Descendants of William Ferrell
Generation No. 1
2. i. WILLIAM2 FERRELL, SR., b. 1740; d. July 15, 1778.
Generation No. 2
2. WILLIAM2 FERRELL, SR. (JOHN1)2 was born 1740, and died July 15, 1778. He married MARTHA THOMPSON2, daughter of RICHARD THOMPSON.
Notes for WILLIAM FERRELL, SR.:
Transcribed by P.C Schaffer of Virginia Beach from a Negative microfilm copy received from the North Carolina State Archives
From Maj. Daniel Smith
To Col. Arthur Campbell
Draper/Mss/ 9 DD 17
p. 167 1/2
On the 15th Ins. in the Evening Wm. Ferrell was killed and scalped by the Indians at ths own House, his family had been luckily removed to the Fort some time before. I recieved the information form Capt. Kinghead early the 16th who had then just heard of Mr. Ferrell's murder and seemed very apprehensive more mischief had been done as many in that settlement were living at their own Homes. He further informed me that he should go directly to the spot with a party of men. I directly dispatched a man to the Rich Lands with order to the Sergeant there (Capt. Edmiston being absent) to range down and join Capt. Kinghead with about half the men at that station. Yesterday I went ot see how they were situated at that place and likewise to hear from Skaggs' as I expected another party was coming up that Fork of Sandy Creek. While I was there the Sergeant who had been to join Capt. Kinghead returned with an Account that no more Mischief had been done, that the indians had gone off towards Sandy Creek. Capt. Kinghead haviang followed them that way about ten miles.
I am in much pain at our situation here. There is not I believe more than forty men on duty from Hollston on this river at all teh different garrisons the officers on duty all telling me they are not to be got to leave their homes. They are very badly probeded with provisions, part of what is used has been borrowed from the settlers in the forks who have it not to spare by the officesrs on duty with a promise to repay them when the commissary come or send a sufficient stock. I wish that may come shortly. As Capt. Kingwood had followed the Indians but about ten miles, I directed Capt. Edmiston to start to day after them and if he can raise provisions enough at the rich Lands and new Garden I have some hopes he will overtake them and destroy same.
As there is to few men on duty from Holston I have ___continued on Duty one division of the Clinch Militia and given orders to the officers of different stateions that they should____if it was only with three of four men every day just back of the settlements up or down to the station next above or below them as to form appointed marching places between two stations that so the whole frontier might be ranged over every day and in all probability any party of Indians discovered that should elude the vigilance of the spies, and in case of an attack to enlist all the clinch militia that can be ___or are necessary to repel them. I have visited most of the stations here several times but have never been all the____more yet. being told that last time I was at Castle_____there but the inhabitants of the place and I had good reason to believe Cl Shelby would very soon order___a company of men to that place and the Rye Cove. I trust my conduct will meet with your approbation. I am very will pleased with that part of your letter wherein you say if I think the duty's hard you will have me relieved. I shall therefore expect on the first of July that being the relieve day the good news from the Wastward bueoys up my hopes in a surprising manner against Indian Hostilities.
I am Sir
Your Very abt Serv
19th June 1778
Children of WILLIAM FERRELL and MARTHA THOMPSON are:
i. MARTHA3 FERRELL3, b. 1765; m. WILLIAM EVANS, March 17, 1783, Washington County, VA.
ii. THOMAS FERRELL3, b. 1767; d. Abt. 1795; m. SARAH3.
3. iii. WILLIAM C. FERRELL, JR, b. 1774; d. August 2, 1842, Russell Co, VA.
iv. JOHN FERRELL3, b. 1775; d. September 29, 1844; m. NANCY JACKSON.
Notes for JOHN FERRELL:
John Ferrell married Nancy Jackson of Russell County, Virginia. He was the father of three sons and two daughters. His sons were William, who moved to Roane County; Andrew, who married Polly Slater, and then moved to Missouri; and John, who married Jane Taylor, and was through a long life, a prominent Baptist preacher, and was greatly beloved by all who knew him. His daughters were Jennie, who married John Murphy, and Levisa, who married Ralph Steel, of Island Creek.
v. RICHARD FERRELL3, b. 1776; m. REBECCA ROMAINS3.
vi. SALLY FERRELL4.
vii. PATSEY FERRELL4.
