An American Family History

Marie Catherine Ferree Faulkner

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

The Huguenots were 16th and 17th century French protestants. About 500,000 Huguenots fled France because of religious persecution. They relocated to Protestant nations.

Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.

Marie Catherine Ferree Faulkner was born about 1683. Her parents were Daniel Ferree and Marie (Mary) Warrembere.

Marie married Thomas Faulkner in 1715. June 30, 1715 was either the date that the banns were published for "Thomas Falconer and Mary Catharina Fara" or the date they married. They married at Immanuel Episcopal Church in New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware.

Thomas and Marie's children probably included:
Mary Faulkner Heard (married Stephen Heard),
Catherine Faulkner Green (married William Green),
Jesse Faulkner (about 1718, married Martha Smith),
Eve Faulkner Griffith (about 1722, married Thomas Griffith),
Susannah Faulkner Wilson, (Thomas Wilson ), and
daughter Faulkner McCay (married James McCay).

In 1718, Thomas Falkner was listed with the "Dutch Inhabitants" in the Conestoga Township tax list.

In 1720, Thomas was listed in the Pequea district. His property was valued at 40£.

In 1724, Thomas was on the assessment list for Salisbury Township.

Marie died some time after the birth of her youngest child about 1726.

Thomas' second wife was named Jean, Jane or Joan.

Thomas Faulkner was listed between 1736 and 1748 with land warrants in Lancaster County.

On May 7, 1745, Thomas and his wife Jane, deeded 195 acres of the original Ferree grant to John Jones. On May 15, 1749, Thomas and Jane deeded four parcels in Lancaster County to James Johnson of Drumore township.

They moved to Bethlehem, Bucks County, Pennsylvania where Thomas wrote his will on February 20, 1752. He died the next month on March 28, 1752. The will was proved on May 8, 1752.

In the will, he described himself as a farmer living in Bethlehem, Bucks County. He remembered his wife, children Jesse, Mary, Susanna, and Eve, and grandchildren Eve and Mary Green, and James McKay.

First printed in Boston 1745
Children of Daniel Ferree and
Marie (Mary) Warrembere:
  • Daniel Ferree, Jr.
  • Marie Catherine (Mary) Ferree Lefevre
  • Jane Ferree Davis
  • Marie (Mary) Ferree Faulkner
  • Philip Ferree
  • John Ferree
  • Old Style Calendar
    Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.
    Europeans began to settle in the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania area about 1710. It was part of Chester County until May 10, 1729.
    Women played an essential role in American society as mothers and homemakers.

    Pennsylvania is one of the 13 original states and was originally founded in 1681 as a result of a royal land grant to William Penn, the son of the state's namesake.



    Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.
    American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.

    from, Abstracts of Chester County Pennsylvania Land Records Vol. I: 1681-1730 by Carol Bryant

    Whereas original patent granted to Daniel Ferree & Isaac Lefeure 2000 acres near the head of Pequea Creek, dated 10 Sep 1712, recorded Philadelphia, Book A, Vol 4, page 303, on 12 Sep 1712.

    Whereas by joint agreement between Fere & Lefeure, it was divided into distinct tracts.

    Now Daniel Ferree & Anna Maria his wife, & Isaac Lefeure & Kathrina his wife, for £25 grant to Thomas Faulkner 2 tracts: one bounded by land of Isaac Lefeure & John Ferree, also by land of Thomas Story, containing 167 cares; other tract bounded by land of Phillip John, Jane Ferree & Isaac Lefleure, containing 167 acres, part of 2000 acres.

    An inventory of the Goods and Estate of Thos. Faukner, Late of Bethlehem Township in ye County of Burks and Provance of Pennsylvania Deceasd.

    March 28, 1752
    Thomas and William Craig, and James Ralston.

    300 Acres of Land Including His Improvements £380
    ?10 Acres of Land in Paxtown, in Lancaster County
    one gray sorral
    one Red Cow
    one white faced Cow
    Three old Axes and one Muell [maul] rings, wedgers, and Grubbing hoe
    Two Hay forks and one Sythe
    one old Saddle four old Bells, and Three Bell Collers
    Two old Bridles, and Plow & Irons
    one old Plow with Irons
    One Iron Harrow
    T?old waggon wheels Breast
    one old waggon Shrew [screw?], and Tarr bucket
    one ? and old Irons, also one Iron Last
    Three pair of Giers [gears], and Three old Collars
    Two Cages (?)
    One sled,
    one Crow Barr, Iron
    one old cutting Box & Knifes
    one Hatt
    one old Saddle, and old Boots, and Spatter Dasher [similar to gaiters]
    Three Ogars [augers], one hand saw, Two Hammers, Two Chesuels, one Rasp
    one old frying pan, Two Pot R?, one old Gong ?
    one Pot and Skilet, and Pot Hooks
    Two Basons, & one Plate, also one Lanthorn
    one Bible and Thos: Chalkleys Gurnal [Journal]
    ? and a pair of Blankets
    one ? Barrel, and one Churne
    one ? bed, and Coverlid, and one pair of Blankets
    one old Great Coat, Street Coat, and Vest
    one ?iddle, one Saddle Bag, a Whip and old Breeches
    one old Pistal, and one Meal Chiet [chest?]
    one Bond payable by James Johnston this 16th of May 1752
    one Ditto Do: payable the 16th Day May 1753
    One Bond Ditto Payable by Hugh Wilson May the 30th 1752
    One Do: Payable by Christopher Waggenor Novbr 18th 1752
    One Ditto:
    one Do: ?Simon Grissbach (?) and four hundred foot of Board


    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.

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

    An auger is a tool for boring holes in wood.

    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.
    Coverlets (Coverlid) are woven bedcovers, used as the topmost covering on a bed.
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