Currituck Co., N.C. Houses


Samuel Ferebee Home

Located on N.C. Highway 170 between Sligo and Shawboro.  Present owner, Ambrose Forehand.  Note remnant of old porch room at right.  Window left intact.  Note also nine-paned upper window sashes and six-paned lower, both on first and second floors.  Former home of Col. Samuel Ferebee of the Revolution, who was born in 1761 and died in 1845.

UPDATE 2/21/2006 from Anne Jennings: Sadly, the Samuel Ferebee Home is no longer standing.  The home can be seen on an aerial photograph taken in 1938. All that remains of the home site today is a grove of trees, one of which now supports a deer stand.
     Samuel Ferebee was born 20 June 1761 and was the son of William Ferebee (b. 13 April 1722 - d. 9 July 1783) and Elizabeth Cowper (b. 3 Oct. 1728 - d. 29 Dec. 1794) who were married in 1745.  Samuel Ferebee married Sarah Dauge (b. 22 Jan. 1766 - d. 27 Oct. 1801) on 14 Oct. 1787.

Jesse F. Pugh writes in his book, Three Hundred Years Along the Pasquotank, published in 1957 on page 147:
     "Camden is indebted to Currituck for the many excellent citizens who from early colonial days have migrated from that county to reside within these borders, the most outstanding being William Reed, Gideon Lamb, Peter Dauge and certain members of the Ferebee family.  The contributions of this latter clan have been valuable and varied, but none have been more significant than the achievements of two half-brothers whose careers date from the first part of the nineteenth century.  In 1834 one of the co-founders of Wesley's Methodist Church at Old Trap in the southern part of Camden was the Reverend Samuel Ferebee who, along with two other Currituckians, Bannister Jarvis and Nathan Poyner, was named as one of the charter trustees and continued as pastor to minister to the spiritual needs of the congregation for several years, though he retained his residence in Currituck.  Mention should also be made of his remarkable matrimonial ability, it seems, since he succeeded in this accomplishment five times.  In 1843 the Reverend Samuel's younger half-brother Dennis, having married Sarah McPherson of the South Mills area, came to make his permanent residence there and went on to become the most distinguished citizen in the county during the next fifty years, and a leader in both local and state politics.
     There was nothing singular in the aptitude manifested by Ferebee for public life when one considers his lineage.  His paternal grandfather, William Ferebee, had represented Currituck in the Provincial Assemblies and his father, Samuel Ferebee, was a man of considerable local prestige.  His mother was a descendant of the very able French Huguenot immigrant, Peter Dauge (later changed to Dozier).  The union with the Dauges gave rise to one of those intimate family situations which impart individuality to household traditions.  The father first married Sarah Dauge who had red hair, as did her six children, including the preacher Samuel already referred to.  The second wife was Sarah's sister Peggy.  She had black hair and likewise her three daughters and five sons, the youngest of whom was the fourteenth child of his father and the subject of this sketch."

Alma O. Roberts kept very extensive records of the Ferebee family since she was a direct descendant of this line.  One of her interesting notes was that Sarah Dauge had red hair. One of her files labeled "Descendents of Ferebee Family" is more than an inch thick with hand-typed pages. One doesn't have to look far to find volumes of information about the Ferebee family. When Alma took this photo of the Samuel Ferebee home, she was living only about a half mile north of the home.  It was one of the homes that she saw each time she left and returned to her home at the DeCormis Place and was very special to her.


This photo and information are from the project "Old Homes in Currituck County to 1860" originally compiled June 1960 by Alma O. Roberts and Alice Flora of the Currituck County Historical Society.   We are indebted to Barbara B. Snowden, president of the Currituck County Historical Society for permission to reproduce this collection on the internet, and also to Gerri Andrews and Diane Ferebee of the Currituck County Public Library who provided digital copies of the photos.  No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes; however, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research.  Images are for personal use only, not for redistribution.




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