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Jeffrey Ferris

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Leicestershire, England
Death: Died in Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Place of Burial: South Beach Avenue Cemetery, Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Ferris and Unknown mother of Jeffrey Ferris
Husband of Mary Ann Ferris; Susanna Ferris and Judith Palmer
Father of John Ferris; Joseph Ferris, Sr.; Mary Merritt; Peter Ferris and James Ferris

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About Jeffrey Ferris

Jeffrey Ferris was an original founder of Greenwich, Connecticut.

n.b. The information on this man on the internet contains multiple errors and inaccuracies. See "No Proof" section below." (link4)

Family Notes

He was born 1610 in Leicestershire, England and died 31 May 1666 in Greenwich, Fairfield Co., Connecticut. Jeffrey's will was dated 6 January 1664 in Fairfield, Connecticut, and probated 9 March 1667. It named not only his own children, but those of his two later wives by others, Lockwoods and Palmers.

Parents: possibly the son of Richard Ferris of Greenwich, Kent, England

Married:

  1. before 1633, probably in England, Mary, born about 1606 in England, died 31 May 1658 in Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut. Mary, Jeffrey's first wife, was the mother of all his children.
  2. He second married Susannah Norman, born about 1606 in England, died 31 May 1660 in Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut.
  3. He third married Judith Feake, born about 1618 and died 1667 in Greenwich, Fairfield Co., Connecticut.

5 Children of Jeffrey and Mary Ferris:

  1. Peter, Peter Ferris, born 1636, died 1706; married first on 15 July 1654 Elizabeth Reynolds, born about 1634/1635, died before 1705; married second Ruth Weed.
  2. Joseph, born 20 September 1638 in Greenwich, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, died between June 9 and July 24, 1699 probably in Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, at 60 years of age. He married on 20 November 1657 in Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, Ruth Knapp, born 6 January 1640/1641 in Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, died about 1702 in Stamford or Greenwich, Fairfield Co., Connecticut. Ruth's date of death is in question because it is said that she sold her property rights to her son, Joshua in 1711. Joseph was one of the original patentees named in the patent granted to the Town of Greenwich by the General Assembly in May 1665. He was an influential citizen in Greenwich; in 1672 he is recorded as one of the 27 proprietors and in 1688 as one of the 52 landowners. In 1681-1682, Joseph was a representative to the General Court.
  3. John, born 1640, died 1714/1715; married first Grace Pawling; married second Mary Jackson
  4. Mary, born about 1636, died 1706/1707; married first Jonathan Lockwood; married second Thomas Merritt
  5. James

Brief Biography

from: http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~legends/ferris.html

Jeffrey was possibly the son of Richard Ferris of Greenwich, Kent, England, who was a messenger in the Queen's Court. Jeffrey stood over 6 ft., with blue eyes and flaming red hair. He came to America sometime between 1630 and 1634, and was made a freeman at Watertown 6 May 1635, at which time Puritan Church membership was required for citizenship. It is claimed in "The Story of Jeffrey Ferris," a 1937 typescript by Charles P. Stauback, that he was "with the first settlers at Watertown, Mass., in 1630, is on the list of those who paid for the survey and received ten acres of land on the first assignment." From several small clues, it is assumed that Jeffrey was not a rigid Puritan, and much of his family later became Congregationalists and Quakers.


Probably for lack of freedom, Jeffrey then moved to Wethersfield, where he was granted farm #26, 45 acres of which he later sold to John Deming. He was still in Wethersfield in March 1639 when he served on a jury. He then moved on to Stamford, Connecticut, where he was one of the first settlers, by 1640. He settled in what became Greenwich, a town which was named after his home town in England (New York Times, 1937). The date of 18 July 1640 is commonly accepted for the founding of Greenwich, as that was the date Daniel Patrick and Robert Feake purchased the land from the Indians. However, Jeffrey may have obtained his own land earlier, as the Indian Chief "Keofram hath soulde all his Right in ye above sd necks unto Jeffre Ferris". The Chief (who used pictures to write) had drawn a building on the land, so Jeffrey had apparently built a home there too.

By 1655, Jeffrey and a number of other Stamford men had started a settlement in Westchester County which they called East Town, now Eastchester. As this was under Dutch jurisdiction, the settlers were arrested, disarmed, and taken to Manhattan. They were permitted to remain in New Netherlands after agreeing to submit to Dutch rule under Gov. Stuyvesant in 1657. Among the 14 who signed were Jeffrey Ferris, Jonathan Lockwood (son-in-law), and John Finch. Jeffrey returned to Greenwich about 1658. (link

Links

  1. The Ferris Family Tree
  2. Bombs and Bones: A Ferris family tree March 2005 James G. Ferris
  3. FERRIS, c.1610-1724
  4. Wikipedia: Jeffrey Ferris

No Proof

  • Family history reports that the family was descended from the Norman-French de Feriers, who were first granted land in Leicestershire by William the Conqueror.
  • The information on this man on the internet contains multiple errors and inaccuracies.
  • There is no documentation that the name was originally Ferrers.
  • There is no documentation that he was the son of a Richard Ferris/Ferrers or of a William De Ferrers or the son/grandson of a Gwalchelme Ferriers/De Ferriers.
  • There is no documentation as to the name of his mother, whether Anne/Ann St. John, Mary Anne Howard, Isabella Maltby, or anything else.
  • He was not married to a wife named Anne Milton or Mary Anne Milton or to a wife named Anne/Ann Howard or Mary Anne/Ann Howard, much less "Anne Howard Milton," or Anne/Ann Freeman.
  • It is unlikely that he had a wife named Susannah Sension. The wife listed as "Susannah Lockwood" was Susannah (Norman) Lockwood, his seond wife.
  • He did not have a wife named Judith Burns (which may be a misinterpretation of his third wife, Judith Feake Palmer who later married a man named Bowers).

Notes

from: http://www.ferristree.com/jeffrey.htm

February 16, 2001 James G. Ferris

JEFFREY FERRIS

AFN:K7FQ-B5

Born in LEICESTERSHIRE, England, about 1610 and came to America about 1634. [Professional research was accomplished in England, hired by Chaplain Ferris and several associates in an effort to find out something about Jeffrey. Chaplain Ferris felt that the search was in depth and thorough, but the results were nil. The Parish records of the Leichestershire area did not show the surname Ferris, in any of its various spellings, so there is no documentation to prove his birth place, birth date or when he came to America.

The first documentation of Jeffrey occurs when he was made a freeman.] [The New York Times of June 1937 in an article about the 300th Anniversary of Greenwich CT, states that Greenwich was named after the English hometown of Jeffrey Ferris. (?)] He was made a freeman at Boston, May 6, 1635; removed to Wethersfield, Connecticut (owned 45 acres which he sold to John Deming) (another source says 13 acres and 54 acres); and from there to Stamford, Connecticut, in 1641 where he was among the first settlers of that town. He is on the list of those who paid for the survey, and received ten acres at the first assignment of land (in the Stamford records, Ferris is recorded as Firries, but there are numerous other examples of misspelled words; I don't think spelling was their strong suit back then).

