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Heinrich Furr (Furrer)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Zell, Willisau District, Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland
Death: September 27, 1769 (42)
Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Mount Pleasant, Cabarrus, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Bernhardt Leonhard Ferrer and Babelji Furrer
Husband of Russena Furr
Father of John Dolan Furr; Joseph Furr; Paul Furr; Eliza Cresswell Smith; Leonard Furr and 6 others

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Heather Carroll
Last Updated:

About Heinrich Furr

On July 6, 1727, in the Parish of Zell, Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland, a son was born to Leonhard Furrer and his wife Babelj Zuppinger. They named him Heinrich, after his uncle who was Leonhard's brother.

Heinrich was born and grew up in the very midst of the great Swiss immigration to the New World. It was truly the subject of conversation throughout his formative years. He heard his father, Uncle Heinrich, and Uncle Ulrich exchange tales of the land that lay just beyond the ocean.

After much contemplation, Leonhard Furrer, age 46, together with his wife, Babelj Zuppinger, age 46, and his two sons, Heinrich, age 16, and Hans Rudolff, age 6, decided to leave the parish of Zell, Canton of Lucerne. On August 29, 1734, against all warnings of their friends and parish pastor, and against all petitions of their government officials, they sailed Switzerland. In 1738, they immigrated to America. Oral tradition has them landing in Charleston, South Carolina. However, according to the Swiss Record Office of the County Of Zurich, they arrived on the ship Jamaica Gallery in Philadelphia and were sworn in on February 7, 1739.

In the spring of 1743, fearing that the government would soon put an end to immigration altogether, Uncle Heinrich decided to move his family to Carolina. In May of 1743, Heinrich Furrer, age 52, his wife, Susanna Baumann, age 51, and six of their seven children (Felix, age 23, Hans Jacob, age 21, Susanna, age 19, Hans Felix, age 14, Anna Maria, age 12, and Barbara, age 8) departed their native country from Zurich. Ulrich, about 23, the son of Uncle Ulrich, went with them.

Uncle Heinrich's oldest son, Hans, age 26, who was in service with the Dutch army, chose to remain in Europe although his father wrote to him from Rotterdam that he should also make the journey with them. Therefore, the descendants of Hans Furrer, born October 10, 1717 of Heinrich Furrer and Susanna Baumann, are our closest known relatives in Europe. Uncle Heinrich and his family entered America at Charleston and proceeded to the Swiss settlement at Purrysburg by wagon, where they settled in with hundreds of their countrymen.


Per THE HISTORY OF STANLY COUNTY Vol I, Published by Stanly County Historical Book Committee, County Heritage, Inc, in 2002...

Henry Furr who wrote his Will 1769 is not (IS NOT) buried in the Furr Cemetery as so many list, and where a monument was erected in the 1950's ALSO note that the original gravestone was not legible, but there was a date scratched on it "1779" (see below). So there is a question as to whether or not the gravestone that everyone says is Heinrich's actually belongs to another Furr.

This is what is written in a letter dated Oct 1,1985 and published in this History listed under story # 853 Pg221:

"Dear Coy,

My writing is terrible. I can't see the lines and get off. I just wanted to remind you about some of your earliest ancestors. When you visit the two Furr grave yards, the first one is on the west side of Buffalo Creek. I understand that their cabin was between the creek and grave yard. A new bridge and change in road. I understand the road built over some graves - - - the grave yard plowed up by a tenant. Henry Furr was not buried in the grave yard. The old folks always said he was buried by the side of the cabin beneath a wooden opening window. My grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Widenhouse always told the story - - - Grandma always said a child was buied on each side of Henry. His death date unknown - - - will written 1769. Rev. Albright wrote a Furr History. This history left out Henry and Rosina Furr's son Paul Furr 1st - born 1747. Rev. Albright substitutes a Paul Furr first born son of Jacob and wife, ___Pinkney, all the way through the history. He calls him Paul first, son of Henry 1st. Henry Furier and wife Susan Bowman of Switzerland. Their son Jacob was born 1722, came to Pa. 1750 - He was five years younger than his brother Heinrich born 1717 - - - that is exactly what the old folks said." "THE TRUE STORY- Hans Heinrich and Rosina's son Paul Furr, born 1747, wife's name I believe was Catherine. I saw Catherine's petition for dowry. Paul Furr born 1747, died in the of 1779 [Deb's note: Is this the grave that most list as Heinrich's?] Two months later, his wife deceased, by or about January 1, 1780. Paul Furr and his wife had two little sons - - - Henry born 1777 and John born 1779. Now Rev. Albright, in the history named them John's sons, a big error all through the history. Paul and his wife were buried in the first Furr family graveyard - - -west side of Buffalo Creek (Teeter Bridge) Henry and Rosina's son John born about 1745, the graveyard by the creek was flooded often. John Furr graveyard built on east side of creek . John died about 1827 - - - His tombstone vandalized. Notice this__ Rachel Furr, daughter of John and Catherine Lively married William "Billy" Stallings, lived near Buffalo Creek, now Pet Dairy land (Cleave Barrier).

24 Jun 1762 purchased 301 acres in Anson County (later Mecklenburg, now Cabarrus) just south of the Rowan County line. Purchased 185 acres adjoining 5 years later. On 16 February 1820, Henry Furrer, Sr. sold 146 and 1/2 acres in Cabarrus County to Tobias Furrer for $566 (Deed Book 9, page 486, LDS Film #463,597). This land adjoined Daniel

Furrer's land.

His name appears on a list of immigrants naturalized in Rowan County on Sep 22, 1763 in the Superior Court Minutes, page 597, Salisbury, Rowan Co., N.C.

The following was extracted from "Our Story, A Short History of the Furr Family in America" written and compiled by Robert Carol Furr, Jr. as revised by William Frazier Furr.

