James S Ferrell

M, #112, b. 24 April 1763, d. after 1840
Father*Robert S Ferrell Sr (Captain) b. c 1740, d. Jun 1829
Mother*Hannah (__________) b. c 1740, d. a 1830
ChartsPedigree - grandmother Estella Mae "Peggy" Ferrell (#1)
Pedigree - grandmother Estella Mae "Peggy" Ferrell (#2)
Ferrell (maternal side) - Robert S Ferrell Sr (Captain)
Reference4G Grf x2, 124
Birth*24 April 1763 James S Ferrell was born on 24 April 1763 at Winchester, Berkeley Co., West Virginia, Rev War pension application (extract Evd 713) says birth recorded in family Bible from register of Dr Morgan an Episcopal minister. 
MilitaryMay 1779 He was in the military in May 1779 at Morgantown, Monongalia Co., West Virginia, Entered service as a volunteer in Capt David Scott's company of VA militia. 
Marriage* He married Rebecca Bunner, daughter of John Bunner and Martha (__________)
Census1810*1810 James S Ferrell was the head of the household in the 1810 census, Monongalia Co., West Virginia, with pg 499 32101-11301. 
Event-Misc*10 August 1813  On 10 August 1813 at Morgantown, Monongalia Co., West Virginia, James S Ferrell had the following misc event: SLC 207194 Court envelope 208 James Ferrell vs Adam Fast for slander.1 
Census18201820 He was the head of the household in the 1820 census, Tyler Co., West Virginia, with pg 83 1m16-19 1m16-26 1m45+ 2f0-10 3f10-16 1f16-26 1f25-45. Assumption: wife dead and living with a daughter and her children, but the 16-19 (16-26) year old male is probably Eli.. 
Residence1822  In 1822 James S Ferrell resided at Monroe Co., Ohio. Sold land (when did he buy?) but MOVED to Monroe, OH in 1827. 
(Bondsman) Marr Bond31 May 1823 He made a bond for the marriage of Robert Longwell and Martha Ferrell on 31 May 1823 at Tyler Co., West Virginia. 
Sources Source(s): Keelboatman per pension. 
Census18301830 James S Ferrell was the head of the household in the 1830 census, Monroe Co., Ohio, with Look it up (not yet looked up, based on pension). 
Pension*4 April 1837 In Monroe Co., Ohio, on 4 April 1837 there was a pension. Pension extract - James S Ferrell File S7697.
State of Ohio, Monroe Co.
     4th Day of April, 1837 - in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832, personally appeared in open court before the judges of the court of common pleas, James S Ferrell, a resident of Ohio Township in said county of Monroe and State of Ohio, aged 73 years, and made the following statement under oath:
     He entered the service of the US in the month of May 1779, being a little upwards of 16 years of age. He entered the militia as a voluntter in Capt. David Scott's company of VA Militia, Lt Tipton, Ensign Butler and Bazel Proctor, who was also a Lt and Col Mackintosh commander of the reg. Before he entered the service, he lived on the spot where Morgantown now stands in Monongalia County VA. He entered for 3 months but was detained much longer. The troops rendevouzed at Fort Pitt and marched down the Ohio River to the site of Fort Mackintosh, which fort they built. This fort consisted of 4 log houses 18 ft sq on each side, 16 in all and the angles at the corners were secured by stockades. He remained there 3 months and then a detachment under Lt Tipton, declarant being one of the number, marched in the night from Fort Mackintosh, crossed the river in bark canoes and arrived at Wheeling Fort some time the next night and garrisoned that fort until late in the month of December following, having been detained until other levies could be procured and was dismissed after the termination of 8 months, and then returned home. That the troops in frontier service did not always receive written discharges as the declarant believes many of the officers could not write.
     Afterwards, he thinks it was in the month of April 1780, or could have been in 1781, he enlisted in the company of his father, Capt. Robert Ferrel for one year at a blockhouse where Morgantown now stands, with Lt Murphy and Ensign Uriah Springer. They went down the Monongalia and Ohio Rivers to the mouth of Bear Grass Creek, built a fort on the same side of the river called Fort Defiance. This was just above the great falls of the Ohio. Soon after their arrival at the Fort Defiance, Gen Clark, the commanding officer went away, declarant cannot tell what became of him except that he left the troops to themselves. About the time Clark left, a man came up and hitched his horse near where the troops were parading. The Indians fire out of the neighboring candbrake and shot im through the ear. The troops went in pursuit and searched the canebrake, but found none of them. On the same day the Indians fired on 6 men in a boat at the mouth of Bear Grass Creek and killed them. One of these was Capt. Tipton. On the next day, Capt Ferrell moved his men across the Ohio and built a blockhouse on Bear Grass Creek. Capt Ferrll soon after sent a detachment of 200 men, declarant among them, to relieve the settlers for about 10 miles off and bring away the settlers who were greatly harrassed by the savages. They brought away the settlers who had taken refuge at the fort. Some time after this the troops were dismissed and the declarant and his father, Capt. Ferrel, returned home to the place where Morgantown now stands. At this time the declarant was in the service 7 months and received no written discharge and believes that none of the troops received written discharges.