Generation No. 3
3. WILLIAM C.3 FERRELL, JR (WILLIAM2, JOHN1)5 was born 1774, and died August 2, 1842 in Russell Co, VA. He married JANE JACKSON6 1798 in Russell Co. VA, daughter of RICHARD JACKSON. She was born 1772.
Notes for WILLIAM C. FERRELL, JR:
WILL OF WILLIAM FERRELL
Russell County, Virginia
Will Book 5, Page 331
Executed 02 Aug 1842
In the name of God Amen, I William Ferrel of Russell County and Commonwealth of Virginia being weak in body by reason of sickness age and infirmity but perfect in mind and memory thanks be to God for all mercies and calling to mind the mortality of my body knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die etc. do make constitute and appoint this my last will and testament that is to say principally first I recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body I recommend to the earth from whence it was taken to be buried in a decent manner and form without pomp or vanity at the discretion of my Escecutor in hope of a joyful resurrection by Almighty power of God, and as for what worldly estate it has pleased God to bless me with in this life I give and bequeath in the manner following first I request all my just and lawful debts to be punctually paid - Item I give to my wife Jane Ferrel all my estate real and personally escept two notes on Jessee Thacker, and her to hold them for four of my daughters that is to say Jane Polly Emma & Martha that will be fifty dollars each this is all she holds her natural life or widowhood - Item I give to my son John Ferrell one dollar Item I give to my daughter Nancy Ferrell once Ferrell one dollar - Item I give to my daughter Sally Elison once Ferrell one dollar - Item Item I give to my son James Ferrell Item I give to my son Richard Ferrell one dollar - Item I give to my four daughters Jane Fields Polly Hartt Emma Calby and Martha Compton fifty dollars each at their mothers death that is if she should receives my Item I give to my daughter Levia Deele once Ferrell all that remains of my estate at her mothers death I do hereby ordain constitute and appoint James Fletcher and my wife Jane Ferrell my executors to this my last will and testiment ratifying and confirming this and this only to be my last will revoking disannulling all and every other will or bequeath by me made confirming this the last In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affisced my seal this nineteenth day of May in the Year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty two
William X Ferrell (Seal)
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us -
Richard Jackson Sr.
Nancy X Jackson
At a Court of quarterly session held for Russell County at the Court house on Tuesday the 2nd day of August 1842
This instrument of writing was eschibited in Court as and for the last Will and Testament of William Ferrell dec'd and proven by the oaths of Rachall Fletcher and Nancy Jackson two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded, and on motion of James Fletcher and Jane Ferrell executor and executrix therein named who made oath, and together with William Nash Benjamin Shoemaker and George W. Fields their securities entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $1000 conditioned as the law directs, certificate is granted the said James Fletcher and Jane Ferrell for obtaining probat of the said will in due form
James P. Carrell, C.R.C.
Notes for JANE JACKSON:
Mentioned in N. Brent Kennedy's book "Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People, Revised Edition 1997" on page 85 as being "Related to the Black Jacksons of western North Carolina, although she did not admit to it"
I contacted Mr. Kennedy in January of 2000 and asked about the Black Jacksons of western North Carolina. He replied that all of his Jackson research was missing from Clinch University.
On the 1850 Russell County, VA census, Jane gives her birthplace as Culpepper County VA. There is no birth record for her in this county.
Children of WILLIAM FERRELL and JANE JACKSON are:
i. MARTHA4 FERRELL7, b. 1795; m. RICHARD J COMPTON8.
ii. NANCY FERRELL8, b. 1798; m. ? FERRELL,8.
iii. JOHN FERRELL8, b. 1799; m. SARAH ALLISON
4. iv. JAMES FERRELL, b. Abt. 1806, Russell Co., VA; d. Logan Co., WV.
v. RICHARD FERRELL8, b. 1809.
vi. JANE FERRELL8, b. 1811; d. Roane County, WV; m. GEORGE WASHINGTON FIELDS,9, 1825, Russell Co. VA; b. Abt. 1813, Virginia; d. Roane County, WV.
vii. MARY FERRELL10, b. 1811; m. STEPHEN HART,10.
viii. LOUEMMA FERRELL10, b. 1814; m. JAMES COLLEY,11.
ix. LEVISA FERRELL12,13, b. 1816; m. FREDRICK DEEL14,15.
x. SARAH FERRELL16, b. 1817; m. ? ELLISON/ALLISON,16.
