Generation No. 7
13. Rebecca7 Gries (Jacob6, Johann Dietrich5, Johann Dietrich4, Johann Christoph3, Sebastian2, Nikolaus1 Gries von Rankenwil) was born February 14, 1820 in Womelsdorf, Pa., and died October 21, 1899 in Shilo, Ohio. She married Henry D. Schreffler January 17, 1854 in Richland Co., Ohio, son of Paul Schreffler and Catherine. He was born Unknown in Shilo, Ohio, and died Unknown.
Notes for Rebecca Gries:
Photo in Whissemore Collection, Ohio Genealogical Society.
More About Henry Schreffler and Rebecca Gries:
Marriage: January 17, 1854, Richland Co., Ohio
Child of Rebecca Gries and Henry Schreffler is:
+ 30 i. Clara Priscilla8 Schreffler, born September 30, 1854 in Angola, Steuben Co., Indiana; died June 06, 1934 in Shilo, Ohio.
14. Eliza7 Gries (Jacob6, Johann Dietrich5, Johann Dietrich4, Johann Christoph3, Sebastian2, Nikolaus1 Gries von Rankenwil) was born June 11, 1827 in Womelsdorf, Pa, and died January 01, 1913 in Ashland, Ohio. She married John Ferrell September 12, 1850 in Richland Co., Ohio, Vol. 5, pg. 229, son of Obediah Ferrell and Sarah Lance. He was born May 22, 1816 in Beaver Co., Pa, and died June 03, 1893 in Ashland, Ohio.
Notes for Eliza Gries:
From Ashland Press, Ashland, Ohio, September 15, 1909, page 5 column 6
Mrs. Ferrel, mother of Mrs. H. J. Winbigler, with whom she resides at the Ferrel homestead on South Center Street, met with a serious accident last Tuesday.
As she was about to descend the stairs she slipped in some manner and fell the full length of the stairs, sustaining severe bruises. Fortunately no bones were broken. Mrs. Ferrel is over eighty years of age and has suffered two strokes of paralysis. It is thought likely that she became dizzy as she looked down the stairs and so lost her balance and fell.
Mrs. Ferrel was unconscious for two days and is still confined to her bed in a serious condition. Mrs. Ferrell's advanced age renders her injuries the more serious.
From the Ashland Press, Ashland Ohio, September 22, 1909, page 4, column 6
Mr. and Mrs. Lon Ferrell, of Kansas, who left Ohio 30 years ago, spent several days last week at the home of Jeff Claberg. A number of his old friends and neighbors gathered in to see him as he is quite ill with tuberculosis.
From the Asland Press, Ashland Ohio, October 20, 1909, page 4 column 3
Lorin Ferrel, of Kansas, who visited here about a month ago, died at his home Wednesday with tuberculosis.
Notes for John Ferrell:
From History of Ashland County, Ohio, George William Hill, M.D. Pub. Williams Books, 1880. "John Ferrell, son of Obediah, was born in Beaver county, Pennsylvania, in 1816. When he was but three months old, his father moved to Ohio and settled in Ashland county, three miles northwest of Ashland, on a farm adjoining Mr. Burgett. They commenced life in a log cabin, he remaining with his parents until the death of his father in 1844; his mother lived three years longer and died in 1847. The subject of this sketch was married in 1850, to Eliza Gries, by whom he had five sons and five daughters. Mr. Ferrell now resides in Clearcreek township, with his family around him, enjoying the reward that energy and industry are sure to bring." Note: in an article about Mr. George Burgett from the same book, cited above, Mr. Burgett's cabin was noticed as the first, lone cabin, which made up the town of Uniontown as it was called. So dense was the forest they were compelled to cut a way for the teams. Mr. Burgett was from Washington County, Pa., and went to Ashland County in 1813, three years before John Ferrell's father, Obediah.
