Finding Aid for Foote/Ferrell Family Records, 1880-1999

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Title

Finding Aid for Foote/Ferrell Family Records, 1880-1999

Subject

Foote/Ferrell Family Records

Description

Finding aid for the Foote/Ferrell Family Records. The Foote family owned and operated a tannery in the Traverse City area during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This collection of documents primarily relates to a descendant of John Newcomb Foote (1825-1902), Clara Foote Ferrell, and her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution organization. Documents include photographs, news clippings, certificates, articles, land titles, albums, and membership documents related to the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Creator

Foote and Ferrell Families

Source

None

Publisher

Traverse Area District Library, (Traverse City, Mich.)

Date

1880-1999

Contributor

None

Rights

CC BY 4.0

Relation

None

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Document

Identifier

760.100206

Coverage

Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan, United States

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Traverse Area District Library, Woodmere
Local History Collection
Foote/Ferrell Family Records, 1

LOCAL HISTORY COLLECTION
Traverse Area District Library, Woodmere
610 Woodmere Avenue Traverse City MI 49686

Creator: Foote and Ferrell Families
Title: Foote/Ferrell Family Records
Inclusive dates: 1880-1999
Bulk dates: 1940s-1960s
Extent: .5 linear feet
Call number: 760.100206

Language: Material is in English.
Acquisition: Unknown.
Accruals: Periodic additions to the collection are not expected.
Access: The collection is open without restriction.
Photographs: Yes, see items 2 and 3.
A-V Material: None.
Digital Material: None.
Copyright: Copyright is held by Traverse Area District Library unless
otherwise noted in the item record.
Processed By: Johanna Hagerty, 2021

Traverse Area District Library, Woodmere
Local History Collection
Foote/Ferrell Family Records, 2

Abstract: The Foote family owned and operated a tannery in the Traverse City area
during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This collection of documents
primarily relates to a descendant of John Newcomb Foote (1825-1902), Clara Foote
Ferrell, and her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution organization.
Documents include photographs, news clippings, certificates, articles, land titles,
albums, and membership documents related to the Daughters of the American
Revolution.
History: John Newcomb Foote (1825-1902) was born in Clinton, Oneida county, New
York and moved to Wexford county in 1869. Foote found employment at the Traverse
City Tanney established by the Norris brothers in Norrisville (on the shore two miles
north of Traverse City, Michigan) during several increments of time beginning in 1871
and continuing until 1880. In 1880, Foote rented the Norrisville tannery, after which point
he erected a new building on the bay shore and purchased the stock and machinery of
the former Norrisville plant. Foote continued operating his tanney business successfully
until his death in 1902.
John Newcomb Foote married Miss Virginia Jenison in 1956, and the couple had two
sons and three daughters: Rose (died at age six), William (b. 1861), John N. (b. 1863),
Cora (b. 1865), and Clara (b. 1874). John Newcomb Foote II learned the tanning trade
under his father and eventually became a partner in the tanning business, thereafter
named Johnson Foote & Son. Both John Newcomb Foote and John Newcomb Foote II
participated in local politics, each serving as the treasurer of Elmwood Township during
different periods of time.
Clara Foote Ferrell married Clarence Willard Ferrell in 1908 in Charlevoix, Michigan.
Clara was an active member of the John Sackett chapter of the Daughters of the
American Revolution for fifty + years. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
is a lineage-based membership service organization for women who claim direct
descent from individuals who were involved in the American campaign for
independence. The organization was founded in 1890 and has a central mission of
promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Clara Foote Ferrell claimed
membership to the DAR as a descendant of John Foote (a private who served during
the Revolutionary War), Benjamin Lull, Joseph Lull, Samuel Cunnabell, William
Newcomb, Peter Jenison, and Ebenezer Knapp.
(Archivist’s Note: Information found on the Daughters of the American Revolution
website and within collection records)
Scope and Content Note: Consists of historical materials, framed photographs, photo
albums, loose photographs, land titles, event invitations, magazine article clippings,

Traverse Area District Library, Woodmere
Local History Collection
Foote/Ferrell Family Records, 3

membership certificates, awards, membership commendations, newspaper clippings,
letters, pamphlets, and autograph albums.
Note: item 760.100206.04 is missing.

Traverse Area District Library, Woodmere
Local History Collection
Foote/Ferrell Family Records, 4

Container No.

Description

Box 1
Foote/Ferrell Family, Framed Photograph [760.100206.01]
Black and white photo (2)
Foot/Ferrell Family, Photo Album [760.100206.02]
Color photographs (19)
Foot/Ferrell Family, Folder [760.100206.03]
Color photographs (12)
Black and white photographs (8)
Foot/Ferrell Family, Framed Photograph [760.100206.05]
Color photographs (2)
Foot/Ferrell Family, Land Title [760.100206.06]
Title
February 1st, 1952
Foot/Ferrell Family, Historical Materials [760.100206.07]
Invitation (1)
Black and white photographs (4)
1957
1956
Undated (2)
Magazine clippings (4)
February 1952
Undated (3)
Certificates (4)
1944
1991
1994
1947
Newspaper clippings (1)
May 7, 1953
Document (1)
February 15, 1947
Letter (1)
March 1957-March 1958
Yearbook (1)
1998-1999
Folder

Traverse Area District Library, Woodmere
Local History Collection
Foote/Ferrell Family Records, 5

Foot/Ferrell Family, Photograph [760.100206.08]
Black and white photograph (1)
1900
Foot/Ferrell Family, Applications [760.100206.09]
Applications (9)
1944
1945 (2)
Undated (6)
Foot/Ferrell Family, Document [760.100206.10]
Article (1)
Undated
Foot/Ferrell Family, Photographs [760.100206.11]
Black and white photographs (4)
Undated
Foot/Ferrell Family, Photograph [760.100206.12]
Black and white photograph (1)
Undated
Foot/Ferrell Family, Newspaper Clipping [760.100206.13]
Newspaper Clipping (1)
May 29, 1937
Foot/Ferrell Family, Photograph [760.100206.14]
Black and white photograph (1)
Undated
Foot/Ferrell Family, Albums
Autograph albums (3)
1880-1884
1882-1884
1880-1887

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