Generation No. 4
4. JAMES4 FERRELL (WILLIAM C.3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1)16,17 was born Abt. 1806 in Russell Co., VA18,19, and died in Logan Co., WV. He married ELIZABETH FIELDS. She died in Logan County, WV.
Children of JAMES FERRELL and ELIZABETH FIELDS are:
i. MARTHA,5 FERRELL,19, b. 1824; m. ANDERSON BARKER,20.
5. ii. MAJOR SMITH FERRELL, b. September 7, 1825; d. October 7, 1896.
iii. TOLBERT FERRELL21, b. Abt. 1827.
iv. VIRGINIA FERRELL21, b. Abt. 1829; m. JAMES LILLY22,23.
6. v. PATTERSON FERRELL, b. 1830.
vi. FULTON FERRELL24, b. March 23, 183225; d. July 12, 192825; m. POLLY GODBY26, November 26, 1857,27.
vii. CAUSBY FERRELL,28, b. Abt. 1833, Logan County, VA/WV; m. GUY CONLEY,29, September 1, 1853, Logan County, VA/WV,29; b. Logan County, VA/WV.
viii. CHARLES FERRELL30, b. Abt. 1837.
ix. EMMA FERRELL30, b. Abt. 1837.
7. x. JAMES FERRELL, b. Abt. 1837.
xi. VASHTI FERRELL30, b. Abt. 1841; m. JAMES MADISON BARKER.
Notes for VASHTI FERRELL:
Name means beautiful and is a Persian name.
8. xii. THOMAS BENTON FERRELL, b. 1842.
xiii. ELIZA FERRELL30, b. Abt. 1843.
xiv. HUGH FERRELL30, b. 1849.
Generation No. 5
5. MAJOR SMITH5 FERRELL (JAMES4, WILLIAM C.3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1)31,32 was born September 7, 1825, and died October 7, 1896. He married MAHALA JOHNSON33,34,35, daughter of UNKNOWN JOHNSON and UNKNOWN MULLINS.
Notes for MAHALA JOHNSON:
Mahala Johnson is the granddaughter of Solomon Mullins and Sarah Cathey Greenfield. She came to Boone County, Va/WV with Solomon and Sarah.
We do not know who her parents are although they are probably Mathilda Mullins and William Johnson, Jr.
Mahala and her two sisters, Elvira and Rhoda are in the Solomon Mullins household in Boone County.
Solomon was known as "Money-Making Sol" as he counterfieted money. From the book "Boone County and it's People", it is stated that Midge Ferrell Craddock wants to think that Mahala was part Cherokee Indian. There is no evidence of this, however, it is known that Solomon Mullins was Melungeon.
Children of MAJOR FERRELL and MAHALA JOHNSON are:
i. JAMES TOLBERT6 FERRELL,36, b. 1847,37; d. 1892,37; m. MARTHA JANE PERRY38; b. January 7, 1850,39; d. January 29, 1941,39.
9. ii. JOHN MORGAN FERRELL.
iii. ANTHONY FERRELL, b. 1853.
iv. MORGANG. FERRELL, b. 1862,40.
v. GEORGE B. FERRELL, b. 1867,40.
vi. DIXIE FERRELL, b. 1872,40.
6. PATTERSON5 FERRELL (JAMES4, WILLIAM C.3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1)41 was born 183041. He married RISBY DINGESS,42, daughter of WILLIAM DINGESS and CYNTHIA STOLLINGS. She was born 1843,43.
Child of PATTERSON FERRELL and RISBY DINGESS is:
10. i. MAJOR SMITH6 FERRELL, b. 1876; d. 1915.
7. JAMES5 FERRELL (JAMES4, WILLIAM C.3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1)44 was born Abt. 1837. He married ALMONA TONEY March 31, 1859 in Logan County, VA/WV, daughter of BURBUS TONEY and KEZIAH LUCAS.
Children of JAMES FERRELL and ALMONA TONEY are:
i. JAMES FULTON6 FERRELL, b. 1861.
ii. SARAH FERRELL, m. PHILIP HAGER.