From Ashland Press, Ashland Ohio, Thursday, June 8, 1893. Front Page: " Death of John Ferrell. John Ferrell departed this life last Saturday afternoon at two o'clock at his home on Center street, after an illness dating from Wednesday, since which time he lay in an almost insensible condition. The cause of Mr. Ferrell's death was Brights' disease, originating two years ago when he was afflicted with the grippe, since then he has been in ill health, but after all his last illness was short and his death was sudden.
Mr. Ferrell was a native of Pennsylvania, his birth occurring in Beaver county in 1816. He reached the advanced age of 77 before his death and spent only three months of those years in his native state. He moved to Ashland county with his father in 1816, and lived with his parents until his father's death in 1844. In 1850 he married Miss Eliza Gries, who still survives him, and whose brother, J.R. Gries, and wife of California, were here to attend the funeral. Mr. and Mrs. Ferrell were the parents of ten children, seven of whom are living, viz., George, of Waukegan, Ill. Loren and Retta, of Utica Kan., Clara and Mary, who recently moved to Chicago, Irvin, of Salineville, O., and Mrs. Eva Mowery, of Ashland. The deceased was a brother of Lance Ferrell, of this place.
The deceased was a quiet, unoffensive, industrious citizen. By honest methods and hard work he accumulated considerable property and about ten years ago moved to Ashland from Clear Creek township to live the life of a retired farmer. He was held in high esteem by his former Clear Creek neighbors, many of whom were in attendance at his funeral. The sevices were held at the deceased's late residence Monday afternoon at two o'clock. Rev. D.B. Duncan, of the Presbyterian church, spoke comforting words to the mourning family, and was listened to by many friends of the deceased."
John's farm was called "Fountain Farm". Found in Range 17, Twp. 25, Sec. 33. He is listed as a grain and livestock raiser in 1874 Business Directory, Ashland County, Ohio. There is a sketch of "Fountain Farm" included in Caldwell's Atlas, dated 1874. According to the above obituary he moved from his farm to Ashland City about 1883, where he built a large home at the intersection of Center (Loudenville Rd.) and Ferrell Avenues. In earlier days that area was known as "Ferrell Orchards", but today (year 2000) it is divided into regular city lots in the middle of a typical urban development. The home shows results of good maintenance for more than 100 years. It is alleged by descendants of his son,Washington Irving Ferrell that his daughter, Mary Priscilla Ferrell Winbigler and her spouse built the large, substantial house next to John's home, probably some time after the death of Eliza Gries Ferrell in 1913.
No will or Admin of Estate records have been found for John or Eliza Gries Ferrell.
Marriage Notes for Eliza Gries and John Ferrell:
Marriage license issued Sept. 7, 1850, pg. 291, Ashland Co. Ohio, William Higgenbotm. Clerk. Marriage certificate Sept. 12, 1850, performed Richland County by Adam Stump. indecipherable C.D.M., pg. 209
More About John Ferrell and Eliza Gries:
Marriage: September 12, 1850, Richland Co., Ohio, Vol. 5, pg. 229
Children of Eliza Gries and John Ferrell are:
+ 31 i. Lorin8 Ferrell, born December 25, 1851 in Adario?, Richland Co., Ohio; died October 14, 1909 in Utica, Kansas.
+ 32 ii. George Ferrell, born September 28, 1853 in Wellington, Ohio, USA; died Unknown.
+ 33 iii. Louretta Catherine Ferrell, born January 08, 1856 in Ashland, Ohio; died November 11, 1947.
34 iv. Clara R. Ferrell, born July 12, 1860 in Ashland, Ohio; died April 1921 in Ashland, Ohio , buried beside her parents Ashland City Cemetery.
Notes for Clara R. Ferrell:
35 v. Willard Ferrell, born 1861 in Ashland, Ohio; died 1863 in Ashland, Ohio.
+ 36 vi. Mary Priscilla Ferrell, born November 08, 1866; died Aft. 1909.
+ 37 vii. Jemima Evalyn Ferrell, born December 06, 1868; died Unknown.
+ 38 viii. Washington Irving Ferrell, born February 03, 1872 in Ashland, Ohio; died May 23, 1936 in Massillon, Ohio.
