Saturday, February 1, 2014

52 Ancestors-Week #4-Margaret McFadden Ferry

Margaret McFadden (1845-1905) was the sister of my great grandfather Dennis McFadden (1847-1924).  According to family stories, when Dennis and his brother John arrived in America circa 1852, they stayed with a sister who was already living in Ohio.  She was also said to have been married to a man named Dennis or Daniel Ferry.
No information so far has been discovered about her life in Ireland, her immigration and her eventual residence in Ohio.  The earliest record of her so far comes from several newspaper notices published at the time of her death in 1905.

Newark Advocate, Newark, Ohio, 1905 Sep 30
                                               Dangerously Ill                                                                                                          
                                              Mrs. Margaret Ferry is lying danger-
                                              ously ill at the home of her daughter,
                                              Mrs. Herman Schildhauer, of Bucking
                                              ham street.

Newark Advocate, Newark, Ohio, 1905 Oct 7
                                                      Mrs. Margaret Ferry
                                                   Mrs. Margaret Ferry died at the
                                                home of her daughter, Mrs. Herman
                                                Schildhauer, No. 349 Buckingham
                                                street, Saturday.   The deceased was
                                                aged 60 years and leaves three sons
                                                and two daughters and one brother
                                                besides a circle of friends.   Funeral
                                                services will be conducted at St. Fran-
                                                cis de Sales church Monday at nine
                                                o'clock  and the remains will be laid
                                                to rest in the Cedar Hill cemetery.
Here is her Find A Grave memorial at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newark Ohio. 


                                                                   CARD OF THANKS
                                                    We wish to express our most sin-
                                                 cere thanks to our friends, relatives
                                                 and kind neighbors for the many acts
                                                 of kindness and sympathy shown us in
                                                 our sad bereavement in the loss of our
                                                 rearly (sic) beloved mother, Margaret Mer-
                                                 ry.  We wish to thank the employees of
                                                 the B & O machine shop, the Royal
                                                 Neighbors of America, and Neighbors
                                                 for their floral offerings.  Mr. and Mrs.
                                                 Herman Schildhauer.

Newark Advocate, Newark, Ohio, 1905 Nov 25
                                                                      Wills Probated
                                                  The wills of Margaret Ferry, de-
                                                  ceased of Newark, and Jacob Benner,
                                                  deceased. of Hartford, have been ad-
                                                  mitted to probate.                          

Newark Advocate, Newark, Ohio, 1906 Apr 11
                                                                      Probate Court
                                                  ...Margaret Schildhauer has been ap-
                                                  pointed executrix of the last will and
                                                  testimony of Margaret Ferry, de-
                                                  ceased, of this city.   Bond, $2000(?).

                                              ADMINISTRATORS DOCKET
                           No. 1505 Estate of Margaret Ferry      late of Newark
                           Licking County, Ohio (Decedent died,    Oct. 7th 1905
                           Margaret Schildhauer  Executrix  P.O. Address, Newark Ohio         

With this I was able to order the probate records for Margaret Ferry.  I have not transcribed the full document yet, but I have pulled out some key information that will help me continue my search into this line.

Her probate file states that she died on 1905 Oct 7 in Licking County, Ohio.  It also includes a transcription of her will which names several family members, their relationship to Margaret and where they lived at the time, if known:

1. Margaret Schildhuaer, daughter, Newark, Ohio, 349 Buckingham
2. Daniel Ferry, brother, Crooksville, Ohio
3. Dennis Ferry, brother, unknown.
4. Katie Ferry, sister, unknown, Portsmouth, Ohio, where last heard of.

 The link between Margaret Ferry and Dennis McFadden is indirectly supported by this notice published in 1919:

Evening Independent, Massillon, Ohio, 1919 Oct 1
                                             Mr. and Mrs. Dennis McFadden
                                          of Pittsburg returned this afternoon
                                          after visiting their niece, Mrs. Her-
                                          man Schildhauer, of West Charles


Cousin Kathleen, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth, letter, 2 January 1997, sharing unsourced and uncited genealogical information on Dennis McFadden; Personal Correspondence, 1997; McFadden Family; McFadden File; privately held by Daniel Sample, [ADDRESS WITHHELD], Stafford, Texas.

Newark Advocate, Newark, Ohio,

Evening Independent, Massillon, Ohio,

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