Leaves From the Ferris Family Tree

The lineage of Jeffrey Ferris in America

Stephen James Ferris and Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

Updated: March 26, 2015

The lineage for Samuel / Zachariah / Nathaniel Ferris may also be found on Ancestry.com. This is a separate lineage, unrelated lineage from New Milford, CT, Dutchess County, NY, and Delaware. Many were Quakers. Descendents of Nathaniel Ferris in the United States

Two painters and artists of note that are not in the Jeffrey Ferris lineage are:

Stephen James Ferris
1835-1915

Stephen James Ferris was a Philadelphia portrait painter and etcher who collected over two thousand American and European prints.


Smithsonian Institution

Stephen James Ferris (1835-1915), a Philadelphia portrait painter and etcher, collected over two thousand European and American prints. They were given to the Smithsonian by the family of his son, artist J. L. G. Ferris, between 1927 and 1932.

and his son:

Jean Leon Gerome Ferris
August 18, 1863 – March 18, 1930

By 1895, Ferris had gained a reputation as a historical painter, and he embarked on his dream of creating a series of paintings that told a historical narrative. In 1898 he sold one of these, General Howe’s Levee, 1777, but he later regretted it, realizing that such a series could not be complete if the separate paintings could not be kept together. As such, he never sold another one of those, but he did sell the reproduction rights to various publishing companies. This later would have the effect of greatly popularizing his work, as these companies made prints, postcards, calendars and blank-backed trade cards use in advertisements. Laminated cards of these works were still being sold as late as 1984

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