39 ix. Infant Willie Ferrell, born April 28, 1858; died Unknown.
40 x. Infant daughter Ferrell, born March 07, 1859; died Unknown.
41 xi. Infant William Ferrell, born October 07, 1865; died Unknown.
15. Adam7 Gries (Jacob6, Johann Dietrich5, Johann Dietrich4, Johann Christoph3, Sebastian2, Nikolaus1 Gries von Rankenwil) was born Abt. 1816 in Womelsdorf, Pa., and died Aft. 1906 in Glendale, California. He married Matida Coop 1850 in Mansfield, Ohio. She was born Unknown, and died Unknown.
More About Adam Gries and Matida Coop:
Marriage: 1850, Mansfield, Ohio
Children of Adam Gries and Matida Coop are:
42 i. David8 Gries, born 1853; died 1855.
43 ii. Elizabeth Gries, born 1858; died 1902.
44 iii. Sarah Gries, born 1861; died Unknown.
45 iv. Louisa Gries, born 1866; died Unknown.
46 v. Harry Gries, born 1870 in Womelsdorf, Pa; died 1909.
16. Mary Ann7 Gries (Jacob6, Johann Dietrich5, Johann Dietrich4, Johann Christoph3, Sebastian2, Nikolaus1 Gries von Rankenwil) was born Abt. 1818, and died 1898 in Findlay, Ohio. She married (1) John H. Woods. He was born May 1823, and died August 15, 1868. She married (2) Eli Cline July 10, 1845 in Richland Co., Ohio, son of Jacob Cline and Elizabeth Foulks. He was born 1794, and died Unknown.
Notes for Mary Ann Gries:
This information is from the book "The Gries Family", written by Carolyn G. Gries in 1966 and updated by Sanford Reed Bowen, in 1996, copyright 1966 by Caroline G. Gries, Library of Congress Caatalogue Card Number: 66-19962"
Mary Ann Gries, daughter of Jacob Gries and Catherine Kaiser, was born March 18, 1822, in Womelsdorf, Berks County, Pennsylvania. When her father moved with his family to Richland County, Ohio in 1831, Mary Ann remained in Womelsdorf with her paternal grandparents, with whom she had lived most of her life. In 1833 her grandfather died and the following year her father returned to Womelsdorf in his one-horse wagon, and after gathering up his hatmaking tools, brought his little twelve-year-old daughter back with him to the Ohio farm home.
No dates for marriages of Mary Ann have been found. The first two children are those of Mary Ann and her first husband, Eli Cline, who lived in Shenandoah. A few years after Mary Ann and Eli married he joined the "forty-niners" and died in route to California.
Mary Ann and Eli had three children: Dallas Cline, who died in infancy; Joanna Cline and Rufus Cline.
Notes for Eli Cline:
Eli Cline left Ohio a few years after his marriage, to join the gold rush. He was one of the 'forty niners' who died in route to California.
More About Eli Cline and Mary Gries:
Marriage: July 10, 1845, Richland Co., Ohio
Children of Mary Gries and John Woods are:
47 i. Johanna Cline8 Woods, born Unknown; died Unknown.
48 ii. Rufus Cline Woods, born Unknown; died Unknown.
49 iii. Alvida Louise Woods, born Unknown; died Unknown.
50 iv. Jacob K. Woods, born Unknown; died Unknown.
51 v. Roland R. Woods, born Unknown; died Unknown.
52 vi. Annette Woods, born Unknown; died Unknown.
53 vii. Rebecca Priscilla Woods, born Unknown; died Unknown.
54 viii. Mary Elizabeth Woods, born Unknown; died Unknown.
55 ix. Katherine Woods, born February 29, 1868; died Unknown.
Children of Mary Gries and Eli Cline are:
56 i. Dallas8 Cline, born Unknown; died Unknown.
Notes for Dallas Cline:
Died in infancy.
57 ii. Johanna Cline, born Unknown; died Unknown.
58 iii. Rufus Cline, born Unknown; died Unknown.