Jeffrey was included on a list of pioneers living at Stamford at the end of 1642 as Jeffry Ferris. He was vital to the community’s development, and though he himself did move to Greenwich eventually, he gave homes in Stamford to two of his sons. At Stamford, Jeffrey had a mill complex complete with dam, head and tail races, the mill itself with its heavy grinding stones, and enough land along the sides of the river for both repairs and business expansion. He later, settled within the bounds of present Town of Greenwich and in 1656 was one of the eleven Greenwich men who petitioned to be accepted under the New Haven jurisdiction, where he died May 31, 1666.

The name of Jeffrey’s first wife and mother of his known children remains unknown, perhaps Mary or Roseamary. Much research has been done and speculation abounds, but the actual documentation, such as the page of the Stamford Town Records, which contains her death record, is worn away. What is legible is her death date of May 31, 1658. On the tombstone her name has weathered away leaving only AMary -----ne@. There are some that think her maiden name was Browne, Thorne, or Bowne; a case can be made for each because of connections with those families and Jeffrey, but no proof exists. Several sources, to include Family Tree Maker, list Judy Burns and/or Ann Milton or Anne Howard - as best as I can determine, there is no documentation for these names. In this compilation, she remains unknown.

He married second, at Stamford, in May 1661, Susannah (Norman) (AFN:FPHQ-6H) Lockwood, widow of Sergeant Robert Lockwood [dau of Richard]. She was born 1612, in England and died December 23, 1661 at Greenwich. [Susannah=s maiden name has also been identified as St. John, Sension, Bulkeley or Lockmann.] Jeffrey's marriage contract with Susannah, dated May 28, 1661, pledges certain legacies to the children of Robert Lockwood-deceased, and mortgages his Greenwich lands and "housings". (Jim - a prenuptial agreement in 1661?)

Jeffrey, married 3d, in 1662 at Stamford, Judith (Feake) Palmer, widow of Lieutenant William Palmer, (not Henry as found in some sources to include Ye Historie of Ye Greenwich) afterwards the wife of John Bowers. Judith (Judah) was born circa 1621, London, England and died in 1667/8, Yarmouth MA - she was the dau of James & Audrey (Crompton) Feake, of London. Judith was also niece of Robert Feake, credited as one of the founders of Greenwich. Soon after Jeffreys death, she married John Bowers (See Genealogies of Long Island Families)

Jeffrey's will found on the probate records at Fairfield, is dated January 6, 1664/5. He wills to the four boys he brought up ("four bois which I brought up"), meaning Judith's four youngest sons (birth dates = John-1650/1, James-1652/3**, William-1654/5, and Joseph-1656/7) from her marriage to William Palmer, ten pounds sterling a piece, if they live with any of his children until they are eighteen years old, the money then to be put out for them until they are twenty years of age. His will names also his wife "Judah", meaning Judith, son James, son Jonathan Lockwood, and Mary Lockwood (presumably Susannah's children), son Peter's three children, and son Joseph's two. Judith, his widow, receipts for her widow's portion, March 6, 1667.

Tradition invests the immigration of this family to this country with the lines of romantic adventure. The ancestress, who was also high born, followed her lover out into this western world to share with him here the fortunes which English aristocracy would not allow. (Genealogical and Family History of Western New York by W.R. Cutter (Vol.III, page 1096) states "Tradition tells us that his first wife was of noble birth, marrying against the wishes of her family.") [Jim - there is no documentation to back this up.]

Born to Jeffrey Ferris and his first wife were:

(1)JOHN (2)PETER (3)JOSEPH (4)MARY *(5)JAMES

This sequence, by birth, is from Ye Historie of Ye Town of Greenwich. A Ferris Genealogy by Chaplain James S. Ferris shows a different birth sequence. I have elected to stay with the original sequence because of the amount of renumbering I would have to do. I do consider the work done by Chaplain Ferris to be valid and will annotate where there is a difference.

From Greenwich Old & New: Chapter - Story of One Pioneer.

In spite of the important part that Daniel Patrick played in the founding of Greenwich, it was men like Jeffrey Ferris and Angell Husted who actually made this settlement. They were the men who remained permanently, and raised large families, which continued to live here for generations, forming the background of the town. So, to use Jeffrey Ferris as an example we must go back a few years to the settlement of Watertown just outside of Boston.

Along with a great number of restless, energetic Englishmen who left their homes for various reasons, Jeffrey Ferris came to American in 1634. Born in Leichestershire, England, in 1610, he was twenty-four when he came to Watertown. Over six feet tall, with blue eyes and red hair, he was a typical middle class Englishman, God-fearing, respectable, industrious and as later events proved, a good businessman. He was enough of a Puritan to be eligible as a citizen of Watertown, for his name was registered as a freeman of Boston in 1635. At that time church membership was the essential requirement for citizenship. This entitled him to be called Goodman Ferris.

From a number of small clues, it may be assumed that Jeffrey Ferris was not a rigid Puritan. He may have come to America for freedom of worship, but undoubtedly there were other more practical reasons as well. Goodman Ferris wanted land of his own, but he also wanted the rights of a free landowner. There was plenty of land around Boston, but little freedom. Not to repeat the well known story of how the citizens of Newtown, Watertown, and Dorchester separated from Boston and migrated to Connecticut, enough of this history must be told to explain how and why Jeffrey Ferris finally came to Greenwich.

At this time Boston was controlled by a few rigid Puritans who had organized a theocratic and completely undemocratic form of government. The citizens of the three settlements around Boston were not allowed to govern themselves independently, nor were they even fairly represented in Boston although they were subject to taxation. The rules and regulations regarding personal conduct were unbelievably strict. It was not only irregular characters like John Underhill and Daniel Patrick who were punished for minor crimes. Many very respectable law abiding citizens were fined or put in the stocks for trivial offenses.

Men like Jeffrey Ferris who had broken home ties and sailed across the ocean to a wilderness for the sake of freedom were not likely to submit to such a situation. At the same time glowing statements were coming to Boston concerning the fertile meadows and rich valley land along the Connecticut River. A separation from Boston and migration to Connecticut was inevitable, and in the company of a number of families from Watertown, Jeffrey Ferris acquired four acres of land and built a house. Evidently he planned to stay and settle down but within four years he was moving again.

So far Jeffrey Ferris had made two moves toward freedom, but from the point of view of freedom Wethersfield proved a disappointment. Worse that than, there was no peace because of several strong minded ministers who were all trying to rule the small settlement at once. There were infinite quarrels and disputes over religion, politics, and the distribution of land. Because of these unsatisfactory conditions at Wethersfield, Jeffrey came to Greenwich. Land, always land, was what he wanted more than anything, so this time, quite on his own, he negotiated a purchase with the Indians here.

