Squire H. Ferris

Squire H. Ferris was born 1817 in Orange County, New York.

In 1820 there was a Gideon “Farris” living in Greenfield, Orange County, New York, and a Sarah “Farris” living in Cornwall, Orange County, New York. By 1830 one Elijah Ferris was living in Newburgh, Orange County, New York. That same year Augustus Ferris was living in Ira, Cayuga County, New York. Squire may in fact be related to New York native Thatcher Ferris (b. 1786) who settled in Ira, Cayuga County, New York, around 1804 and lived most of his life in Ira.

We do know that "Squire H." married New York native Jane (b. 1817), presumably in New York, and they had at least three children: Henry (b. 1838), Lucilla (b. 1839) and Gilbert (b. 1846).

By 1840 Squire was living in Ira, Cayuga County, New York, and in 1850 he was working as a shoemaker and living with his wife and three children in Ira. Sometime after 1856 Squire took his family and moved westward, eventually settling in Michigan. By 1860 he was working as a shoemaker and living with his wife and two children in Campbell, Ionia County.

He stood 5’10” with gray eyes, light hair and a light complexion, and was a 45-year-old shoemaker and farmer possibly living in Campbell, Ionia County when he enlisted in Company C on February 14, 1862, at Saranac, Ionia County for 3 years, and was mustered the same day. He injured his the left arm and wrist sometime in 1862, possibly at Second Bull Run on August 29, 1862, and was admitted to Judiciary Square hospital in Washington, DC. He was discharged on December 6, 1862, at Judiciary Square hospital for “loss of left arm by amputation.”

In 1862 Squire applied for and received a pension (no. 10663).

In 1870 Henry Ferris was living in Fairfield, Shiawassee County; also living with him was his mother Jane and a basket-maker named Maquis Ferris (b. 1846 in New York). In 1880 Gilbert Ferris was a single man working as a mechanic in Campbell, Ionia County and Jane was listed as a widow living in Owosso, Shiawassee County.