Category: Ferris – John

He ran off with another man’s wife

We covered the suicide of Lanning L. Ferris in an earlier post. The New York Times of Sunday, July 9, 1899, has an article on what may be a contributing factor to his unhappy end. It seems that he had run off with another man’s wife. The husband sued for alienation of affection and won […]

The Ferris Family in Connecticut

Jeffrey Ferris arrived in Connecticut between 1635 and 1640. He would remain in that colony until his death in 1666. He, and his family, would play an important part in the history of the state and in the development of western Connecticut. Records from the era are scarce, and there are several conflicts among Ferris […]

Charity Ferris and the American Revolution

Charity Ferris’ 1807 Will

James Ferris,1734-1780, and his wife, Charity Thomas Ferris, played no small part in the American Revolution. Living in Throgs Neck, Westchester County (now a neighborhood in the Bronx), the family suffered much and yet, the legends says, worked to spy on the British occupiers and pass the information to General Washington.

A Troubled Man

Lanning Ferris New York Times February 2, 1905 SHOT AT BROTHER’S HOME 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 […]