Jacob Ferree was born August 8, 1750, the son of Isaac and Elizabeth LeFevre Ferree. He is buried in a small cemetery in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, where a grave marker, placed by our chapter, gives his date of death as September 5, 1807. Jacob married his first cousin, Rachel Ferree, on August 8, 1770; they had four children. After Rachel's death in 1782, Jacob married Alice Powell of Chester County; there were nine children by this marriage.
Jacob is said to have manufactured gun powder in the employ of the government during the American Revolution. It is also said Jacob had charge of the French Creek Powder Mill at Kimberton, Pennsylvania. In 1784, Jacob and Alice moved to Mifflin Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and settled on a tract of land on Peter's Creek. Around the year 1800, Jacob and Alice moved from Mifflin Township to what is now Moon Township and Coraopolis, Pennsylvania.
Jacob set up a gun shop on Peter's Creek where he made rifles and gunpowder. Peter's Creek was located about 24 miles up the Monongahela River from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The rifles found a ready market in Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina.
Alice Powell, Jacob's second wife, was considered a fine shot with the rifle. She tested the guns and gunpowder, which her husband produced.
- Taken from "Ferree Family Gunsmiths," by Major George Bennett Ferree, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1967
The organizing regent of the Jacob Ferree Chapter NSDAR Mrs. Corinne Martin, was a descendant of the patriot.