Ferriter Ancestors

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Sister Helen Theresa Ferriter

Birthplace: Barclay Village, Barclay Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania

photo b. October 8, 1870
d. November 17, 1945
father: Nicholas C. Ferriter
mother: Mary Ann (Sullivan) Ferriter

Helen Theresa Ferriter was born in 1870 to immigrant parents from the Dingle Peninsula area of Ireland.  She was the tenth child of Nicholas and Mary Ann (Sullivan) Ferriter.  Her oldest brother, Michael James Ferriter, was 17 and working in the coal mines along with his father.  Her youngest sibling was John Joseph Ferriter, age 5.  Four of the nine children born before her had not survived childhood, with one dying as an infant and three dying as toddlers.  Barclay Village no longer exists. At one time, it was a very busy community that sprouted up in 1850 around the coal mines and the rail lines in the area.  Nicholas and his family were living there between 1870 and 1880 at a time when coal mining there was at its peak.  Later in the 1880's the mines started to dry up as most of the coal had been taken from them. The mines  shut down... Read More

Robert Garret Farritor

Birthplace: Blossburg, PA

photo b. February 2, 1846
d. 1915
father: John Ferriter
mother: Honora Fitzgerald Ferriter

Robert Garret Farritor was born in Blossburg, Pennsylvania, February 2, 1846 to his Irish Immigrant Parents, John Ferriter and Honora Fitzgerald Ferriter of Ard Na Cainthne (Smerwick) Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry Ireland. Raised in Pennsylvania Coal Mining Country, he joined his Father and brothers in the coal mines at age 16. After the Civil War, his family relocated to Streator, Illinois, a new coal mining community in central Illinois. Determined to leave this dangerous occupation, he homesteaded in central Custer County Nebraska in 1879, along with his brothers and other immigrant families from County Kerry. Successfully enduring the natural and personal hardships of establishing a farm in the previously uncultivated Great Plains of the American West, he ended his life an accomplished farmer/rancher, owning over 1,000 acres at his death in 1915. Read More

Agnes Theresa Ferriter

Birthplace: Barclay Village, PA

photo b. 1876
d. February 22, 1958
father: Nicholas Ferriter
mother: Mary Ann Sullivan Ferriter

Agnes Theresa 'J' Ferriter was the twelfth child born to Nicholas and Mary Ann (Sullivan) Ferriter, Irish immigrants to America from the Dingle Peninsula area in Ireland.  Agnes was born when the family was living in Barclay Village, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  Her father, Nicholas, and some of her brothers were working in the coal mines.  The family had moved around since their immigration looking for better jobs over the years.  Four of the twelve children born to Nicholas and Mary had not survived early childhood.  But, by this time, there were a number of young working adults in the family. Her family eventually moved back to Richmond, Virginia, where they had settled for a few years until the Civil War broke out. Sometime between the age of 6 and 13, Agnes started attending St. Joseph's Academy in downtown Richmond.  This school, run by the Daughter's of Charity, had been started in 1834 in order to... Read More

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