July 18, 1640, is the commonly accepted date for the founding of Greenwich because the Indian deed was signed on that day. Although historians are literally quite accurate when they assert that the settlement was established after the purchase, there are, nevertheless, a number of reasons for assuming that a few pioneers came here before July, 1640.

As an addition to the purchase of Daniel Patrick and Robert Feaks, it is noted that "Keofram hath soulde all his Right in ye above sd necks unto Jeffre Ferris." This notation suggests that Goodman Ferris was here transacting a deal with the Indian Chief Keofferam before the coming of Daniel Patrick and Robert Feaks. When signing his mark, Sachem Keofferam made the picture of a blockhouse with a projection or lookout box. In front and behind the house he drew lines which may have been an indication of plowed ground.

Indian signatures were really picture writing, and the marks usually depicted something significant in relation to the document, which was signed. Such being the case, it is quite likely that there actually was a block house on this land bought by Jeffrey, and of course this house was his home. If so, it must have been built before July 1640.

If we assume that Jeffrey was one of the first landowners, it is possible to go a step further and attribute the naming of Greenwich to this particular founder, who was born in LEICESTERSHIRE, England. About 1590 in England, there was an adventurer named Richard Ferris who served as messenger in ordinary at the court of Queen Elizabeth. At this time the Earl of Leicester was the Queen's favorite, so it is more than likely that this member of the Ferris family from LEICESTERSHIRE received an appointment through his influence. [Jim - recently, some Genealogical organizations have made the leap and proclaimed that Richard was the father of Jeffrey - this proclamation has been further spread as gospel by numerous individuals. Until I am aware of documentation to this fact, I will not make this jump. In this document, Jeffrey=s father is still unknown.]

The favorite summer residence of Queen Elizabeth was at Greenwich where her yacht lay alongside the wharf in front of the palace. As a member of the court, Richard Ferris must have visited there frequently. In this way, Jeffrey Ferris, as a son or nephew (?), might have become very fond of the village of Greenwich and when he came to New England he followed the custom of other emigrants by naming the town after that place in England to which he was most attached.

Jeffrey Ferris was married three times. His second wife was Susannah Lockwood, widow of Robert Lockwood, so from the very beginning of Greenwich history these two families were united. It is said that 10,000 of their descendants can be traced and many of them still live in Greenwich today.

Angell Husted is another founder of Greenwich whose family still lives there. Robert Husted, his father, owned land in both Stamford and Greenwich and was a witness to the purchase of Patrick and Feaks. Angell Husted was a special witness to the purchase made by Jeffrey Ferris, and it is claimed by the Husted family that he was here as early as 1638.

It would be impossible to name all the families who came to Greenwich over the period of the next twenty or thirty years but it is interesting to notice that a majority of them came here by the way of Watertown and Wethersfield just as Goodman Ferris did. Some of these families settled for a time in Fairfield where Jeffrey Ferris also lived for a few years because, as a loyal Englishman, he resented the Dutch jurisdiction, which Daniel Patrick had forced upon Greenwich.

The Indians - Undoubtedly the dangerous situation due to the Indians was another reason why Jeffrey Ferris left Greenwich for several years. Almost at once the Indians became the most difficult problem with which the first settlers had to contend. There were numerous raids as well as individual attacks on helpless families.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) have some different dates on Jeffrey above. They show he married 1st Susannah Lockwood, who died in 1660; and then married Mathais St. John who died in 1669. The DAR also state that Jeffrey was a representative of the General Court, 1667, an original proprietor; yet above, it states he died in 1666; so there is conflicting information, but I guess that is to be expected.

From The Winthrop Woman - extracted

When on the morning of the purchase Elizabeth explained this to Daniel, he laughed, saying ASo be it then! We=ll sign this on the confounded rock, if you an= your squaw=re so set on it. I=m not the rascal to gainsay two determined women. What do we say, men?@ He turned to the five other Englishmen who stood by his hut door and were to act as witnesses. These were Jeffrey Ferris, a lean taciturn farmer of thirty, with a crest of auburn hair near as red as Patrick=s. Ferris had decided to establish himself in Rippowam, or Stamford, five miles away since that tract had just been bought by the New Haven Colony, but Ferris had already wintered on land west of Totomack cove and wished also to retain this small portion of Greenwich.

..... Jeffrey Ferris said nothing, because he never spoke idly and was in a hurry to finish these negotiations and get back to his patch of corn, which was ready for picking.

From Volume 1, A Ferris Genealogy, by James S. Ferris

WILL OF Mr. JEFFERY FERRIS June 6, 1664

Fairfield, Conn. Probate Book from 1665 to 1675 Page 20

I, Jeffery Ferris, being now at this time through the mercy of God in indifferent health and good memory thanks be to the Lord that giveth it to me, do make this as my last will and testimony in brief considering age; I knowing not whether the Lord may take me away with sudden death...

ITEM I give unto my wife that now is; all the estate that she can make appear that she brought with her; also;

ITEM I give also to her four children that is to say, those four boys which I brought up and kept forty pounds, that is to say ten pounds apiece; that if they stay and live with any of my children until they be of the age of eighteen years; then it shall be put out for them and for their use until they are twenty years of age; and then to receive it into their possession; further in case that my wife that now is shall see cause to remain a widow after my decease; for so long as she so remaineth I give for her use five acres of land that is now in till the one half in my home lot and the other half at the marsh or neck; also I give her free for her and hers one of my allotments that is on Mihernoes Neck that is now fenced in; also that she sees cause I will that she shall live in one part of my now dwelling house so long as she shall remain a widow; also I give her two of my Pewter Platters one great and one small.

ITEM I give unto my son James Ferris twenty pounds, that is to say besides his cattle that now is; also beside the quarter part of those which I gave between my son Juda and James and Jonathan Lockwood that is to say Juda’s running remote in the woods; also I give unto my son James my great copper kettle and also my bed that standeth in the low room of my house, that is to say that bed with all the furniture which my wife and myself commonly lodged on, also I give unto my son James that bed with the furniture that commonly James lay on in the other fore room of my now dwelling house; I give also unto my son James Ferris all my carts and plows and all materials thereunto belonging; also I give unto James my Iron Pot and three Pewter platters...

