_____________________ | _Jeffrey FERRIS _____________|_____________________ | (1610 - ....) m 1633 _Peter, Sr. FERRIS __| | (1633 - 1706) m 1654| | | _____________________ | | | | |_Mary __??__ ________________|_____________________ | (.... - 1658) m 1633 _Peter, Jr. FERRIS __| | (1660 - 1736) m 1706| | | _____________________ | | | | | _John REYNOLDS ______________|_____________________ | | | | |_Elizabeth REYNOLDS _| | (1634 - 1705) m 1654| | | _____________________ | | | | |_Sarah __??__ _______________|_____________________ | | |--Hannah FERRIS | | _Michael HOYTE ______+ | | | _Simon HOYT\HOYTE ___________|_Agnes __??__ _______ | | (1593 - 1657) m 1632 | _Joshua, Sr. HOYT ___| | | (1639 - 1690) m 1664| | | | _____________________ | | | | | | |_Susanna or Susannah __??__ _|_____________________ | | (.... - 1674) m 1632 |_Sarah HOYT _________| (1674 - 1715) m 1706| | _____________________ | | | _Francis BELL _______________|_____________________ | | |_Mary BELL __________| (1646 - 1729) m 1664| | _____________________ | | |_Rebecca __??__ _____________|_____________________ (.... - 1684)
 Data from Ferris.
__ | __|__ | _Jeffrey FERRIS _____| | (1610 - ....) m 1633| | | __ | | | | |__|__ | _Peter, Sr. FERRIS __| | (1633 - 1706) m 1654| | | __ | | | | | __|__ | | | | |_Mary __??__ ________| | (.... - 1658) m 1633| | | __ | | | | |__|__ | | |--Hannah FERRIS | (1666 - 1727) | __ | | | __|__ | | | _John REYNOLDS ______| | | | | | | __ | | | | | | |__|__ | | |_Elizabeth REYNOLDS _| (1634 - 1705) m 1654| | __ | | | __|__ | | |_Sarah __??__ _______| | | __ | | |__|__
 All data from Knapp.
__ | __|__ | _Jeffrey FERRIS _____| | (1610 - ....) m 1633| | | __ | | | | |__|__ | _Joseph, Sr. FERRIS _| | (1635 - 1699) m 1657| | | __ | | | | | __|__ | | | | |_Mary __??__ ________| | (.... - 1658) m 1633| | | __ | | | | |__|__ | | |--Hannah FERRIS | (1673 - 1711) | __ | | | __|__ | | | _Nicholas KNAPP _____| | | (1606 - 1670) m 1629| | | | __ | | | | | | |__|__ | | |_Ruth KNAPP _________| (1640 - 1702) m 1657| | __ | | | __|__ | | |_Elinor __??__ ______| (1606 - 1658) m 1629| | __ | | |__|__
 All data from Knapp. Data obtained from "A Ferris Family Tree(1995-Revised 1998), by James Gary Ferris, Chapter 3:315.
_____________________ | _Jeffrey FERRIS _____________|_____________________ | (1610 - ....) m 1633 _Peter, Sr. FERRIS __| | (1633 - 1706) m 1654| | | _____________________ | | | | |_Mary __??__ ________________|_____________________ | (.... - 1658) m 1633 _Joseph, Sr. FERRIS _| | (1657 - 1733) m 1686| | | _____________________ | | | | | _John REYNOLDS ______________|_____________________ | | | | |_Elizabeth REYNOLDS _| | (1634 - 1705) m 1654| | | _____________________ | | | | |_Sarah __??__ _______________|_____________________ | | |--Hannah FERRIS | (1704 - 1760) | _Michael HOYTE ______+ | | | _Simon HOYT\HOYTE ___________|_Agnes __??__ _______ | | (1593 - 1657) m 1632 | _Joshua, Sr. HOYT ___| | | (1639 - 1690) m 1664| | | | _____________________ | | | | | | |_Susanna or Susannah __??__ _|_____________________ | | (.... - 1674) m 1632 |_Mary HOYT __________| (1664 - 1739) m 1686| | _____________________ | | | _Francis BELL _______________|_____________________ | | |_Mary BELL __________| (1646 - 1729) m 1664| | _____________________ | | |_Rebecca __??__ _____________|_____________________ (.... - 1684)
 Data from Ferris.
