A Ferris Loyalist in the Revolution

History of Stamford, Connecticut,
from its settlement in 1641, to the present time
by Elijah Baldwin Huntington
pages 258 to 259

Joseph Ferris (1746-1836) – Stamford, Ct.
Of such was that summary vengeance inflicted on that leader among our loyalists, Joseph Ferris, when our usually sober-minded citizens, after dipping him to their content in our mill pond, substituted for his comfortable homenspun, a full and close fitting wardrobe from head to toe, of nicest down, made wearable for the time being, by softest tar.

Ferris, Joseph, became one of our most active loyalists, throwing himself with all his heart into the service of his king. He raised a company, joined Colonel Butler’s Rangers and received a captain’s commission. Once during the war he was captured by his own brother-in-law but escaped.

After the war he settled in New Brunswick. During the war when the British held, temporarily, Eastport in Maine, he made it his home, but on its surrender to the United States again, he returned to New Brunswick. He died at Indian Island

, New Brunswick, in 1836, aged ninety-two years.