William E. Ferrell1,2,3

ID# 20561, (abt 1845 - 1893)
FatherMelcajah Ferrell4,2 ( - bef 1850)
MotherHarriett Johannet Flora1,2 (abt 1811 - 17 Jan 1894)

Key Events:

Birth: about 1845, Halifax Co., Virginia5,6,7
Marriage: 14 Feb 1866, Halifax Co., Virginia, Rebecca E. Webster (about 1843 - 10 Jan 1894)2,8,9
Death: 2 May 1893, Walmaison, Pittsylvania Co., Virginia10
ChartsDescendants of David Dutt/Toot
AncestryThe Dutt/Toot Family

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     William E. Ferrell was born about 1845 in Halifax Co., Virginia.5,6,7 He appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Halifax Co., Virginia, in the household of his mother, Harriett Johannet Flora.1
     William appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Halifax Courthouse, Halifax Co., Virginia, enumerated 11 Jun 1860, living in the household of Richard E. Landrum, a wheelwright, and his wife and family. William's occupation is also listed as a wheelwright, but at age 15 we might suspect he was an assistant or apprentice.11 His mother was apparently living close by, as she is listed in the preceding household.12
     William enlisted as a private in Company F, 34th Regiment Virginia Infantry on 21 Jul 1863, in Halifax Co., Virginia. He carried letters of recommendation by Rev. Henry A. Wise Jr. to his father, Gen. Henry W. Wise, and one from Wm. M. Howerton to the General. Both noted that William was under age 18 but anxious to serve and of a delicate constitution, and noted the General's promise to his son to detail the boy as a wheelwright rather than in field service. William was detailed to work in the shop at brigade headquarters on 28 Jul by the General.13
     The comments about his delicate constitution seem not to have been misplaced. On 16 Sep 1863 he was in General Military Hospital No. 4, in Wilmington, North Carolina for two days with "febris intermittens" (an intermittent fever). He was given a 60-day sick furlough 3 Dec 1863. He had returned to duty by 1 Mar, detailed as a carpenter at brigade headquarters by order of Gen. Wise.14
     William was sent to Chimborazo Hospital No. 4 in Richmond, Virginia on 17 Dec 1864, diagnosed with "phthisis pulmonalis - advanced" (tuberculosis). He was retired as "permanently disabled and at present unfit for duty in any branch of the military services" because of his illness on 20 Jan 1865.15 He married Rebecca E. Webster, daughter of James A. Webster and Sarah [surname unknown], and sister of the man his sister Sarah had married about nine years before, on 14 Feb 1866 in Halifax Co., Virginia.2,8,9
     He evidently recovered sufficiently to resume civilian work. By 1870 he had become a wagon and coach maker, a trade he continued until at least 1880 and likely thereafter.16,17
     William and Rebecca E. Webster appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Chatham, Pittsylvania Co., Virginia, enumerated 24 Aug 1870, reporting real estate valued at $300 and personal estate of $300. Their children Catherine, Mary and Lilly were listed as living with them.18
     William and Rebecca appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Pittsylvania Co., Virginia, enumerated 12 Jun 1880. Their children Catherine, Mary, Lilly, Edward, Hattie, Mel and Ruby were listed as living with them.19
     William died on 2 May 1893 in Walmaison, Pittsylvania Co., Virginia.10

Children:
     Children with Rebecca E. Webster:

  • Catherine E. Ferrell20,19 (abt 1867 - )
  • Mary E. Ferrell20,19 (abt 1868 - )
  • Lilly E. Ferrell20,19 (Dec 1869 - )
  • Edward Ferrell19 (abt 1872 - )
  • Hattie Ferrell19 (abt 1875 - )
  • Mel E. Ferrell19,21 (22 Sep 1877 - 13 Oct 1929)
  • Ruby E. Ferrell19 (Sep 1879 - )

Citations

  1. [S6567] Hariet household, 1850 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia.
  2. [S3519] "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940," FamilySearch.org, record for William E. Ferrill and Rebecca E. Webster, citing FHL # 31918.
  3. [S6573] Ricd. E. Landrum household, 1860 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia, shows name as Wm. E. Ferrell.
  4. [S6567] Hariet household, 1850 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia, shows the boy living with Melcjah's wife (or widow), with surname Ferrell.
  5. [S6567] Hariet household, 1850 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia, shows age 5 and state.
  6. [S6573] Ricd. E. Landrum household, 1860 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia, shows age 15 and state.
  7. [S3519] "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940," FamilySearch.org, record for William E. Ferrill and Rebecca E. Webster, citing FHL # 31918, shows age 21 at marriage 14 Feb 1866.
  8. [S6574] William E. Ferrell household, 1870 U.S. Census, Pittsylvania Co., Virginia, shows them apparently living as husband and wife.
  9. [S6575] William E. Ferrell household, 1880 U.S. Census, Pittsylvania Co., Virginia, shows married.
  10. [S6095] "Virginia, Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912," FamilySearch.org, record for W. E. Ferrell, citing FHL # 2048581.
  11. [S6573] Ricd. E. Landrum household, 1860 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia.
  12. [S6487] Fielding Perkerson household, 1860 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia.
  13. [S6576] William E. Ferrell, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Virginia, company muster roll card 31 Aug 1863; leter 7 Jul 1863 Henry W. Wise Jr. to his father; and letter 12 July 1863 Wm. M. Howerton to General Henry A. Wise.
  14. [S6576] William E. Ferrell, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Virginia, military hospital register card 16 Sep 1863; company muster roll card 31 Dec 1863; and company muster roll card 1 Apr 1864.
  15. [S6576] William E. Ferrell, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Virginia, military hospital register card 17 Dec 1864; and Certificate of Disability for Retiring Invalid Soldiers 20 Jan 18652.
  16. [S6574] William E. Ferrell household, 1870 U.S. Census, Pittsylvania Co., Virginia, shows occupation as wagon and coach maker.
  17. [S6575] William E. Ferrell household, 1880 U.S. Census, Pittsylvania Co., Virginia, shows occupation as coach maker.
  18. [S6574] William E. Ferrell household, 1870 U.S. Census, Pittsylvania Co., Virginia.
  19. [S6575] William E. Ferrell household, 1880 U.S. Census, Pittsylvania Co., Virginia.
  20. [S6574] William E. Ferrell household, 1870 U.S. Census, Pittsylvania Co., Virginia, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  21. [S6590] "District of Columbia, Deaths, 1874-1961," FamilySearch.org, record for Mell E. Ferrell, citing FHL #2116107.