OUR NAME

"Furr" is the Anglicized version of the Germanic name, "Furrer," which means a "leader" or a "guide." The quotation in Rietstap's Armorial General describing the Furrer coat of arms reads:

D'azur a une fleur-de-lis d'or, soutenue d'un terte de trois coupeaux de sin.

Which translates:

A blue shield with one gold fleur-de-lis rising from a green mound with three points.

It further states that above the shield and helmet is a crest of one gold fleur-de-lis. There is no motto stated for this coat of arms.

We are of Swiss origin, our ancestors having lived in the area of Lucerne, Switzerland. They spelled their name "Furrer" before leaving Switzerland and after arriving in the New World. However, the area in which they settled was under the control of King George of England, and the British took the liberty of shortening our name to "Furr" on all legal documents and references.

As later generations of Furrers learned to speak and write English, the Anglo-Saxon spelling was accepted, and "Furr" has stuck with us to this day.

OUR SWISS IMMIGRANTS

The Swiss were adventuresome people and were very interested in the New World, especially Carolina and Pennsylvania. They established settlements in both areas. The Pennsylvania area prospered and became by far the largest settlement of Swiss immigrants in early America.

In 1732, Jean Pierre Purry, who was said to have been a Director-General of the French East India Company, sent several hundred Swiss immigrants to settle about 28 miles north of Savannah, Georgia, in what is now South Carolina. By 1739, Purry had sent over approximately 600 colonists. They named the settlement Purrysburgh.

The colony was soon found to be in an unhealthy area. The colonists died in epidemic proportions and were buried in unmarked graves in a large graveyard near the settlement.

The surviving inhabitants began moving away, leaving the colony completely abandoned, some half-century after it was founded. There is no Purrysburgh on the map today, however, about 30 miles north of Savannah near Interstate 95 is the small town of Switzerland.

In the 1730's and 1740's, there were so many Swiss citizens becoming interested in the New World and leaving their native country that in 1744 the Swiss government became alarmed and issued mandates and decrees against immigration.

Further, they sent circular letters to the local authorities of each district demanding the name, date of birth, and date of departure of every man, woman, and child who left the country between 1734 and 1744 for the purpose of going to Carolina or Pennsylvania. The district authorities obtained this information from the individual parish pastors, who kept such records.

The original lists of Swiss immigrants in the eighteenth century to the American colonies can still be found in the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and the Swiss Archives in Zurich, Switzerland. According to a letter from the Swiss Record Office of the County of Zurich dated December 23, 1987 to Mary Ann Plumeri of Las Vegas, Nevada, some of the information is this book is incorrect.

OUR ORIGIN

On July 6, 1727, in the Parish of Zell, Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland, a son was born to Leonhard Furrer and his wife Babelj Zuppinger. They named him Heinrich, after his uncle who was Leonhard's brother.

Heinrich was born and grew up in the very midst of the great Swiss immigration to the New World. It was truly the subject of conversation throughout his formative years. He heard his father, Uncle Heinrich, and Uncle Ulrich exchange tales of the land that lay just beyond the ocean.

After much contemplation, Leonhard Furrer, age 46, together with his wife, Babelj Zuppinger, age 46, and his two sons, Heinrich, age 16, and Hans Rudolff, age 6, decided to leave the parish of Zell, Canton of Lucerne. On August 29, 1734, against all warnings of their friends and parish pastor, and against all petitions of their government officials, they sailed Switzerland. In 1738, they emigrated to America. Oral trad tion has them landing in Charleston, South Carolina. However, according to the Swiss Record Office of the County of Zurich, they arrived on the ship Jamaica Gallery in Philadelphia and were sworn in on February 7, 1739.

In the spring of 1743, fearing that the government would soon put an end to immigration altogether, Uncle Heinrich decided to move his family to Carolina. In May of 1743, Heinrich Furrer, age 52, his wife, Susanna Baumann, age 51, and six of their seven children (Felix, age 23, Hans Jacob, age 21, Susanna, age 19, Hans Felix, age 14, Anna Maria, age 12, and Barbara, age 8) departed their native country from Zurich. Ulrich, about 23, the son of Uncle Ulrich, went with them.

Uncle Heinrich's oldest son, Hans, age 26, who was in service with the Dutch army, chose to remain in Europe although his father wrote to him from Rotterdam that he should also make the journey with them. Therefore, the descendants of Hans Furrer, born October 10, 1717 of Heinrich Furrer and Susanna Baumann, are our closest known relatives in Europe. Uncle Heinrich and his family entered America at Charleston and proceeded to the Swiss settlement at Purrysburgh by wagon, where they settled in with hundreds of their countrymen.

OUR LONG JOURNEY

After a tedious voyage of several weeks, Leonhard realized that the glamorous legend of adventure in the New World did not match its stark reality. When Leonhard and his family reached Charleston, they packed their belongings in a wagon and headed for the Purrysburgh settlement. Traveling by wagon in these low lands was very difficult, since they had to go around the many inlets in the Charleston-Beaufort area instead of in a straight line to the colony. The wagon wheels often mired in the marshes.

When they reached Purrysburgh they found not a "promised land," but a crowded settlement in the marsh lands where hot, humid summers brought droves of mosquitoes from the stagnant waters of the surrounding swamps. But the immigrants clung together in Purrysburgh because they were all of one kind, Swiss, in an English New World.

As the celebrated dream of freedom and prosperity dimmed in the colony, there was much talk about how their Swiss brothers had fared in Pennsylvania. Then the faded dream turned into a nightmare when the crowded unhealthy conditions, the hot humid climate, and the mosquitoes, brought about an epidemic of "fever" in the colony. The inhabitants died by the scores and were hastily buried in unmarked graves. Virtually the entire Furrer clan was wiped out.