     Afterward in May 1782, although it could have been in 1781, he enlisted as a volunteer during the campaign in the company of his father, Capt. Robt. Ferrel at the blockhouse where Morgantown now stands in Monongalia County VA where the troops under General Crawford rendevouzed. The company under Capt. Ferrel, to which this declarant belonged, joined Col. Crawford's army in which Col. John Dark was an officer. They went down the Ohio River in batteaux to the mouth of Big Beaver and then proceeded by land to the head waters of the Big Sandusky and there in themonth of July of the same years theyw ere met and attacked by Indians. He thinks it was in the 3rd night after the army had been attacked by the Indians Capt. Ferrel, being officer of the day, came riding into the encampment just before day-break and stated to Col. Crawford that the encampment was surrounded by Indians concluding his statement with this expression "Every man for himself and God for us all." Shortly thereafter this, the Indians fired upon the army on all sides and the troops immediately fled in confusion, every man seeking his own safety. Soon after, this declarant had his horse shot from under him and he ran on foot until next morning when finding a horse, he mounted him. This declarant travelled on through the wilderness in company with Capt. Ferrel and a few others sibsisting on such gave as chance offered. After enduring great hardship and distress they arrived at Fort Pitt. He and his father, Capt. Ferrel, went immediately home to where Morgantown now stands. He arrived home in Sept. of the last mentioned year having been absent 4 months from the time of his joining Col. Crawford's army. He risided for about 10 years near where Morgnatown now stands, and then removed to Ohio Township in Monroe Co., State of Ohio where he has since lived. He states he was born in Berkeley Co., Virginia where Winchester now stands on the 14 of April, 1763. He has a record of his age in his family Bible taken from the register of Dr Morgan an Episcopal minister in the then berkeley Co. VA. This declarant states the names of Rev. Rezin White and Robert Longwell who are acquainted with him in his present neighborhood who can testify to his character for veracity and their belief of his service as a soldier of the Revolution.
     /s/ James S. Ferrel /a/ James Gray, Deputy Clerk
     There is an affidavit signed by the character references, and a 17 Sep 1838 statement by James as to why it took so long to apply for the pension (3 people had been engaged to help and didn't). Then there is the following statement made when he moved to Tyler Co WV.
     County of Ohio, State of Virginia
On the 18th day of December, 1838, before George Dulty, Justice of the Peace, appeared James S. Ferrel, who stated that his name was placed on the pension roll of the State of Ohio (Cincinnati) from when he has lately removed and that he now resides in Tyler Co. VA where he intends to remain and wished his pension to be payable to him there in the future. His reason for moving from Monroe Co OH to Tyler Co VA is his desire to spend the remainder of his life with his son who resides in Tyler Co.
/s/ James S. Ferrel, John B. Ferrel - witness
Pension granted to declarant, James S. Ferrel of $30.00 per annum commencing on the 4th day of March, 1831.
The pension is on SLC 970967 frames 401-443.2,3
Residencebefore 18 December 1838  In before 18 December 1838 James S Ferrell resided at Tyler Co., West Virginia. By then he was back in WV, as he signed an afidavit that day to get his pension transferred to Tyler County. 
Census18401840 He was the head of the household in the 1840 census, Tyler Co., West Virginia, with pg 25 1m5-10 1m70-80 (James) 1f10-15 1f20-30 1f60-70 (Rebecca?). James & Rebecca also appear w/same configuration plus a few more 20-30 yr olds on page 2.. 
Death*after 1840 He died after 1840 at Tyler Co., West Virginia, find death/where buried? 
Relationships4th great-grandfather of Kathryn Ann Rhinehart
2nd great-grandfather of Estella Mae 'Peggy' Ferrell


Rebecca Bunner b. b 1765
Marriage* He married Rebecca Bunner, daughter of John Bunner and Martha (__________)
Last Edited14 Jun 2006


  1. [S832] Personal notebook of misc Ferrell tidbits collected in early days of research. Evd #832.
  2. [S713] Monroe Co. OH Genealogical Records, Volume 1, Catharine Foreaker Fedorchak Evd #713.
  3. [S1569] Pension File S7697 James S Ferrel pages copied off microfilm Evd #1569.