Leaves From the Ferris Family Tree

The lineage of Jeffrey Ferris in America

Tag: Civil War

Newton Ferris and the Civil War

While researching a number of the leaves from the Jeffrey Ferris family tree, I realized that Newton Ferris participated in an unusual way in the Civil War. Newton Ferris, from Ira, NY, served in one NY infantry regiment as an enlisted man. He accepted a direct commission as an officer of the Corps d’Afrique. When […]

Augustus Ferris died in a Confederate prison

Salisbury NC National Cemetery plaque for Union POWs

On September 30, 1864, Union forces under General U.S. Grant were pressing the Confederate defenses in Northern Virginia severely. Forces, including Co C, 1st Regiment Michigan Sharpshooters, were advancing against an understrength corps under General A.P. Hill. After initial success in the area of the Peebles’s Farm (or Poplar Springs Church) in the western portion […]

A Ferris Family’s Sacrifice

Union soldier Charles W. Ferris buried at Arlington National Cemetary

Simeon Ferris and his wife, Hila Ann (June) Ferris had a good life in Mehoopany, Pennsyvania, in the 1850’s. They had 12 children, eight sons. Little did they know that by 1865 they would have suffered the worst loss a parent may have, the death of a child, not once but three times. Henry Ferris […]

Edward Pearl Ferris – Union soldier

Service record of Edward Ferris in the Michigan Calvalry

Edward Pearl Ferris was born in Michigan in 1846 and died in a Confederate prison in Virginia in 1864. Jeffrey Ferris was Edward’s great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather. As I researched this member of the Jeffrey Ferris lineage, I encountered some difficulties and one unusual problem. His grave marker is very, very wrong.

Eugene Ferris – Medal of Honor

Style of Medal of Honor awarded 1862 to 1896

Eugene Washington Ferris was the great-great-great-great-great-grandson of Jeffrey Ferris. During the American Civil War he rose to the rank of First Lieutenant in the 30th Massachusetts. For his valor in combat in Berryville, VA. on April 1, 1865 he received the Medal of Honor. It’s not that simple, however. At the time, the sole medal […]

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