ITEM Also I give unto my daughter Mary Lockwood that now is twenty pounds besides the quarter part of my before mentioned Juda’s I gave to her husband Jonathah Lockwood; also

ITEM I give unto my son Peter Ferris his three children one mare colt that shall run in stock, to be equal proportion between the three children; also

ITEM I give unto my son Joseph’s two children one mare colt to run for stock for them and for their use and portion;

ITEM Farther my will is that what more of my estate shall be found after those above mentioned legacies paid, shall be equally divided amongst all my children;

ITEM Further it is my will that in case God should choose to give my wife a child born of her body whilst she remains my wife, that is to say whilst I live or that I leave her with child when I die, that then I give unto that child male or female the other half of my farm that I now possess -- with the right and privileges thereunto belonging; further it is my will that this child shall have a young mare also; which I give it by, this, my will; but in case this child should die before it hath any issue, then this my gift to return to the rest of the estate as before mentioned; Further it is my will and I do depute my loving friend John Holly now in Stanford and my son Peter Ferris as my overseers to see this my will performed according to this just expression and intent of this my writing: In witness that this is my free will and act I set to my hand

This is the mark of

JEFFERY FERRIS

WITNESS Phillip Minthorn

March 9th 1667 I Juda Bowers lately Widow Ferris sometimes wife to Jeffery Ferris do hereby acknowledge I have received in full satisfaction what was given me by my husbands will, and I do hereby fully acquit and discharge for me and mine forever

WITNESS Rich; Lane or Lorn

Johnathan Sellick

Juda Bowers Mark

March 9th 1667 This will on the other side written was presented to be approved by the parties concerned in the distribution of the order of the will and in witness hereunto we do mutually agree to subscribe our names with our own hands.

March 13th 1667 We whose names are underwritten do own and approve this will within written to be the will of Jeffery Ferris deceased.

Witness our hands Juda Bowers

The mark of lately wife of Jeffery Ferris

In presence of Joseph Ferris

Joshuah Knapp James Ferris

Joseph Gurnsee or

Gornsee

Inventory of the estate of Jeffery Ferris dec: taken and approved by

Joseph Mead

Angell Husted

John Holly appointed thereunto (and under oath) by Mr. Lanes present on the 24th 25th 26th and 27th Nov: 1666

Note: This was not copied from the original but rather from a copy that is in loose material in a vertical file on Ferris Genealogy in the Genealogy Room of the N.Y. Public Library.

Probably for lack of freedom, Jeffrey then moved to Wethersfield, where he was granted farm #26, 45 acres of which he later sold to John Deming. He was still in Wethersfield in March 1639 when he served on a jury. He then moved on to Stamford, Connecticut, where he was one of the first settlers, by 1640. He settled in what became Greenwich, a town which was named after his home town in England (New York Times, 1937). The date of 18 July 1640 is commonly accepted for the founding of Greenwich, as that was the date Daniel Patrick and Robert Feake purchased the land from the Indians. However, Jeffrey may have obtained his own land earlier, as the Indian Chief "Keofram hath soulde all his Right in ye above sd necks unto Jeffre Ferris". The Chief (who used pictures to write) had drawn a building on the land, so Jeffrey had apparently built a home there too.

      
By 1655, Jeffrey and a number of other Stamford men had started a settlement in Westchester County which they called East Town, now Eastchester. As this was under Dutch jurisdiction, the settlers were arrested, disarmed, and taken to Manhattan. They were permitted to remain in New Netherlands after agreeing to submit to Dutch rule under Gov. Stuyvesant in 1657. Among the 14 who signed were Jeffrey Ferris, Jonathan Lockwood (son-in-law), and John Finch. Jeffrey returned to Greenwich about 1658. 
       Jeffrey's will was dated 6 January 1664 in Fairfield, Connecticut, and probated 9 March 1667. It named not only his own children, but those of his two later wives by others, Lockwoods and Palmers. 

Children of Jeffrey and Mary Ferris:

Peter, mentioned below

Joseph, born 20 September 1638 in Greenwich, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, died between June 9 and July 24, 1699 probably in Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, at 60 years of age. He married on 20 November 1657 in Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, Ruth Knapp, born 6 January 1640/1641 in Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, died about 1702 in Stamford or Greenwich, Fairfield Co., Connecticut. Ruth's date of death is in question because it is said that she sold her property rights to her son, Joshua in 1711. Joseph was one of the original patentees named in the patent granted to the Town of Greenwich by the General Assembly in May 1665. He was an influential citizen in Greenwich; in 1672 he is recorded as one of the 27 proprietors and in 1688 as one of the 52 landowners. In 1681-1682, Joseph was a representative to the General Court.

John, born 1640, died 1714/1715; married first Grace Pawling; married second Mary Jackson

Mary, born about 1636, died 1706/1707; married first Jonathan Lockwood; married second Thomas Merritt

James

 
   Peter Ferris, born 1636, died 1706; married first on 15 July 1654 Elizabeth Reynolds, born about 1634/1635, died before 1705; married second Ruth Weed. 

-------------------- tradition, has it, was born in LEICESTERSHIRE, England, about 1610 and came to America about 1634. [Professional research was accomplished in England, hired by Chaplain Ferris and several associates in an effort to find out something about Jeffrey. Chaplain Ferris felt that the search was in depth and thorough, but the results were nil. The Parish records of the Leicestershire area did not show the surname Ferris, in any of its various spellings, so there is no documentation to prove his birth place, birth date or when he came to America. The first documentation of Jeffrey occurs when he was made a freeman.] [The New York Times of June 1937 in an article about the 300th Anniversary of Greenwich CT, states that Greenwich was named after the English hometown of Jeffrey Ferris. (?)] He was made a freeman at Boston, May 6, 1635; removed to Wethersfield, Connecticut (owned 45 acres which he sold to John Deming) (another source says 13 acres and 54 acres); and from there to Stamford, Connecticut, in 1640/1 where he was among the first settlers of that town. He is on the list of those who paid for the survey, and received ten acres at the first assignment of land (in the Stamford records, Ferris is recorded as Firries, but there are numerous other examples of misspelled words; I don't think spelling was their strong suit back then). Jeffrey was included on a list of pioneers living at Stamford at the end of 1642 as Jeffry Ferris. He later, settled within the bounds of present Town of Greenwich and in 1656 was one of the eleven Greenwich men who petitioned to be accepted under the New Haven jurisdiction, where he died May 31, 1666.

The name of Jeffrey’s first wife and mother of his known children remains unknown. Much research has been done and speculation abounds, but the actual documentation, such as the page of the Stamford Town Records, which contains her death record, is worn away. What is legible is her death date of May 31, 1658. On the tombstone her name has weathered away leaving only ‘Mary -----ne’. There are some that think her maiden name was Browne, Thorne, or Bowne; a case can be made for each because of connections with those families and Jeffrey, but no proof exists. Several sources, to include Family Tree Maker, list Judy Burns and/or Ann Milton or Anne Howard - as best as I can determine, there is no documentation for these names. In this compilation, she remains unknown.

