Janetta Ann McBride & Jacob Samuel Ferrin

Histories of Children:

  • Olive Fidelia Ferrin & John Alonzo Wade

  • Samuel S. Ferrin & (1) Esther Ann Maycock (2) Letty May Saunders

  • Susana Jane Ferrin & Edward W. Wade

  • Robert Ferrin & Zebodia Adelia Crockett

  • Jenatta Ferrin & Thomas Norman Lamb

  • Margaret Alice Ferrin & John Henry Cluff

  • Sarah Elizabeth Ferrin & Joseph Henry Lines

  • Jacob Howard Ferrin & (1) Valverda Gemima Stowe (d) (2) Ethel Cox

  • Edgar Ebenezer Ferrin & Clarinda Coons

  • William Howard Ferrin

  • Charles Ether Ferrin & Betty Stinson

(Scroll down to each individual child)

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OLIVE FIDELIA FERRIN - First Child, Daughter of Jacob Samuel Ferrin and Janetta Ann McBride (m. John Alonzo Wade)

During the winter and spring of 1857-58 a great injustice was foisted upon the Mormon people who had settled in the great basin area of Utah. The so called "Utah War," discussed earlier in this volume (see chap. Viii, page 35 ), had caused the people to abandon their homes and flee to the south. Jacob Samuel Ferrin and Janetta Ann McBride, only recently married, were expecting their first child. With scant possessions of this world's goods, they were caught up in the traumatic events of the period. With the exception of what little they could carry with them, they abandoned everything they owned with little hope of returning. They did return, however, to take up the struggle of living in Ogden.

Under these trying conditions their first child, Olive Fidelia was born in Ogden, March 2, 1858. When she was about six years old the family moved to the Ogden Valley, where they were among the early settlers of the small community of Huntsville. She attended school there. Early in her youth, however, the family moved to Pleasant View, Utah. By this time the family had increased to five children, and Olive was about eleven years of age. Already she had begun to take on much responsibility, doing needful chores on the farm and helping a busy mother with the smaller children.

Olive continued her schooling in Pleasant View and took part in the many activities afforded by the church. Her youth was filled with hard work in difficult times; but also with many enjoyable times as the family worked and played together.

At age eighteen Olive married John Alonzo Wade, September 19, 1876 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the son of Edward D. Wade and Belinda Hickenlooper. They began their married life together in Pleasant View. Six children were born to them.

Very little else is of record concerning the life of Olive. A family group sheet, in research performed by Laura Smith, shows the death of John Alonzo as October 2, 1888, at age thirty, near the time of the birth of their last child, Alonzo Wade Jr. . Cause of his death is not given. The death of her husband at this early age, apparently left Olive a widow with six children, the eldest not more than eleven years of age. Available records do not show a second marriage, so it is supposed Olive remained a widow while she raised her family.

The only other bit of information on Olive's life is that she lived for a few years in Pima, Arizona, at least from 1920 to 1925. Other members of her family: her mother, brothers and sisters, were well established there. No doubt that period of her life was spent in association with them. Her death is recorded as April 4, 1935 at St. Anthony, Idaho.

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SAMUEL S. FERRIN - Second Child, First Son of Jacob Samuel Ferrin and Janetta Ann McBride (m. (1) Esther Ann Maycock - (2) Lettie May Saunders)

Samuel S. Ferrin was born in Ogden, Utah, September 29, 1859, eldest son of Jacob Samuel Ferrin and Janetta Ann McBride. When Samuel was just a lad, the family moved to the Ogden Valley, some twenty miles or so northeast of the city of Ogden. For a number of years they took up farming in Huntsville, an early settlement in the area. There Samuel first attended school in a one-room log house, not more than twenty feet square.

