Biography of James M. Ferrell
Greene County, PA Biographies

JAMES M. FERRELL, Merchant, New Freeport, Penn.- Among the most prominent business men in this part of Greene Greene County we mention the gentleman whose name heads this sketch. He was born at Jacksonville, Penn., April 13, 1851, and is a son of George W. and Sarah (Pettit) Ferrell. His ancestors were among the early German settlers of the county. His father was a shoe maker all his life, and was in business in Jacksonville for over forty years. His father was twice married, hawing three children by the first marriage and eight by the second. Mr. James M. Ferrell attended the common schools and Jacksonville Academy at Jacksonville, Penn. Early in life he taught school for a period of nearly three years. in 1873 he engaged in the mercantile trade at Jacksonville, and in 1876 he was appointed salesman for the Singer Sewing Machine Company, for which he acted as general agent for three years, with Harrisonburg, Va., as headquarters, where he and his family lived during the time. In 1882 Mr. Ferrell located at New Freeport, where he established a general store. He is eminently qualified for his business. His affitbie manner and obliging disposition, coupled with a determination not to be excelled or undersold, have drawn to his store many of the affluent and influential citizens of Springhill Township and surrounding country. He owns a commodious store building, which enables him to carry an extensive stock. Mr. Ferrell was married October 26, 1876, to Miss Frances Henrietta, daughter of Hon. James W. Hays, of Waynesburg, Penn. Mrs. Ferrell was born in Washington, D. C. Their children are; Russell Hays, Jessie Virginia and James Wilson. They are mernbers of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. Ferrell is a Republican, and for a time was postmaster at Jacksonville. He is a inernber of the I. O. O. F. and the Encampment, and in 1875-76 was representative to the Grand Lodge at Philadelphia, Penn.

History of Greene County, Pennsylvania
By: Samuel P. Bates
Nelson Rushforth & Company.
Chicago, 1888.

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