FERRIS SR. was a shoemaker who came to New Jersey, settling in the neighborhood
of Broadway and Ferry
Avenue in what was then Newton Township, and after 1871,
was the Eighth Ward if the City of Camden.
Ferris Sr. was born in December of 1827 at Easton, Pennsylvania. He wed Dorothea Laird around 1850.
A daughter Emma, was born in 1850 in Pennsylvania. When the Census was taken in
1850, Isaac Ferris and family lived in Philadelphia, in the New Market Ward in
the area around South 2nd and Lombard Streets. A son, Isaac Ferris Jr. was born
October 4, 1854 in Philadelphia and a daughter, Dorothea Ferris was born
in Pennsylvania around 1858. Isaac Ferris Sr. and family came to New Jersey soon
son, Jacob C. Ferris was born in New Jersey on March 10, 1859, and it is
probable that he was born in Newton Township. The Ferris family lived there when
the Census was taken in 1860. Son John L Ferris was born on January 15, 1861 in
Camden County. A Pennsylvania death certificate states that daughter Kathryn M. “Kattie”
Ferris was born in Pennsylvania in 1863, but census records indicate that she
was born in New Jersey, most likely in Burlington Township, as it is known
from Civil War draft records that on July 1, 1863 Isaac Ferris Sr. was living
there, following his
trade as a shoemaker. A son, Washington Ferris was born around 1866, and the Ferris family was still in
Burlington when daughter Cora arrived on February 3, 1868. Soon after her birth,
Isaac Ferris and his clan returned to Newton Township, and Isaac Ferris
established a shoemaking enterprise. The Ferris family is listed there in the
1870 Census. In 1871 Newton Township dissolved and the Ferris family became
residents of the City of Camden. The 1872 City Directory shows Isaac Ferris Sr.
and Isaac Ferris Jr. at Ferry Road and
Webster Street,, the 1874 Directory
indicates that they were still there.
Ferris Sr. was interested in politics as a Democrat. He was a Democrat leader in
the Eighth Ward if Camden altogether for almost forty years. He served as a Camden police
officer from 1874 until the
spring of 1877, during the mayoralties of John
H. Jones and John Morgan. The family was blessed with two more
children in the 1870s, daughters Adelaid “Addie” Ferris on June 21, 1871 and
son Harry Laird Ferris on December 25, 1875. Sadly, there was loss, as John L.
died on November 6, 1876. 1876 was also the year that son Isaac Ferris Jr. went
into business with a shoemaking factory of his own, the beginning of a business
career that would take him into banking.
Before his term expired, Isaac
Ferris moved to 1702 Fillmore
Street, where he would live out his days. The 1880
Census shows the Ferris Family consisting of Isaac and Dorothea Ferris and eight
children, Isaac Ferris Jr., Dorothea Ferris,
Jacob Ferris, Kathryn Ferris, Washington Ferris,
Cora Ferris, Adalaid Ferris, and Harry Ferris. By 1885 Isaac Jr., Dorothea and
Jacob had all gone out into the world. When the Census was taken in 1900,
Youngest son Harry was still at home, as were Kathryn and Dorothea.
Ferris Sr. died on August 30, 1904 and was buried at Evergreen Cemetery. His
will went to probate on December 12 1904 in Camden. His widow joined him on
October 27, 1910.