Heinrich the son of Leonhard, having lost all of his family to the "fever," set out on his own for Pennsylvania. Directly north of Purrysburgh lay the large German settlement of Orangeburg. Heinrich arrived there in the late 1740's when he was still in his teens. He remained in Orangeburg and married a German girl named Russena Roffor. He learned from the industrious Germans how to be a manager of land and money. He became a planter. In 1752, Heinrich and Russena's first son, John was born. In 1754, a second son was born who they named Paul.

Heinrich longed for property of his own in the woodlands of Pennsylvani and by 1757 he had accumulated enough wealth to move his family and make a new start. Also by this time Russena was expecting another child. He plotted his course for Pennsylvania, packed his wagon and left Orangeburg in the winter of 1757 traveling through the Congaree and Wateree settlements and on northward.

When he reached Cold Water Creek in the Province of Anson in the Spring of 1758, Russena delivered him another son who they named Leonard. Now Heinrich had a five year old son, a four year old son, an infant son, an a wife sore and weary from riding in a wagon. The waters of Cold Water Creek were full of fish, the fields abounded with game, the earth was rich and perfect for planting, and the weather was mild. Heinrich felled the trees, cleared the land, built a shelter, and made a permanent home for his family. At last, Heinrich Furrer, now 30 years old, having left Switzerland in 1734 and traveled over half of his life, brought our long journey to an end.

OUR HOMESTEAD

For the next three years, Heinrich planted and tended the land on the Cold Water and Dutch Buffalo Creeks, about one mile from what is now the town of Georgeville in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.

In 1762, the British sub-divided Anson Province into counties. The Dutch Buffalo Creek area became a part of Mecklenburg County. In 1792, Cabarrus County was cut from Mecklenburg, so today, Dutch Buffalo Creek runs through the heart of Cabarrus County.

When the British sub-divided Anson Province, they offered the land for sale to its original settlers. Heinrich, together with his neighbors, Paul Barringer and Valentine Weaver, went to Arthur Dobbs, the Governor of the Province of North Carolina, in the summer of 1762 seeking to be granted the privilege of purchasing their land.

Arthur Dobbs, being a rather proper Englishman, required over 1,000 words to complete the land grant for Heinrich Furrer, who he referred to as "Henry Furr." The following are excerpts from this lengthy document.

Arthur Dobbs (Gov.) to Henry Furr

Book 6 page 161

This indenture made twenty-fourth day of June in the second year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the grace of God King of Great Brittain &C and in the year of our Lord 1762 between his Excellency Arthur Dobbs, Esq. Captain General Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the Province of North Carolina of the one part and Henry Furr of the County of Anson in the Province aforesaid planter of the other part witnesseth that the SD Arthur Dobbs for and in consideration of the sum of thirty two pounds one shilling and four pence proclamation money to him in hand paid by the said Henry Furr at and before the ensealing and delivery hereof the receipt whereof he the said Arthur Dobbs doth hereby acknowledge both granted, bargained sold aliened, enfoeffed and confirmed and by these presents doth grant bargain sell alien enfoeff and confirm unto the said Henry Furr and his heirs and assigns a certain tract or parcel of land containing by survey three hundred and one acres and being in the SD County of Anson and beginning at a white oak on Dutch Buffalo Creek . . . .

In witness whereof the parties to these presents have hereunto interchangeably set their hands and affixed their seals the day and year first above written. Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Martin Phifer, WM. Powell.

Received 24 June 1763 from the within named thirty two pounds one shilling and four pence proclamation money being the consideration money within mentioned.

Witness:

Martin Phifer Arthur Dobbs

WM. Powell

So Heinrich was granted the full rights to, and enjoyment of, the 301 acres of land on Dutch Buffalo Creek where he lived in exchange for 32 pounds, one shilling, and four pence and an annual tax rate of four shillings per hundred acres. (And 1/5 of any gold or silver and 1/10 of any other minerals found on the land). His name was entered on the tax list. In 1767, Heinrich purchased an additional 186 acres adjoining the original tract. He paid Arthur Dobbs in proclamation money, which was used in the colonies in lieu of silver. On September 22, 1763, Heinrich b came a naturalized American citizen in Rowan County.

The Lord and the land were good to Heinrich. Over the next seven years, he prospered on these excellent farming, hunting, and fishing lands. He bought slaves from slavers in Charleston and turned his homestead into a plantation estate; thus, he prospered financially as well. He and Russena were blessed with six more children in the span of these seven years. Henry was born in 1762, Jacob in 1763, Mary in 1764, Catherine in 1765, Tobias in 1766, and Adam in 1767.

Heinrich and Russena were religious people. Heinrich received his religious training in his native Switzerland where over half of the people were Protestants. They credited God for their fortune and reared their children in the Lutheran faith.

But nothing lasts forever, and all good things soon come to an end. It came all too soon for Heinrich. In the late summer of 1769, he fell ill. The "fever" sapped his strength and vitality. He knew his time was at hand, and that he was to suffer the same fate that took his father, mother, and brother only a score of years before. From his sick bed, he summoned his wife, Russena, and his friends, Paul Barringer and Valentine Weaver, to him. Paul Barringer brought his son-in-law, John Phifer, who later became a signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and a Colonel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. With their help, he prepared the following will:

Will of Henry Forror (Furrer)

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

Book C, Page 57

In the Name of God amen. September twenty-seven one thousand seven hundred and sixty-nine. I, Henry Forror, being sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto god therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all people once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First of all my debts to be paid.

Item. I give devise and bequeth unto my eldest and loveing son John Forror the land together with the improvements whereon I now live only that I first order the plantation to be valued by three freeholders and the valuation to be devided eaqually among each and every of my childering and after he the said John Forror have his share of the valuation allowed to him he is to pay to the rest of my childering their shares of the valuation as they come of ages.

Item. I give devise and bequeth unto my second and loveing son Paul Forror . . . lying between my lands and Paul Berring . . . . I first order that the land be valued by three freeholders and the valuation to devided eaqually among each and every of my childering and after the said Paul Forror having his share of the valuation allowed to him he is to pay the rest of my childering their shares of the valuation as they come of ages.