_____________________ | _Jeffrey FERRIS _____|_____________________ | (1610 - ....) m 1633 _Joseph, Sr. FERRIS _| | (1635 - 1699) m 1657| | | _____________________ | | | | |_Mary __??__ ________|_____________________ | (.... - 1658) m 1633 _John, Sr. FERRIS ___| | (1658 - 1741) m 1694| | | _____________________ | | | | | _Nicholas KNAPP _____|_____________________ | | | (1606 - 1670) m 1629 | |_Ruth KNAPP _________| | (1640 - 1702) m 1657| | | _____________________ | | | | |_Elinor __??__ ______|_____________________ | (1606 - 1658) m 1629 | |--Hannah FERRIS | (1713 - ....) | _Simon HOYT\HOYTE ___+ | | (1593 - 1657) m 1617 | _Walter HOYT\HOYTE __|_Jane STOODLIE ______ | | (.... - 1698) m 1652 | _Zerubbabel HOYT ____| | | (1652 - 1738) | | | | _Robert, Sr. TINKER _ | | | | (1565 - 1624) m 1600 | | |_Rhoda TINKER _______|_Mary MERWIN ________ | | (.... - 1694) m 1652 (1575 - ....) |_Abigail HOYT _______| (1675 - ....) m 1694| | _____________________ | | | _____________________|_____________________ | | |_____________________| | | _____________________ | | |_____________________|_____________________
 All data from Hoyt's Issue Spring 1994.
 All data from Marshall.
__ | __|__ | _Jeffrey FERRIS _____| | (1610 - ....) m 1633| | | __ | | | | |__|__ | _Joseph, Sr. FERRIS _| | (1635 - 1699) m 1657| | | __ | | | | | __|__ | | | | |_Mary __??__ ________| | (.... - 1658) m 1633| | | __ | | | | |__|__ | | |--James FERRIS | (1662 - 1727) | __ | | | __|__ | | | _Nicholas KNAPP _____| | | (1606 - 1670) m 1629| | | | __ | | | | | | |__|__ | | |_Ruth KNAPP _________| (1640 - 1702) m 1657| | __ | | | __|__ | | |_Elinor __??__ ______| (1606 - 1658) m 1629| | __ | | |__|__
 All data from Knapp.
__ | __|__ | _Jeffrey FERRIS _____| | (1610 - ....) m 1633| | | __ | | | | |__|__ | _James, Sr. FERRIS __| | (1642 - 1706) | | | __ | | | | | __|__ | | | | |_Mary __??__ ________| | (.... - 1658) m 1633| | | __ | | | | |__|__ | | |--James, Jr. FERRIS | (.... - 1726) | __ | | | __|__ | | | _____________________| | | | | | | __ | | | | | | |__|__ | | |_____________________| | | __ | | | __|__ | | |_____________________| | | __ | | |__|__
 All data from Knapp. James married before 1670 in Greenwich, CT buthis wife's name is not known.