From Savage-Collins Origins & Descendants 1630-1960 by R. Thomas Collins, Jr. – Jeffrey married Mary in England. With their first child, Jeffrey and Mary Ferris came to New England in 1634, with Jeffrey being made a freeman in Watertown the following year. He soon moved to Wethersfield, where he stayed for four years.

He married second, at Stamford, in May 1661, Susannah (Norman) (AFN: FPHQ-6H) Lockwood, widow of Sergeant Robert Lockwood [dau of Richard]. She was born 1612, in England and died December 23, 1661 at Greenwich. [Susannah’s maiden name has also been identified as St. John, Sension, Bulkeley or Lockmann.] Jeffrey's marriage contract with Susannah, dated May 28, 1661, pledges certain legacies to the children of Robert Lockwood-deceased, and mortgages his Greenwich lands and "housings". (Jim - a prenuptial agreement in 1661?)

Jeffrey, married 3d, in 1662 at Stamford, Judith (Feake) Palmer, widow of Lieutenant William Palmer, (not Henry as found in some sources to include Ye Historie of Ye Greenwich) afterwards the wife of John Bowers. Judith (Judah) was born circa 1621, London, England and died in 1667/8, Yarmouth MA [place of death is probably Greenwich]- she was the dau of James & Audrey (Crompton) Feake, of London. Judith was also niece of Robert Feake, credited as one of the founders of Greenwich. Soon after Jeffrey’s death, she married John Bowers (See Genealogies of Long Island Families)

Jeffrey's will found on the probate records at Fairfield, is dated January 6, 1664/5. He wills to the four boys he brought up ("four bois which I brought up"), meaning Judith's four youngest sons (birth dates John-1650/1, James-1652/3, William-1654/5, and Joseph-1656/7) from her marriage to William Palmer, ten pounds sterling a piece, if they live with any of his children until they are eighteen years old, the money then to be put out for them until they are twenty years of age. His will names also his wife "Judah", meaning Judith, son James, son Jonathan Lockwood, and Mary Lockwood (presumably Susannah's children), son Peter's three children, and son Joseph's two. Judith, his widow, receipts for her widow's portion, March 6, 1667.

Tradition invests the immigration of this family to this country with the lines of romantic adventure. The ancestress, who was also high born, followed her lover out into this western world to share with him here the fortunes, which English aristocracy would not allow. (Genealogical and Family History of Western New York by W.R. Cutter (Vol.III, page 1096) states "Tradition tells us that his first wife was of noble birth, marrying against the wishes of her family.") [Jim - there is no documentation to back this up.]

The name Ferris is from LEICESTERSHIRE, House of Feriers, Farers, Fereis, Ferrerr, Ferreis, Ferrers or Ferris, the first member of which (in England) was from Henry de Feriers (Ferrers) (see separate paper on Henry de Ferrers), son of Guelchelme (Guillaume) (William) de Feriers, Master of the Horse (Jim - thus the horse shoes on the coat of arms) (most sources say Master of the House, though) of the Duke of Normandy, to whom William the Conqueror gave large grants of land in the three shires of Stafford, Derby, and Leicester. It is said that Guelchelme de Feriers took an active part in the Battle of Hastings (1066), having invaded England with the Conqueror. From Guelchelme de Feriers and William de Ferers, Earl of Derby, descends the Ferrers of Groby, who bore for their paternal coat of arms gu seven mascles or, a canton erm, while their Westchester descendants carried gu a fluer de lis or a canton erm with a crescent for the difference, or multum in florius arte, freely translated is "much in the flowery arts", indicating that the family was distinguished for its love of horticulture. There are a couple of variations of the Ferris Coat of Arms as shown. [Jim - several folks have tied Jeffrey into this group of people. I am not aware of any documentation for this very large leap!]

In 2002, Alice Wexler, went to England and visited the Records Office in Leicester. She did find the record of one Sir John Ferreis, a knight in 1621 married Mary Ratcliffe, in Donington. (Leicestershire Marriage Bonds, Vol. 39, p. 147). Her remarks were: "What this said to me is that there were Ferrises (spelled Ferrars or Ferrers or in this case Ferreis, though I think that’s a misprint of Ferrars) in Leicestershire in the 1600s, so couldn’t Jeffrey have originated there as well"? I thank Alice for her research and at least finding a documented possibility of Jeffrey’s originals.

Born to Jeffrey Ferris and his first wife were:

(1)JOHN (2)PETER (3)JOSEPH (4)MARY *(5)JAMES

This sequence, by birth, is from Ye Historie of Ye Town of Greenwich. A Ferris Genealogy by Chaplain James S. Ferris shows a different birth sequence. I have elected to stay with the original sequence because of the amount of renumbering I would have to do. I do consider the work done by Chaplain Ferris to be valid and will annotate where there is a difference.

From Greenwich Old & New: Chapter - Story of One Pioneer.

In spite of the important part that Daniel Patrick played in the founding of Greenwich, it was men like Jeffrey Ferris and Angell Husted who actually made this settlement. They were the men who remained permanently, and raised large families, which continued to live here for generations, forming the background of the town. So, to use Jeffrey Ferris as an example we must go back a few years to the settlement of Watertown just outside of Boston.

Along with a great number of restless, energetic Englishmen who left their homes for various reasons, Jeffrey Ferris came to American in 1634. Born in Leichestershire, England, in 1610, he was twenty-four when he came to Watertown. Over six feet tall, with blue eyes and red hair, he was a typical middle class Englishman, God-fearing, respectable, industrious and as later events proved, a good businessman. He was enough of a Puritan to be eligible as a citizen of Watertown, for his name was registered as a freeman of Boston in 1635. At that time church membership was the essential requirement for citizenship. This entitled him to be called Goodman Ferris.

From a number of small clues, it may be assumed that Jeffrey Ferris was not a rigid Puritan. He may have come to America for freedom of worship, but undoubtedly there were other more practical reasons as well. Goodman Ferris wanted land of his own, but he also wanted the rights of a free landowner. There was plenty of land around Boston, but little freedom. Not to repeat the well-known story of how the citizens of Newtown, Watertown, and Dorchester separated from Boston and migrated to Connecticut, enough of this history must be told to explain how and why Jeffrey Ferris finally came to Greenwich.

At this time Boston was controlled by a few rigid Puritans who had organized a theocratic and completely undemocratic form of government. The citizens of the three settlements around Boston were not allowed to govern themselves independently, nor were they even fairly represented in Boston although they were subject to taxation. The rules and regulations regarding personal conduct were unbelievably strict. It was not only irregular characters like John Underhill and Daniel Patrick who were punished for minor crimes. Many very respectable law abiding citizens were fined or put in the stocks for trivial offenses.

Men like Jeffrey Ferris who had broken home ties and sailed across the ocean to a wilderness for the sake of freedom were not likely to submit to such a situation. At the same time glowing statements were coming to Boston concerning the fertile meadows and rich valley land along the Connecticut River. A separation from Boston and migration to Connecticut was inevitable, and in the company of a number of families from Watertown, Jeffrey Ferris acquired four acres of land and built a house. Evidently he planned to stay and settle down but within four years he was moving again.

