His father was Philip Ferre who married Leah DuBois about 1716. Joel was
a gunsmith (probably he learnd gunsmithing fom Philip LeFevre his cousin.
After the dead of Philip LeFevre in 1766 he helped to appraise his gunsmith
estate of Philip LeFevre.
Joel was killed in 1801 by Indians.
During the American Revolution he made gun barrels and guns. His production
was 30 to 40 guns per week.
Together with Jacob Ferree he made gunpowder for the Continental Army at
French's Creek near Kimberton, Chester County.