AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 817
FERRY. One of the representative
citizens of Stafford, Tolland Co., Conn., who had long been known in connection
with both industrial and agricultural life there, is Joseph Ferry, who is a
native son of Connecticut, born in Staffordville, Oct. 7, 1836.
was in Staffordville that the grandfather and great-grandfather of Joseph Ferry
lived and died, the former passing away at the age of ninety-nine years.
By marriage great-grandfather James Ferry was connected with the Warren
family, and he was well known as a reliable wheelwright and also as a farmer.
His children were: James (2),
who became the grandfather of Joseph Ferry of this sketch;
Cyrus, who was a blacksmith; Jason,
who learned the carpenter trade; Chauncy,
who also was a carpenter, moved West and died there;
Darias, who was a farmer, also was skilled in many trades, and who reared
a family of fifteen children; Cynthia,
who became Mrs. Fuller and lived in Palmer, Mass.; and Clarissa, who first
married Timothy Foskett, and second Jesse Foskett, of Stafford.
Ferry (2), son of James, was born in Staffordville, Jan. 23, 1773, and was a
carpenter and farmer, the only tradesman of the latter class in his vicinity in
his time, and it was his business to make coffins, which he constructed for from
one to two dollars apiece, this charge including the usual work of undertaking.
He married Polly Rogers, who was born Jan. 2, 1777, in Wales, Mass., and
who died Nov. 2, 1840; the death of Mr. Ferry occurred in 1858, at the age of
eighty-five years, and he was buried in the Hall District cemetery.
The children born to James and Polly Ferry were:
(1) Abigail, who was born March 9, 1798, and married Ara Tyler, of
Willington, Conn.; (2) Bathsheba,
who was born March 23, 1800, and died Oct. 9, 1803;
(3) Bathsheba (2), who was born Aug. 2, 1804, and married Robert Needham,
of Stafford; (4) James, who was born
Sept. 2, 1808, married Esther King, of Hawley, Mass. (by trade he was a moulder,
working for many years in Stafford and the surrounding towns, and he still
survives and remembers with pleasure the celebration which took place July 4,
1826, in rejoicing over the completion of the Hydeville Furnace, which he, with
others, had commenced to erect April 4, 1826);
(5) Abner, who was born Nov. 19, 1810, in Stafford;
Alvin, who was born July 23,
1813, in Stafford, Conn., and died on Jan. 12, 1884, having spent his life in
Stafford as a moulder, and who was married Aug. 10, 1834, to Azubah Needham,
born March 11, 1817, in Wales, Mass. (she now lives in Windsor Locks, with her
daughter, her other children having been, Henry and Henry J., who died in
infancy, George, a soldier of the Civil war, Almeda and William A., the latter
now living in Stafford); and (7) Mary, who was born Feb. 6, 1822, and died in
May, 1898, the wife of Horace Curtis, of Union, Connecticut.
Ferry, the father of Joseph Ferry, was by trade a moulder and metal worker and
followed the same during the major portion of his life.
After completing the course of instruction in the Hyde foundry, he worked
in the foundries in South Coventry, Troy, N.Y., Worcester, Mass., and in New
Jersey at Jersey City, everywhere being known as a man of skill in his trade and
one whose reliable work was in demand.
Ferry married Polly Smith, who was born in Stafford, and died in Fiskdale,
Mass., and her father was Joseph Smith, of Stafford.
Their children were: Alonzo,
who is engaged in the livery business, at Sturbridge, Mass., and married Jane
Henry, who died in infancy; and Sarahette, who died unmarried.
Staffordville, Conn., which has been the home of his relatives for so long a
period, Joseph Ferry was born and was educated; he remained in school until he
was nineteen years of age and attended the winter sessions, having been engaged
since he was sixteen years of age at work during the summers in the Nathan
Washburn foundry at Worcester, Mass. After
leaving school he worked for one and one-half years in the spinning department
of the E.A. Converse woolen mill and from there went to Bridgehampton, L.I.,
where he engaged for two years in extensive farming and fishing operations.
Coming back to Stafford, he spent the next year in the Converse mill in
the spinning department, but in 1851 he purchased the Pardon Davis farm of the
other heirs and took care of his parents until their death.
The tract comprised 155 acres of fine land and there Mr. Ferry has
engaged in farming ever since, with the exception of about eighteen months
during the Civil war, when he worked in the Staffordville mill.
But whether as farmer or mill worker, Mr. Ferry has won the esteem of all
of those with whom he has been thrown in contact, and is one the representative
citizens of his locality. His
farming operations are carried on in connection with some dairying, and he finds
a sale for his fine butter in Stafford Springs.
Oct. 25, 1859, Mr. Ferry was united in marriage to Jane Frances Davis, a
daughter of Pardon and Hannah (Wheeler) Davis, a prominent farmer of West
Stafford. From this marriage there
has been no issue.
Mr. Ferry is a staunch Democrat and he has been called upon to serve in a number
of prominent positions, having been assessor for two terms, for two years was
selectman and is at present a member of the board, and in 1871 he most ably
represented his town in the Legislature, serving on the committee on Cities and
Boroughs. He is of the Universalist
D. Pingel – great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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