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Farrell Family of Benezette, Elk County, Pennsylvania

John K. Farrell, born about 1826
+ Ann Dunn, born about 1828
James Farrell, born about 1848 in Pennsylvania
Margaret Farrell, born about 1850 in Pennsylvania
Mary Farrell, born about 1853 in Pennsylvania
John Farrell, born about 1854 in Pennsylvania
Thomas Farrell, born about 1858 in Pennsylvania
Annie Farrell, born about 1852 in Pennsylvania
William Farrell, born about 1864 in Pennsylvania
Kate Farrell, born about 1866 in Pennsylvania
Peter H. Farrell, born about 1856 in Pennsylvania
Patrick Henry Farrell, born about 1856, died about 23 Jan 1934 [as described in his obituary, see below]
+ Margaret O'Neill, born Sep 1860, died between 1920 & 1930
Agnes Farrell, born 13 Dec 1888 in Benezette, Pennsylvania
Florence Viola Farrell, born 30 Dec 1890 in Elk County, PA., died 29 Jul 1983
+ Harvey H. McManigle (1890-1970)
Dorothy J. Farrell, born about 1896 in Benezette, Pennsylvania
Franklin Farrell, born about 1899 in Benezette, Pennsylvania

John K. Farrel was born June 1825 in Ireland. It is said that, like so many of his countrymen, he worked upon the construction of the North Branch canal where a large number of Irish immigrants were employed. The North Branch canal linked canal system of southern New York and the canals of north-central Pennsylvania. The North Branch canal was started in 1828 and finished in 1856. Thousands of Irish men and women immigrated to America in the 19th century to build canals and then railroads. There were agents in America who determined the labor needs of these projects and they communicated with recruiters in Ireland who would pay the five dollars per head steerage passage for workers to go to America. Agents would meet the boats and put these folks to work as quickly as possible. And just as quickly as these immigrants made enough money to buy some land they left the workforce, became farmers, and raised families. When they left their jobs they created the need for more workers beginning the cycle all over again.

John Farrel and Ann Dunn must have been married shortly before they came to America because the 1900 US Federal Census indicates that they had been married for 53 years and that would mean they were married in 1847. According to immigrant arrival records John and Ann Farrel both arrived in New York on 19 April 1847 aboard the Lord Dufferin from Liverpool. Over the next nineteen years John and Ann had ten children together. They were: James Farrel; Margaret Farrel, married John Whitehead of Waverly, NY; Mary Farrel, married William Cook of Dushore; John Farrel, of McKean County; Peter Farrel, of Cross Forks, Potter County; Patrick, of Elk County; Anna Farrel, of Athens, Bradford County; Thomas Farrel, of Cole Grove, Pennsylvania; Catharine Farrel, of Rochester, New York; and William L. Farrel, of Cherry Township.

The 1850 US Federal Census for Cherry, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania has a record of the John and Ann Farrill household. John H. Farrill was a 24 year old male, a farmer, born in Ireland about 1826. Ann Farrill was a 22 year old female, born in Ireland. James Farrill was a two year old male, born in Pennsylvania. Margaret Farrill was a six month old female born in Pennsylvania. In the same household was John Dunn, fifty year old male, born in Ireland, he said he was unable to read.

In the US Federal Census of 1860 for Cherry, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania has a record of the John and Ann Farrill household. John K. Farrell was a 34 year old male, a farmer, born in Ireland about 1826. Ann Farrell was a 35 year old female, born in Ireland. James Farrell was a twelve year old male. Margret was a ten year old female. Mary Farrell was an eight year old female. John Farrell was a six year old male. Peter Farrell was a four year old male. Patrick Farrell was a four year old male. On the census form the enumerator indicated that Peter and Patrick were twins. Thomas Farrell was a one year old male. All the children were born in Pennsylvania. The four oldest children had all attended school in the last year.

The John and Ann Ferrel family were living in Cherry, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, according to the 1870 US Federal Census enumerated the 10th day of June 1870. John K. Ferrel was a 46 year old male, white, farmer, born in Ireland about 1825. Both his parents were foreign born. Ann Farrel was a 54 year old, female, white, keeping house, born in Ireland. Both her parents were foreign born. James Farrel was a 22 year old, male, white, at home. Margaret Farrel was a twenty year old, female, white. Mary Farrel was a 17 year old, white, female. John Farrel was a sixteen year old, white, male. Peter Farrel was a fourteen year old white male. Patrick Farrel was a fourteen year old, white, male. Thomas Farrel was a twelve year old, white, male. Annie Farrel was an eight year old, white, female. William Farrel was a six year old, white, male. Kate Farrel was a four year old, white, female. All the children had been born in Pennsylvania. John, Peter, Patrick, Thomas, Annie, and William had all attended school within the last year.

Living next door to the John and Ann Ferrel family was the Ellen Ferrel household. I'm not sure if there was a familial relationship between the two households. Ellen Farrel was a fifty year old white, female, keeping house, born in Ireland.

By 1875, Margaret Farrell had moved out of her father's house, married and had three children. To read more about Margaret Farrell's family click here.

The 1880 US Federal Census for Cherry, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, has a record of the John and Ann Farrell household enumerated on 14 June 1880 by James Dugan. John Farrell was a 55 year old white, male, farmer, married, born in Ireland about 1825. Ann Farrell was a 57 year old white female, wife, keeping house, born in Ireland. William Farrell was a sixteen year old white, male, son, farmer, born in Pennsylvania. Catharine Farrell was a fourteen year old white, female, daughter, at home, born in Pennsylvania.

A few doors down is the household of Edward and Mary Farrill. Edward Farrill was a 37 year old white, male, farmer, born in Pennsylvania. Mary A. Farrill was a 28 year old white, female, wife, keeping house, born in Pennsylvania. Mary E. Farrill was a four year old white, female, daughter, born in Pennsylvania. Joseph Z. Farrill was a one year old, white, male, son, bron in Pennsylvania.

The 1900 US Federal Census for District 0061, Cherry, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, has a record of the William H. Farrell household. William H. Farrell was a 36 year old, single, white, male, farmer, born Sep 1863 in Pennsylvania. John K. Farrell was William's father, a 74 year old, white, male, born June 1825 in Ireland. He had been married for 53 years. Ann Farrell was William's mother, a 75 year old, married, white, female, born Jan 1825. She had ten children and eight were still living. Also in the household was Mary E. Farrell, William's niece, 21 year old, single, white, female, born March 1875 in Pennsylvania.Edward Farrel was a 26 year old white, male, farmer, born in Pennsylvania. John Farrel was a 24 year old white, male, farm laborer, born in Pennsylvania.

John K. Farrel died sometime after 1903. He was still alive when the Streby's wrote about him in the "History of Cherry Township," by George Streby and Clara A. Streby; Dushore, Pa.; Sullivan Gazette Print; 1903.

Patrick Henry Farrell and Peter H. Farrell were twin brothers. They were sons of John and Ann (Dunn) Farrel. They were born 13 March 1855 in Dushore, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania. Dushore is 3.8 miles north of Cherry Township where John and Ann lived all their lives. Even today there's not a paved road that goes to Cherry Township. Perhaps the boys were born in Dushore because Ann was having trouble pushing the twins out and they went to Dushore because there was a doctor or midwife there. In 1855 backwoods Pennsylvania they would have gone to Dushore by horse and buggy and it would have taken an hour or more if the roads and weather were favorable. Walking would have taken about the same amount of time, but if Ann had been having a difficult delivery of twins, then there's no way John and she would have undertaken the three mile journey on foot. But, it turned out OK. The boys were born alive and healthy. To read more about Patrick Henry Farrell click here.




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