mation is this book is incorrect.
On July 6, 1727, in the Parish of Zell, Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland, a s on was born to Leonhard Furrer and his wife Babelj Zuppinger. They nam ed him Heinrich, after his uncle who was Leonhard's brother.
Heinrich was born and grew up in the very midst of the great Swiss immi gration to the New World. It was truly the subject of conversation thr oughout his formative years. He heard his father, Uncle Heinrich, and U ncle Ulrich exchange tales of the land that lay just beyond the ocean.
After much contemplation, Leonhard Furrer, age 46, together with his wi fe, Babelj Zuppinger, age 46, and his two sons, Heinrich, age 16, and H ans Rudolff, age 6, decided to leave the parish of Zell, Canton of Luce rne. On August 29, 1734, against all warnings of their friends and par ish pastor, and against all petitions of their government officials, th ey sailed Switzerland. In 1738, they emigrated to America. Oral tradi tion has them landing in Charleston, South Carolina. However, accordin g to the Swiss Record Office of the County of Zurich, they arrived on t he ship Jamaica Gallery in Philadelphia and were sworn in on February 7 , 1739.
In the spring of 1743, fearing that the government would soon put an en d to immigration altogether, Uncle Heinrich decided to move his family t o Carolina. In May of 1743, Heinrich Furrer, age 52, his wife, Susanna B aumann, age 51, and six of their seven children (Felix, age 23, Hans Ja cob, age 21, Susanna, age 19, Hans Felix, age 14, Anna Maria, age 12, a nd Barbara, age 8) departed their native country from Zurich. Ulrich, a bout 23, the son of Uncle Ulrich, went with them.
Uncle Heinrich's oldest son, Hans, age 26, who was in service with the D utch army, chose to remain in Europe although his father wrote to him f rom Rotterdam that he should also make the journey with them. Therefore , the descendants of Hans Furrer, born October 10, 1717 of Heinrich Fur rer and Susanna Baumann, are our closest known relatives in Europe. Un cle Heinrich and his family entered America at Charleston and proceeded t o the Swiss settlement at Purrysburgh by wagon, where they settled in w ith hundreds of their countrymen.
OUR LONG JOURNEY
After a tedious voyage of several weeks, Leonhard realized that the gla morous legend of adventure in the New World did not match its stark rea lity. When Leonhard and his family reached Charleston, they packed the ir belongings in a wagon and headed for the Purrysburgh settlement. Tra veling by wagon in these low lands was very difficult, since they had t o go around the many inlets in the Charleston-Beaufort area instead of i n a straight line to the colony. The wagon wheels often mired in the m arshes.
When they reached Purrysburgh they found not a "promised land," but a c rowded settlement in the marsh lands where hot, humid summers brought d roves of mosquitoes from the stagnant waters of the surrounding swamps. B ut the immigrants clung together in Purrysburgh because they were all o f one kind, Swiss, in an English New World.
As the celebrated dream of freedom and prosperity dimmed in the colony, t here was much talk about how their Swiss brothers had fared in Pennsylv ania. Then the faded dream turned into a nightmare when the crowded un healthy conditions, the hot humid climate, and the mosquitoes, brought a bout an epidemic of "fever" in the colony. The inhabitants died by the s cores and were hastily buried in unmarked graves. Virtually the entire F urrer clan was wiped out.
Heinrich the son of Leonhard, having lost all of his family to the "fev er," set out on his own for Pennsylvania. Directly north of Purrysburg h lay the large German settlement of Orangeburg. Heinrich arrived ther e in the late 1740's when he was still in his teens. He remained in Or angeburg and married a German girl named Russena Roffor. He learned fro m the industrious Germans how to be a manager of land and money. He be came a planter. In 1752, Heinrich and Russena's first son, John was bo rn. In 1754, a second son was born who they named Paul.
Heinrich longed for property of his own in the woodlands of Pennsylvani a and by 1757 he had accumulated enough wealth to move his family and m ake a new start. Also by this time Russena was expecting another child . He plotted his course for Pennsylvania, packed his wagon and left Or angeburg in the winter of 1757 traveling through the Congaree and Water ee settlements and on northward.
