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Ferree Memorabilia

"Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories". -Unknown

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Located in Carpenter's Cemetery this is the original tombstone for Madame Ferree. This land was part of the original Ferree grant and designated by her for use as a Ferree graveyard and was first to be buried there.
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This newer, larger stone was placed by the Mary Ferree Society to honor Madame Ferree. It is located directly in front of the older smaller stone.
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My name is "Marie" with my last name of Ferree.

Long ago I took a chance, moved my family here from France.
With my children well in tow, there were six and one your know.
Found a home that I thought nice, a little town called Paradise.
Family scattered near and far, I never knew I'd be the star;
Leading them to meet at last, even though much time had passed.
It only proves that family ties are stronger than we realize.
God has knit the golden thread of Love and Blood that keeps us wed!

This Madame Ferree doll was designed and hand sewn by Hilda Young, one of the founders of the Descendants of Marie Ferree Organization.

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ashtrayThe Mary Ferree Society was organized on December 5, 1940. The purpose of the club was to develop the educational, civic, and social interest of its membership; advance the welfare of Eastern Lancaster County; and to promote the progress and work of the Pennsylvania Federation of Women's Clubs. It was named to honor Mary Ferree, the first woman settler of Paradise. For several years, among the many projects of the Society, was the maintenance and upkeep of Carpenter's Cemetery. This old ashtray commemorates the Society's 25th anniversary.

The plate below is a limited edition by the Mary Ferree Society to commemorate the American Bicentennial. The back of the plate reads: Mary Warenbur with her grown children settled in Paradise in September 1712, on 2300 acres of land purchased from Martin Kendig. They were welcomed by Tanawa, Chief of the Pequea Indians, who occupied the land purchased by the Ferrees. The Mary Ferree Society federated in 1941, was named in Madame Ferree's honor.

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Kentucky Rifles by Ferree Gunsmiths
 
Displayed at Ferree Reunion 2007
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Photos courtesy of Linda Worstell
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Grand Army of the Republic John F. Reynolds Post 71 Ribbons

This post was in Philadelphia, PA. They beat Lancaster County in naming a post for Gen. Reynolds. Consequently Lancaster named a post for his brother, William Reynolds.

 

 

Grand Army of the Republic Admiral Reynolds Post 405 Ribbon

 
This post in Lancaster, PA was named in honor of Adm. William Reynolds, brother of Gen. John Reynolds.
 
Courtesy of Tom & Janice Grove

 

 

 

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This chair is believed to have been made in Philadelphia in the late 1700's. It was once part of a fine dining set used in the "Rocky Bend" home of Benjamin Franklin Ferree in Pittsburgh, PA.
Courtesy of Ed Rech
 
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  A tavern built by David Witmer, Jr. and used as a stage stop during the days of the Lancaster/Philadelphia Turnpike. George Washington is said to have dined here and there is a story in connection with his visit. Across the road was a hemp mill which the President was anxious to see in operation as he was thinking of building one on his own estate. The mill hand was careless with the machinery; something went wrong, and he was injured, which so impressed the distinguished visitor that he gave up the idea of having such a mill.  
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  This monument located outside the Paradise Township Community Building on Rt. 30 in Paradise, PA, commemorates the land patent granted in 1712 to Daniel Ferree & Isaac Lefever. Within sight of this marker, Daniel Lefever, son of Isaac Lefever was born the first white child in the settlement.  
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Daniel Lefever (1835-1906) was an inventor, pioneer in shotgun designing, and manufacturer. He opened his first gun shop in 1857 and over the years formed several different companies. In 1880 he formed the Lefever Arms Company making the finest double barrel shotgun in America. This is some of the company's newspaper and catalogue advertisements.
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Excerpts from patent application filed July 21, 1879.
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"The Great Chief of the Pale Faces came from the Great Water. We met in council. We had our talk. He gave us hunting ground. We exchanged wampums. We made a treaty. It is to last as long as the tree shall stand or the waters flow". - Chief Tanawa
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Wampum Belt given to William Penn at the "Great Treaty" in 1682.