__ | __|__ | __| | | | | __ | | | | |__|__ | _Jeffrey FERRIS _____| | (1610 - ....) m 1633| | | __ | | | | | __|__ | | | | |__| | | | | __ | | | | |__|__ | | |--James, Sr. FERRIS | (1642 - 1706) | __ | | | __|__ | | | __| | | | | | | __ | | | | | | |__|__ | | |_Mary __??__ ________| (.... - 1658) m 1633| | __ | | | __|__ | | |__| | | __ | | |__|__
 All data from Knapp. Claims that James Ferris, married Mary Merritt,a supposed sister of Thomas Merritt, who married secondly, the MaryFerris, widow of Jonathan Lockwood and daughter of Jeffrey Ferris, areerroneous. Research by Harriet Scofield, in a letter dated 13 May1959, to Chaplain James Ferris, who then asked "which James Ferris,married Mary Merritt". Her answer was "neither" as Thomas Merritt hadno sister named Mary and there is no record extant that reflects suchunion to ANY James Ferris, nor was any female named Mary in theMerritt Family who would have been eligible by age and time, to havemarried any James Ferris. Current research as of 13 Mar 1998,discloses that James had an Unknown Wife. [See A Ferris Family Tree(1995-Revised Mar 1998), by James Gary Ferris, Chapter 5:2, whichdiscusses the findings as apply to this James Ferris].
All data from Knapp. Jeffrey Ferris, married first ? [prob a Mary?];secondly to Susannah (NORMAN) Lockwood, widow of SGT Robert Lockwood &daughter of Richard Norman of Salem, Essex Co, MA; thirdly, to Judith(Feake) Palmer, widow of William Palmer & daughter of James and Audrey(Crompton) Feake; she married as her third husband, John Bowers [notBurns], who married, Hannah (Close) Knapp, widow of Joshua Knapp, Sr.
James G. Ferris in his Bombs and Bones, A Ferris Family Tree, athttp://www.ferristree.com/, gives the following about Jeffrey's firstwife.
The name of Jeffrey's first wife and mother of his known childrenremains unknown. Much research has been done and speculation abounds,but the actual documentation, such as the page of the Stamford TownRecords, which contains her death record, is worn away. What islegible is her death date of May 31, 1658. On the tombstone her namehas weathered away leaving only AMary -----ne@. There are some thatthink her maiden name was Browne, Thorne, or Bowne; a case can be madefor each because of connections with those families and Jeffrey, butno proof exists. Several sources, to include Family Tree Maker, listJudy Burns and/or Ann Milton or Anne Howard - as best as I candetermine, there is no documentation for these names. In thiscompilation, she remains unknown.
He married second, at Stamford, in May 1661, Susannah (Norman)(AFN:FPHQ-6H) Lockwood, widow of Sergeant Robert Lockwood [dau ofRichard]. She was born 1612, in England and died December 23, 1661 atGreenwich. [Susannah's maiden name has also been identified as St.John, Sension, Bulkeley or Lockmann.] Jeffrey's marriage contract withSusannah, dated May 28, 1661,
pledges certain legacies to the children of Robert Lockwood-deceased,and mortgages his Greenwich lands and "housings".
Jeffrey, married 3d, in 1662 at Stamford, Judith (Feake) Palmer, widowof Lieutenant William Palmer, (not Henry as found in some sources toinclude Ye Historie of Ye Greenwich) afterwards the wife of JohnBowers. Judith (Judah) was born circa 1621, London, England and diedin 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 foundersof Greenwich. Soon after Jeffrey's death, she married John Bowers(See Genealogies of Long Island Families)
From Greenwich Old & New: Chapter - Story of One Pioneer.
In spite of the important part that Daniel Patrick played in thefounding of Greenwich, it was men like Jeffrey Ferris and AngellHusted who actually made this settlement. They were the men whoremained permanently, and raised large families, which continued tolive here for generations,
forming the background of the town. So, to use Jeffrey Ferris as anexample we must go back a few years to the settlement of Watertownjust outside of Boston.
Along with a great number of restless, energetic Englishmen who lefttheir homes for various reasons, Jeffrey Ferris came to American in1634. Born in Leichestershire, England, in 1610, he was twenty-fourwhen he came to Watertown. Over six feet tall, with blue eyes and redhair, he was a
typical middle class Englishman, God-fearing, respectable, industriousand as later events proved, a good businessman. He was enough of aPuritan to be eligible as a citizen of Watertown, for his name wasregistered as a freeman of Boston in 1635. At that time churchmembership was the
essential requirement for citizenship. This entitled him to be calledGoodman Ferris.
