Rev Ezra Ferris

Rev Ezra Ferris

Stanwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death 18 Apr 1857 (aged 73)
Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana, USA
Burial Greendale, Dearborn County, Indiana, USA
Plot Row 14, Stone 15
Memorial ID 68894744 View Source
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He & his family were moved from Old Newtown Cemetery in Lawrenceburg to Greendale Cemetery in 1940

~ Catherine Thornell (married 5 Dec 1804)
~ Amanda Abbott (married 6 Nov 1847)

Other Child:
~ Marmaduke Earl (b. 1805; m. Sarah Jane Hunter on 18 Sept 1828, Dearborn Co., IN; m. Adeline Buckner Shade on 7 July 1834, Perry, Missouri)

Living in Dearborn Co., IN from 1820-1850

"In 1804 Ezra Ferris came to Lawrenceburg. In December, 1837, the church met in the new meeting house, which was the court house. On February 7, 1838, the trustees, Ezra Ferris and E.P. Bond, leased for ten years the upper room of the building occupied as a court house; the trustees to repair and fix the room for the purpose of holding church services. . ."
(source: "History of Dearborn County, Indiana. . .", edited by Archibald Shaw, 1915, pp. 392-393)

"Death of Dr. Ezra Ferris ~ A good man has fallen. Dr. Ezra Ferris died at his residence in Lawrenceburgh, on Sunday evening, the 18th, inst. Dr. Ferris was born in the state of Connecticut, April 26th, 1783. When he was about 6 years of age, his father, Deacon Isaac Ferris, emigrated West to Ohio, and arrived at Columbia~the first settlement of the Miami country~December 12, 1789. He was married to Caty Thornell, by Rev. James Lyon, December 5th, 1804, by whom he had ten children, four of whom only survive. He married his last wife, Mrs. Amanda G. Abbott, who still lives, Nov. 6, 1847, by whom he had two children, one of which survives him. He settled at Lawrenceburgh about the year 1807, having previously visited and remained in that section for some time. He may therefore be regarded as one of the first settlers of Lawrenceburgh, few of whom now remain. He was a member of the first Constitutional Convention that met at Corydon in this State, in 816, and was several times a member of the Legislature. He was a man of a better education than many had the means or opportunity of acquiring in the early settlement of this country ~ he having in youth returned East to Long Island for its acquirement. He had a strong mind and memory, and was perhaps the most reliable man living in reference to the facts of the early settlement in the Miami Valley. The Dr. was for many years a reputable medical practitioner. He has for the past 25 or 30 years been chiefly engaged in the Drug Business. The Dr. has from his youth been a consistent professor of religion and for more than half a century a Minister of the Gospel, having been baptized in the fellowship of the Baptist Church at Columbia. He leaves behind his Christian brethren, old acquaintances, a wife and five children, and several grandchildren to mourn his loss."
(source: "The Register", Dearborn Co., IN; 24 April 1857 issue)

First banking institution in Lawrenceburg was called the Farmers' and Mechanics' Bank & existed for about 10 years. In 1820, Ezra was one of the directors
(source: "History of Dearborn County, Indiana. . .", edited by Archibald Shaw, 1915, p. 420)

Member of Indiana territorial House of Representatives, 1814-15; delegate to Indiana state constitutional convention, 1816; member of Indiana state senate (at Corydon), 1816-18; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1820-22, 1826-27, 1830-31
Author of: "The Early Settlement of the Miami Country", Bowen-Merrill Co., 1897
(source: "The Baptist encyclopædia, a dictionary of the doctrines, ordinances, usages, confessions of faith, sufferings, labors, and successes. . .", edited by William Cathcart, 1881, p. 392)

"The most prominent physician of his day in Dearborn county was Dr. Ezra Ferris. He was deservedly prominent, for he was eminently a public-spirited citizen and active in all the affairs of the times ~ a minister of the Gospel, a law maker, a school teacher, a physician. In all the duties put upon him, he acquitted himself with honor to himself and credit to the constituents who had asked him to do service for them. Doctor Ferris was born in Stanwich, Connecticut, on April 26, 1783. His father, who was also a native of the village, determined, six years after the son was born, to emigrate to the west. The enterprise at that time was no small undertaking and it attracted considerable attention. Doctor Ferris, although then only six years of age, always retained a distinct remembrance of the event. On September 20, 1789, the family took up their journey, accompanied by two other families. As the wagons moved away from the little village, they were surrounded by a crowd who predicted all kinds of evil happenings to the three families in their progress westward. Their route was along the north side of Long Island sound to New York City; thence through New Jersey and Pennsylvania and over the Alleghanies to Redstone, where they took boats to Ft. Miami (Columbia), where they arrived on December 12, 1789. At the time of their arrival at the mouth of the Little Miami there were some thirty or forty families living in the place. These people were restrained very little by law, and were very short of provisions, excepting such as could be found by hunting in the woods, in which hovered the hostile savage. The new comers were assigned to an apartment about sixteen feet square in the fort, where they remained for a time. Ezra Ferris had the benefit of such schools as could be found at Columbia during the Indian wars and after Wayne's victory he pursued his studies elsewhere, obtaining a fair education. When quite a young man, he was licensed to preach and served as pastor of the Duck Creek Baptist church of Hamilton county, Ohio. He studied medicine and for some years taught school at Lebanon, Ohio, from which place he removed to Lawrenceburg. In Dearborn county he preached for the Baptists wherever a pastor was needed, filling pulpits that were without a pastor. He was elected a member of the convention that formed the first Constitution of the state of Indiana and in that body was made a member and chairman of the committee on elective franchise and elections. He was also a member of the state Legislature in 1816, 1818, 1820, and 1826. After he advanced in age he retired from the practice of medicine and kept a drug store (located at corner of High and Short streets), preaching for the Baptist congregations at Lawrenceburg, Salem, and other points. In politics the Doctor was a Whig and, in his political principles, was very firm in his belief. In 1851 he published a series of articles on the early history of the Miami country. A.H. Dunlevy, in his history of the Miami Baptist Association, wrote that 'Elder Ferris knew more of the early history of the Miami country than any man living at the time of his death.' Doctor Ferris was twice married, and died at Lawrenceburg on April 19, 1857."
(source: "History of Dearborn County, Indiana. . .", edited by Archibald Shaw, 1915, pp. 366-367; 373)

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