Dr. Charles & Laura Ferrill Page
In the late 1960's, Dr. Charles Wolesley Ferrill, age 85, having grown up at Boyd's Settlement, having worked his way as a railroad cook through Albert College and Queen's University
(graduated 1920) after almost 50 years in medical practice in Carleton
Place, Ontario and throughout the Ottawa valley, began a modest attempt
at writing a memoir.
Before his death in 1970, he made copies of the
pages he had typed and saw that my mother, Irene Bailey, and Aunt Helen (Bresee) each received a copy. Irene and Helen were his favorite nieces, daughters of his wife Laura's sister, Mary Zena McCreary.
While the writing is short (12 1/2 typed pages) when it comes to
documenting the stories of a life of 85 years, it makes a fascinating
read, and here is presented in its original form ...
Charles Ferrill (1885-1970) was the son of ____Ferrill & Isabella Barrie (1864-1929) and the stepson of Ebenezer Stephenson (1853-1931.) "The Farm" referred to by Uncle Charlie was Lanark Twp. Con XI Lot 2.
As far as I can assembe the events, Charlie Ferrill came to Boyd's Settement in the years between 1895 and 1900, where his mother Isabella married Ebenzer Stevenson, grandson of original settler Andrew Stevenson from Armagh, son of John Stevenson (1823-1897) and Ellen Ferguson (1822-1896). The Code family, who lived nearby, had been at Boyd's
for almost 80 years by this time - the current family occupying te
homestead being John McCreary and his wife Margaret Code. among their
daughters were my grandmother, Mary Zena McCreary and my great aunt, Laura McCreary, who would later marry Charlie.