Mary Ferrell

Mary Elizabeth McHughes Ferrell (26 October 1922 – 20 February 2004) was an American historian and independent researcher who created a large database on the John F. Kennedy assassination.

Life and career

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, she married Hubert Afton "Buck" Ferrell in 1940 and had four children. In 1957 the family moved to Dallas, Texas, where Ferrell found work as a legal secretary.

She began collecting materials on the Kennedy assassination immediately after the event.[1] Her assassination database was originally written on over 40,000 cards and included details of over 8,200 people involved in the case. These data were eventually entered into a computer. Ferrell also created a four-volume set of chronologies, covering all aspects of the assassination.[2]

Ferrell died in Dallas.[3] The Mary Ferrell Foundation, located in Ipswich, Massachusetts, is a non-profit "devoted to carrying on the legacy of Mary Ferrell, whose integrity and unwavering dedication to truth is an inspiration to many."


  1. Cochran, Mike (22 October 2000). Research on JFK consumes the life of Dallas woman. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  2. McCarthy, Jerry. Biography of Mary Ferrell NameBase NewsLine, No. 4, January–March 1994.
  3. Death notice (February 20, 2004). JFK Assassination Expert Dies, Mary Elizabeth McHughes Ferrell. Dallas Morning News

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