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 […]

Current Statistics

Here are the approximate numbers for the several family trees being worked on. The numbers represent the people with the last name of Ferris, Ferriss or Farris in that lineage, I have included spouses where I could in the trees but they are not included in these figures. Jeffrey Ferris lineage: 7,095 people

Avoidable Errors

While building the Jeffrey Ferris lineage, I see a wide variety of other people’s work. Most are excellent but I do see a number of easily avoidable errors.

The Ferris name before America

Ray Riegel, an attorney and traveler, has put together a significant work involving the Ferris name. His site: Henri de Ferrières (1036-1088) Descendants to the Era of Jeffrey Ferris (c.1610-1666)

The Wethersfield massacre

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 […]

From Iowa to the Lights of Broadway

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.

Van Wyck Ferris

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 […]