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FERREE, Frank P.

Ferree, Frank P., farmer and stockman, Gratz, Pa., was born in Lykens township, Dauphin county, Pa., May 25, 1853. Isaac Ferree, his great-grandfather, was a native of France and a descendant of the Huguenots who were expelled from that country. He came to America and settled in Lancaster county, where he was a farmer and where he died. Isaac Ferree (2), grandfather of Frank P., was born in Lancaster county, Pa., and was also a farmer. He took part in the war of 1812. He came to Dauphin county and located in Lykens Valley and took up one thousand acres of timber land. He laid out the town of Lykens and was extensively interested in farming and stock raising. He was much disturbed by Indian outbreaks and was repeatedly compelled to take up arms against the red warriors. He owned a powder mill at Lykens. He was an influential man, widely known and highly esteemed. He was an ardent Democrat. He held membership in the Reformed church. He married in the township and was the father of ten children, among whom was George W., father of Frank P. Ferree.

George Washington Ferree was born in Lykens Valley, Washington township, Dauphin county, Pa., November 21, 1810. He attended the subscription schools of the township, grew up on his father's farm, and was for twenty-five years employed in the coal mines of Wiconisco. Later he bought a farm of thirty-three acres in Lykens township, and during the remainder of his life was engaged in agriculture. Mr. Ferree was married, in Lykens township, in 1834, to Leah Umholtz, born in Lykens Valley, Lykens township, February 7, 1815; daughter of Henry Umholtz, a farmer of that township. They had ten children: Cyrus, deceased; Uriah, deceased; Mary A., deceased, wife of Isaac Burd; Elizabeth; Henry, miner; Leah, died in infancy; Sarah, deceased, wife of N. Bressler; George W., deceased; Frank P.; and Ethel E., deceased, wife of John Rush. Mr. George W. Ferree died on the homestead, November 5, 1873. He was a Democrat and was very active as a local leader in his party. His wife died in 1885.

Frank P. Ferree attended the common schools and was also a pupil at the Berrysburg Seminary for four terms. He became a teacher and taught the township school during the winter months and worked on the home farm in the summer. He always remained on the homestead and took charge of the farm after the death of his mother. He was also at intervals engaged in working in the mines, and up to the present time is occasionally employed in this work in the mines at Wiconisco.

Frank P. Ferree was married, in Lykens township, in 1878, to Catherine Salada, born in Lykens township, March 12, 1860; daughter of Henry Salada, a brick maker, and Elizabeth (Siloe) Salada. They have four children: Sarah E., born November 20, 1879; Joseph A., born December 17, 1885; Lizzie L., born April 1, 1890; and Henry U., born April 20, 1892.

Mr. Ferree is a Democrat and was elected justice of the peace and served two terms, seven years, and was an acceptable officer. He is a member of the Reformed church, in which he has served as deacon and Sunday-school teacher and superintendent. He is of good reputation and character as man and as citizen, is well and widely known and universally respected.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Michael W. Gerberick, lonewolf452@netscape.net, for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transciption Project -


Date of Transcription: February 12, 2001

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