Item. I give and bequeth unto my loveing wife the third part of my personal estate only that I order that all my goods and chattels be sold at public auction and eaqually devided among each and every of my childering after my wife has her third.

In testament where of I the testator Henry Forrer have hereunto set my hand and seal of and for my last will and testament and I do hereby nominate and appoint my loveing wife Rossena Roffor and my trusty friend Valentine Weaver the sole executors of this my last will and testament the day and year above written.

Heinrich Furrer

Signed sealed and published by the testator as and for his last will and testament. In the presence of us who subscribed as witnesses

John Phifer

Paul Barringer

Valentine Weaver

Heinrich signed the will with his own hand in Germanic script. John was 17 and Paul was 15 when the will was drafted and were the only children to be considered "of age" at the time. Heinrich needed to insure that his plantation would continue, that his survivors would have a living, and that the land would remain in his family. So he willed the original homestead and tract of land to his eldest son John. His additional tract of land between his original homestead and Paul Barringer's land, he willed to his second son Paul.

Being an extremely fair man, he made equal provisions for all of his children. He charged John and Paul to pay an equal valuation of the property that they received to each and every child as they came of age. He willed no land to his wife. Instead, he directed that his personal estate be sold at auction and 1/3 of the value be given to her, the remaining 2/3 of the value to be divided equally among all nine of his children. As the provisions of his will indicate, Heinrich Furrer was an intelligent, fair-minded, yet pragmatic man.

On the back of this original will in John Phifer's handwriting is a curious entry that appears to be an afterthought of the will:

Be it known unto all men by these present that I Henry Forror of Mecklenburg County and Province of North Carolina having made this my last will and testament in writing bearing date the twenty second of September one thousand seven hundred and sixty nine I the said Henry Forror do by these presents contained in this codicil confirm and declare this my last will and testament and do give and bequeth unto my loveing wife Rossena Forror one Negro man named Peter and a Negro woman named Dina during all the time she does remain a widow or keep single and in case she should get married . . . by such sale is to be devided eaqually among all of my childering and she is likewise to have her third of the same and my will and meaning is that this codicil or schedule be part and parcel of my last will and testament and that all things therein contained and mentioned by faithfully performed in as full and ample a manner in every respect as if the same were so declared and set down in my said will in witness there of I the said Henry Forror have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty sixth day of September one thousand seven hundred and sixty nine.

Heinrich Forror

Witness:

John Phifer

Paul Barringer

Valentine Weaver

Heinrich also signed this provision in his own hand, again in Germanic script. A very short time later, Heinrich Furrer, only 38 years of age, died having found the American dream, lost it, and found it again. He was laid to rest in his own beloved ground on the north bank of Dutch Buffalo Creek near the Teeter Bridge only a few miles from Cold Water Creek. His grave was marked with a three foot long slab of natural granite stone. In the stone was scratched the date "1779."

Russena did indeed keep single for the remainder of her days, living with her eldest son, John, in the original family home when she died. She was buried at her husband's side, and her grave was marked with a smaller granite stone, the writing on which has become unintelligible.

In 1954, the descendants of Heinrich and Russena Furrer erected a monument in their honor near their original graves.

OUR MISCONCEPTIONS

Information concerning our family's past was handed down from generation to generation, mostly by word of mouth. This condition fostered several misconceptions. However, in the light of the following documents some of these misconceptions can be clarified at last.

Lists of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colonies, compiled and edited by Albert B. Faust and Gaius M. Brumbaugh, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1968 (Located in the Library of Congress, Washington, DC).

The original land grant from Arthur Dobbs to Henry Furr in 1762 (Located in the Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC).

The original will of Heinrich Furrer in 1769 (Located in the Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC).

There is a tradition that the name Furr was once spelled "Fehr" or "Furh" or "Efar." This misconception came about because everyone knew that our ancestor's name had been changed. But after several generations, very few people could recall what it used to be. The Lists of Swiss Immigrants and the Will of Heinrich Furrer show very clearly that our name was originally spelled "Furrer."

The Furr coat of arms has been represented by some sources as "a tree with green leaves on a white shield." This misconception arose from using the erroneous name of "Efar" to research the coat of arms. "Efar" is a Welsh name. The coat of arms of the "Furrer" name is "a blue shield with a gold fleur-de-lis resting on a green three-pointed mound." It is significant to note that at one time Switzerland was occupied by the French, and that French is still one of their four national languages. This accounts for the fleur-de-lis on our coat of arms. In fact, the Armorial General and its supplementary illustrations by J.B. Rietstap (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1965) shows three Furrer coat of arms from Switzerland: the one discussed above from the city of Winterthur in the Canton of Zurich, a second from Winterthur depicting a shoe or boot pierced by an arrow, and a third from Sion in the Canton of Valais depicting an anchor with two stars. The Dictionnaire Historique & Biographique de la Suisse discussed in the next section contains two additional Swiss Furrer coats of arms. One is from the Canton of Berne depicting a blue field crossed with gold accompanied by three stars. Another is from the Canton of Uri chiefly of blue with three stars and six rays of gold depicting two bears supporting a fir tree and holding swords.

There is a wide-spread misconception that the Furrs are of German origin. This probably came about because Heinrich wrote in German script and spoke Swiss-German, which is the native language of the Canton where he was born. Russena was probably of German heritage. It is obvious from the Lists of Swiss Immigrants that our origin is Swiss.

There has been some confusion over which Heinrich Furrer, the one born in 1691, or the one born in 1731, first settled in North Carolina. The Heinrich born in 1691 would have had to sire six children while he was in his seventies to qualify. Heinrich, born in 1727 to Leonhard Furrer and Babelj Zuppinger was certainly the man who founded the Furr family in North Carolina and other states and wrote his will in 1769.