When he reached Cold Water Creek in the Province of Anson in the Spring o f 1758, Russena delivered him another son who they named Leonard. Now H einrich had a five year old son, a four year old son, an infant son, an d a wife sore and weary from riding in a wagon. The waters of Cold Wat er Creek were full of fish, the fields abounded with game, the earth wa s rich and perfect for planting, and the weather was mild. Heinrich fe lled the trees, cleared the land, built a shelter, and made a permanent h ome for his family. At last, Heinrich Furrer, now 30 years old, having l eft Switzerland in 1734 and traveled over half of his life, brought our l ong journey to an end.
For the next three years, Heinrich planted and tended the land on the C old Water and Dutch Buffalo Creeks, about one mile from what is now the t own of Georgeville in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.
In 1762, the British sub-divided Anson Province into counties. The Dut ch Buffalo Creek area became a part of Mecklenburg County. In 1792, Ca barrus County was cut from Mecklenburg, so today, Dutch Buffalo Creek r uns through the heart of Cabarrus County.
When the British sub-divided Anson Province, they offered the land for s ale to its original settlers. Heinrich, together with his neighbors, P aul Barringer and Valentine Weaver, went to Arthur Dobbs, the Governor o f the Province of North Carolina, in the summer of 1762 seeking to be g ranted the privilege of purchasing their land.
Arthur Dobbs, being a rather proper Englishman, required over 1,000 wor ds to complete the land grant for Heinrich Furrer, who he referred to a s "Henry Furr." The following are excerpts from this lengthy document.
Arthur Dobbs (Gov.) to Henry Furr Book 6 page 161
This indenture made twenty-fourth day of June in the second year of the r eign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the grace of God King of G reat Brittain &C and in the year of our Lord 1762 between his Excellenc y Arthur Dobbs, Esq. Captain General Governor and Commander in Chief in a nd over the Province of North Carolina of the one part and Henry Furr o f the County of Anson in the Province aforesaid planter of the other pa rt witnesseth that the SD Arthur Dobbs for and in consideration of the s um of thirty two pounds one shilling and four pence proclamation money t o him in hand paid by the said Henry Furr at and before the ensealing a nd delivery hereof the receipt whereof he the said Arthur Dobbs doth he reby acknowledge both granted, bargained sold aliened, enfoeffed and co nfirmed and by these presents doth grant bargain sell alien enfoeff and c onfirm unto the said Henry Furr and his heirs and assigns a certain tra ct or parcel of land containing by survey three hundred and one acres a nd being in the SD County of Anson and beginning at a white oak on Dutc h Buffalo Creek . . . . In witness whereof the parties to these presents have hereunto intercha ngeably set their hands and affixed their seals the day and year first a bove written. Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Martin Ph ifer, WM. Powell.
Received 24 June 1763 from the within named thirty two pounds one shill ing and four pence proclamation money being the consideration money wit hin mentioned.
Witness: Martin Phifer Arthur Dobbs WM. Powell
So Heinrich was granted the full rights to, and enjoyment of, the 301 a cres of land on Dutch Buffalo Creek where he lived in exchange for 32 p ounds, one shilling, and four pence and an annual tax rate of four shil lings per hundred acres. (And 1/5 of any gold or silver and 1/10 of an y other minerals found on the land). His name was entered on the tax l ist. In 1767, Heinrich purchased an additional 186 acres adjoining the o riginal tract. He paid Arthur Dobbs in proclamation money, which was u sed in the colonies in lieu of silver. On September 22, 1763, Heinrich b ecame a naturalized American citizen in Rowan County.
The Lord and the land were good to Heinrich. Over the next seven years , he prospered on these excellent farming, hunting, and fishing lands. H e bought slaves from slavers in Charleston and turned his homestead int o a plantation estate; thus, he prospered financially as well. He and R ussena were blessed with six more children in the span of these seven y ears. Henry was born in 1762, Jacob in 1763, Mary in 1764, Catherine i n 1765, Tobias in 1766, and Adam in 1767.
