From the 1630s onward, the newly arrived settlers of New England began a series of conflicts with the tribes of Native Americans living in the region. Those conflicts, large and small, were fought nearly entirely by militiamen and not professional soldiers from the English or Dutch government. Few set piece battles occurred. The wars were […]
Geoffrey Cheney Ferris was awarded a posthumous Distinguished Service Cross in World War II, as chronicled in these leaves. His brother, Charlton Cheney Ferris, was also a hero, and this is his story.
Growing up in Iowa, Mabel Alice Ferris had stars in her eyes. Or, maybe it was the lights of a stage. The daughter of Algenon Norman Ferris and Sallie Leonard had dreams, big dreams, that would take her all the way to Broadway. She was the seventh great-granddaughter of Jeffrey Ferris through his son, Peter.
This tale clearly falls into the “Oh, you poor bastard” category. Van Wyck Ferris was the fifth great-grandson of Jeffrey Ferris through his son John. Born to Westchester County social royalty, Morris Patterson Ferris and Mary Lanman Douw, in 1890, he built a career in real estate in New York and Florida. His death, in […]
Edward Mortimer Ferris was the sixth great-grandson of Jeffrey Ferris through his son, John. He was born, in 1909, in Ohio of Raymond West Ferris and Henrietta Davis. Raymond Ferris was a noted yachtsman before World War II, and served as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy during that war.
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 […]
This is the latest list of Ferris family members that appear to have supported the King during the American Revolution. Most went to Canada with the evacuation of United Empire Loyalists in the early 1780s, and most returned to the United States.
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 […]