There is a tradition that two brothers from Pennsylvania founded the Furr family in North Carolina. This misconception probably came about because two brothers, John and Paul, came to North Carolina with their parents, Heinrich and Russena, who were on their way to Pennsylvania. There is only one land grant on record to one man, and that is Heinrich Furrer. However, according to a letter from the Swiss Record Office of the County of Zurich dated December 23, 1987 to Mary Ann Plumeri of Las Vegas, Nevada, Heinrich and his family arrived on the ship Jamaica Gallery in Philadelphia and were sworn in on February 7, 1739 together with his brother, Hans Rudolff.

There is a story that Heinrich Furrer settled in several places in North Carolina before the Cold Water, Dutch Buffalo Creek areas. This error came about because the name of the County changed from Anson to Mecklenburg to Cabarrus. However, the land did not change. The land that Heinrich first settled in 1758 was the same land that he was granted in 1762, and the same land on which he died in 1769.

There is a popular tradition that Henry I was born on board ship during his family's voyage to America. This misconception originated when Henry I lied about his age so he could join the Continental Army. He said he was born in 1758, which was the same date the Furrers arrived in North Carolina. However, he was actually born in 1762, and the Lists of Swiss Immigrants shows that the Furrers sailed for America 19 years before that date.

SOURCES OF FURR GENEALOGICAL INFORMATION

In addition to the genealogical sources discussed in the previous section, the following documents also contain information about the Furr(er) family.

History of the Widenhouse, Furr, Dry, Stallings, Teeter, and Tucker Families, Reverend William Thomas Albright, privately published in Greensboro, North Carolina, 1950.

Supplement to the History of the Widenhouse, Furr, Dry, Stallings, Teeter, and Tucker Families, Reverend William Thomas Albright, privately published in Greensboro, North Carolina, 1956.

The Stutts Families and their Descent from Jacob Stutts of Moore County, Katherine Shields Melvin, privately published by Fred McLeod of Dudley, North Carolina, not dated.

The McLarty Family of Kintyre, Scotland and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and Their Descendants, compiled by Adelaide McLarty, Charlotte, North Carolina: Crabtree Press, Inc, 1974.

The Dictionnaire Historique & Biographique de la Suisse, published in 1926 by the Administration du Dictionnaire Historique et Biographique de la Suisse, Place Paiget, Switzerland, includes listings for several Furrer families on pages 291-293. Unfortunately this book is written in Swiss French. First names of Furrers mentioned in this book include Heinrich, Leonhard, Tobias, and Jakob. The parts I have been able to translate so far indicate the following: "Furrer. Name of a family widespread in the Swiss allemande, particularly in the cantons of Berne, Lucerne, Unterwald, Uri, Valais, and Zurich. This name derives from Furre, also widespread."

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Birth: 6 JUL 1727 in Oberlangenhard/Zell, Canton Zurich, Switzerland

Death: 27 SEP 1769 in Mecklenburg County, NC

Burial: Furr Family Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Cabarrus County, NC

Note:

According to Mae Elizabeth Herrin Perry, Heinrich Furrer's cabin was built by the west side of Buffalo Creek with the graveyard next to it. In 1762, Buffalo Creek was probably a small creek. Water flooded the cabin and graveyard. The second graveyard was made on the east side of the creek upon a hill and is called the John Furr graveyard. She believes John Furr and his wife, Catherine, are buried there.

Per Linda Sims, "When you leave Concord and drive toward Georgeville on Hwy 200, when you get to Georgeville, take a left at the Fire Dept. That road is Barrier-Georgeville Road. Go exactly 2 miles and the cemetery is on the left. It is not marked by anything and at first I was not sure we were at the correct cemetery but after looking I found my Great great great grandparents, John Stallings and Rachel Furr. There are not that many actual tombstones there, I would say about 80% of them are just stones or large pieces of granite for headstones."

Father: Leonhard FURRER b: 19 SEP 1697 in Oberlangenhard/Zell, Canton Zurich, Switzerland

Mother: Barbara ZUPPINGER b: 8 AUG 1697 in Oberlangenhard/Zell, Canton Zurich, Switzerland

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Children

John FURR b: MAR 1752
Paul FURR b: 1754
Leonard FURR b: ABT 1758 in Cold Water Creek, Anson Province, NC
Henry FURR b: 6 APR 1762 in Mecklenburg County, NC
Jacob FURR b: 1763 in Mecklenburg County, NC
Mary Magdalena FURR b: 1764 in Mecklenburg County, NC
Catherine FURR b: 1765 in Mecklenburg County, NC
Tobias FURR b: 12 AUG 1766 in Rowan County, NC
Adam FURR b: 1767 in Mecklenburg County, NC

Sources:

Abbrev: Supplement to the History of the Widenhouse, etc.

Title: Rev. William Thomas Albright, Supplement to the History of the Widenhouse, Furr, Dry, Stallings, Teeter, and Tucker Families (Greensboro, North Carolina: privately published, 1956)

Abbrev: List of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century

Title: Albert Bernhardt Faust and Gaius Marcus Brumbaugh, List of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colonies (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1968)

Abbrev: History of the Widenhouse, Furr, etc. Families

Title: Rev. William Thomas Albright, History of the Widenhouse, Furr, Dry, Stallings, Teeter, and Tucker Families (Greensboro, North Carolina: privately published, 1950)


  • Heinrich Furrer
  • Son Of Babelji Furrer (Zuppinger) and Leonhard Furrer
  • Husband Of Rosena Furrer (Rossor) b1720 in Purrysburg, GA (also spelled Russena).
  • Father Of John Furrer
  • Living false
  • Birth Date 7/6/1727

+Death Date 9/27/1769

  • First Name Heinrich
  • Last Name Furrer
  • Gender Male
  • Birth Location Zell, Willisau District, Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Death Location Mecklenburg, NC, USA
  • Manager James Fetzer Cox
  • Generation No. 1
  • 1. LEONHARD2 FURRER (FURRER1) was born September 19, 1697 in Zell Parish, Lucerne Canton, Switzerland. He married BABELJI ZUPPINGER. She was born August 08, 1697 in Switzerland.
  • Children of LEONHARD FURRER and BABELJI ZUPPINGER are:
  • 2. * i. HEINRICH3 FURRER, b. July 06, 1727, Zell Parish, Lucerne Canton, Switzerland; d. September 27, 1769, Mecklenburg County, NC.
            *    ii.    HANS KONRAD FURRER, b. December 26, 1728, Switzerland; d. March 19, 1728/29, Switzerland.
          *     iii.    ANNA FURRER, b. March 14, 1729/30, Switzerland; d. November 21, 1734, Switzerland.
         *      iv.    HANS RUDOLF FURRER, b. January 27, 1736/37, Zell Parish, Lucerne Canton, Switzerland.

