Bio: McKenzie, David & Rose Ann Ferris
Contact: Michele

----Source: Excerpt from "The Centennial History of the York Center United Methodist Church, 1880 - 1980..


David McKenzie and his wife Rose Ann Ferris were born in Ireland. Due to famines and hardships they moved to Scotland and the new world beckoned them. So they sailed away to resettle in the state of Vermont where their first child was born in Waitsfield.

Vermont was very stony and hilly so they decided to move to lower Ontario near the St. Lawrence River where they resided for many years. During this time the Great Lakes Territory was being settled and the state of Wisconsin was formed. Now they moved again to Seymour where some of their friends were.

As the virgin timer was being cut, there was that old wanderlust again beckoning and they moved inland to the town of York in Clark County where they established their final home.

The 1861 census of Sidney township of Hastings County in Ontario gave David's occupation as a yeoman, which had to do with keeping records, financial, etc.

Their children were James, Mrs. James A. (Nancy) Dunn, Mrs. Phillip (Ellen) White, David 11, Mrs. Wellington (Mary) Sherman, Mrs. Albert (Laura) Garvin and Mrs. James (Eliza) Flynn.

Records show that David and Rose Ann were laid to rest in the York Center United Methodist cemetery.

Rose Ann (Ferris) McKenzie died January 28, 1892 at age 68. The funeral was held on Sunday at the M.E. Church at York Center. The church was not large enough to admit all the congregation and some of them had to stay outside. The sermon was preached by W.T. Hendren of Greenwood Presbyterian Church.

David McKenzie Sr. died January 19, 1896 at age 80. He was a victim of cancer. Funeral services were held in the M.E. Church of York Center conducted by Rev. W.T. Hendren of Greenwood Presbyterian Church and assisted by Rev. J. Hoffman of the Loyal M.E. Church.

The photo below was contributed by Michele, webmaster of The Nels Nilsen Nelson Family Website and 3rd great granddaughter of David & Rose Ann (Ferris) McKenzie.



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