From a number of small clues, it may be assumed that Jeffrey Ferriswas not a rigid Puritan. He may have come to America for freedom ofworship, but undoubtedly there were other more practical reasons aswell. Goodman Ferris wanted land of his own, but he also wanted therights 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 toConnecticut, enough of this history must be told to explain how andwhy Jeffrey Ferris finally came to Greenwich.
At this time Boston was controlled by a few rigid Puritans who hadorganized a theocratic and completely undemocratic form of government.The citizens of the three settlements around Boston were not allowedto govern themselves independently, nor were they even fairlyrepresented in Boston although they were subject to taxation. Therules and regulations regarding personal conduct were unbelievablystrict. It was not only irregular characters like John Underhill andDaniel Patrick who were punished for minor crimes. Many veryrespectable 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 theocean to a wilderness for the sake of freedom were not likely tosubmit to such a situation. At the same time glowing statements werecoming to Boston concerning the fertile meadows and rich valley landalong the
Connecticut River. A separation from Boston and migration toConnecticut was inevitable, and in the company of a number of familiesfrom Watertown, Jeffrey Ferris acquired four acres of land and built ahouse. Evidently he planned to stay and settle down but within fouryears he was moving again.
So far Jeffrey Ferris had made two moves toward freedom, but from thepoint of view of freedom Wethersfield proved a disappointment. Worsethat than, there was no peace because of several strong mindedministers who were all trying to rule the small settlement at once.There were infinite
quarrels and disputes over religion, politics, and the distribution ofland. Because of these unsatisfactory conditions at Wethersfield,Jeffrey came to Greenwich. Land, always land, was what he wanted morethan anything, so this time, quite on his own, he negotiated apurchase with the Indians here.
July 18, 1640, is the commonly accepted date for the founding ofGreenwich because the Indian deed was signed on that day. Althoughhistorians are literally quite accurate when they assert that thesettlement was established after the purchase, there are,nevertheless, a number of reasons for assuming that a few pioneerscame here before July, 1640.
As an addition to the purchase of Daniel Patrick and Robert Feaks, itis noted that "Keofram hath soulde all his Right in ye above sd necksunto Jeffre Ferris." This notation suggests that Goodman Ferris washere transacting a deal with the Indian Chief Keofferam before thecoming of Daniel Patrick and Robert Feaks. When signing his mark,Sachem Keofferam made the picture of a blockhouse with a projection orlookout box. In front and behind the house he drew lines which mayhave been an indication of plowed ground.
Indian signatures were really picture writing, and the marks usuallydepicted something significant in relation to the document, which wassigned. Such being the case, it is quite likely that there actuallywas a block house on this land bought by Jeffrey, and of course thishouse 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 ispossible to go a step further and attribute the naming of Greenwich tothis particular founder, who was born in LEICESTERSHIRE, England.About 1590 in England, there was an adventurer named Richard Ferriswho served as
messenger in ordinary at the court of Queen Elizabeth. At this timethe Earl of Leicester was the Queen's favorite, so it is more thanlikely that this member of the Ferris family from LEICESTERSHIREreceived an appointment through his influence. [Jim - recently, someGenealogical organizations have made the leap and proclaimed thatRichard was the father of Jeffrey - this proclamation has been furtherspread as gospel by numerous individuals. Until I am aware ofdocumentation to this fact, I will not make this jump. In thisdocument, Jeffrey's father is still
The favorite summer residence of Queen Elizabeth was at Greenwichwhere her yacht lay alongside the wharf in front of the palace. As amember of the court, Richard Ferris must have visited therefrequently. In this way, Jeffrey Ferris, as a son or nephew (?), mighthave become very fond of the
village of Greenwich and when he came to New England he followed thecustom of other emigrants by naming the town after that place inEngland to which he was most attached.
