A Troubled Man

Updated: March 19, 2014

Further research has discovered that this gentleman is indeed in the Jeffrey Ferris lineage, through John.

Lanning Ferris

New York Times
February 2, 1905
Police Say Ferris Attempted suicide After Quarrel at Dinner. Lanning L. Ferris of William L. Ferris & Brother, 19 Whitehall Street, shot himself last night at his brother’s house, 442 West One Hundred and Sixty-third Street, and was removed to the J. Hood Wright Hospital in a dying condition.

Policeman Geiger. who lives In the house with the Ferris family, said that he was at home shortly after 7 o’clock, when Mrs. William Ferris rapped at his door, and told him that Lanning Ferris had attacked her. and tried to cut off one of her fingers. The policeman said the woman exhibited a scratch on her finger. He told her to go to court in the morning


, and get a warrant for her brother-in-law’s arrest.

Fifteen minutes later Qeiger said the woman again rapped at his door and told him that her brother-in-law had shot himself. The police questioned his brother, who said that a quarrel had taken place at the dining table. Then Lanning L. Ferris, the brother said, shouted that he was “going to do the trick.” and ran into the front room and shot himself. The police of the West One Hundred and Fifty-second Street Station recorded the case as one of attempted suicide.

I am still researching the ancestry of this man. He may or may not be in the Jeffrey Ferris lineage.

The city directory gives Lanning L. Ferris’s home address as Elisabeth. N. J.