Leaves From the Ferris Family Tree

The lineage of Jeffrey Ferris in America

Opening the Ohio Country

The Ohio country, in the 1790s, was wilderness. A French presence had been removed by a British win in the French and Indian War that ended in 1763. By decree, no white settlements were allowed in the region. At the end of the American Revolution, the area fell into American control and there was no […]

Ancestry Status

The mess with linking to Ancestry.com seems to be fixed. This link https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/tree/115339067/recent goes to the Jeffrey Ferris lineage. Several other leafs that I could not link to the main tree have been removed. As I have the opportunity and energy, I will post links in the sidebar.

Author Update

The lack of many posts since November is due to my serious illness. I am recovering and I hope to resume regular posting. I use software titled Family Tree Maker, which was bought from its creators and is now under new management. They have continued to allow those trees to be synced to Ancestry as […]

Ferris, Sioux and Shoshone

I have been tracking another Ferris takeover of a Native American tribe. While I cannot link the first Ferris to our lineage, the lusty procreation and involvement with a woman not his wife does suggest he carries the same genes. Edward Ferris came to South Dakota in the early 1880s. Public records list multiple birth […]

Using the US Census

I’d like to make some of the tips and tricks involving the United States census that I have learned available for others. I’ll break them down with headings.

The First Wife

One of the interesting things that I have noted while building these trees is the problem of the first wife. For many of the men in the tree, only the first name of their first wife is recorded. There are perhaps several dozen women known to history by just their first names. No maiden name.

The Ferris Connection to Hillsdale College

In the mid 1830s, Chauncey W Ferris and John P Cook traveled to the Michigan wilderness just north of the Ohio / Indiana border. Chauncey was the fifth great-grandson of Jeffrey Ferris through Joseph. Born in 1811 in Cato, New York, he was destined to have a role in the establishment of one of America’s […]

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