Heinrich and Russena were religious people. Heinrich received his reli gious training in his native Switzerland where over half of the people w ere Protestants. They credited God for their fortune and reared their c hildren in the Lutheran faith.
But nothing lasts forever, and all good things soon come to an end. It c ame all too soon for Heinrich. In the late summer of 1769, he fell ill . The "fever" sapped his strength and vitality. He knew his time was a t hand, and that he was to suffer the same fate that took his father, m other, and brother only a score of years before. From his sick bed, he s ummoned his wife, Russena, and his friends, Paul Barringer and Valentin e Weaver, to him. Paul Barringer brought his son-in-law, John Phifer, w ho later became a signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence a nd a Colonel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Wit h their help, he prepared the following will:
Will of Henry Forror (Furrer) Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Book C, Page 57
In the Name of God amen. September twenty-seven one thousand seven hun dred and sixty-nine. I, Henry Forror, being sick and weak in body but o f perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto god therefore calling un to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for a ll people once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testamen t that is to say principally and first of all, I give and recommend my s oul unto the hands of almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend t o the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial nothing doubting b ut at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mi ghty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it ha s pleased God bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the sa me in the following manner and form. First of all my debts to be paid.
Item. I give devise and bequeth unto my eldest and loveing son John Fo rror the land together with the improvements whereon I now live only th at I first order the plantation to be valued by three freeholders and t he valuation to be devided eaqually among each and every of my childeri ng and after he the said John Forror have his share of the valuation al lowed to him he is to pay to the rest of my childering their shares of t he valuation as they come of ages.
Item. I give devise and bequeth unto my second and loveing son Paul Fo rror . . . lying between my lands and Paul Berring . . . . I first ord er that the land be valued by three freeholders and the valuation to de vided eaqually among each and every of my childering and after the said P aul Forror having his share of the valuation allowed to him he is to pa y the rest of my childering their shares of the valuation as they come o f ages.
Item. I give and bequeth unto my loveing wife the third part of my pe rsonal estate only that I order that all my goods and chattels be sold a t public auction and eaqually devided among each and every of my childe ring after my wife has her third.
In testament where of I the testator Henry Forrer have hereunto set my h and and seal of and for my last will and testament and I do here by nom inate and appoint my loveing wife Rossena Roffor and my trusty friend V alentine Weaver the sole executors of this my last will and testament t he day and year above written.
Signed sealed and published by the testator as and for his last will an d testament. In the presence of us who subscribed as witnesses
John Phifer Paul Barringer Valentine Weaver
Heinrich signed the will with his own hand in Germanic script. John wa s 17 and Paul was 15 when the will was drafted and were the only childr en to be considered "of age" at the time. Heinrich needed to insure th at his plantation would continue, that his survivors would have a livin g, and that the land would remain in his family. So he willed the orig inal homestead and tract of land to his eldest son John. His additiona l tract of land between his original homestead and Paul Barringer's lan d, he willed to his second son Paul.
Being an extremely fair man, he made equal provisions for all of his ch ildren. He charged John and Paul to pay an equal valuation of the prop erty that they received to each and every child as they came of age. H e willed no land to his wife. Instead, he directed that his personal e state be sold at auction and 1/3 of the value be given to her, the rema ining 2/3 of the value to be divided equally among all nine of his chil dren. As the provisions of his will indicate, Heinrich Furrer was an i ntelligent, fair-minded, yet pragmatic man.
On the back of this original will in John Phifer's handwriting is a cur ious entry that appears to be an afterthought of the will:
Be it known unto all men by these present that I Henry Forror of Meckle nburg County and Province of North Carolina having made this my last wi ll and testament in writing bearing date the twenty second of September o ne thousand seven hundred and sixty nine I the said Henry Forror do by t hese presents contained in this codicil confirm and declare this my las t will and testament and do give and bequeth unto my loveing wife Rosse na Forror one Negro man named Peter and a Negro woman named Dina during a ll the time she does remain a widow or keep single and in case she shou ld get married . . . by such sale is to be devided eaqually among all o f my childering and she is likewise to have her third of the same and m y will and meaning is that this codicil or schedule be part and parcel o f my last will and testament and that all things therein contained and m entioned by faithfully performed in as full and ample a manner in every r espect as if the same were so declared and set down in my said will in w itness there of I the said Henry Forror have hereunto set my hand and s eal the twenty sixth day of September one thousand seven hundred and si xty nine.