Throughout his youth things were difficult, living conditions primitive. Family tradition has it that in the summertime, like the other children, Samuel went barefoot, although he had good leather boots for the wintertime when the weather was extremely severe, the snow deep and constant. He wore homemade clothes. He helped fight grasshoppers that were a persistent threat to the crops of wheat. After one disastrous summer, the family plowed up the wheat and planted corn and sugar cane. The following winter they lived on cornbread and molasses, supplemented by sego bulbs dug form the countryside.

About 1869, Samuel then age ten, the family moved to Pleasant View, Utah, a few miles north of Ogden. He and a sister drove a cow and a calf all the way down the canyon to Pleasant View. He attended school in Pleasant view, and there he became attracted to a lovely girl, Esther Ann Maycock. Upon finishing school they were married, August 11,1879, she seventeen and Samuel nineteen. With one horse, a cow, an old stove the bride's folks had given them, a couple of chairs secured elsewhere, and a bed, the newlyweds set up housekeeping. Their life together was a happy one, though of only about fifteen years duration. Two children were born to them, Albert Samuel and Ella Louise. Esther subsequently gave birth to three more children, stillborn, and suffered through several miscarriages, one of which took her life, November 2, 1894.

After a period of about three and one-half years, Samuel met Lettie May Saunders (Taylor), a young widow with two children. They married June 29, 1898. Nine children were born to this second marriage. During the years, as the family increased in size, Samuel worked at many jobs to earn a living. He helped dig the North Ogden Canal; worked in saw mills and on roads; did hauling, carpenter work, horse-shoeing, blacksmithing and farming. He sawed and chopped a lot of wood. At one time he drove a school bus and did janitorial work at the school. Ambitious and resourceful, Samuel became expert in many fields of endeavor. In later years he became successful in farming and fruit raising, not retiring until age eighty.

During his life he helped with the construction of three L.D.S. churches in Pleasant View. An active member of the Pleasant View Ward, he served as Sunday School teacher, ward teacher, temple worker, secretary of the High Priest group, and for many years a member of the Old Folks Committee. He was an honorary member of the Sons of Utah Pioneers.

Greatly honored and revered as a pioneer of his area and as a spiritual giant, Samuel spent his retirement years in the service of his fellow men. He passed away July 7, 1952, and is buried in North Ogden cemetery.

(This material was taken from Samuel's autobiography and related sources.)

(When Lettie May married Samuel S., she brought two children from a previous marriage, Harvey and Oles Taylor.)

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SUSANNA JANE FERRIN - Third Child, Second Daughter of Samuel Jacob Ferrin and Janetta Ann McBride (m. Edward William Wade)

At about age fifty-two, widowed, and living in Pleasant View, Utah, Susanna wrote a sketch of her own life. Preserved by her descendants, her brief story follows:

I, Susanna Jane Ferrin Wade, was born in Ogden, Utah County, April 26,1862. My parents were Jacob Samuel Ferrin and Janetta Ann McBride. My grandfather, Samuel Ferrin, was the first of his family to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I was born in a dugout which was located at the northern limits of Ogden. When I was but two years of age my folks moved to Huntsville. It was there that my schooling began. While we were living there the grasshoppers took the crops and I remember taking ropes and dragging the grasshoppers into the ditches.

When I was seven years old the family moved to Pleasant View. We had to go three miles to Sunday School. In spite of this we considered it a privilege to go.

When I was seventeen I married Edward William Wade. He had married Julia A. Ellis some seven years before. We had been married about a year when she died leaving four children. Her mother took the baby and I raised the other three as my own.

In July, 1882 the North Ogden Ward was divided and my husband was made the bishop. He held this position for nineteen years.

His health was poor and his work was in Ogden, so in 1901 we sold our home and moved to Ogden with our eight children.

Two years before we left Pleasant View we buried our oldest child, Julian C. Our youngest child, a boy, was born a very short time after we moved to Ogden. Six years later our third child, Parley, died. Shortly after this our oldest daughter married.

