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Charles Ferry
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Birth: 1833
Death: Dec. 26, 1919

Charles Ferry was born in 1833 and during the American Civil War he was said to have served with the Union forces. Unfortunately, there were thirteen Charles Ferry's that served in the Union Army and being unable to determine which state Charles came from, it is near impossible to determine which one was him. After the war, like many, Charles left the United States and migrated half way around the world to New Zealand.

Charles Ferry arrived in New Zealand around 1893 and was first recorded as being a miner in and around Hyde, New Zealand, on South island. He remained in the mining business through 1910, was listed in the Otago supplementary rolls in 1911, listed at the Hyde Railway in 1912, on the Otago Electoral Rolls in 1914 and again at the Hyde Railway in 1917.

There is no record of Charles Ferry having ever been married, he was listed as a ‘displaced person' and was probably a pauper. It has been suggested he may have been Irish as that was a common name around there at the time.

Charles lived in a stone hut, later owned by Mr. Maurice Prendergast. The hut is on a farm that belonged to this Prendergast family at the foot of the mountain range called ‘Rock & Pillar'. Charles used to do some mining up there. A neighbour and his son, from the Kinney family, once went to rescue Ferry from his mining camp on the Rock & Pillar with a horse and sledge, during a blizzard.

Charles Ferry died at 76 years of age in Middlemarch, New Zealand (folio no. 3653) on December 26, 1919 in Hyde Township, New Zealand. He was an Otago old age pensioner and died of Senility and heart failure after being attended for twelve hours by Dr. W.S. Roberts. He was buried two days later, on December 28th, with services held by Rev. Thomas Dowling; witnessed by Mr. John Matheron. The informant was Mr. E. Phillips, an agent authorized by the Middlemarch Undertaker, Mr. James Robertson. The official Registrar was Mr. H.L. Giboon, on December 29, 1919. His burial was also paid for by Mr. James Robertson, who himself may have been an American Civil War veteran. His death record is listed as 1919/8967 and he is buried in grave 24, block 4, the second site to the right when entering the cemetery; in an unmarked grave. On the cemetery Index it is stated that Charles Ferry was an "American Militiaman – Fought in the Civil War".

A Probate record was found for Charles Ferry in 1920, in the Wellington Court; suggesting he had died Intestate, without leaving a will. In the New Zealand National Archives, Reference listing AAOM 6029 28887/1920, a record was found for Charles Ferry, but it is just an application by the Public Trust to administer Ferry's estate which amounted to only ₤34 10s (34 pounds ten shillings).

Charles Ferry hardly came to official notice during his time in New Zealand, and since he stayed out of trouble, there was really no reason why he should have attracted any notice.
Dunedin Cemetery
Dunedin City
Otago, New Zealand
Plot: Block 4, Grave 24,
Created by: James Gray
Record added: Mar 30, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50467760
Charles Ferry
Added by: James Gray
Charles Ferry
Added by: James Gray
Charles Ferry
Added by: James Gray
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Thank you, fellow countryman. I hope you enjoyed your final home.
- AR
 Added: Jun. 17, 2015

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