17. Priscilla7 Gries (Jacob6, Johann Dietrich5, Johann Dietrich4, Johann Christoph3, Sebastian2, Nikolaus1 Gries von Rankenwil) was born 1823, and died Unknown. She married John Hisey. He was born Unknown in Shenandoah, Ohio, and died Unknown.
Children of Priscilla Gries and John Hisey are:
59 i. John8 Hisey, born Unknown; died Unknown.
+ 60 ii. Mary Hisey, born Unknown; died Unknown.
61 iii. Elizabeth Hisey, born Unknown; died Unknown.
62 iv. George Hisey, born Unknown; died Unknown.
63 v. Jacob Hisey, born Unknown; died Unknown.
64 vi. Rebecca Hisey, born Unknown; died Unknown.
65 vii. Isaac Hisey, born Unknown; died Unknown.
18. Jacob Kaiser7 Gries (Jacob6, Johann Dietrich5, Johann Dietrich4, Johann Christoph3, Sebastian2, Nikolaus1 Gries von Rankenwil) was born July 1830 in Womelsdorf, Pa., and died January 01, 1903 in Santa Paula Ventura Co., California. He married (1) Elizabeth Turbett Foulks. She was born Unknown, and died 1884 in California. He married (2) Mary Simpson. She died Unknown. He married (3) Clara Collins Teague. She died Unknown.
Notes for Jacob Kaiser Gries:
In company with his brother, John, he went to California about 1850 or 1851. They drove cattle through from Colorado and Nevada. In Yuba County, California Jacob worked at his trade as a wagon maker. Later he moved to the Oregon House in Yuba County where he engaged in the hotel business. Here he married Elizabeth Foulks, a widow with three sons.
One Jacob Gries is known to have been growing hay in Washoe County, Nevada, 1862, supplying feed for the many hundreds of horses and mules needed as the Comstock Lode was being developed. He had filed a claim on land at the upper end of Washoe Valley before 1860. From Pioneers of the Ponderosa, by Myra Sauer Ratay, pub. 1973. pps 347, 373.
In Yuba County, California, Jacob worked at his trade as a wagon maker. Later he moved to the Oregon House in Yuba County where he engaged in the hotel business. Here he met and married Elizabeth Turbett Foulks, a widow with three sons. From The Gries Family by Caroline G. Gries, 1966, updated and added to Sanford Reed Bowen, 1996, pgs 51.
They moved to Ventura County, about 1872, where they bought a ranch and engaged in Farming and stock raising. Elizabeth was killed in a runaway accident in 1884. He married Mary Simpson. After her death he married Clara Collins Teague, a widow and newspaper woman.
In an obituary for his brother-in-law, John Ferrell, found in the Ashland Press, Ashland Ohio, Thursday, June 8, 1893, "In 1850 he (John) married Miss Eliza Gries, who still survives him, and whose brother, J.R. Gries, and wife of California, were here to attend the funeral."
Jacob amassed a large fortune. He was a director of the Ventura Bank, and of the Los Angeles Herald Publishing Company at the time of his death.
Child of Jacob Gries and Elizabeth Foulks is:
+ 66 i. Isabella8 Gries, born October 22, 1866 in Ventura County, Ca.; died May 18, 1937 in Huenime, California.
20. George Washington7 Gries (Jacob6, Johann Dietrich5, Johann Dietrich4, Johann Christoph3, Sebastian2, Nikolaus1 Gries von Rankenwil) was born March 04, 1837 in Richland County, Ohio, and died June 20, 1917 in Tifflin, Ohio. He married (1) Ellen Delaphane 1864 in Wyandotte County, Ohio. She died Bef. 1872. He married (2) Jane Eliza Gibson September 27, 1874, daughter of Moses Coe Gibson. She was born Unknown, and died December 20, 1915.
Notes for George Washington Gries:
When he was ninteen he "went to California" to join his brothers, Jacob and John in Silver City, Nevada, where they engaged in the wholesale meat business. Later they moved to California. George and his brother, John, went to Texas where they engaged in horse trading. With the threat of Civil War, they started back. He was offered a commission with the Southern forces, or was told he must leave the country. He refused the commission and with others made his way to Vera Cruz, Mexico where there was a Federal gunboat which eventually brought him to New York.