After 12 years of illness and four years after Parley's death my husband died Nov. 25, 1908 in Ogden, Utah, leaving me with seven children to care for. With these seven children I went back to Pleasant View to make my home. I have been here five years and during that time three of them have married and I have buried my youngest.

Susanna lived in Pleasant View the remainder of her life. The last sixteen years following the death of her husband she spent caring for her children until they were out on their own, and in performing charitable service to people in her community. A devoted mother, and one who had a great capacity for helping others, she lived close to her religious ideals and endeared herself to all who knew her.

Susanna passed away in Pleasant View, May 11, 1924.
(Submitted by a niece, Alice Lines Skousen) 

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ROBERT FERRIN - Fourth Child and Second Son of Jacob Samuel Ferrin and Janetta Ann McBride (m. Zobedia Adelia Crockett)

Robert Ferrin was born in Huntsville, Weber County, Utah, May 15, 1864. At that time the small Mormon settlement of Huntsville in the south end of Ogden Valley had only recently been established. The settlers living on scattered farms were having considerable trouble with the Indians. When he was yet a lad, around four years of age, the family moved to Pleasant View, Utah, where Robert spent his youth on his father's farm.

Caught up in the general policy of expansion in the church, the Ferrin's migrated more than a thousand miles by team and wagon to Pima, Arizona. Young Robert, then eighteen, had a major role in the undertaking, he being the eldest of the eight children who made the move, arriving at their destination, January 2, 1882. A few months later, July 19, 1882, Robert's father, Jacob Samuel, was killed by Indians while hauling freight between Bowie, Arizona, and Globe, Arizona. Robert took over the freight wagons and assumed the major responsibility of the family for several years.

Robert met and fell in love with Zobedia Adelia Crockett, the daughter of another pioneering couple, Wilford Woodruff Crockett and Mary Mahala Reed. Robert and "Bede", as she came to be called, traveled to St. George, Utah, by wagon to be married in the temple there, October 29, 1885, her 18th birthday. They made their home in Pima.

Robert was a farmer most of his life. On the side he did work for other farmers in the Gila Valley, baling hay and threshing wheat. He and an associate brought the first self-propelled steam thresher to Pima, replacing the horse-powered machines then in use.

Industrious and progressive, Robert also ran a blacksmith shop, dug ditches, and owned a small spread of cattle. The father of ten children, he eventually had six strong boys to help him in his diversified occupations.

His was a faithful Latter-day-Saint family. He served as counselor to Bishop William E. McBride and loved to sing in the choir. Zobedia served in many capacities: Relief Society President, Primary President, teacher and charity worker. No one in need was ever turned away from their door. The children took part in all the community and church activities and were taught to love and to serve.

Robert was community-minded. He served for a time as town constable, later as marshall, sexton and pound keeper. Highly respected for his diligence and integrity, he always served his fellow men well.

Robert's talented and beloved companion, Zobedia, died at age eighty-one, March 16, 1949. Robert lived just two years longer and passed away March 10,. 1951, at age eighty-seven.

(We are indebted to Delsa Davis McBride, granddaughter, for compiling this historical material)

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JANETTA FERRIN - Fifth Child and Third Daughter of Jacob Samuel Ferrin and Janetta Ann McBride (m. Thomas Norman Lamb)

Janetta Ferrin was born in Huntsville, Weber County, Utah, August 25, 1866. This early Mormon community was situated in the high Ogden Valley, about twenty miles northeast of the city of Ogden. About the time of her birth the Saints living on scattered farms in that area were being advised to move closer together for protection from the Indians. The Ferrin's moved to Eden, a few miles distant in the same valley where many families had begun to band together for mutual protection. Very soon, however, the family made another move, this time to Pleasant View, Utah, a small settlement a few miles directly north of Ogden, Janetta was then about two-years old.

On her parents' farm in Pleasant View, Janetta grew to young adulthood with brothers and sisters, some older, some younger. In this large family, eventually totaling eleven children, young Janetta soon learned the value of work, thrift, industry and cooperation. She attended school and was given the advantages the church offered to learn early in life a love for family and gospel principles. Hers was a happy childhood.

