JEREMIAH D. FERREE
whose valuable farm of 137 acres lies in Perry township now lives retired after a long and busy life, and is known and respected all through this section of the county. He was born in Salem township, Shelby county, April 28, 1845, and is a son of Daniel and Eliza (Dixon) Ferree.
Daniel Ferree was born in Adams county, Pa., and died in Miami county, Ind., in March, 1892. He married Eliza Dixon, who was born in Lancaster county, Pa., and who lived to the unusual age of 103 years, passing away on January 12, 1912, at the home of her son, Jeremiah D., where she had been tenderly cared for for fifteen years previously. Daniel Ferree and wife had three children: Anna. who is the wife of George M. Gamble; Jeremiah D.; and Edwin A., who lives in Kentucky.
Jeremiah D. Ferree was still young when he enlisted for service in the Civil war, becoming a member of Co. G, 1st O. Vol. Cav., in which organization he was promoted to be first sergeant, and during me whole period of service was a brave, efficient and obedient soldier, winning the admiration of his comrades on many occasions and the approbation of his commanding officers. During one part of his service he was engaged in very dangerous work, although the entire period of a soldier's life is filled with danger, but on this occasion the hazard and danger were more than usual. A call for volunteers came for a secret mission and Mr. Ferree was one of those who exhibited courage and enlisted for this mission under Capt. Yeoman. The first indication of the nature of their work was when all were given Confederate uniforms and thus they marched in a certain direction all through one day up to midnight, when the captain told them that their mission was to capture Jefferson Davis, for whom a reward was offered by the Government, amounting to $100,000. Although every man at this stage was given a chance to retire from the pursuit not one gave up, and such was their diplomacy that they mingled every day with Confederate soldiers without having their disguise penetrated, and each day a secret courier was sent back to General Wilson, their commander. The subsequent capture of Davis is a matter of history and the prize money was distributed between the soldiers of the 4th Michigan, the 1st Wisconsin and Captain Yeoman's brave squad of thirty-five men. Mr. Ferree took part in all the closing events of the war in which his regiment participated and was honorably discharged at Columbus, O., September 27, 1865. After his return from the army he completed his education and took a commercial course at Dayton, O., following which he taught one term of school in Shelby county. Later for some years he was in the saw mill business in Shelby county and then took up farming and
continued until he retired from hard work.
Mr. Ferree was married September 29, 1870, to Miss Arvesta Line, who was born in Shelby county and is a daughter of D. M. and Sarah A. Line, and a granddaughter of Henry C. Line and of Solomon and Hannah (Rutman) Robeson. Mr. Ferree's paternal grandparents were Jacob and Elizabeth (LeFevre) Ferree, and the maternal, Haines and Elizabeth (Souder) Dixon, the former of whom was a Methodist preacher. Mrs. Ferree was the eldest born of her parents' family, the others being: Easton, Henry and Charles S.; Agnes I., who became the wife of Jacob Piper; Dewitt F., Ellwood S. and Morris Robison; and Olive May, who married Arthur T. Culbertson.
Mr. and Mrs. Ferree have four children, all of whom occupy rather prominent positions in life. The eldest son, Ernest Franklin, is a well known attorney in Indiana. Judson A. is a successful physician of Dayton, O. He married Minnie Connor and they have two children: Marjorie and Virginia. Clarence E. is a man of scientific attainments and is professor of psychology, at Bryn Mawr College, Pa. Grace Agnes, the youngest, is a teacher in the school of domestic science at the Ohio State University at Columbus. Mr. and Mrs. Ferree were reared in the Methodist faith and attend that church. Politically Mr. Ferree is a republican and for nine years served as a justice of the peace. He is a Knight Templar Mason, attached to the Commandery at Sidney, O.