C. FERRIS SR. was the son of Isaac
Ferris Sr., 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. 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
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. The family moved to Burlington Township for a few years in the
1860s. Sister Kathryn M. “Kattie”
Ferris was born 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 Sr. 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. 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.
into business with a shoemaking factory of his own, the beginning of a business
career that would take him into banking. The Ferris family was living at 1702 Fillmore
Street when the 1876 City Directory was compiled
Jacob C. Ferris
followed his father and older brother into the shoe manufacturing business. The 1880
Census shows the Ferris Family, living at 1702 Fillmore
Street, 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.
July 26, 1882 Jacob Ferris married Susanna Sweeney. A daughter, Eliza “Lydia” Charlotte
Ferris was born on April 27, 1883 in Camden. The 1887-1888 City
Directory lists the family at 1703 Broadway, they were at 1618
1888. They were still there in 1895. Two more children came, Son Jacob Herbert
Ferris on May 28, 1892, and Miriam H Ferris on December 6, 1894 in Camden.
By 1896, Jacob Ferris family had moved to at 546 Stevens
C. Ferris fell ill around the end of 1903. He died as a result of gas
asphyxiation on December 26, 1904. His father had died only a few months