In 1881 Janetta moved with her parents to Southern Arizona, arriving in Smithville (now Pima), January 2,1882. The long difficult journey by team and wagon remained a highlight in her life, she just fourteen years of age and the eldest girl of the eight children who made the trip. (Three of the family had married and remained in Utah.)

Circumstances were difficult in Smithville during the next several years, especially due to the fact that her father was killed while engaged in a freight hauling venture. Jacob was shot down without cause by an Indian renegade while crossing the Apache Reservation, July 19, 1882.

At fifteen, Janetta went into the homes of different families to work and thus help with the expenses of her widowed mother and younger brothers and sisters. She continued in school and took an active part in church activities. "Nettie," as she was affectionately called, displayed a special talent in giving readings and taking part in many of the performances of the local theatrical troupe.

Just short of age eighteen, she married Thomas Norman Lamb. June 1, 1885. They homesteaded a small ranch on Cottonwood Wash, at the base of Graham Mountain, a short distance south of town. Here they raised ten of eleven children. (One died at birth.)

With much love, diligence and hard work, Nettie raised her family, performing many enterprising tasks to supplement her husband's income. From the wild grapes that grew near-by, she made jelly. She always had a productive garden as well as a flock of chickens. With team and wagon she would make trips into town to sell her produce of vegetables, butter, chickens and eggs to the local market.

Not only did Janetta bear her mother's name, she also exhibited many of the noble qualities of that cherished parent, living a life full of charitable service to others. She never pulled a handcart as her mother did, but she exhibited the same spirit and will in the face of many hardships. She died at a comparative early age, fifty-seven years and five months - January 6, 1924. The two youngest of her children were still living at home.

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MARGARET ALICE FERRIN - Sixth Child and Fourth Daughter of Jacob Samuel Ferrin and Janetta Ann McBride (m. John Henry Cluff)

Margaret Alice Ferrin was born April 18, 1869, in Pleasant View, Weber County, Utah. She was given the name of her maternal grandmother, Margaret (McBride), who had crossed the great plains by handcart in 1856; and like her grandmother she was often called "Maggie." The stories of her pioneer forebears were an important part of young Maggie's early life. Her mother Janetta Ann, at the age of sixteen, had played a major role in the epic struggle of the McBride family to get to Utah after the father, Robert, had died on the plains. And certainly, Young Margaret Alice, growing up in Utah, was no stranger to a pioneer type of existence.

At age twelve Margaret Alice took part in a major move by the Ferrin family, a journey of more that a thousand miles by team and wagon to the Gila Valley in Southern Arizona. Barely six months after the family had settled in Pima (then Smithville), her father met his death at the hands of a band of Indians, as he was crossing the Apache Reservation on a return trip from Globe, Arizona. Primitive and austere conditions in the Ferrin home now made it necessary for the children to get out on their own, and may have precipitated Margaret's marriage at an early age. Not yet sixteen, she married John Henry Cluff, October 12, 1884.

She became the mother of ten children. Their home became a place of industry and cooperation, as John owned large orchards, the main source of family income. Everyone took part in cultivating the trees and picking the fruit, which found a ready market in the mining towns of Globe and Miami.

Their home was also a place for music. A variety of instruments provided each of the children an opportunity to play one or more of them. Maggie would play the organ, a routine occurrence each morning as the family gathered to sing before family prayer.

Margaret Alice is remembered by her children and associates as a very pretty woman with long and thick black hair: a good and kind mother who loved her husband and children dearly. She canned lots of fruit and attended faithfully to the myriad tasks incidental to raising a large family. Attending church and living the principles of the gospel were paramount in her home. Margaret, unselfishly, performed many services in her church and community.

