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Thomas Marsh Ferree

"It is worthwhile for anyone to have behind him a few generations of honest, hardworking ancestry." - J. P. Marquand

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Thomas Marsh Ferree



  • Born: December 27, 1801
  • Died: July 1849
  • Parents: John & Rebecca Marsh Ferree
  • Seventh oldest in order of birth
  • Married: Twice
  • Merchant, Farmer, Other
  • Lived in Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri
  • Fifth generation Ferree descendant on the John & Mary Musgrave line


Born in Bracken County, Kentucky, Thomas Marsh Ferree was the seventh child of John and Rebecca Marsh Ferree. Early in his life, about 1809, the family moved to Clermont County, Ohio, where his father was a Methodist circuit rider preacher and one of the pioneer Methodists in Clermont County. The first preachings were held in the Ferree home until a church could be built.

Thomas Ferree married twice. His first wife was Elizabeth Miller. They were married on March 28, 1825, in Connersville, Indiana. Elizabeth was born January 13, 1802, and died about 1832 in Ohio. They had three children:

John Thomas
Born: July 31, 1826
Hamilton County, Ohio
  Sarah Jane Born: May 26, 1828 Warren County, Ohio
  James McLean Born: February 9, 1830 Warren County, Ohio

On April 23, 1833, in Brown County, Ohio, he married second wife, Esther Ann Nelson. Esther was born on January 3, 1812, in Clermont County, Ohio. Their children were:

  Snowden Richard
Born: October 25, 1836
Montgomery County, Illinois
  Jerome Dial Born: January 10, 1838 Montgomery County, Illinois
  Marshall O. Born: December 10, 1840 Montgomery County, Illinois
  Sarah Antonio Born: December 29, 1846 Montgomery County, Illinois
  Thomas W. Born: June 10, 1849 Montgomery County, Illinois

Thomas was engaged in the mercantile business in Clermont County. Soon after marrying Esther, they located to Montgomery County, Illinois, where he bought a farm. They remained there until 1845 when they moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and Thomas took a contract to sprinkle the streets of that city. He died there in July of 1849 from cholera.

Esther remarried after the death of Thomas. She, with her children and new husband, Asa Turner, returned to the farm in Montgomery County. She had one more son, Richard Turner, born about 1853 in Litchfield, Montgomery County. She died there on October 6, 1880.

Sources: "History of Clermont County, Ohio" by Louis Everts; "Illinois Death Index 1850-1900"; "History of Wapello, Iowa and Representative Citizens"; "1860 & 1870 Census Records" .