Category: Ferris – Joseph

Black Cholera Claims Entire Family

It is hard to imagine. In the span of three weeks wallet , a mother and three of her four children will die of “dysentery”. More probably, they died of cholera. The 1850 Mortality Schedule tells the sad tale of Elizabeth Bouton Ferris and her three children , Amanda who was about 11, Cyrus […]

Edward Leo Ferris KIA

Edward Leo Ferris died of wounds sustained while rescuing a wounded American soldier, 1918

Edward Leo Ferris [1891-1918] was born in Spencerport, New York. He is in the Jeffrey Ferris lineage through his son Joseph. He joined the New York National Guard in 1917, and when it was Federalized, continued in the machine gun company of the 108th Regiment. A local American Legion post is named after him. I […]

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 […]

William I Ferris and the fountain pen

Lewis Waterman invented the modern fountain pen in 1883. In 1885, when the company was called the “Ideal Pen Company, a young farm boy named William I. Ferris began working there. From 1887 through 1927, Ferris would patent at least 13 types of fountain pens or fountain pen accessories. Waterman now makes its high-end fountain […]

Dallas and the Ferris family

Texas and the Ferris family have a long, intertwined history. Both the Jeffrey Ferris lineage and the Zachariah Ferris lineage have made important contributions to the Republic and to the state. This is the story of the descendants of Jeffrey Ferris, however. Warren Angus Ferris belongs to the other lineage and will not be found […]

Rev. Frank Halliday Ferris

hospital ship USS Mercy in France 1918

A comfort to many in World War I, Frank Halliday Ferris was born to Edwin Sherwood Ferris and Mary Halliday in 1892, in Brooklyn, New York. He was a sixth great-grandson of Jeffrey Ferris through his son, Joseph.