John Farrel and Ann Dunn were the parents of Margaret Farrell. They 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 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.

By 1875, Margaret Farrell had moved out of her father's house, married and had three children. The 1875 New York, State Census, has a record of the John and Maggie Whitehead household in Barton, Tioga County. John Whitehead was a 36 year old male, born about 1839 in Pennsylvania, working as a railroad laborer. Maggie Whitehead was a 25 year old female, born about 1850 in Pennsylvania. Robert Whitehead was a four year old male; their son, born about 1871 in Pennsylvania. William Whitehead was a two year old male; their son, born about 1873 in New York. Burmis Whitehead was a one year old male; their son, born about 1874 in New York.

It may be that John and Maggie Whitehead had one more child and then lost three of them. An article in the Waverly Advocate in May 1879 says, "J.J . Whitehead of West Broad Street has lost four children of diphtheria. The family has the sympathies of the entire community, but that does not restore the little children." But, Maggie was survived by one child: Robert Whitehead (1871-1938). The Waverly Advocate was published in Waverly, NY, a town 4 miles northwest of Athens, NY, and southeast of Elmira in Tioga County, New York.

John and Maggie Whitehead may have had a rough time of it after this. Maggie apparently left John and he published a notice in the Waverly Advocate of April 21, 1882, dated March 27, 1882, that said, "Whereas, my wife Margaret, has left my bed and board without cause or provocation. This is to forbid all persons from harboring or trusting her on my account as I shall pay no debts of her contracting after this date."

In 1892 the New York, State Census, reflects that Maggie Whitehead and her son Robert were living in E. D. 01, Elmire City Ward 02, Chemung, New York. Maggie Whitehead was a 40 year old female and Robert Whitehead was a 22 year old male. John J. Whitehead was living in Barton, Tioga County, New York. In the 1900 US Federal Census John Whitehead is living with his new wife Anna in Waverly, Tioga, New York. They indicate they have been married for fifteen years at this point and have no children.

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