Category: Ferris – John

Colonel Benjamin Clinton Ferris

I don’t have a great deal of information about this notable descendent of Jeffrey Ferris. As the great-great-great grandson of Jeffrey, he was born to Benjamin and Anna Maria Ferris in 1817 and, apparently, died in the Crimean War about 1854. He was intimately involved with the Irish rebels that congregated in New York City […]

Captain Watson Ferris Dead of Chagas

Sister ship to the Watson Ferris

Watson Ferris (1804-1853) was the great-great-great-grandson of Jeffrey Ferris through his son, John, and one of the more adventurous of his descendants. The honorific “Captain” was earned as a sea captain.

The Honorable Congressman Ferris

Charles Goadsby Ferris was born about 1796 (1792?) at the Ferris property on Throgs Neck called “the Homestead.” He became a lawyer, and an alderman in the city of New York. Most notably, he served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Elected as a Jacksonian, supporter of Andrew Jackson, to fill a vacancy, […]

Grove Farm – Home to Many a Ferris

Ferris Grange or Grove Farm

In 1667, Thomas Hunt was given a patent, a land grant, in Westchester County, New York. Some of that land became known as Grove Farm. The area would eventually become part of the Bronx and then part of New York City. It is quite near, but not on, Throgs Neck. It passed through the Hunt […]

The Thomas Ferris Affair

Inspired by the evils done to his father, Thomas Ferris joins the rebel army. Working behind enemy lines, he gathers important intelligence and works to hinder the enemy’s war efforts through kidnappings and sabotage. I present to you the adventures of Mr. Ferris:

The Accomplished Woodbridge Nathan Ferris

Woodbridge N Ferris

The Ferris family tree that descends from Jeffrey Ferris contains many notable leaves. The Ferris family contains ministers, missionaries, soldiers, heroes and a few villains. As I explore the lineage, however, it is difficult to find a more accomplished Ferris than this man.

Lindley Murray Ferris shot dead

Lindley Murray Ferris of New Orleans

Jeffrey Ferris’s great-great-great-great-grandson, Lindley Murray Ferris (1837-1895) came to a nasty end in New Orleans. He was a prominent sugar planter and sugar refiner of the time. His murderer, Henry Payne, had been impoverished by the failure of one of Ferris’s businesses.