Ferrin Gravestones in the North Jay Cemetery, Essex County, New York.
Ok, cous', here's the one of Achsah & Hanna Philura Ferrin's stones. That's me in the background looking for more of their families. Achsah's is about center & Hannah's is to the right as you look at the pic. I'm in the middle of the 2 back a row or 2. This picture looks east.
From left to right the stones in the main row are: Elvira Ferrin (daughter of Zebulon & Achsah), Sophronia Ferrin Murch (also Zeb & Achsah's daughter), Achsah & then Philura Hannah Murch Ferrin.
North Jay Cemetery is in a small valley, very sandy & dry soil. Very typical of the area here. Not sure why anyone thought this would be good farming area. Soils are rather thin & sandy with little organic matter. I've spent 14 years now trying to enrich the veggie garden & it's still just barely above pure sand.
-- Kathi Desko, in an email to Jerry Ferrin, 27 Oct 2002.
At left: Gravestone for Philura H. Murch, wife of Reuben Ferrin, Died March __(?) 1865, North Jay Cemetery, North Jay, Essex County, New York. She was the mother of Loren & Arthur Ferrin of Comanche County, Kansas. Photo by Gerald Desko.
Above: Gravestone for Achsah Darling, Wife of Zebulon Ferrin, North Jay Cemetery, North Jay, Essex County, New York. She was the paternal grandmother of Loren and Arthur Ferrin of Comanche County, Kansas. Photo by Gerald Desko.
Oh, man, you asked for it...this will be a series of Wesley Clay's family's stones & of Betsey DeKalb's parents' stones. You see the big "FERRIN" monument in front. Behind it are, from left to right are:
- Ella E Ferrin Born Feb 10, 1855 Died Sept 21, 1857
- Allie E Ferrin Born Aug 12, 1858 Died Feb. 26, 1861
- John F Ferrin Born Dec. 12, 1874 Died Apr. 10, 1895 (I believe in Chicago IL)
- Betsey Ann DeKalb Wife of Wesley Ferrin Born Apr 7 1833 Died -not visible (I'll have to go back!)
- Wesley Ferrin Born Mar. 22, 1825 Died Mar. 1, 1905
At left: Gravestone for Ella E. Ferrin, North Jay Cemetery, North Jay, Essex County, New York. Photo by Gerald Desko.
At left:Gravestone for Allie E. Ferrin, North Jay Cemetery, North Jay, Essex County, New York. Photo by Gerald Desko.
At left: Gravestone for John E. Ferrin, North Jay Cemetery, North Jay, Essex County, New York. Photo by Gerald Desko.
At left: Gravestone for Betsey Ann DeKalb, Wife of Wesley Ferrin, North Jay Cemetery, North Jay, Essex County, New York. Photo by Gerald Desko.
At left: Gravestone for Wesley Clay Ferrin, North Jay Cemetery, North Jay, Essex County, New York. He was the uncle of Loren & Arthur Ferrin of Comanche County, Kansas. Photo by Gerald Desko.
"Wesley Ferrin, an able farmer of Jay, was born in Vermont March 22d 1825. His farm consists of 200 acres of land: March 7th 1853 he was married to Betsey A., daughter of John W. DeKalb. They have four children living: Eber W., Maggie, Henry C., and John F. Mr. Ferrin’s parents were Zebulon and Achsie (Darling) Ferrin, both natives of Morristown, VT. They came to Jay in the spring of 1827, bringing with them four children besides Wesley, and located in North Jay.
History of Essex County by H.P. Smith. D. Mason & Co. Publishers, Syracuse, 1885, p. 718.
At left: Gravestone for J.W. DeKalb, North Jay Cemetery, North Jay, Essex County, New York. Photo by Gerald Desko.
John W. DeKalb was the father of Betsey DeKalb Ferrin. A biography for his father, John C. DeKalb, was published in History of Essex County by H.P. Smith. D. Mason & Co. Publishers, Syracuse, 1885:
"John C. DeKalb, p.o. Ausable Forks, was born March 21, 1838: is a leading merchant in Ausable Forks; has been in trade seven years in Middle Granville, Washington County, N.Y., and three years at Ausable Forks. He owns 265 acres of land in Jay. Was married Oct 17, 1867, to Joan A., daughter of D.B. Stickney, of Jay. Mr. DeKalb’s grandfather, John DeKalb, was a native-born German, a shoemaker by trade, and while living in Washington and Essex Counties, he pursued his calling from house to house, which was called 'whipping cat'. He was a soldier of the War of 1812. He came to Jay about 1800, and married Lydia, daughter of Zephaniah Palmer. They had one son, John W., and three daughters, Caroline, Betsey, and Statira. John W. was married, April 17, 1832, to Submit, daughter of Captain Jessee Tobey, of Jay, and they had nine children: Betsey A., now Mrs. Wesley Ferrin of Jay; Ermina, wife of W.W. Purmort, of Missouri, (deceased); Lydia P., Mrs. Augustus DeKalb, of Washington County; Martha, Mrs. B.F. Broughton, of Poultney, VT; Mary, Mrs. H.A. Griffin of Cleveland, OH; William Barron (deceased), and John C. the subject of this. p. 718 ".
At left: Gravestone for Submit Tobey, Wife of J.W DeKalb, North Jay Cemetery, North Jay, Essex County, New York. Photo by Gerald Desko.
The above photo of North Jay Cemetery, Essex County, New York, shows the Ferrin plot in relation to the DeKalb plot. Betsey never got too far away. I believe her parents' farm & Zeb & Achsah's farm were very close to one another. And they're buried pretty close to one another also.
Anyway, in the left foreground of the picture is a fairly new stone, diagonally up to the left is one with a cross on it. Behind that one are Betsey's parents' stones. The large dark DeKalb stone to the left is probably one of her brothers. I have a close up of it & a closer one of it & the 2 parents' stones also.
Go back to the road. The Wesley Clay Family Ferrin monument is next to the road, third one up. You can see the bar around the plot behind it. Achsah & her daughters are over to the left quite a bit & uphill & I don't believe you can see them in this shot. My husband & I believe that that's Ellis Mountain in the background. North Jay Cemetery is easy to locate. It's on the topographical map of the area. It is located just south of where Stickney Bridge Road comes into Green Street.
North Jay Cemetery Latitude: 442426N. Longitude: 0733928W. North Jay-Au Sable Forks/Jay
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Thanks to Gerald & Kathi Desko for providing the photos and information on this webpage. Kathi is a Ferrin cousin of mine. Jerry Ferrin,great-great-great grandson of Zebulon & Achsah (Darling) Ferrin.
A Brief History of Newton, New Hampshire (A New Chronology of the Life & Times of Jonathan Farren)
Zebulon Ferrin was a 4th generation descendant of Capt. Jonathan Farren of Amesbury, MA, & Newton, NH, as follows: Zebulon Ferrin 4, Zebulon Ferrin 3, Zebulon Farren 2, Jonathan Farren 1.