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My Ferrell Family

Updated February 21, 2012

Donna Ferrell Shaffer

13061 Greenwood Road

Glen Allen, VA 23059

Fax: 804-798-3117

Our Ferrell line has been traced to John Ferrell, born about 1689 in Ireland. His son William Ferrell, born about 1740, appeared on a list of tithables in Botetourte Co., Va. on the Clinch River in 1772. His name also appeared on a roster of militia soldiers serving the Glade Hollow Fort, in Russell Co., Va from August 26 to Nov 6, 1774. William Ferrell was listed as an appraiser of several estates in 1777, 1778, and he appraised the estate of Richard Lynam, on May 19, 1778. William was scalped and killed by Indians at his home on 15 Jun 1778. His wife Martha and seven children survived the attack, by taking refuge in the nearby fort. Their fourth child, William was born about 1774, and he married Jane Jackson of Culpeper Co., Va. William (Jr) and Jane Jackson Ferrell were the parents of John Owen Ferrell born 1 Jan 1800 in Russell Co., Va. John Owen Ferrell married about 1820 in Russell Co. to Sarah Elizabeth Allison. Their child James Michael("Mike") married Martha Gandee in Jackson Co., (W)Va on 21 Sep 1848. (I have changed James' parentage from William & Rebecca to John and Sarah to conform to most Ferrell researcher opinions) Martha was the daughter of Uriah Gandee, Jr. and Massie Hughes. James and Martha were found in the 1850 Jackson Co.,(W)Va census with their first child, 11 month old George Washington Ferrell, my Great Grandfather. George W. Ferrell married Willmuthann Gunnoe on 19 Nov 1871, in Kanawha Co., WV. Willmuthann "Wilmuth" listed only her mother's name as Priscilla on her marriage record.
James Michael "Mike" Ferrell and Martha Gandee had 6 more children and settled in the Elk District of Kanawha Co., WV. George's sister, Sarah "Ann" Ferrell, born 20 June 1851, also married a Gunno/e-Martin Van Buren Gunno. Gunno/e researchers identify Jacob and Priscilla McCrary Gunnoe as the parents of Martin V.B. "Van" Gunno, although I find that "Daniel" was listed as the father of Martin "Van", on his death record.
Other children of James and Martha Gandee Ferrell, include #3 Levi, born about 1854, #4 Richard J., born about 1857. #5 Louise born 10 Aug 1860, married Alexander Lee Taylor. #6 James Irvin Ferrell born 22 Feb 1864, never married. #7 Unnamed Female Infant, born in March and died in August of 1870. No further record of Martha Gandee Ferrell, or child #3, Levi has been found since the 1870 census.
Willmuthann Gunnoe Ferrell was born 5 Mar 1848, and died 8 May 1900. She is buried in a small cemetery located on the property of what was called the Browning Field. This is located up Sugarcamp Hollow at the head of Lick Branch. There are only about 13 graves in this cemetery and only one other besides Wilmuth's that is marked.
George Washington Ferrell and Willmuthann Gunnoe Ferrell were the parents of the following 10 children:
(1)Adda Maria Ferrell b 24 Jan 1872, m. abt 1892 to Timothy David Beaver, d. 15 Jun 1957
(2) Martha Jane Ferrell b 10 Apr 1873, m. 25 Mar 1893 in Kanawha Co., WV to William E. Pennington, d. 3 Jun 1955
(3) Martin Edward Ferrell b. 18 Aug 1876, m 1 Aug 1898 to Maude Brackman, d. 23 Oct 1962
Martin and Maude Brackman Ferrell were the parents of the following 12 children, 10 of whom survived to adulthood.
a. Nannie Wilmuth Ferrell 6 June 1899-17 Nov 1984 m. James Goodwin
b. Edna Florence Ferrell 7 May 1901-11 Jun 1986 m. James Hobert Patrick
c. George Washington Ferrell 16 Oct 1902-1 Jan 1954 m. Hester Cooper
d. Flora Evelyn Ferrell b 14 Nov 1903 d 25 Aug 1904
e. Infant Son b. and d. 25 Nov 1904
f. Ira Ervin Ferrell 23 Apr 1906-6 Aug 1986 m Mary Elizabeth Woods
g. David Michael Ferrell 19 Apr 1909-26 Mar 1977 m. Sarah Cooper
h. Carl Edward Ferrell 21 Jan 1913-27 Jan 2003 m. Cleo Harper
i. Ernest Milton Ferrell 24 Apr 1915-18 Jan 2007 m. Gladys Ellen Adams
j. Luther Martin Ferrell 26 Dec 1917-26 May 2000 m. Mescal George
k. Nellie Maude Ferrell b 25 Aug 1919 d. 22 Apr 1920
l. Clarence Orville Ferrell b 7 Feb 1922 m. 31 Jan 1946 Queenie Vilday d.

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