Generation No. 2

2. HEINRICH3 FURRER (LEONHARD2, FURRER1) was born July 06, 1727 in Zell Parish, Lucerne Canton, Switzerland, and died September 27, 1769 in Mecklenburg County, NC. He married RUSSENA ROSSER Abt. 1751. She died in Mecklenburg County, NC.

  • More About HEINRICH FURRER:
  • Burial: Furr Family Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Cabarrus County, NC
  • More About RUSSENA ROSSER:
  • Burial: Furr Family Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Cabarrus County, NC
  • Children of HEINRICH FURRER and RUSSENA ROSSER are:
  • 3. * i. JOHN4 FURR, b. March 1751/52; d. December 15, 1827, Cabarrus County, NC.
              *  ii.    PAUL FURR, b. 1754; d. December 04, 1837, Cabarrus County, NC.

More About PAUL FURR:

Burial: Albert Widenhouse Farm, near Georgeville, NC

             *  iii.    LEONARD FURR, b. Abt. 1758, Cold Water Creek, Anson Province, NC; d. 1835, Copiah County, near Allen, MS.
             *  iv.  ELIZA FURR, b. abt. 1758, Cold Water Creek, Anson Province, NC; d. Lawrence County, MS; married Everett SMITH
* v     HENRY FURR, b. April 06, 1762, Mecklenburg County, NC; d. December 24, 1851, Cabarrus County, NC.

More About HENRY FURR:

Burial: Phanuals Baptist Church Cemetery, Rowan County, NC

             *   vi.    JACOB FURR, b. 1763, Mecklenburg County, NC; d. Abt. 1785.
            *   vii.    MARY MAGDALENA FURR, b. 1764, Mecklenburg County, NC; d. 1837, Washington County, AR.
            *  viii.    CATHERINE FURR, b. 1765, Mecklenburg County, NC; d. January 09, 1798, Cabarrus County, NC.
            *i. ix        ADAM FURR, b. 1767, Mecklenburg County, NC; d. Aft. 1798.
              *    x.    TOBIAS FURR, b. August 12, 1770, Rowan County, NC; d. December 1797, Salisbury, Rowan County, NC.

More About TOBIAS FURR: Burial: St. John's Cemetery, Salisbury, NC

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  • Early Emigration from Switzerland to the American Colonies-The family of Leonhard Furrer
Research by Charles Franklin Furr, Wilmington, NC.  In collaboration with Georges Segal, PhD, Basel, Switzerland

In Albert B. Faust's publication "Lists of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Centuries to the American Colonies, volume I: Zurich, 1734-1744", Washington DC 1920, one finds some major errors. The name of the father of the family was Leonhard and not Bernhard. The birth year of his son Heinrich was 1727 and not 1631. The family immigrated to America 1738/39. That date is stated in the list of the emigrants of the: A Church Community Zell (Staatsarchiv Zürich 174, Nr. 98). This Furrer family is the only known Furrer family of the Canton Zurich naming a son Heinrich. Arriving in Philadelphia, Leonhard Furrer signed the list of the "Jamaica Galley", 7 February 1739, as "Linhart Furer.

Children of Henry Furr & Rosena Rosser:

John Furr (1747 - 1827)*
 Paul Furr (1754 - 1837)*
 Leonard Furr (1758 - 1835)*
  Eliza Furr (1758-18
 Henry Furr (1762 - 1850)*
 Jacob Furr (1763 - 1794)*
 Mary Furr Randleman (1764 - 1800)*
 Catherine Furr Aaronhart (1765 - 1798)*
 Tobias Furrer (1766 - 1797)*
 Adam Furr (1767 - ____)*
Includes NotesNotes for Heinrich Furrer:

Heinrich the son of Bernhardt , having lost all of his family to the "fever" set out on his own for Pennsylvnia. Directly North of Purryburg lay the large German settlement of Orangeburg. He arrived there in the late 1740's when he was still in his teens he remained in Orangeburg and married a German Girl named Russena Roffor. he learned from the industrious Germans how to be a manager of land and money . He became a planter. in 1752 there first son John was born. in 1754 , a second son was born who they named Paul. Heinrich longed for property of his own in the woodlands of Pennsylvania and by 1757 he had accumulated enough wealth to move his family and make a new start. Also by this time Russena was expecting another child . He plotted his course for Pennsylvania, packed his wagon and left Orangeburg in the winter of 1757 travelingthrough the Congaree and Wateree settlements and on northward. When he reached Cold Water Creek in the Province of Anson in the Spring of 1758 Russena delivered him another son who they named Leonard now Heinrich had a five year old son , a four year old son , an infant son , and a wife sore and weary from riding in a wagon . The waters of Cold Water Creek were full of fish, the fields abounded with game, the earth was rich and perfect for planting, and the weather was mild. Heinrich felled the trees, cleared the land, built a shelter, and made a permanent home for his family. At last, Heinrich Furrer, now 27 years old, having left Switzerland in 1743 and traveled over half of his life, brought his journey to an end.

