An American Family History

Andrew Ferree

Variations of Ferree: Fara, Ferie, Ferree, Ferrez, Ferrie, Fiere, Firre, Fierre, Fuchre, Fuehre, LeFerre, and Verree.

Europeans who made the voyage to America faced a difficult journey of several months.

Andrew Ferree was born in 1701 and was baptised in Steinweler, Germany on September 28, 1701. His parents were Daniel Ferree and Marie (Mary) Warrembere.His sponsors were Andrew and Margaret Leininger. 

He married Mary Read (Reade, Reed) about 1721.

Their children included:
Joseph Ferree (1722, married Sarah de la Plane),
David Ferree (married Mary Lefevre),
Mary Jane Ferree (1730, married Jacob Brau), and
Lydia Ferree Lefevre (1731, married Samuel Lefevre).

Andrew died on December 20, 1735, when he was only 34 years old in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Steinweiler is a municipality in the district of Germersheim, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It was in the Mayorality of Bittingheim.

Europeans began to settle in the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania area about 1710. It was part of Chester County until May 10, 1729.


Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.

A scythe or a sickle is a hand tool for reaping crops. The handle of a scythe is a snead.


Pewter is an alloy composed mainly of tin, but can include lead. It was used for dishes and utensils. Some colonists suffered lead poisoning from using it. It dents easily and lasted about ten years. It was expensive and wooden dishes were used most often.

Horse Terms
Foal: less than 1 year old
Yearling: between 1 & 2
Colt: male under 4
Filly: female under 4
Mare: female over 4
Gelding: castrated male
: non-castrated male over 4

from History of Lancaster County by Israel Daniel Rupp

While speaking of the family of Ferrees, it will not be out of place to direct the attention of the reader to. . .an inventory of goods and chattels of a farm of the early times, being the list of appraisement of the personal property of Andrew Ferree, the same person who is mentioned as the eldest son of Daniel, the first settler. It shows the prices of articles at that time. The reader will find in it plenty of all the useful and necessary food, and implements, of a farmer; but will seek in vain for the fine furniture of the present day.

Inventory of the goods and chattels of Andrew Ferree, deceased.

To wheat in the stack at £8
wheat and rye in the ground, £6, £14 0 0
To great Waggon, £12
little waggon, £5, 17 0 0.
To a plow and two pairs of irons, 1 10 0
To two mauls [a tool with a heavy head] and three iron wedges, 9s
to four old weeding hoes, 4s, 0 13 0
To a spade and shovel, 8s
to a matock [mattock=digging tool] and three dung forks, 10s, 0 18 0
To two broad-axes, 12s
to joyner‘s axe and adze, 7s, 0 19 0
To Sundry carpenter tools, £1
sundry joyner’s tools, £2 5s, ‘3 5 0
To seven duch sythes, 0 12 0
To four stock bands, two pair hinges, sundry old iron, 0 14 0
To a hand-saw, £2
to five sickles and two old hooks, 0 11 0
To a cutting box, two knives, £1
to twenty-two baggs, £2 10s, 3 10 0
To two pair chains, 14s, two hackles, £1 10
to five beles 12s, 2 16 0
To four smal chains and other horse geers at 1 4 0
To other horse geers at £1 10
to a mans’ saddle at £1 10,. 3 0 0
To three falling axes at 10s
to two fowling pieces [gun or muskets] £2, 2 10 0
To a large Byble, 2 0 0
To two fether beds at £6
to wearing cloaths,£7, 13 0 0
to sundry pewter, £2 8
to a box iron, 4s, 2 12 0
To sundry iron ware, £2
to a watering pot, 6s, 2 6 0
To sundry wooden ware at £l
to two iron pot-racks, £1, 2 0 0
To four working horses, £24
to a mare and two colts, £11, 35 0 0
To six grown cows at £15
to ten head of yong cattle, £13 10, 28 100
To eleven sheep £3 17
to swine, £1 10, 5 7 0
To two chests, 15s
to a spinning wheel, 85, 1 3 0
To sley 6s
to cash received of Samuel Tayler, , 2 8 0
To cash received for a servant girles time, 3 0 0
[Total] £152 8 6

As apraised this 24thday of the month called November 1735.
Hatto; Varmam, Sam'l Jones.

Cattle were vital to a household and an important legacy.
Unweaned cattle are calves.
Female cattle are heifers and cows (had a calf).
Male cattle are steers (castrated) and bulls.
are trained draft animals and are often castrated adult male cattle.

A pair of Horse gears are the parts that allow wagon wheels to be turned by a horse.
wagon gearsx
A horse gear allows a horse to operate machinery.

Tools were an important legacy because they were essential part of daily life.

An adze is a is a tool used for smoothing rough-cuts.


A spinning wheel is a device for making thread or yarn. and was an essential part of Early American life. An unmarried woman would often take on the important job of spinning for the household, thus the term "spinster."
It was common for bequests to include wearing apparel.
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