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Ferris Family has many branches covering most of the United States. The branch that is described below has been in the United States since May 31, 1666. Many in the Ferris family fought in the Revolutionary War as well as the Civil War.
We believe we have made significant contributions to our country and the family has touched many lives since coming to the United States. In this tradition, we dedicate this site to capturing the history of the family and the cronicles of the current generations.
Edward Dean Ferris
FERRIS. Jeffrey Ferris or Ferries, the name is also spelled Ferriger, the founder of this family, died at Fairfield, Connecticut, May 31, 1666. The family belonged originally in Leicestershire, England, being of Norman origin, and descended from Guelcheline de Feriers, master of the house of the Duke of Normandy. This Guelcheline de Feriers was the father of Henry de Feriers, who is said to have invaded England with William the Conqueror and taking an active part in the battle of Hastings, received from him large grants of land in Leicestershire and elsewhere. According to tradition a romantic adventure is connected with the immigration of the family to America, the high-born ancestress following her lover to share with him in the colonies the romantic fortunes, which aristocratic environment would not allow in England. Jeffrey Ferris, himself, is first heard of in Watertown, Massachusetts, May 6, 1635, when he was made a freeman; he removed from Watertown to Westfield, Connecticut, in 1656, and later he was one of the eleven men of Greenwich, Connecticut who petitioned to be taken under the jurisdiction of New Haven. He married (first) Susannah, widow of Robert Lockwood, by whom she apparently had two children:
2. Jonathan; she died at Greenwich, Connecticut, December 23, 1660. He married (second) Judy Bowers,
who survived him. Children, all by first marriage:
1. John, referred to below.
2. Peter, died September 28, 1706, married, July 5, 1654, Elizabeth Reynolds.
3. Joseph, married, September, 1657, Ruth Knapp.
(II) John, son of
Jeffrey and Susannah (Lockwood) Ferris, was born in 1639, died in 1715 or 1716. In 1654 he removed from Fairfield, Connecticut to Westchester, New York. In 1667, he was one of the first patentees of Westchester, where he had become one of the ten proprietors of Throckmorton's Neck. Before his death he joined the Society of Friends. He married (first) Mary ----------, who died in 1704, and (second) Grace ---------, who died December 31, 1715. Children, all probably by first wife:
1. Peter, mentioned below.
2. Mary, married March 12, 1685, Nathaniel Underhill.
3. Samuel, married, in 1699, Sarah Pinckney.
4. James, died in 1746, married Anna Sands.
5. Jonathan, died in 1753.
6. John, died in November, 1729, married Elizabeth ---------.
7. Phebe, married Edward Burling.
8. Martha, married ----------- Clark.
9. Sarah, married (first) Solomon Palmer, (second) October 8, 1719, Samuel Harrison.
10. Hannah, died April 25, 1760, married William Mott.
(III) Peter, son of John and Mary Ferris, lived in Westchester, New York, in 1721, and in Mamaroneck in 1725; he also owned lands in East Chester. He married Susannah ------------. Children:
1. Gilbert, married Sarah Fisher.
3. Jonathan, referred to below.
(IV) Jonathan, son of
Peter and Susannah Ferris, was born at East Chester, New York, February 15, 1732, died at Peekskill, New York, in August, 1798. He married (first) Rachel, born in 1731, died May 6, 1779, daughter of Nicholas Dean; he married (second) Betsey Miller. Children:
1. Joseph, born November 15, 1757, died November 23, 1841; married Lydia Seymour.
2. Caleb Dean, mentioned below.
3. John, born June 7, 1769, died February 25, 1789.
4. Joshua, married Eliza Hathaway.
5. Benjamin, died in 1797; married (first) Anna Post, (second) Anna Maria Schieffel.
6. Jonathan, born March 18, 1779, died September 6, 1838; married, February 13, 1800, Jane Owen.
7. Sarah, married Richard Cuory.
8. Susannah, married Smith Jones.
9. Deborah, married Benjamin Drake.
10. Phebe, married Henry Lounsbury.
11. Peter, married -------- Lounsbury.
12. Elizabeth, married John Jacobs.
14. Fanny, married Caleb Wetmore. Also it is said a son Charles.
(V) Caleb Dean, son of
Jonathan and Rachel (Den) Ferris, married Elizabeth Lent, born in 1768, died in 1844. Children:
1. Jonathan, referred to below.
2. Caleb D.
(VI) Jonathan (2), son of
Caleb Dean and Elizabeth (Lent) Ferris, was born in Cortlandt, Westchester County, New York, and died there. He was a farmer. His wife's name
is unknown. Children:
1. Carlton B., referred to below.
(VII) Carlton B., son of Jonathan (2) Ferris, was born in Cortlandt, Westchester County, New York, in 1818. He married Elizabeth Peterson, of Cortlandtown, Westchester County, New York.
1. Nancy, born February 24, 1847; married James K. Chase.
2. Jonathan, born July 2, 1850; married Bengephine Phene Hays.
3. Sarah, born March 21, 1853; married Theodore Bradley.
4. Benjamin, born March 9, 1856; married Lottie Hays.
5. Peter, born July 15, 1859; married Kate Blakely.
6. Jennie, born March 11, 1862; married David O'Dell.
7. Dean, referred to below.
8. Wright, born October 29, 1869, died in infancy.
9. Samuel, born December 1, 1872; married Kate Miller.
(VIII) Dean, son of
Carlton B. and Elizabeth (Peterson) Ferris, was born September 30, 1866, and lived in Peekskill, Westchester County, New York., born September 30, 1866 and died July 6, 1935; married 1888 Ella Thompson born November 20, 1870/1 Brooklyn NY and died March 31, 1953. Dean was educated in the public schools and in the Pennsylvania State College, spending two years in the latter institution. Leaving school at the age of seventeen, he went into the greenhouse business. He acted as correspondent for several agricultural papers, and for a number of years, was a crop reporter for the U.S. Government.
