Leaves From the Ferris Family Tree

The lineage of Jeffrey Ferris in America

Jeffrey Ferris Homestead

Buried in the brush and trees, in a very posh part of the town of Greenwich, CT, is a ramshackle building that is all that remains of the home built by Jeffrey Ferris in the 1650s. The current street address is 181 Shore Road and the structure sits about 250 feet from the shore of Greenwich Cove.

stained glass window in the First Congregational Church in Greenwich, CT.

This is part of the overall stained glass window in the First Congregational Church in Greenwich, CT. If one looks closely at the lower right side, one can see Jeffrey’s birth and death year.

The Greenwich Time, on July 26, reported on the appearance of a “demolition” sign on the building. The building has been demolished before, according to the paper. It was bombarded by the British Navy during the Revolution, and rebuilt after using as much of the original building materials as possible. In 1900, the house was again rebuilt, reusing materials.

It is not the same house that Jeffrey built. It does sit on the same site, however. The Time, in an Aug. 6 story, notes that local historic preservationists have an interest in preventing the destruction of the building. For now, the “demolition” sign has been taken down.

Jeffrey Ferris was born in England about 1610. He moved to Boston where he was made a freedman in 1635. In about 1640 he lived in the Stamford, CT area. By 1656 he lived in Greenwich. He died in 1660.

Partial map of Greenwich CT before 1700

Partial map of Greenwich CT before 1700 showing landowners

This is where the lineage began. Jeffrey’s sons also owned land here (see map) and to this day some Ferris family members still live in the area.

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  1. it’s interesting that Jeffrey build his homestead on the shore of Greenwich Cove. His 5th great grandson, Peter Ferris (1725-1816) built his homestead on the shore of Ferris Bay later re-named Arnold Bay in Panton Vermont.
    I am a direct descendant of Peter.

  2. I have been doing some research on the Ferris family, and have traced my family tree to Jeffrey Ferris. I am a direct descendant, he is my x10 great grandfather. Some day I would like to visit the land he built his home one.

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