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Location of Andrew & Mary Ferree’s 254-Acre Property in York County

Map of Andrew & Mary Ferree’s 254-Acre Property in York County (S. H. Smith)

Andrew and Mary Ferree purchased 254 acres in Hellam Township, York County on May 24, 1796.  It is uncertain where Andrew and Mary Ferree initially resided in York County after leaving Lancaster County.  Maybe they rented land that was nearby their purchased property; possibly renting from a descendant of Isaac LeFevre, who was warranted 400 nearby acres on May 26, 1741.

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Like myself, almost all Ferree’s in York County descend from the union of second cousins Andrew Ferree (1758-1831) and Mary Ferree (1762-1828).  The family tree posted this past Friday charts their lineage.



The 254-acres of Andrew and Mary Ferree are currently mostly in Springettsbury Township; although a small portion is in Hellam Township, York County, PA.  Most of their property became part of Spring Garden Township in 1821, with the formation of a new Spring Garden Township from parts of Hellam and York Townships.

Therefore the December 31, 1824 issue of the York German Gazette newspaper makes sense; when it reported the December 21, 1824 marriage of Andrew & Mary’s son Jacob Ferree of Spring Garden Township, York County to Miss Catharina Wagner, daughter of John Wagner of Windsor Township, York County.  The 254-acre property would become part of Springettsbury Township in 1891 when this new township was formed from parts of Spring Garden and York Townships.

The Location of the Original 254-acres of Andrew & Mary Ferree Overplotted on a Street Map

The 254-acres that Andrew and Mary Ferree purchased in 1796 currently make up several housing developments in Springettsbury Township—Yorklyn, Stony Brook, Canterbury Courts, and Washington Square.  Today the property of Andrew and Mary Ferree is basically bounded by:  Market Street (Route 462) on the south; Route 30 on the north; Pleasant Acres Road on the west; and Shoe House Road on the east.

The old Strickler-Miller Cemetery in Springettsbury Township is only 1/2-mile west of the property of Andrew and Mary Ferree.  It is their final resting place.

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