FRANCIS A. McFERREN, of the firm of Myers & McFerren, of Toronto, which is extensively engaged in the planing-mill and wholesale and retail lumber business and contracting, was born October 20, 1832. The first of his family in Jefferson County, was his grandfather, Samuel McFerren, a native of Pennsylvania, who migrated thither in an early day, and engaged in farming, but subsequently removed to southern Ohio, where he died. His son, Thomas, who became the father of Francis A., was born in Pennsylvania and came to Ohio with his father, and was engaged in agriculture until his death in 1865. He was married to Mary, daughter of John Forquer, of Jefferson county, a native of Maryland, and they had five daughters and two sons, five of whom are living. The mother died in 1886. Francis A. was reared as a farmer, and followed that pursuit about fifteen years, after which he took up the carpenter's trade. This was his vocation until in 1879 he formed the partnership which still exists between himself and B. F. Myers. In December 1852, Mr. McFerren was married to Martha M., daughter of Adam Crawford, of Jefferson county, and by this union has six children, Mary J., Jennie, Kate, Annie, Walter S., John. Jennie is the wife of William B. Francy, elsewhere mentioned. Mrs. McFerren died July 11, 1868, sincerely mourned by all who had her acquaintance. He is a member of the Methodist Protestant church, and in both social and business relations is highly esteemed.
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