He was a member of the Cortlandt Lodge, No. 34, Free and Accepted Masons, of Peekskill, New York; Thirty-second Degree Mason; member of the Lodge No. 744, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of Peekskill; and past master of Cortlandt Grange, No. 889; member of the Columbia Hose Company No. 1; director of the Westchester and Putnam Counties Fire Relief Association; a member of the St. Peter's Protestant Episcopal Church of Peekskill. "1986-Early in 1885, a young couple by the name of Dean and Ella Ferris bought a large tract of land at the corner of Maple Avenue, extending down to include what is now Montross Avenue and Ferris Street. They bought the land from Chauncey M. Depew, State Senator. This was a very bold, courageous step for such a young couple because they had very little capital, and knew that they would have to work very, very hard to pay off the mortgage, which Depew agreed to hold for them. However, they were accustomed to hard work having been brought up on large farms in the Town of Cortlandt, in the Watch Hill and Maple Avenue sections of the town. So they built a large farmhouse on the extreme end of the land facing on Maple Avenue and used all the rest of the beautiful flat lands for a truck farm. They grew vegetables, every kind of vegetable there is, and trucked them into the City to be sold. Dean Ferris even made horseradish, bottled it and sold it after receiving a patent from the Government. They worked very hard on the land and as the children came along (11 in all) they, too, helped with the work and the truck farm was very successful. At about that time (the early 1900s) there were many estates in Peekskill and vicinity, which had their own greenhouses or conservatories. It was very fashionable in the 1890s to have your own conservatory and grow your own flowers and plants. One of these estates was the Canfield Estate on East Main St. (former Harriet Beecher Stowe Homestead), which was St. Peter’s School in later years, now being used for the building of new homes. St. Mary’s Convent was another large Institution, which had several large greenhouses. Several of these owners decided that they would like to tear down the greenhouses, as time went on, because they were too expensive to keep up. Consequently, they contacted Dean Ferris and offered him their greenhouses if he would tear them down and take them away. Dean, being a very ambitious and far-seeing young man, accepted their offer and he and several of his sons tore down the greenhouses and conservatories and reconstructed them on their property on Maple Avenue so that they could grow vegetables in the wintertime. Gradually, they began to plant some flowers along with the vegetables and soon people were coming to the new greenhouses to buy flowers. They were asked to make up funeral pieces and wedding bouquets as well. That is how Dean Ferris started in the floral business. Gradually, they became so busy with the flowers that they had to discontinue the truck farm and they gave that land to the Village, which became the upper end of Depew Park, which is now Ferris Street, named for the family. At about that time, 1917, the Village of Peekskill decided to widen Maple Avenue and they needed some of the land on which the old
farmhouse stood, so Dean tore down the old house and built the present home on the property next to his store where the present Ferris Family lives. The family worked very hard at the floral business, the children sometimes delivering geranius, etc., on their way to Drum Hill School, and during the Depression of the early 1930s it was very hard to make a living selling flowers (a non-necessity) but they hung on and came through the Depression just fine. At that time, they also opened a Lawn Mower shop on the premises and this developed into quite a lucrative business. Dean’s eldest son, Victor, continued to run the business after his father died at age 65 of a sudden heart attack which occurred in the shop while he was making a funeral piece. Two of Dean’s sons had served in WWI and one son, Lee, was killed in WWII; his grandson, Victor, also served in WWII.
Children, all born in Peekskill:
1. Mary, August 23, 1889.
2. Anna T., September 8,1891.
3. Victor, September 19,1892.
4. Anna D., January 10, 1895.
5. Paul P., March 3, 1897.
6. Theodore R., July 2, 1899.
7. Ella, February 22, 1902.
8. Jennie E., April 5, 1905.
9. Lottie, December 23, 1907.
10. Leon, October 5, 1910.
11. Edward C., October 12, 1911.
(IX) Edward, son of
Dean and Ella (Thompson) Ferris, was born October 12, 1911, and lived in Peekskill in his early years and then moved to Buchanan, NY , Westchester County, for the remainder of his life. He graduated from Peekskill High School where he excelled in track and field events. He was especially successful in the pole vault. Upon graduation, he attend Farmington Agriculture College in Farmingdale, Long Island, NY. After graduation he held a number of jobs dealing with his family business of agriculture and florists. He worked for General Motors, Fisher Body Division in Tarrytown, NY for more than 38 years. Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of Peekskill; and past master of Cortlandt Grange, No. 889. He is a member of Buchanan Fire Department; and a member of St. Peter's Protestant Episcopal Church of Peekskill. He married
Guinevere (Bogardus) Ferris (born January 17, 1916), of Montrose, NY on September 28, 1934. Died April 12, 1991.
1. Nancy Anne, October 17, 1936 born in Mt. Kisco, NY
2. Edward Dean, April 20, 1938 born in Mt. Kisco, NY
3. Jon Carlton, August 21, 1946 born in Peekskill, NY
4. Adrienne Ellen, April 8, 1953 born in Peekskill, NY
5. Guinevere Elaine, September 18, 1958 born in Tarrytown, NY (Phelps Memorial Hospital)
(X) Edward Dean, son of
Edward Carlton and Guinevere (Bogardus) Ferris
Children all born in Mt. Kisco, NY:
1. Christopher Dean, September 25, 1964
2. Jenifer June, August 23, 1968