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Jeffrey Ferris

Male Abt 1604 - 1666  (~ 62 years)


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  • Name Jeffrey Ferris 
    Born Abt 1604  [1
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth Abt 1610  [2
    Alternate birth Abt 1611  [3
    Alternate death 31 May 1666  Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 31 May 1666  Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 5
    Buried Tomac Burying Ground, Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I1153  Nielsen Hayden genealogy
    Last Modified 30 Apr 2016 

    Family 1 (Unknown first wife of Jeffrey Ferris),   d. 31 Jul 1658, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Peter Ferris,   b. Abt 1629, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1706, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2017 18:38:48 
    Family ID F5449  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Judith Feake,   b. Abt 1621, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1662  [5
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2017 18:38:48 
    Family ID F3377  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Emigrated 1634. First in Watertown; Wethersfield 1635, Stamford 1641, Greenwich 1650, East Town 1655, Greenwich 1659. "On 18 July 1640, a group of men, believed to include Ferris, signed a deed that purchased the land now called 'old Greenwich' from the local Native Americans. The deed noted that one chief, called Keofferam, had already sold his interests to "Jeffre Ferris." The present city dates its existence to that date." [Wikipedia]

      Appears briefly in Anya Seton's 1958 historical novel The Winthrop Woman, about TNH ancestor Elizabeth Fones, where he is described as "a lean taciturn farmer of thirty, with a crest of auburn hair" and a man who "never spoke idly".

      Ferris is portrayed in a stained-glass window in the First Congregational Church of Greenwich, Connecticut, along with the dates "1610 1666". Below him, another window depicts Tomac Cemetery, including a stone reading "Ferris". However, no record or stone has been found of his burial there.



      GX4-grandfather of George Washington Gale Ferris (1859-1896), inventor of the Ferris wheel.

  • Sources 
    1. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    2. [S665] Stained-glass windows of the First Congregational Church of Greenwich, Connecticut.

    3. [S160] Wikipedia.

    4. [S119] Ancestors and Descendants of Andrew Lee and Clarinda Knapp Allen, by Gerald R. Fuller. Esther Fuller Dial, ed. The Andrew Lee Allen Family Organization, 1952.

    5. [S1272] George E. McCracken, "The Feake Family of Norfolk, London, and Colonial America." New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 86:132, 86:209 (1955), 87:28, 87:104 (1956), 92:229 (1961), 94:243 (1963), 136:303 (2005).