" The Homestead "

For the next three years , Heinrich planted and tended the land on the Cold Water and Dutch Buffalo Creeks, about one mile from what is now the town of Georgeville in cabarrus county, North Carolina. In 1762, the British sub-divided Anson Province into Counties. The Dutch buffalo Creek area became a part of mecklenburg County. In 1792, Cabarrus County was cut from mecklenburg, so today, Dutch buffalo Creek runs though the heart of Cabarrus County North Carolina. when the british sub-divded Anson Province , they offered the land for sale to its original settlers, Heinrich, together with his neighbors, Paul barringer and Valentine Weaver, went to Arthur Dobbs, the Governor of the Province of North Carolina, in the summer of 1762 seeking to be granted the privilege of purchasing their land. Arthur Dobbs, being a rather proper Englisman, required over 1000 words to complete the land grant for Heinrich Furrer, who he referred to as "Henry Furr" the following are exerpts from this lengthy document.

Arthur Dobbs (Gov.) to Henry Furr Book 6 page 161

This indenture made Twenty-Fourth day of June in the Second year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third by the grace of God, King of Great Brittain and Sea, and in the year of our lord 1762, between his Excellency Arthur Dobbs, Esq. Captain General Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the Province of North Carolina of the one part and Henry Furr of the County of Anson in the Province aforesaid planter of the other part witnesseth that the SD Arthur Dobbs for and in consideration of the sum of thirty two pounds one shilling and four pence proclamation money to him in hand paid by the said Henry Furr at and before the ensealing and delivery here of he the said Arthur Dobbs doth hereby acknowledge both granted, bargained sold aliened, enfoeffed and confirned and by these presents doth bargain sell alien enfoeff and confirm unto the said Henry Furr and his heirs and assigns a certain tract or parcel of land containing by survey three hundred and one acres and being in the SD County of Anson and begining at a White oak on Dutch Buffalo Creek... in witness whereof the parties to these present have hereunto interchangeably set their hands and affixed their seals the day and year above written. signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Martin phifer, Wm. Powell.

Received 24 June 1763 from the within named Thirty two pounds one Shillingand four Pence proclamation mony being the consideration money within mentioned.

Witness: Martin Phifer Arthur Dobbs Wm. Powell

So Heinrich was granted the full rights to, the 301 acres of land on buffalo Creek where he lived in exchange for 32 pounds, 1 shilling, and 4 pence and an annual tax rate of 4 shillings per 100 acres. With 1/5 of any gold or Silverand 1/10 of any other minerals found on the land) . His name was entered on tax list. In 1767 He purchased an additional 186 acres adjoining the original tract.


Note: He is buried near Mt Pleasant.

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According to Mae Elizabeth Herrin Perry, Heinrich Furrer's cabin was built by the west side of Buffalo Creek with the graveyard next to it. In 1762, Buffalo Creek was probably a small creek. Water flooded the cabin and graveyard. The second graveyard was made on the east side of the creek upon a hill and is called the John Furr graveyard. She believes John Furr and his wife, Catherine, are buried there.

Per Linda Sims, "When you leave Concord and drive toward Georgeville on Hwy 200, when you get to Georgeville, take a left at the Fire Dept. That road is Barrier-Georgeville Road. Go exactly 2 miles and the cemetery is on the left. It is not marked by anything and at first I was not sure we were at the correct cemetery but after looking I found my Great great great grandparents, John Stallings and Rachel Furr. There are not that many actual tombstones there, I would say about 80% of them are just stones or large pieces of granite for headstones."

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Per THE HISTORY OF STANLY COUNTY -Vol I, Published by Stanly County Historical Book Committee, County Heritage, Inc, in 2002...

Henry Furr who wrote his Will 1769 is not (IS NOT) buried in the Furr Cemetery as so many list, and where a monument was erected in the 1950's ALSO note that the original gravestone was not legible, but there was a date scratched on it "1779" (see below). So there is a question as to whether or not the gravestone that everyone says is Heinrich's actually belongs to another Furr.

This is what is written in a letter dated Oct 1, 1985 and published in this History listed under story # 853 Pg 221:

"Dear Coy, My writing is terrible. I can't see the lines and get off. I just wanted to remind you about some of your earliest ancestors. When you visit the two Furr grave yards, the first one is on the west side of Buffalo Creek. I understand that their cabin was between the creek and grave yard. A new bridge and change in road. I understand the road built over some graves - - - the grave yard plowed up by a tenant. Henry Furr was not buried in the grave yard. The old folks always said he was buried by the side of the cabin beneath a wooden opening window. My grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Widenhouse always told the story - - - Grandma always said a child was buied on each side of Henry. His death date unknown - - - will written 1769. Rev. Albright wrote a Furr History. This history left out Henry and Rosina Furr's son Paul Furr 1st - born 1747. Rev. Albright substitutes a Paul Furr first born son of Jacob and wife, ___Pinkney, all the way through the history. He calls him Paul first, son of Henry 1st. Henry Furier and wife Susan Bowman of Switzerland. Their son Jacob was born 1722, came to Pa. 1750 - He was five years younger than his brother Heinrich born 1717 - - - that is exactly what the old folks said." "THE TRUE STORY- Hans Heinrich and Rosina's son Paul Furr, born 1747, wife's name I believe was Catherine. I saw Catherine's petition for dowry. Paul Furr born 1747, died in the of 1779 [Deb's note: Is this the grave that most list as Heinrich's?] Two months later, his wife deceased, by or about January 1, 1780. Paul Furr and his wife had two little sons - - - Henry born 1777 and John born 1779. Now Rev. Albright, in the history named them John's sons, a big error all through the history. Paul and his wife were buried in the first Furr family graveyard - - -west side of Buffalo Creek (Teeter Bridge) Henry and Rosina's son John born about 1745, the graveyard by the creek was flooded often. John Furr graveyard built on east side of creek. John died about 1827 - - - His tombstone vandalized. Notice this__ Rachel Furr, daughter of John and Catherine Lively married William "Billy" Stallings, lived near Buffalo Creek, now Pet Dairy land (Cleave Barrier).

