1685 left France for Landau, Bavaria, Germany.
1687 Left Landau for Steinweiler, Bavaria, Germany
1708 Left Germany for England via Holland
1709 Arrived England, later New York
1712 Arrived Lancaster Co, PA
These people had been living in France possibly in Alsace or Lorraine or one of the upper Provinces, not far from the River Rhine, for they were called Walloons.
Daniel was by trade a silk weaver.
They first fled to Landau, a town located in the Rhenish Palatinate, Bavaria, on the River Quiech, 18 miles NW of Karlsruhe. Subsequently, they moved to Steinweiler, which was an adjacent village. Here Daniel died and son Daniel married Anna. Whether she was of French or German parentage is not known. According to old French custom, after her husband's death Maria took her maiden name.
There were no emigrants whom William Penn desired more ardently than the persecuted Huguenots, and many of them had heard of the advantages possessed by Pennsylvania through the statements which his agents circulated in all Europe. It, therefore, was determined by the Ferree's that they would emigrate. Tradition says that Maria Ferree met with William Penn in London in 1708 and was introduced by him to Queen Anne. From her they received Letters of Denization for the British Colonies. Daniel Ferree and Isaac Lefever and families arrived at New York on 1 Jan 1709 on the Globe. Maria Ferree and her single children came later.
From about 1660, there had been at Esopus, now Kingston, along the Hudson River in the state of New York a Huguenot colony. Therefore, the Ferree's wended their way thither. They arrived in Lancaster Co, PA by 1712.
Madame Maria died about 1716 and was buried in the Ferree Cemetery.
Name spelled Fuehre, Firre, Fiere, Fierree, Fieree, Feree, Ferree, Fere
Passias is the Italian name for Ferree.