He settled at Mexico, Wyandotte County, Ohio where he married his first wife, Ellen Delaplane and engaged in livestock shipping. After the death of Ellen, he married Jennie Gibson and moved to Tifflin, Ohio
He is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Tifflin, Ohio
More About George Gries and Ellen Delaphane:
Marriage: 1864, Wyandotte County, Ohio
More About George Gries and Jane Gibson:
Marriage: September 27, 1874
Children of George Gries and Jane Gibson are:
67 i. Carolyn Gibson8 Gries, born September 20, 1877 in Tifflin, Ohio; died October 01, 1968 in Washington, D.C..
Notes for Carolyn Gibson Gries:
Graduated from Heidelberg College in Tifflin, Ohio. Taught school in Tifflin and Ponce, Pueto Rico. Had worked more than thiry years on statistical and economic research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture when she retired July, 1945. In 1966, she published the first edition of "THE GRIES FAMILY", the source of some of the information used in these files. The book was copyrighted in 1966. Lib. of Con Catalogue No. 66-19962.
68 ii. Bessie Martha Gries, born January 18, 1881 in Tifflin, Ohio; died November 21, 1953 in Tifflin, Ohio.
Notes for Bessie Martha Gries:
Ph.D from Heidelberg College, 1903. Worked for Quartermaster Corps, WWI, United States Tariff Commission until retirement 1948
69 iii. Roscoe William Gries, born November 01, 1885 in Tifflin, Ohio; died Unknown. He married Ethel Thurston Anthony Private; born Private.
Notes for Roscoe William Gries:
Graduated from Heidelberg College, Tifflin, Ohio. Employed by General Foods Corporation.
More About Roscoe Gries and Ethel Anthony:
70 iv. George Gibson Gries, born August 12, 1883 in Tifflin, Ohio; died April 07, 1955 in Tucson, Arizona. He married Zola Oneda Mickey Private; born Private.
Notes for George Gibson Gries:
Graduated from Heidelberg College, Tifflin, Ohio. Employed by U.S. Steel Corporation, "Central Steel Company. Republic Steel, Great Lakes Steel Corporation. Became Vice President of National Steel Corporation.
More About George Gries and Zola Mickey:
71 v. Mary Gries, born November 28, 1875 in Tifflin, Ohio; died May 11, 1880 in Tifflin, Ohio.
21. John7 Gries (Jacob6, Johann Dietrich5, Johann Dietrich4, Johann Christoph3, Sebastian2, Nikolaus1 Gries von Rankenwil) was born January 13, 1832 in Mansfield, Ohio, and died Unknown. He married Louise Wherry December 01, 1864 in Shelby, Ohio. She was born Unknown, and died Unknown.
Notes for John Gries:
Went to California with brother Jacob and a nam by the name of Joe Miller in 1850. In Colorado and Nevada they bought up cattle and drove them through to California. He established a meat market at Washington City, California, a flourishing mining town, where he continued in business until 1860. A little later he and his brother, George, went to Abilene, Texas and went into the business of buying and selling horses. Soon after the Civil War broke out they were notified that they must either enlist in the Confederate army or leave the country. George went back to Ohio, but John remained to dispose of the stock. He was taken as a prisoner to Charlestown, South Carolina. Through the kindness of one of the guards, a Dr. Isabel, he managed to escape. In later years this Dr. Isabel was in reduced circumstances, and John and his wife aided him and his family financially as long as they lived. After escaping from prison, hiding in the swamps in South Carolina, and being hunted by bloodhounds, he made his way to Missouri, where he joined Fremont's Scouts, and lived in Missouri. The couple moved to a farm in Ventura County, California, in 1879, where his brother, Jacob was living. John engaged in horse raising and farming. He served for several years as warden of San Quentin penitentiary. He had no children, and died suddenly of heart failure on December 28, 1909. Both he and his wife are buried in Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, Ca. They adopted two girls, both of whom were crippled. The name of the second child is not known.
