FRANCIS FERDIG
 
Francis Ferdig
 
SOPHIA FERDIG
BORN NOV. 6 1850
Died Jan 13 1915
Aged 64Y 2M 7D
 
Francis "Frank" Ferdig was born in 1848 or 1849, the second son of Francis Matthew and Matilda Fertig/Ferdig1,2.  He was raised in Rush Township, Northumberland County and Monroe Township, Snyder County1,2.  Francis began farming at a young age and continued as a farmer his entire life2,3.
 
Francis was united in marriage with Sophia M. Long, the daughter of Daniel Long and Sophia Doebler3.  Sophia was born on November 6, 18504.  Francis's brother, John Ferdig, married Mary A. Long, a sister of Sophia. 
 
Francis and Sophia were honored and blessed with three children: Lydia, Calvin Oscar and George Franklin3.  By 1880, the family had relocated to Salem Township, Ottawa County, Ohio3Francis later moved his family out to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he passed away sometime prior to 19005,6.
 
Sophia then brought the remaining family back to Monroe Township to reside5.  As a widow, Sophia worked as a nurse to provide for her family5.  She resided with her sister, Mary Ferdig and mother, Sophia Long5,7.
 
Sophia died at the age of 64 on January 13, 19154.  She was buried in the Shreiner's Cemetery, west of Shamokin Dam4.
 
CHILDREN OF FRANCIS AND SOPHIA M.:
Lydia, born 1869 or 1870 and died 1884 or 1885
Calvin Oscar, born 1872, married Nettie Alverta Jarrett and died 1962
George Franklin, born June 10, 1877, married Margaret Rebecca "Maggie" Kline and died April 1932
 
REFERENCES:
1. 1860 Census of Rush Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Francis Matthew Fertig/Ferdig family.
For more information, see the reference section for Francis Matthew Fertig/Ferdig.
 
2. 1870 Census of Monroe Township, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, Francis Matthew Fertig/Ferdig family.
For more information, see the reference section for Francis Matthew Fertig/Ferdig.
 
3. 1880 Census of Salem Township, Ottawa County, Ohio, Francis Ferdig family.
Frank Firdig, age 31, head, married, farm laborer; Sophia Firdig, age 30, wife, married, keeping home; Lydia Firdig, age 10, daughter; Calvin Firdig, age 9, son; George Firdig, age 3, son
 
4. Tombstone of Sophia M. (Long) Ferdig.
The tombstone is located at the Shreiner's Cemetery, west of Shamokin Dam, Snyder County, Pennsylvania.  For directions, see the Reference section for the discussion of John Anthony Fertig.  The tombstone is located in the eleventh row from the church, the fifteenth cemetery plot south of the cemetery road and just north of the grass cemetery path.  The tombstone was photographed and transcribed on May 23, 2002.
SOPHIA FERDIG, BORN NOV. 6 1850, Died Jan 13 1915, Aged 64Y 2M 7D
 
5. 1900 Census of Monroe Township, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, Francis Ferdig family.
Sophia Long, head, born Dec 1825, age 74, widow, housekeeping, rent house; Sophia Fertig, daughter, born Nov 1850, age 49, widow, nurse
 
6. Correspondence with Lee Calvin Hummel, grandson of Calvin Oscar Ferdig.
For more information, see the reference section for John C. Ferdig family.
 
7. 1910 Census of Monroe Township, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, John C. Ferdig family.
For more information, see the reference section for John C. Ferdig family.

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