Mary Ferris

Female Abt 1636 - 1708  (~ 72 years)


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  • Name Mary Ferris 
    Born Abt 1636  of Wethersfield, , Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Jan 1707/1708  Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3273  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2015 

    Father Jeffrey Ferris,   b. Abt 1604, of, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1666, Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Mother Mrs. Ferris,   d. 31 Jul 1658, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1629  of, , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F286  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Jonathan Lockwood,   b. 10 Sep 1634, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1688, Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married Bef 6 Jan 1664/1665  Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1474  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Thomas Merritt,   b. May 1635, of Rye, Westchester, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Aft 5 Jun 1696  of Rye, Westchester, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F283  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • RESEARCH_NOTES:
      1. Per "History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield," Donald Lines Jacobus, comp. and ed. page 382: Jonathan Lockwood "m. Mary Ferris, dau. of Jeffrey. She m. (2) in 1696, Thomas Merritt of Rye, and d. at Greenwich 1707/8. Inv. 31 Jan 1707/8 of Marah Merrit of Greenwich. Her prenuptial agreement with Merritt was made 3 Jun 1696..."

      2. The following partial excerpt concerning this individual is from the biography of Jeffrey Ferris in the "Great Migration" book. These are highly reliable summaries of early pre-1636 colonists and the entire biography can be read in Jeffrey's notes:
      "Jeffrey Ferris...
      Estate: ...On 28 May 1661, "Jeffery Ferries, by marriage with his wife Susanna, now deceased, stands engaged to pay certain legacies due to the children of Robert Lockwood, deceased, according to the administration entered in Court 20 October 1658" [Fairfield PR 1:65].
      In his will, dated 6 January 1664(/5?] and proved 9 March 1666/7, "Jeaffrey Ferris" bequeathed to "my wife that now is, all the estate which she can make appear that she brought with her" and £l0; to "her four children, that is to say, those four boys which I brought up and kept," £10 apiece; "in case my wife that now is shall see cause to remain a widow alter my decease, ... I give for her use five acres of land that now is in till, the one half in my home lot and the other half at Tomuck," also "one of my allotments that is on Mihanoes Neck," also some household goods to "my son James Ferris," £20, some moveables, and "half my farm, that is to say, that land that I now gave him"; to "my daughter Mary Lockwood, that now is, twenty pounds besides the quarter part of my before mentioned jades I gave to her husband, Jonothan Lockwood"... [Fairfield PR 2:20-21].
      The inventory of the estate of "Jeffrey Ferris, deceased," taken 23, 24, 26 and 29 November 1666, totalled £493 6-¼d., of which £170 was real estate: "house and lands," £170 [Fairfield PR 2:29-32]. Appended to the inventory is a division of the estate, dated 22 March 1666/7: to "brother Jonathan Lockwood"; to "brother James Ferris"; to "brother Joseph Ferris"; and to "brother Joseph Ferris" [Fairfield PR 2:32] (perhaps one of the entries for Joseph Ferris is intended for one of the other brothers).
      On 21 June 1687, "Peter Ferris & Jonathan Lockwood & Joseph Ferris & Jeames Ferris, being administrators of the estate of our deceased father, Jeffere Ferris," agreed "that all lands that are dividable that were formerly our foresaid deceased father's, ... that any or each person of us do possess, that he or they shall have ... the said land ... as his own proper right" [Greenwich LR 1:124].
      Marriage:
      (1) By about 1629 ___ ___. She died at Stamford 31 July 1658 (TAG 10:45, citing Stamford TR 1:20].
      (2) About 1659 Susanna (Norman) Lockwood, daughter of Richard Norman {1626, Salem} [GMB 2:1334-36] and widow of Robert Lockwood {1634, Watertown} [Fairfield PR 1:65]. She died at Greenwich 23 December 1660 (recorded at Stamford) [TAG 10:118, citing
      Stamford TR 1:98]. [KP: Susanna was both the step-mother of Mary Ferris and the mother of Mary's husband Jonathan Lockwood.]
      (3) By about 1662 Judith (Feake) Palmer, daughter of James Feake of London and widow of William Palmer...
      Children:
      With first wife...
      iii. Mary, b. say 1636; m. (1) by an unknown date Jonathan Lockwood, son of Robert Lockwood {1634, Watertown); m. (2) soon after 3 June 1696 Thomas Merritt [Gillespie Anc 128, citing prenuptial agreement, location not stated]...
      Bibliographic Note: In 1976 Paul W. Prindle prepared a comprehensive account of this immigrant and his family [Gillespie Anc 117-36]."

      3. Per the book "The Story of the Early Settlers of Stamford, Connecticut, 1641 - 1700," by Jeanne Majdalany (including genealogies comp. with Edith M. Wicks), page 160: "Mary, bc1637, d1708, m1 Lt. Jonathan Lockwood, m2 1696 Thomas Merritt."

      4. "Nicholas Knapp Genealogy," compiled by Alfred Averill Knapp, M.D. "This Genealogy of the Descendants of Nicholas Knapp, first found mentioned at Watertown, Massachusetts in 1630, is the result of the work and research of many individuals. The four principal collectors of data were Charles Ruggles Knapp, Henry Eno Knapp, Ezra Fred Knapp and the author, Alfred Averill Knapp, but they were assisted through correspondence by a large number of individuals who furnished much valuable family and local information...":
      "Jeffrey Ferris came to the part of Stamford that later became Greenwich. He m. 1st (name unknown). She was mother of all his children. m. 2nd Susannah, widow of Robert Lockwood. d. 1666. m. 3rd Judith (Judy) Feake Palmer, who m. after Jeffrey's death, ___ Bowers, erroneously sometimes called Burns. Jeffrey's only dau. m. Jonathan Lockwood, son of Robert and Susannah. There were 4 Ferris sons- John of Westchester, Peter of Stamford, Joseph and James of Greenwich. Both Peter and Joseph left widows named Ruth, and it was Peter's widow who m. John Clapp, not Joseph's."
      "Jeffry Ferris was b. in Leicestershire, England about 1610 and came to America about 1634. His widow, Susannah, had a dau. Mary by first marriage perhaps- perhaps by second."

      5. "Connecticut Ancestry," periodical published by the Connecticut Ancestry Society, Inc., Dec. 2004, Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 119-130:
      "Robert Lockwood of Watertown, Stamford and Fairfield: English Ancestry, New England Connections and Children's Marriages," by Robert Charles Anderson. Note that the following is a partial transcript of the full transcript in the notes of Robert Lockwood; the full article is well written by one of the very best modern genealogists and should be consulted in conjunction with the following notes:
      "Jonathan Lockwood, b. Watertown 10 September 1634. He m. by 6 January 1664[/5?] Mary Ferris, daughter of Jeffrey Ferris.(57)
      Footnotes:
      57. Anderson et al., "Great Migration," 2:517-21; Jacobus, "Old Fairfield," 1:382."

      6. "The Great Migration," by Robert Charles Anderson:
      "Robert Lockwood...
      Children...
      i. Jonathan Lockwood, b. Watertown 10 September 1634 [NEHGR 6:380; WaVR 1:3]; m. by 6 January 1664[/5?] Mary Ferris, daughter of Jeffrey Ferris [GM 2:2:519-20]..."