Jeffrey Ferris was married three times. His second wife was SusannahLockwood, widow of Robert Lockwood, so from the very beginning ofGreenwich history these two families were united. It is said that 10,000 of their descendants can be traced and many of them still live inGreenwich today.
Angell Husted is another founder of Greenwich whose family still livesthere. Robert Husted, his father, owned land in both Stamford andGreenwich and was a witness to the purchase of Patrick and Feaks.Angell Husted was a special witness to the purchase made by JeffreyFerris, and
it is claimed by the Husted family that he was here as early as 1638.
[Note from McLeester: See Heustis Connections for more on AngellHusted's line.]
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 inindifferent health and good memory thanks be to the Lord that givethit 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 withsudden death...
ITEM I give unto my wife that now is; all the estate that she can makeappear that she brought with her; also;
ITEM I give also to her four children that is to say, those four boyswhich I brought up and kept forty pounds, that is to say ten poundsapiece; that if they stay and live with any of my children until theybe of the age of eighteen years; then it shall be put out for them andfor their use until they are twenty years of age; and then to receiveit into their possession; further in case that my wife that now isshall see cause to remain a widow after my decease; for so long as sheso remaineth I give for her use five acres of land that is now in tillthe 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 onMihernoes Neck that is now fenced in; also that she sees cause I willthat she shall live in one part of my now dwelling house so long asshe shall remain a widow; also I give her two of my Pewter Plattersone great and one small.
ITEM I give unto my son James Ferris twenty pounds, that is to saybesides his cattle that now is; also beside the quarter part of thosewhich I gave between my son Juda and James and Jonathan Lockwood thatis to say Juda's running remote in the woods; also I give unto my sonJames my great copper kettle and also my bed that standeth in the lowroom of my house, that is to say that bed with all the furniture whichmy wife and myself commonly lodged on, also I give unto my son Jamesthat bed with the furniture that commonly James lay on in the otherfore room of my now
dwelling house; I give also unto my son James Ferris all my carts andplows and all materials thereunto belonging; also I give unto James myIron Pot and three Pewter platters...
ITEM Also I give unto my daughter Mary Lockwood that now is twentypounds besides the quarter part of my before mentioned Juda's I gaveto her husband Jonathah Lockwood; also
ITEM I give unto my son Peter Ferris his three children one mare coltthat shall run in stock, to be equal proportion between the threechildren; also
ITEM I give unto my son Joseph's two children one mare colt to run forstock for them and for their use and portion;
ITEM Farther my will is that what more of my estate shall be foundafter those above mentioned legacies paid, shall be equally dividedamongst all my children;
ITEM Further it is my will that in case God should choose to give mywife a child born of her body whilst she remains my wife, that is tosay 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 Inow 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 diebefore it hath any issue, then this my gift to return to the rest ofthe estate as before mentioned; Further it is my will and I do deputemy loving friend John Holly now in Stanford and my son Peter Ferris asmy overseers to see this my will performed according to this justexpression 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
WITNESS Phillip Minthorn
March 9th 1667 I Juda Bowers lately Widow Ferris sometimes wife toJeffery Ferris do hereby acknowledge I have received in fullsatisfaction what was given me by my husbands will, and I do herebyfully acquit and discharge for me and mine forever
WITNESS Rich; Lane or Lorn
Juda Bowers Mark
March 9th 1667 This will on the other side written was presented to beapproved by the parties concerned in the distribution of the order ofthe will and in witness hereunto we do mutually agree to subscribe ournames with our own hands.
March 13th 1667 We whose names are underwritten do own and approvethis 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 byJoseph Mead, Angell Husted, John Holly appointed thereunto (and underoath) 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 copythat is in loose material in a vertical file on Ferris Genealogy inthe Genealogy Room of the N.Y. Public Library.