With vision for the future she completed a course in obstetrics at Dr. Ellis Shipp's School of Obstetrics. Her life was cut short, however. On October 4, 1904, with heavy heart, John Henry tearfully told his children that their mother had died in childbirth with her tenth baby, a stillborn daughter. Her demise at age thirty-five left John Henry with seven surviving children, the youngest two years, the eldest fourteen.

(Historical material compiled by Margaret's daughter, Olive Cluff Talley)

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SARAH ELIZABETH FERRIN - Seventh Child, Fifth Daughter of Jacob Samuel Ferrin and Janetta Ann McBride (m. Joseph Henry Lines)

At age eighty-eight Sarah Elizabeth Lines told her life story. Recorded by a daughter, Rowena Lines Holladay, we have selected a few paragraphs for our purpose here:

I was born in a little one room Log House in Pleasant View, Utah, on April 22nd in 1871, the seventh child in a family of eleven children. My parents were Janetta Ann McBride and Jacob Samuel Ferrin. At the time of my birth my parents had just moved from Odgen Valley onto a farm in Pleasant View. Our farm was on a gentle slope at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains.

This farm was a pleasant place for our family to grow up. As the years passed more rooms were added to our home, and though everyone had to work hard we were very happy.

"- - -We always walked to school through the snow and it was terribly cold. The small children were met at the door by the older students, who removed our mittens, shoes and stockings and rubbed our hands and feet with snow to prevent frostbite."

Sarah Elizabeth tells how the family grew and made almost everything they ate or owned. They grew a variety of fruits and vegetables, much of which was canned or dried for future use. Always there was sugar cane which provided an abundance of molasses. Pigs and sheep provided meat and wool, the latter to be washed, corded, spun and woven into clothes. Elizabeth continues: "Elizabeth was ten years old when the family moved to the Gila Valley in Southern Arizona. Of special interest is her account of the last leg of the trip, some details not told elsewhere in this volume:

- - - After about two months on the road we finally reached Prescott (Arizona). From there we went down to the Salt River Valley. All that I remember of Phoenix was a small red brick schoolhouse. Phoenix was a very small village. We followed up the river to the present site of Tempe. The only thing there was the Hayden Flour Mill, which was run by water power from the river.

We continued up the river to Mesa, a village which consisted of a few little shacks, with willow shades in front, built along the irrigation ditch. - -

- - - It was a long hard trip from the Salt River to Pima; at times we were stuck in the quicksand - and one night the wind blew so hard that father had to rope the wagons together to keep them from being blown off the hill.

Finally we reached Pima on January 2, 1882, just three months from the day we left Utah. The town of Pima was then three years old and consisted of about twenty-five families who were living in cottonwood log shacks, with mud roofs and dirt floors, built among the mesquites."

Growing up in the adverse circumstances of the area, Elizabeth's life centered around the home, work, school and church. The Ferrin Family was unusually hard pressed due to the untimely death of Jacob Samuel. At age fourteen "Lizzie", as she came to be called, became the principal support of the family. She engaged in a number of remunerative jobs, among them cooking at the sawmill on Mt. Graham, and for hired hands on the farms in the valley; doing housework for others; working at a milliner and dressmaking shop; teaching school.

She married Joseph Henry Lines, October 6, 1891, at age twenty. Not a farmer by profession, Joseph, for a number of years, worked at various jobs: stage driver, fireman in a flour mill, justice of the peace, hauler of wood and supplies.

After the birth of their fourth child Joseph was called to go on a gospel mission to the Southern States. Lizzie helped support him there for two years by working at any job she could find, principally dressmaking.

After her husband's return from the mission field, more children were born, bringing their brood to a total of thirteen. Joseph bought interest in a store with his brother, Arthur. The Lines Brothers' Mercantile Company became an important establishment in Pima. Of her later years Lizzie records: "Through these years, while our children were growing up, it was always a struggle to provide for them and I helped in every way that I could. Every summer I canned lots of fruit. - - I tried raising chickens; and I was able to procure some fine milk cows which provided us with plenty of butter and cream. I did quite a little bit of nursing, especially during the influenza epidemic of 1918."