Witness: John Phifer Paul Barringer Valentine Weaver
Heinrich also signed this provision in his own hand, again in Germanic s cript. A very short time later, Heinrich Furrer, only 38 years of age, d ied having found the American dream, lost it, and found it again. He w as laid to rest in his own beloved ground on the north bank of Dutch Bu ffalo Creek near the Teeter Bridge only a few miles from Cold Water Cre ek. His grave was marked with a three foot long slab of natural granit e stone. In the stone was scratched the date "1779."
Russena did indeed keep single for the remainder of her days, living wi th her eldest son, John, in the original family home when she died. She w as buried at her husband's side, and her grave was marked with a smalle r granite stone, the writing on which has become unintelligible.
In 1954, the descendants of Heinrich and Russena Furrer erected a monum ent in their honor near their original graves.
Information concerning our family's past was handed down from generatio n to generation, mostly by word of mouth. This condition fostered seve ral misconceptions. However, in the light of the following documents s ome of these misconceptions can be clarified at last.
Lists of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colo nies, compiled and edited by Albert B. Faust and Gaius M. Brumbaugh, Ba ltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1968 (Located in the Librar y of Congress, Washington, DC).
The original land grant from Arthur Dobbs to Henry Furr in 1762 (Locate d in the Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC).
The original will of Heinrich Furrer in 1769 (Located in the Department o f Archives and History, Raleigh, NC).
There is a tradition that the name Furr was once spelled "Fehr" or "Fur h" or "Efar." This misconception came about because everyone knew that o ur ancestor's name had been changed. But after several generations, ve ry few people could recall what it used to be. The Lists of Swiss Immi grants and the Will of Heinrich Furrer show very clearly that our name w as originally spelled "Furrer."
The Furr coat of arms has been represented by some sources as "a tree w ith green leaves on a white shield." This misconception arose from usi ng the erroneous name of "Efar" to research the coat of arms. "Efar" is a W elsh name. The coat of arms of the "Furrer" name is "a blue shield wit h a gold fleur-de-lis resting on a green three-pointed mound." It is s ignificant to note that at one time Switzerland was occupied by the Fre nch, and that French is still one of their four national languages. Th is accounts for the fleur-de-lis on our coat of arms. In fact, the Arm orial General and its supplementary illustrations by J.B. Rietstap (Bal timore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1965) shows three Furrer c oat of arms from Switzerland: the one discussed above from the city of W interthur in the Canton of Zurich, a second from Winterthur depicting a s hoe or boot pierced by an arrow, and a third from Sion in the Canton of V alais depicting an anchor with two stars. The Dictionnaire Historique & B iographique de la Suisse discussed in the next section contains two add itional Swiss Furrer coats of arms. One is from the Canton of Berne de picting a blue field crossed with gold accompanied by three stars. An other is from the Canton of Uri chiefly of blue with three stars and si x rays of gold depicting two bears supporting a fir tree and holding sw ords.
There is a wide-spread misconception that the Furrs are of German origi n. This probably came about because Heinrich wrote in German script an d spoke Swiss-German, which is the native language of the Canton where h e was born. Russena was probably of German heritage. It is obvious fro m the Lists of Swiss Immigrants that our origin is Swiss.
There has been some confusion over which Heinrich Furrer, the one born i n 1691, or the one born in 1731, first settled in North Carolina. The H einrich born in 1691 would have had to sire six children while he was i n his seventies to qualify. Heinrich, born in 1727 to Leonhard Furrer a nd Babelj Zuppinger was certainly the man who founded the Furr family i n North Carolina and other states and wrote his will in 1769.