24 Jun 1762 purchased 301 acres in Anson County (later Mecklenburg, now Cabarrus) just south of the Rowan County line. Purchased 185 acres adjoining 5 years later. On 16 February 1820, Henry Furrer, Sr. sold 146 and 1/2 acres in Cabarrus County to Tobias Furrer for $566 (Deed Book 9, page 486, LDS Film #463,597). This land adjoined Daniel Furrer's land.

His name appears on a list of immigrants naturalized in Rowan County on Sep 22, 1763 in the Superior Court Minutes, page 597, Salisbury, Rowan Co., N.C.

Arthur Dobbs, being a rather proper Englishman, required over 1,000 words to complete the land grant for Heinrich Furrer, who he referred to as "Henry Furr." The following are excerpts from this lengthy document.

Arthur Dobbs (Gov.) to Henry Furr Book 6 page 161

This indenture made twenty-fourth day of June in the second year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the grace of God King of Great Brittain &C and in the year of our Lord 1762 between his Excellency Arthur Dobbs, Esq. Captain General Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the Province of North Carolina of the one part and Henry Furr of the County of Anson in the Province aforesaid planter of the other part witnesseth that the SD Arthur Dobbs for and in consideration of the sum of thirty two pounds one shilling and four pence proclamation money to him in hand paid by the said Henry Furr at and before the ensealing and delivery hereof the receipt whereof he the said Arthur Dobbs doth hereby acknowledge both granted, bargained sold aliened, enfoeffed and confirmed and by these presents doth grant bargain sell alien enfoeff and confirm unto the said Henry Furr and his heirs and assigns a certain tract or parcel of land containing by survey three hundred and one acres and being in the SD County of Anson and beginning at a white oak on Dutch Buffalo Creek . . . . In witness whereof the parties to these presents have hereunto interchangeably set their hands and affixed their seals the day and year first above written. Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Martin Phifer, WM. Powell.

Received 24 June 1763 from the within named thirty two pounds one shilling and four pence proclamation money being the consideration money within mentioned.

Witness: Martin Phifer Arthur Dobbs WM. Powell

Will of Henry Forror (Furrer) Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Book C, Page 57

In the Name of God amen. September twenty-seven one thousand seven hundred and sixty-nine. I, Henry Forror, being sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto god therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all people once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First of all my debts to be paid.

Item. I give devise and bequeth unto my eldest and loveing son John Forror the land together with the improvements whereon I now live only that I first order the plantation to be valued by three freeholders and the valuation to be devided eaqually among each and every of my childering and after he the said John Forror have his share of the valuation allowed to him he is to pay to the rest of my childering their shares of the valuation as they come of ages.

Item. I give devise and bequeth unto my second and loveing son Paul Forror . . . lying between my lands and Paul Berring . . . . I first order that the land be valued by three freeholders and the valuation to devided eaqually among each and every of my childering and after the said Paul Forror having his share of the valuation allowed to him he is to pay the rest of my childering their shares of the valuation as they come of ages.

Item. I give and bequeth unto my loveing wife the third part of my personal estate only that I order that all my goods and chattels be sold at public auction and eaqually devided among each and every of my childering after my wife has her third.

In testament where of I the testator Henry Forrer have hereunto set my hand and seal of and for my last will and testament and I do here by nominate and appoint my loveing wife Rossena Roffor and my trusty friend Valentine Weaver the sole executors of this my last will and testament the day and year above written.

Heinrich Furrer

Signed sealed and published by the testator as and for his last will and testament. In the presence of us who subscribed as witnesses

John Phifer Paul Barringer Valentine Weaver

On the back of this original will in John Phifer's handwriting is a curious entry that appears to be an afterthought of the will:

Be it known unto all men by these present that I Henry Forror of Mecklenburg County and Province of North Carolina having made this my last will and testament in writing bearing date the twenty second of September one thousand seven hundred and sixty nine I the said Henry Forror do by these presents contained in this codicil confirm and declare this my last will and testament and do give and bequeth unto my loveing wife Rossena Forror one Negro man named Peter and a Negro woman named Dina during all the time she does remain a widow or keep single and in case she should get married . . . by such sale is to be devided eaqually among all of my childering and she is likewise to have her third of the same and my will and meaning is that this codicil or schedule be part and parcel of my last will and testament and that all things therein contained and mentioned by faithfully performed in as full and ample a manner in every respect as if the same were so declared and set down in my said will in witness there of I the said Henry Forror have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty sixth day of September one thousand seven hundred and sixty nine.

Heinrich Forror

Witness: John Phifer Paul Barringer Valentine Weaver

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Supplement to the History of the Widenhouse, etc. Rev. William Thomas Albright, Supplement to the History of the Widenhouse, Furr, Dry, Stallings, Teeter, and Tucker Families (Greensboro, North Carolina: privately published, 1956) 0 Footnote Rev. William Thomas Albright, Supplement to the History of the Widenhouse, Furr, Dry, Stallings, Teeter, and Tucker Families (Greensboro, North Carolina: privately published, 1956) ShortFootnote Bibliography

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List of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century Albert Bernhardt Faust and Gaius Marcus Brumbaugh, List of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colonies (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1968) 0 Footnote Albert Bernhardt Faust and Gaius Marcus Brumbaugh, List of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colonies (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1968) ShortFootnote Bibliography

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Heinrich Furr's Timeline

1727
July 6, 1727
Zell, Willisau District, Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland
1751
March 1, 1751
Purrysburg, Granville County, South Carolina
1754
1754
1754
Holly Hill, Orangeburg, North Carolina, United States
1758
March 6, 1758
Anson, North Carolina, Colonial America
1758
North Carolina
1762
April 6, 1762
Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States
1763
1763
1764
1764
Mecklenburg, North Carolina