8. THOMAS BENTON5 FERRELL (JAMES4, WILLIAM C.3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1)44 was born 1842. He married NANCY ANN TAYLOR44, daughter of RICHARD TAYLOR and CYNTHIA STOLLINGS. She was born 1848 in Logan Co. VA.
Notes for NANCY ANN TAYLOR:
In the 1860 Logan County, VA census, Nancy Ann Taylor is listed as 12 years old and living in the household of Jacob and Polly Haner (household #66)
Her father died between 1850 and 1858.
Her mother died 1858.
Children of THOMAS FERRELL and NANCY TAYLOR are:
i. SARAH6 FERRELL, b. 1870.
ii. JAMES FERRELL, b. 1874.
iii. ROSIE FERRELL45, b. 1877,45; m. CORNELIOUS CARNES45, January 13, 1920,45.
11. iv. ORA C. FERRELL, b. 1880; d. 1960.
v. LAVINA/LEONA FERRELL45, b. 188345; m. MARHALL BROWNING45.
vi. ALLEN FERRELL45, b. 1885,45; m. MINNIE JEFFREY45.
vii. ELMA FERRELL45, b. 1887,45.
viii. GRACIE FERRELL45, b. 1892,45.
Generation No. 6
9. JOHN MORGAN6 FERRELL (MAJOR SMITH5, JAMES4, WILLIAM C.3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1)46. He married LORENA BARRETT46.
Child of JOHN FERRELL and LORENA BARRETT is:
i. ZELLA7 FERRELL46, b. 1905.
10. MAJOR SMITH6 FERRELL (PATTERSON5, JAMES4, WILLIAM C.3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1)47 was born 1876, and died 1915. He married NETTIE MCCREARY.
Children of MAJOR FERRELL and NETTIE MCCLEARY are:
i. SPICIE7 FERRELL49, b. 1899; m. HERBERT BIAS
49. ii. HUBERT FRANKIN FERRELL49, b. 1900.
iii. HALIE FERRELL, b. Aft. 1900.
iv. DELPHIA FERRELL, b. Aft. 1900; m. BURNIE ADKINS.
11. ORA C.6 FERRELL (THOMAS BENTON5, JAMES4, WILLIAM C.3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1)49 was born 1880, and died 1960. She married JOHN ELBERT BELL, son of WILLIAM BELL and OLA CHANDLER. He was born 1849, and died 1937.
1. John Ferrell will.
2. Will of Richard Thompson Wythe County VA.
3. Russell Lawerence.
4. Will of Richard Thompson Wythe County VA.
5. Russell Lawerence.
6. Living with daughter Levisa and her husband Fredrick Deel
7. William Ferrell, Jr. Will.
8. William Ferrell, Jr Will.
9. Russell County Notes.
10. William Ferrell, Jr Will.
11. Melungeons, The Resurrection of a Proud People, N. Brent Kennedy, Page 84.
12. William Ferrell, Jr Will.
13. Russell County 1850 Census.
14. William Ferrell, Jr Will.
15. Russell County 1850 Census.
16. William Ferrell, Jr Will.
17. Boone County 1850 Census.
18. Logan County 1860 Census.
19. 1850 Logan County Census.
20. Annotated 1850 Logan County Census.
21. 1850 Logan County Census.
22. Annotated 1850 Logan County Census.
23. Logan County 1860 Census.
24. 1850 Logan County Census.
25. James Tolbert Ferrell Cemetery.
26. Annotated 1850 Logan County Census.
27. Logan County Cemeteries Vol II.
28. 1850 Logan County Census.
29. Logan County Marriage Records.
30. 1850 Logan County Census.
31. Boone County 1850 Census.
32. Boone County Kith & Kin.
33. Boone County 1850 Census.
34. Boone County Kith & Kin.
35. Boone County and It's People.
36. Boone County 1850 Census.
37. James Tolbert Ferrell Cemetery.
38. Logan County Cemeteries Vol II.
39. James Tolbert Ferrell Cemetery.
40. 1880 Lincoln County WV Census.
41. 1850 Logan County Census.
42. Janet Barker Hager.
43. 1880 Lincoln County WV Census.
44. 1850 Logan County Census.
45. 1900 Lincoln County Census.
46. Don Fletcher.
47. 1860 Logan County Census.
48. 1880 Lincoln County WV Census.
49. 1900 Lincoln County Census.