"Aunt Lizzie" helped deliver babies and nursed the ill whenever needed. She served in many capacities in church organizations. A special joy was quilting in the "Aunt Dinah's" club. Beautiful quilts were made for members and the needy.

In 1940 Elizabeth and Joseph moved to Mesa, Arizona, to serve in the temple. She loved to play Chinese checkers and usually came out the winner.

Death came at ninety years, May 25,1961. To a numerous posterity Sarah Elizabeth Lines has become a legend for her perseverance through difficult times and for her special gift of love and service.

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JACOB HOWARD FERRIN - Eighth Child, Third Son of Jacob Samuel Ferrin and Janetta Ann McBride [m. (1) Valverda Gemima Stowe. m. (2) Ethel Cox (Allen)]

Born in Pleasant View, Weber County, Utah, May 3, 1873, Jacob Howard Ferrin was only eight years of age when the family migrated to Arizona, (1881-82). Following the untimely death of his father, (1882), he grew up well acquainted with hard work and difficult times for his mother's family. He did much to help support his widowed mother and children younger than himself.

Jacob married Valverda Gemima Stowe December 17, 1894, in Pima, Arizona. They took up farming and other pursuits and lived in several different towns in Arizona: Hubbard, Duncan, Pima, and Bisbee. Five sons and a daughter were born to them. However, the marriage ended in divorce in 1921.

Jacob later married Ethel Cox (Allen), June 15, 1939, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti Temple.

Little else of Jacob's life has been made available for this record. At some point in their lives this couple moved to Utah. He died there April 9,1975 in a rest home in Nephi, of causes incident to old age. A news item announcing his death speaks of him as "Sanpete County's oldest resident" - 101 years of age. He is buried in the Elsinore cemetery.

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EDGAR EBENEZER FERRIN - Ninth child, fourth son of Jacob Samuel Ferrin & Janetta Ann McBride (m. Clarinda Coons)

Edgar Ebenezer Ferrin, the 9th child of Jacob Samuel Ferrin and Janetta Ann McBride, was born in Pleasant View, Weber, Utah, April 4, 1875.

He moved with his family to Smithville (now Pima), Arizona. After the death of his father, he and his brother Jacob went to old Mexico to work on the railroad. Edgar enjoyed working with cattle and riding the range.

After returning to the Gila Valley, he met Clarinda Coons, daughter of Libbeus T. Coons and Adelia Curtis. They were married in St. David, Arizona, May 1, 1902.

He worked in the Copper Queen mines in Bisbee, Arizona earning money to buy a farm in St. David Arizona. Later bought a farm with his brother Willie and went into the dairy and cattle business in Pima.

Due to the drought, he left the Gila Valley and worked with his team of horses on the first highway between Miami and Superior, Arizona. When the job was finished, he worked on the new Marine and Naval Base in San Diego, California.

Then he and his son Ezra had a successful fruit and vegetable produce business in Los Angeles, California. After selling out they moved back to the Gila Valley where they bought a farm in Lebanon.

Edgar and Clara were active in the L.D.S. Church. Edgar was ordained an Elder by Spencer W. Kimball. He was serving as councilor of the M.I.A. and teaching the Book of Mormon class at the time of his death. He passed away with the flu at Lebanon, Arizona, January 30, 1932, age 56.

(Submitted by a granddaughter, Shirley Ann Richins.)

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WILLIAM HOWARD FERRIN - Tenth Child and Fifth son of Jacob Samuel Ferrin and Janetta Ann McBride (not married)

In a family of eleven children born to his parents, William was the next to the youngest. He was born in Pleasant View, Utah, January 5, 1879. At the age of three he was one of the eight children who accompanied their parents, Jacob Samuel and Janetta Ann, on the arduous journey by team and wagon from Utah to the Gila Valley in Southern Arizona. They arrived in Smithville (now Pima) January 2, 1882. With roots planted deep in this small Latter-day-Saint community, William Howard grew to manhood. Since his mother was left a widow barely six months after their arrival in Arizona, William hardly knew his father. As he grew to maturity in the large family, he did his share toward their support, always conscious of the needs of his mother and of the legacy left by a faithful, loving father.