There is a tradition that two brothers from Pennsylvania founded the Fu rr family in North Carolina. This misconception probably came about be cause two brothers, John and Paul, came to North Carolina with their pa rents, Heinrich and Russena, who were on their way to Pennsylvania. The re is only one land grant on record to one man, and that is Heinrich Fu rrer. However, according to a letter from the Swiss Record Office of t he County of Zurich dated December 23, 1987 to Mary Ann Plumeri of Las V egas, Nevada, Heinrich and his family arrived on the ship Jamaica Galle ry in Philadelphia and were sworn in on February 7, 1739 together with h is brother, Hans Rudolff.
There is a story that Heinrich Furrer settled in several places in Nort h Carolina before the Cold Water, Dutch Buffalo Creek areas. This erro r came about because the name of the County changed from Anson to Meckl enburg to Cabarrus. However, the land did not change. The land that H einrich first settled in 1758 was the same land that he was granted in 1 762, and the same land on which he died in 1769.
There is a popular tradition that Henry I was born on board ship during h is family's voyage to America. This misconception originated when Henr y I lied about his age so he could join the Continental Army. He said h e was born in 1758, which was the same date the Furrers arrived in Nort h Carolina. However, he was actually born in 1762, and the Lists of Sw iss Immigrants shows that the Furrers sailed for America 19 years befor e that date.
SOURCES OF FURR GENEALOGICAL INFORMATION
In addition to the genealogical sources discussed in the previous secti on, the following documents also contain information about the Furr(er) f amily.
History of the Widenhouse, Furr, Dry, Stallings, Teeter, and Tucker Fam ilies, Reverend William Thomas Albright, privately published in Greensb oro, North Carolina, 1950.
Supplement to the History of the Widenhouse, Furr, Dry, Stallings, Teet er, and Tucker Families, Reverend William Thomas Albright, privately pu blished in Greensboro, North Carolina, 1956.
The Stutts Families and their Descent from Jacob Stutts of Moore County , Katherine Shields Melvin, privately published by Fred McLeod of Dudle y, North Carolina, not dated.
The McLarty Family of Kintyre, Scotland and Mecklenburg County, North C arolina and Their Descendants, compiled by Adelaide McLarty, Charlotte, N orth Carolina: Crabtree Press, Inc, 1974.
The Dictionnaire Historique & Biographique de la Suisse, published in 1 926 by the Administration du Dictionnaire Historique et Biographique de l a Suisse, Place Paiget, Switzerland, includes listings for several Fur rer families on pages 291-293. Unfortunately this book is written in S wiss French. First names of Furrers mentioned in this book include Hei nrich, Leonhard, Tobias, and Jakob. The parts I have been able to tran slate so far indicate the following: "Furrer. Name of a family widesp read in the Swiss allemande, particul
According to Mae Elizabeth Herrin Perry, Heinrich Furrer's cabin was bu ilt by the west side of Buffalo Creek with the graveyard next to it. In 1 762, Buffalo Creek was probably a small creek. Water flooded the cabin a nd graveyard. The second graveyard was made on the east side of the cr eek upon a hill and is called the John Furr graveyard. She believes Jo hn Furr and his wife, Catherine, are buried there.
Per Linda Sims, "When you leave Concord and drive toward Georgeville on H wy 200, when you get to Georgeville, take a left at the Fire Dept. That r oad is Barrier-Georgeville Road. Go exactly 2 miles and the cemetery is o n the left. It is not marked by anything and at first I was not sure we w ere at the correct cemetery but after looking I found my Great great gr eat grandparents, John Stallings and Rachel Furr. There are not that ma ny actual tombstones there, I would say about 80% of them are just ston es or large pieces of granite for headstones."
More About Heinrich Furrer: Burial: Unknown, Furr Family Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Cabarrus County, NC.
Children of Heinrich Furrer and Russena Rosser are:
+Jacob Furr, b. 1763, Mecklenburg County, NC, d. 1794, Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, NC, USA1217.
John Furr, b. Mar 1752, Mecklenburg County, NC, d. date unknown.
Paul Furr, b. 1754, Mecklenburg County, NC, d. date unknown.
Leonard Furr, b. 1758, Mecklenburg County, NC, d. date unknown.
Henry Furr, b. 1762, Mecklenburg County, NC, d. date unknown.