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Sylvanus Warren Ferris, Jr
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Birth: Nov. 19, 1861
Putnam County
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 9, 1925
New York, USA

Son of Sylvanus & Permelia (Warren) Ferris

From the Centennial 1870-1970 of the United Methodist Church, Cold Spring NY: A river tragedy occurred on Monday morning, March 9, 1925. Shortly after 6 o'clock Sylvanus Ferris and Row Merante started to row across the Hudson to their carpentry jobs at West Point. The river was practically free of ice when they started from this side. Nearing Constitution Island, according to reports, they probably realized that an approaching floe of ice would overtake them, so they head for the island. Believing that they had reached their destination in time, observers paid no further heed. Some minutes later the boat was seen floating alone with the ice but with no occupants. A general alarm was then sent out, and the enlisted men assembled on the shore of West Point noticed that one man was clinging to the boat. After nearly three hours of careful paddling through the floating ice, four enlisted men in two canoes found Mr. Ferris tied to the boat. The unconscious Mr. Ferris was rushed to Engineer's Hospital but he died at 10:45. There was no trace of Mr. Merante. He had lived on Garden Street and was survived by a widow and three small children. Mr. Ferris, living in what had once been the Rock Street School, was survived by his widow, his son Warren, his daughter Mrs. Roger Free (Thompson), and a brother James F. Ferris. Though not given to much talking, Sylvanus was always ready to discuss local history. He was a member of the Putnam County Historical Society and of Martelaer's Rock Association (reorganized as the Constitution Island Association in 1925). 
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  Elizabeth Emma Cuslee Ferris (1861 - 1952)*
  Mildred Valentine Ferris Thompson (1893 - 1988)*
*Calculated relationship
Cold Spring Cemetery
Cold Spring
Putnam County
New York, USA
Created by: Jim Ferris
Record added: May 12, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19355100
Sylvanus Warren Ferris, Jr
Added by: Chip Rowe
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- Jim Ferris
 Added: Jul. 18, 2012

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