More About John Gries and Louise Wherry:
Marriage: December 01, 1864, Shelby, Ohio
Child of John Gries and Louise Wherry is:
72 i. Anna8 Gries, born Unknown; died Unknown.
22. Henry Harrison7 Gries (Jacob6, Johann Dietrich5, Johann Dietrich4, Johann Christoph3, Sebastian2, Nikolaus1 Gries von Rankenwil) was born February 1840 in Richland County, Ohio, and died Unknown. He married Naomi LNU. She died Unknown.
Child of Henry Gries and Naomi LNU is:
73 i. Winnie8 Gries, died Unknown.
23. Jemima7 Gries (Jacob6, Johann Dietrich5, Johann Dietrich4, Johann Christoph3, Sebastian2, Nikolaus1 Gries von Rankenwil) was born 1835 in Richland Co., Ohio, and died 1873 in Richland Co., Ohio. She married George W. Ford 1858 in Richland Co., Ohio, son of Joshua Ford and Elizabeth LNU. He was born September 24, 1836 in Butler Twp.,Richland Co., Ohio, and died Unknown.
Notes for Jemima Gries:
She was known as Jennie. Dates of death and marriage to George Ford from Biography of George Ford, History of Richland Co, A.A. Graham, 1880., pg. 769.
Notes for George W. Ford:
From "History of Richland County, Ohio," A.A. Graham, Mansfield, Ohio, 1807-1880 pps. 769-770:
Ford, G.W., farmer; P.O. Adario; he was born in Richland Co., Sept. 24, 1836, and is a son of Jushua and Elizabeth Ford, who came to this county in the Winter of 1827 and settled in Butler Twp, on the farm where the subject of this sketch now lives. Joshua lived there until the fall of 1865, when he moved to Ashland Co., where he still lives. The subject of this sketch remained at home until he was married, in 1858, to Jennie Griece, of this county; she died in 1873; after his marriage, he settled on a farm adjoining the old homestead, where he lived about eight years, and then bought and moved on a farm at Shiloh; about eight years after, he moved on the old homestead, where he still resides. He has been married about three years to Sarah J. Deilh, of Blooming Grove Township. Mr. and Mrs. Ford have five children - H.H., Catherine E., Sarah S., Carrie A., and Charles L.
More About George Ford and Jemima Gries:
Marriage: 1858, Richland Co., Ohio
Children of Jemima Gries and George Ford are:
+ 74 i. Catherine E.8 Ford, born December 26, 1861 in Richland County, Ohio; died August 12, 1926 in Ashland, Ohio.
+ 75 ii. Sarah Ellen Ford, born June 06, 1866 in Richland Co., Ohio; died Unknown.
+ 76 iii. Charles Leonard Ford, born July 30, 1873 in Shiloh, Ohio; died Unknown.
+ 77 iv. Harry Hammond Ford, born March 10, 1859 in Richland Co., Ohio; died February 27, 1934.
78 v. Carrie Annette Ford, born October 19, 1869; died 1956 in Medina, Ohio. She married J. Wesley Bell February 22, 1893 in Ohio; born Unknown; died June 17, 1928 in Medina, Ohio.
Notes for J. Wesley Bell:
Was a Medical Doctor
More About J. Bell and Carrie Ford:
Marriage: February 22, 1893, Ohio
79 vi. William Sherman Ford, born February 20, 1865 in Shiloh, Ohio; died March 19, 1865 in Shiloh, Ohio.
25. William R.7 Gries (William6, Johann Dietrich5, Johann Dietrich4, Johann Christoph3, Sebastian2, Nikolaus1 Gries von Rankenwil) was born September 1826 in Reading, Pa., and died Unknown. He married Agnes Costello. She died Unknown.
Children of William Gries and Agnes Costello are:
80 i. Margaret8 Gries, born Unknown; died Unknown.
81 ii. Mary Gries, died Unknown.
82 iii. Clara Gries, died Unknown.