So far Jeffrey Ferris had made two moves toward freedom, but from the point of view of freedom Wethersfield proved a disappointment. Worse that than, there was no peace because of several strong minded ministers who were all trying to rule the small settlement at once. There were infinite quarrels and disputes over religion, politics, and the distribution of land. Because of these unsatisfactory conditions at Wethersfield, Jeffrey came to Greenwich. Land, always land, was what he wanted more than anything, so this time, quite on his own, he negotiated a purchase with the Indians here.

July 18, 1640, is the commonly accepted date for the founding of Greenwich because the Indian deed was signed on that day. Although historians are literally quite accurate when they assert that the settlement was established after the purchase, there are, nevertheless, a number of reasons for assuming that a few pioneers came here before July 1640.

As an addition to the purchase of Daniel Patrick and Robert Feaks, it is noted that "Keofram hath soulde all his Right in ye above sd necks unto Jeffre Ferris." This notation suggests that Goodman Ferris was here transacting a deal with the Indian Chief Keofferam before the coming of Daniel Patrick and Robert Feaks. When signing his mark, Sachem Keofferam made the picture of a blockhouse with a projection or lookout box. In front and behind the house he drew lines, which may have been an indication of plowed ground.

Indian signatures were really picture writing, and the marks usually depicted something significant in relation to the document, which was signed. Such being the case, it is quite likely that there actually was a blockhouse on this land bought by Jeffrey, and of course this house was his home. If so, it must have been built before July 1640.

If we assume that Jeffrey was one of the first landowners, it is possible to go a step further and attribute the naming of Greenwich to this particular founder, who was born in LEICESTERSHIRE, England. About 1590 in England, there was an adventurer named Richard Ferris who served as messenger in ordinary at the court of Queen Elizabeth. At this time the Earl of Leicester was the Queen's favorite, so it is more than likely that this member of the Ferris family from LEICESTERSHIRE received an appointment through his influence. [Jim - recently, some Genealogical organizations have made the leap and proclaimed that Richard was the father of Jeffrey - this proclamation has been further spread as gospel by numerous individuals. Until I am aware of documentation to this fact, I will not make this jump. In this document, Jeffrey’s father is still unknown.]

The favorite summer residence of Queen Elizabeth was at Greenwich where her yacht lay alongside the wharf in front of the palace. As a member of the court, Richard Ferris must have visited there frequently. In this way, Jeffrey Ferris, as a son or nephew (?), might have become very fond of the village of Greenwich and when he came to New England he followed the custom of other emigrants by naming the town after that place in England to which he was most attached.

Jeffrey Ferris was married three times. His second wife was Susannah Lockwood, widow of Robert Lockwood, so from the very beginning of Greenwich history these two families were united. It is said that 10,000 of their descendants can be traced and many of them still live in Greenwich today.

Angell Husted is another founder of Greenwich whose family still lives there. Robert Husted, his father, owned land in both Stamford and Greenwich and was a witness to the purchase of Patrick and Feaks. Angell Husted was a special witness to the purchase made by Jeffrey Ferris, and it is claimed by the Husted family that he was here as early as 1638.

It would be impossible to name all the families who came to Greenwich over the period of the next twenty or thirty years but it is interesting to notice that a majority of them came here by the way of Watertown and Wethersfield just as Goodman Ferris did. Some of these families settled for a time in Fairfield where Jeffrey Ferris also lived for a few years because, as a loyal Englishman, he resented the Dutch jurisdiction, which Daniel Patrick had forced upon Greenwich.

The Indians - Undoubtedly the dangerous situation due to the Indians was another reason why Jeffrey Ferris left Greenwich for several years. Almost at once the Indians became the most difficult problem with which the first settlers had to contend. There were numerous raids as well as individual attacks on helpless families.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) have some different dates on Jeffrey above. They show he married 1st Susannah Lockwood, who died in 1660; and then married Mathais St. John who died in 1669. The DAR also state that Jeffrey was a representative of the General Court, 1667, an original proprietor; yet above, it states he died in 1666; so there is conflicting information, but I guess that is to be expected.

From The Winthrop Woman - extracted

When on the morning of the purchase Elizabeth explained this to Daniel, he laughed, saying 'So be it then! We'll sign this on the confounded rock, if you and your squaw're so set on it. I'm not the rascal to gainsay two determined women. What do we say, men? He turned to the five other Englishmen who stood by his hut door and were to act as witnesses. These were Jeffrey Ferris, a lean taciturn farmer of thirty, with a crest of auburn hair near as red as Patrick=s. Ferris had decided to establish himself in Rippowam, or Stamford, five miles away since that tract had just been bought by the New Haven Colony, but Ferris had already wintered on land west of Totomack cove and wished also to retain this small portion of Greenwich.

..... Jeffrey Ferris said nothing, because he never spoke idly and was in a hurry to finish these negotiations and get back to his patch of corn, which was ready for picking.

 www.friendsofgreenwichpoint.org 

HISTORY OF GREENWICH POINT

From Monakewego to Greenwich Point

The Siwanoy Indians used it as a fishing camp and called it Monakewego – shining sands. Purchased by Daniel Patrick and Robert and Elizabeth Feake in 1640 (along with the rest of what is now Old Greenwich), it became known as Elizabeth’s Neck. Jeffrey Ferris bought the land in 1730 (incorrect) and it remained in the Ferris family for more than 150 years. But in 1884, this beautiful spot so close to New York City caught the eye of wealthy banker J. Kennedy Tod. Buying parcels through various agents, Tod acquired the Ferris property over the next three years and began the process that eventually turned the "shining sands" into "Tod’s Point." Tod’s vision for the waterfront estate he called Innis Arden was bold. Joining two small islands with fill, he built a tide-control gate and created a lake from a tidal marsh. Next came a road around the lake and a causeway to provide access to the mainland. A stone mansion, boat house, guest cottage and other buildings were erected; a barn housed cows and sheep grazed on the nine-hole golf course. For some years the Point’s sandy beach and golf course were open to Old Greenwich neighbors and guests staying at the local inns, but Tod eventually believed his hospitality was abused and the Point was closed to all but invited guests. Tod died in 1925, his widow in 1939, and Tod’s Point became the property of the Presbyterian Hospital of New York. The RTM adopted a resolution in 1940 that the town acquire the Point – and the beach was leased for town use from 1942 to 1945. It took five years to overcome strong opposition to the purchase from some town residents and to negotiate the price. Finally, on December 13, 1944 (according to RTM records), "The Trustees of Presbyterian Hospital voted to accept $550,000 for 148.5 acres including Great and Pelican Islands. We have assured the citizens of Greenwich that it is our intention and desire that the use of Tod’s Point should be along dignified lines without undesirable concessions or other features which would be unattractive or objectionable to the general neighborhood or to those making use of the property for bathing and wholesome recreation." Town records show that in July, 1943, 17,704 persons came to Greenwich Point; by July of 1944, that figure was 71,830. In 1946 the still-impressive stone house was converted by its future occupants) into family apartments for returning WWII vets. But by 1960 the building had deteriorated and needed extensive repairs to bring it up to safety codes. Again amidst controversy, Tod’s grand mansion was razed in 1961. Many of the original buildings remain: the Queen Anne Building houses lockers and marine biology classes; the Chimes Building is used by the Old Greenwich Yacht Club’s Community Sailing program and provides storage lockers for sailors; the Cowbarn and former stables serve as storage and work areas for the park staff. The gates that once marked the entrance to Tod’s estate can be seen on the grounds at the Innis Arden Club in Old Greenwich.