Though William never married, he became affectionately known as "Uncle Billy" Ferrin, and endeared himself to all who knew him through a special devotion to duty in his family and his church. He filled many positions of responsibility in the various quorums of the Priesthood, the Sunday School, home teaching and missionary work. due to his special attentiveness to others, he was called as the official usher of the Pima Ward in 1910. He served in this capacity for forty-five years, always present at meetings; always seeing that everyone was comfortably seated. Every Bishop knew that Uncle Billy would be there on time regardless of the occasion, and that his job would be well done.

Visiting and encouraging others were specialties with Uncle Billy. He was a Ward (Home) teacher for all his adult life and loved missionary work, always contributing both time and money to that effort. Although he never married, he was endowed in the Arizona Temple and financed the endowment work for some sixty-five other people.

Billy Ferrin had but a meager education and worked mostly for other people on their farms. However, for many years he operated a small dairy farm west of Pima, near the home of a nephew.

After the marriage of his younger brother, Charles, Billy devoted his time and attention for the next eighteen years to the happiness of his mother, driving the horse and buggy and seeing that she was able to fill her assignments in the church. Surely, one could not have been more loyal and devoted to a mother. He felt that she was his first responsibility, and he did everything possible to make the remaining years of her life as comfortable as possible. Billy also hauled wood from the mountains and sold it to help support his brother Charles on a mission for the church.

Throughout a long and charitable life of eighty-six years. William Howard Ferrin saw the Gila Valley change from a mesquite thicket with its "lizard" trails to beautiful farms with comfortable homes, paved roads, schools and churches. He lived a comparatively simple life, but one of service to others.

He passed away April 17, 1965, greatly loved by family and a host of friends.
(Submitted by a nephew, Norman Crockett)

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CHARLES ETHER FERRIN – Eleventh Child and Sixth Son of Jacob Samuel Ferrin & Janetta Ann McBride (m. Betty Stinson)

Charles Ether Ferrin was born March 6, 1881, in Pleasant View, Utah, the youngest child of Jacob and Janetta McBride. When Charles was a baby in his mother’s arms, the family made the journey by team and wagon to Pima Arizona. Barely six months after their arrival, Charles father, Jacob, was shot to death by Indian renegades on the San Carols reservation. Charles was destined to grow to manhood without the association of a father.

Young Charles attended the school in Pima until fifteen. At age twenty-two he served a mission in the state of Florida.

On March 6, 1906, Charles married Batty Stinson, daughter of Joseph Pinkney and Sarah West. The couple lived in Pima, engaged in farming, and there their first six children were born. During an influenza epidemic of those days, much sickness entered their family. Charles was Bishop during the time of this sickness and there was much sorrow and death in the area He worked unceasingly to care for the sick, dig graves and bury the dead.

After these traumatic events, about the year 1919, the family moved to Thatcher, Arizona, another small community six miles to the east. Here again Charles took up land and, with the assistance of his older boys, operated a prosperous farm.

Later called to the High Council, Charles Ferrin magnified his position and served his church and community for many years. He was ordained a Patriarch, March 16,1952, by Elder David L. Stapley, in which capacity he served faithfully throughout his declining years.

Betty Ferrin was no less a person of great capacity to give loving service. Always an active member of the Women's Relief Society, she did visiting teaching among the ward sisters and sang with the singing Mothers. As a member of the Ward Genealogical Committee, she worked for many years doing important research. Betty died August 3, 1964. Charles died March 28, 1969, at which time their posterity numbered eighty-eight children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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