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This basket and plaque are part of an exhibit in the Dubois Fort in New Paltz, NY. Courtesy Linda Wostell

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Camp near Bell Plains, VA
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December 30/62
Received of Franklin B. Ferree of my company one purse containing sixteen dollars belonging to Thomas A. Purvess who was killed in the battle of Fredericksburg. Also one (not legible) of a young lady. (Signed) Capt. Corwindy (not legible) per Earle Strahley (not legible).
Courtesy of Ed Rech
Benjamin Franklin Ferree (alias Franklin B. Ferree) served as a Private in the Civil War Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company G, 136th Regiment.
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Army orders listing John Fulton Reynolds as a member of a court martial board.
Courtesy of Tom & Janice Grove
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The Ferree family and the Large family (Coraopolis, PA) were connected through the marriage of Jane Davis Ferree and Henry Large. Another interesting tie between the two families is this receipt.
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Received 15th December 1792 of John Williams, Jr. twelve pounds, nineteen shillings, and four pence, half penny in full for the pay due me for my services in these six months, State Militia commanded by Major Geo. McCulley and for the use of my rifle in said service.
Witness Present John Ferree
 
John Large X his mark
Courtesy of Adam Large
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Huguenot Memorial Monument
 
New Paltz, NY
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Erected by the founders of the Huguenot Historical Society on September 29, 1908.
The bronze plaque lists the names of the twelve Patentees.
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Commemorative plate issued during the Paradise community celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Ferree family's arrival.

August 31st, September 1st & 2nd, 1962.

 
 
Photo from "Paradise: Our Heritage, Our Home"
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The "Sign of the Ship" was built by Samuel Lefever and his wife, Elizabeth, in 1796. It was one of the earliest taverns along the Lancaster/Philadelphia Turnpike. It had an unusual rate for meals. Stage passengers paid about 32 cents for a meal, while local patrons got the same meal for 25 cents. Over the years there have been several owners. The name was changed in 1971, to "Paradise Village Inn".
 
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Invitation to unveiling of John Fulton Reynolds equestrian statue at Gettysburg in 1899.
  Invitation card courtesy of Tom & Janice Grove.
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John Wesley Ferree walking cane displayed at the 2007 Ferree Reunion.
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This monument was erected in 1932 to honor the memory of the earliest settlers in the Pequea Valley. All four sides list names of Ferree descendants.

It is located in All Saints Episcopal Church Cemetery which is along the edge of the original Ferree land grant.

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The Lefevre Bible smuggled out of France, as the story goes, in a loaf of bread .
Kept in a special vault at the Lancaster County Historical Society.
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Plaque located at the entrance gate

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Carpenter's Cemetery
123 Black Horse Road
Paradise, PA

 

 

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Excerpts from patent application filed September 27, 1889.
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Sign from site of old Joel Ferree gunshop.
 
Sign found in antique store at old gunshop.
Photos courtesy of Linda Worstell
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The Huguenot Cross is an ancient symbol of recognition among the French Protestants who in the 16th century became known as Huguenots.

Not long after the revocation of the Edit of Nantes, the Huguenot Cross came into general use among Huguenots as confirmation of their faith.

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Charter of Pennsylvania
This royal charter signed by King Charles II on March 4, 1681, gave William Penn full proprietary rights to Pennsylvania and what is now Delaware. This was done to cover a debt of 16,000 pounds owed by the King to Penn's father and was named in his honor.
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Wilton Armetele pewter plate issued by the Descendants of Marie Ferree Organization in 2004.
Available for purchase. See this website's "Ferree Mall".
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Delivery wagon owned by Winfield Scott Ferree.
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Model of a two-man R.F.D. wagon made by Winfield S. Ferree for the Terre Haute Carriage & Buggy Co. , Terre Haute, IN. Models were created as totally functional sales samples for prospective customers. This particular model was delivered to the U.S. Post Office Department head-quarters in Washington, D.C. for approval of its specifications. The Department used models such as this to help drum up Congressional support for a Rural Free Delivery (RFD) service.
c. 1896-c.1905 (32x24x37 in.)
   
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