From Volume 1, A Ferris Genealogy, by James S. Ferris

WILL OF Mr. JEFFERY FERRIS June 6, 1664

Fairfield, Conn. Probate Book from 1665 to 1675 Page 20

I, Jeffery Ferris, being now at this time through the mercy of God in indifferent health and good memory thanks be to the Lord that giveth it to me, do make this as my last will and testimony in brief considering age; I knowing not whether the Lord may take me away with sudden death...

ITEM I give unto my wife that now is; all the estate that she can make appear that she brought with her; also;

ITEM I give also to her four children that is to say, those four boys, which I brought up

and kept forty pounds, that is to say ten pounds apiece; that if they stay and live with any of my children until they be of the age of eighteen years; then it shall be put out for them and for their use until they are twenty years of age; and then to receive it into their possession; further in case that my wife that now is shall see cause to remain a widow after my decease; for so long as she so remaineth I give for her use five acres of land that is now in till the one half in my home lot and the other half at the marsh or neck; also I give her free for her and hers one of my allotments that is on Mihernoes Neck that is now fenced in; also that she sees cause I will that she shall live in one part of my now dwelling house so long as she shall remain a widow; also I give her two of my Pewter Platters one great and one small.

ITEM I give unto my son James Ferris twenty pounds, that is to say besides his cattle that

now is; also beside the quarter part of those which I gave between my son Juda and James and Jonathan Lockwood that is to say Juda’s running remote in the woods; also I give unto my son James my great copper kettle and also my bed that standeth in the low room of my house, that is to say that bed with all the furniture which my wife and myself commonly lodged on, also I give unto my son James that bed with the furniture that commonly James lay on in the other fore room of my now dwelling house; I give also unto my son James Ferris all my carts and plows and all materials thereunto belonging; also I give unto James my Iron Pot and three Pewter platters...

ITEM Also I give unto my daughter Mary Lockwood that now is twenty pounds besides the quarter part of my before mentioned Juda’s I gave to her husband Jonathah Lockwood; also

ITEM I give unto my son Peter Ferris his three children one mare colt that shall run in stock, to be equal proportion between the three children; also

ITEM I give unto my son Joseph’s two children one mare colt to run for stock for them and for their use and portion;

ITEM Farther my will is that what more of my estate shall be found after those above-mentioned legacies paid, shall be equally divided amongst all my children;

ITEM Further it is my will that in case God should choose to give my wife a child born of her body whilst she remains my wife, that is to say whilst I live or that I leave her with child when I die, that then I give unto that child male or female the other half of my farm that I now possess -- with the right and privileges thereunto belonging; further it is my will that this child shall have a young mare also; which I give it by, this, my will; but in case this child should die before it hath any issue, then this my gift to return to the rest of the estate as before mentioned; Further it is my will and I do depute my loving friend John Holly now in Stanford and my son Peter Ferris as my overseers to see this my will performed according to this just expression and intent of this my writing: In witness that this is my free will and act I set to my hand

This is the mark of

JEFFERY FERRIS

WITNESS Phillip Minthorn

March 9th 1667 I Juda Bowers lately Widow Ferris sometimes wife to Jeffery Ferris do

hereby acknowledge I have received in full satisfaction what was given me by my husbands will, and I do hereby fully acquit and discharge for me and mine forever

WITNESS Rich; Lane or Lorn

Johnathan Sellick

Juda Bowers Mark

March 9th 1667 This will on the other side written was presented to be approved by the parties concerned in the distribution of the order of the will and in witness hereunto we do mutually agree to subscribe our names with our own hands.

March 13th 1667 We whose names are underwritten do own and approve this will within written to be the will of Jeffery Ferris deceased.

Witness our hands Juda Bowers

The mark of lately wife of Jeffery Ferris

In presence of Joseph Ferris

Joshuah Knapp James Ferris

Joseph Gurnsee or

Gornsee

Inventory of the estate of Jeffery Ferris dec: taken and approved by

Joseph Mead

Angell Husted

John Holly appointed thereunto (and under oath) by Mr. Lanes

present on the 24th 25th 26th and 27th Nov: 1666


Note: This was not copied from the original but rather from a copy that is in loose material in a vertical file on Ferris Genealogy in the Genealogy Room of the N.Y. Public Library.

Freeman’s Oath – taken by Jeffrey Ferris, May 6, 1635.

I, ________, being, by the Almighty's most wise disposition, become a member of this body, consisting of the Governor, Deputy Governor, Assistants and a commonalty of the Massachusetts in New England, do freely and sincerely acknowledge that I am justly and lawfully subject to the government of the same, and do accordingly submit my person and estate to be protected, ordered, and governed by the laws and constitutions thereof, and do faithfully promise to be from time to time obedient and conformable thereunto, and to the authority of the said Governor and Assistants and their successors, and to all such laws, orders, sentences, and decrees as shall be lawfully made and published by them or their successors; and I will always endeavor (as in duty I am bound) to advance the peace and welfare of this body or commonwealth to my utmost skill and ability; and I will, to my best power and means, seek to divert and prevent whatsoever may tend to the ruin or damage thereof, or of any the said Governor, Deputy Governor, or Assistants, or any of them or their successors, and will give speedy notice to them, or some of them, of any sedition, violence, treachery, or other hurt or evil which I shall know, hear, or vehemently suspect to be plotted or intended against the said commonwealth, or the said government established; and I will not at any time suffer or give consent to any counsel or attempt that shall be done, given, or attempted for the impeachment of the said government, or making any change alteration of the same, contrary to the laws and ordinances thereof, but shall do my utmost endeavor to discover, oppose, and hinder all and every such counsel and attempt. So help me God.

First Congregational Church, Greenwich CT

Mary Elizabeth (Ferris) (Litton) Gray has provided a theory on Jeffrey’s father. Since there is no documentation for such, I have included here as such, a theory. I asked Mary for her references and her response is provided below.

JEFFREY, RICHARD FERRERS, HUMPHREY, THE EARLS OF DERBY, HENRI SEIGNEUR DE FERRERS ET, CHAMBREY, ENGENULF DE FERRIERS


Why do I Think Richard is Jeffrey Ferris' father, I have lots of circumstantial evidence websites. I also have put together a scenario that makes some sense to me. Jeffrey, Jeffery or Geoffrey Ferris or Ferrer(s) the spelling is a big hurdle. I have not yet found his name listed on the passenger list of any of the pre-1635 ships. This leads me to side with the assumption that he just eased in with friends under either a no name registration as the last minute or no last name. The name is a big deal - I think this was his way to break away from his staunch catholic past and work into a puritan plan. In 1629, a puritan preacher came to Tamworth where his grandfather Humphrey had the castle. Jeff's father "Richard" wasn't going to inherit much $ since he was the second son. (there was also a daughter) Around 1633 the castle and Tamworth were in an upheaval, Humphrey died, Uncle John took over and the upcoming civil war was starting to brew. Cromwell and gang eventually claimed it in 1643 so Jeff was lucky he left. www.tamworthcastle.freeserve.co.uk/lords.htm

So, this was not a nice time to be hanging around that area. If I was Jeff I'd change, my name, ask dad for a 20, and get on the next boat out of town too. Notice that once he got here, he was always looking for new land opportunities (which he did not have in England) and places where he could exercise control over his environment. (PS-names in this family are very repetitive - Jeffrey, Jeffery is not a usual name. Besides like Geoffrey Chaucer, Geoff is the more likely spelling for that time.

-------------------- (f/g) Jeffrey Ferris Birth: 1610 Leicestershire, England Death: May 31, 1666 Greenwich Fairfield County Connecticut, USA

Note: the stained glass window shown is in the First Congregational Church, Greenwich CT.

Jeffrey Ferris was born in 1610, based on the vital dates in the window. He came to Massachusetts Bay in 1634 and first settled in Watertown MA. In 1635, he moved to Wethersfield, CT, then on to Stamford CT in 1641. Jeffrey landed in Greenwich, CT by 1650, East Town in 1655 and then resettled in Greenwich by about 1659. He died at Greenwich, CT, May 31, 1666.

MARRIED: (1) about 1629 Mary Ann ____. She died at Stamford, 31 Jul 1658. There is NO documentation of this lady's maiden name.

(2) about 1659, Susanna (Norman) Lockwood, daughter of Richard Norman {1626, Salem} & widow of Robert Lockwood {1634, Watertown}. She died at Greenwich, 23 Dec 1660.

(3) about 1662, Judith (Feake) Palmer, daughter of James Feake of London & widow of William Palmer {1636, Watertown}. She married John Bowers soon after the death of Jeffrey Ferris, on 9 Mar 1666/7, "Judah Bowers, lately widow Ferris sometimes wife to Jeffrey Ferris, do openly acknowledge I have received in fulkl satisfaction what was given me by my husband's will."

Addendum: Tradition has it he was born in Leicestershire. Professional research was accomplished in England, hired by Chaplain Ferris and several associates in an effort to find out something about Jeffrey in the 1970s. Chaplain Ferris felt that the search was in depth and thorough, but the results were nil. The Parish records of the Leicestershire area did not show the surname Ferris, in any of its various spellings.

There has been additional research but no documentation has been discovered that proves his parentage contrary to any FindAGrave links.

There is also the question of burial location. Agree the window shows Tomac Cemetery and a Ferris headstone, but there is no record of plot info or stone available. Tomac has been walked several times by different folks with negative results.

Jeffrey and Mary had John, Peter, Joseph, Mary, and James.

DNA of descendants has proven that Zachariah Ferriss is related to Jeffrey.

See www.ferristree.com Addendum by Jim Ferris (bio by: Linda Mac)


Family links:

Parents:
 Richard Ferris (1575 - 1616)
 Ann St John Ferris (1580 - ____) 
Spouse:
 Mary Anne Unknown Ferris (1614 - 1658)
Children:
 Peter Ferris*
 John Ferris (1640 - 1715)

Burial: Tomac Burying Ground Greenwich Fairfield County Connecticut, USA Maintained by: Jim Ferris Originally Created by: Observer4wing Record added: Apr 09, 2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 88266774 -tcd --------------------

Jeffrey Ferris was born in 1610, based on the vital dates in the window. He came to Massachusetts Bay in 1634 and first settled in Watertown MA. In 1635, he moved to Wethersfield, CT, then on to Stamford CT in 1641. Jeffrey landed in Greenwich, CT by 1650, East Town in 1655 and then resettled in Greenwich by about 1659. He died at Greenwich, CT, May 31, 1666.

MARRIED: (1) about 1629 Mary Ann ____. She died at Stamford, 31 Jul 1658. There is NO documentation of this lady's maiden name.

(2) about 1659, Susanna (Norman) Lockwood, daughter of Richard Norman {1626, Salem} & widow of Robert Lockwood {1634, Watertown}. She died at Greenwich, 23 Dec 1660.

(3) about 1662, Judith (Feake) Palmer, daughter of James Feake of London & widow of William Palmer {1636, Watertown}. She married John Bowers soon after the death of Jeffrey Ferris, on 9 Mar 1666/7, "Judah Bowers, lately widow Ferris sometimes wife to Jeffrey Ferris, do openly acknowledge I have received in fulkl satisfaction what was given me by my husband's will."

Addendum: Tradition has it he was born in Leicestershire. Professional research was accomplished in England, hired by Chaplain Ferris and several associates in an effort to find out something about Jeffrey in the 1970s. Chaplain Ferris felt that the search was in depth and thorough, but the results were nil. The Parish records of the Leicestershire area did not show the surname Ferris, in any of its various spellings.

There has been additional research but no documentation has been discovered that proves his parentage contrary to any FindAGrave links.

There is also the question of burial location. Agree the window shows Tomac Cemetery and a Ferris headstone, but there is no record of plot info or stone available. Tomac has been walked several times by different folks with negative results.

Jeffrey and Mary had John, Peter, Joseph, Mary, and James.

DNA of descendants has proven that Zachariah Ferriss is related to Jeffrey.

See www.ferristree.com Addendum by Jim Ferris (bio by: Linda Mac)

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Jeffrey Ferris's Timeline

1609
1609
Leicestershire, England
1610
1610
Age 1
Stamford,Fairfield,CT
1634
1634
Age 25
Newtown, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony
1634
Age 25
1634
Age 25
1635
June 20, 1635
Age 26
Probably England
1636
September 28, 1636
Age 27
Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
1636
Age 27
Probably England
1642
1642
Age 33
Stamford, New Haven Colony
1658
May 31, 1658
Age 49
Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut