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PERMELIA FERRIS born August 23, 1809 Clinton Co NY and died October 18, 1896 Mishawaka IN; one of the last surviving members of the First Baptist Church of Penn Township; married December 7, 1837 in St. Joseph Co IN, Joseph Moore and they had a child; resided Pleasant Valley IN

( AZUBA FERRIS born September 26, 1811 Clinton Co NY and died September 3, 1892 Mishawaka IN; married September 26, 1833 as his 2d wife, Jacob Mathais Galor born August 5, 1809 Rensselaer Co NY; came with his mother and step-father to Rising Sun, Ohio Co IN 1815 and to Dearborn Co IN 1816; then 1835 to St. Joseph Co and drove the first wagon south of Mishawaka into the heavy timber, where he labored hard and long in clearing up a farm, thinking, as others in those days, that the prairie land was worthless; also engaged in the collier business for some time; as there was a blast furnace at Mishawaka, he found ready market for all his timber that he turned into charcoal. Azuba was, along with her sister, one of the last surviving members, of the First Baptist Church of Penn Township. Jacob was elected a trustee of the Church and was involved in selecting ground and erecting a house of worship; 1838 the society erected a small log house in which to worship; B. J. Ferris was elected as the first Treasurer of the Church [Jim - I cannot identify him] [Jacob's first wife was Cynthia Crouch - wonder if she was a relative of Isaiah's wife, Lucinda?]; and born to Azuba and Jacob were 3 children, two of which were [note the name change]:

( ALBERT GAYLOR born May 9, 1841 Penn Township, St. Joseph, IN; reared on a farm and received his education in the common schools and at Carlisle College of New Carlisle, St. Joseph Co; learned to labor on the farm which occupation he pursued until 1874; married October 31, 1865 Mary A. Keiffer; 1874 they moved to Mishawaka, where Albert engaged in the grocery business, and the manufacture of wood pulp. The former he discontinued in the spring of 1880, but continued the latter. He was superintendent of the pulp manufactory in South Bend, and also president of the one located at Mishawaka. He held several offices of trust at the hands of the people; was City Trustee of Mishawaka for several years and also Trustee for Penn Township; and born to them were:





( SARAH A. (AZUBA?) GAYLOR - Sarah signed her name as Galor March 9, 1883 at Mishawaka IN in an autograph book of Jay Vaughn Ferris, now in the possession of Jean Noble

( A MALE CHILD FERRIS died at birth 1813

( EPHRAIM FERRIS (1814-1814)

( DAVID PETER FERRIS born January 8, 1816 ‘near’ Cincinnati, Hamilton, OH and died April 25, 1892 Manchester, Delaware, IA; buried there Oakland Cemetery (Photo); married 1st August 4, 1834 Hannah Ann Cook [dau of Elisah & Wealtha Cook] born March 28, 1816 IN or NY and died August 12, 1839 St. Joseph Co IN after childbirth of twins; and 2d April 12, 1840 in St. Joseph Co IN, Lucy Vaughn born 1818 IN and died November 8, 1883; there are several dates for David’s second marriage, but the one listed here comes from a record book he maintained and which is in the possession of his great-granddaughter, Jean, below; David moved to Mishawaka IN 1836, then prior to 1861 (1856?) to Manchester, Delaware, IA where they raised their family. From a newspaper announcement: Mr. D. P. Ferris, of this township, died, Tuesday, after an illness of many months. He was one of the early settlers here, having come in 1856, and was a man held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. He leaves four sons and three daughters. From an article in Biographical Souvenir of the Counties of Delaware and Buchanan, Iowa, 1890: David P. Ferris: In Hamilton County, Ohio, near the corporate limits of the city of Cincinnati, on a farm, which then belonged to General William Henry Harrison, David P. Ferris, the subject of this brief biographical notice, born on the eighth day of January, 1816. His parents, Isaiah and Lucinda (Crouch) Ferris, who were natives of Chautauqua county NY, moved to Ohio about 1815, and settled on the farm above mentioned, where they resided a short time, during which time their son, David P., born. They subsequently moved to Dearborn county, Indiana, where they lived for 21 years, moving thence to St. Joseph county, that state, and settling near the town of Mishawaukee, where they spent the remainder of their lives. They belonged to the pioneer class of American citizens, the father being a carpenter and farmer, and passing his life in the industrious pursuit of these two callings. He served in the War of 1812, and afterwards moved into the country and helped to rescue from the wilderness of nature, the soil, which he had helped to win from the savages and enemies of this country. He and his wife were for many years members of the Baptist church, and brought up their children in the path of honesty, sobriety and moral rectitude. They had twelve children, two of whom died in infancy, the remainder reaching maturity; most of them marrying and having families. These were Delinda, Parmelia, Zubie, David P., Betsie, Lucinda, Roxie, Melina, Louis, and Isaiah. David P. Ferris was reared on a farm in Dearborn County, Indiana. He received a limited common-school education, most of his boyhood and youth being spent in the labors of the farm, his school days being restricted to a few months during winter. But he grew up a good, strong, healthy boy, and if his mental equipment was not the best, he was taught habits of industry which went far towards compensating for his other disadvantages. He married just before he attained his twentieth year, and began life for himself. He settled on a farm in St. Joseph County, Indiana, where he continued in agricultural pursuits for nearly twenty years, his first move being in 1856, when he came to Iowa and settled where he now lives in Delaware Co. On coming to Delaware County, Mr. Ferris bought eighty acres of land in section 15, Delaware Township, on which he located and on which he has since resided. He had added to this, however, by other purchases, until he now owns 320 acres. The improvements represent his own labor, as he took his land when it was all raw prairie. His first dwelling was a small frame, 16x18, and his first stable was the cheap shiplap affair common in those days. In 1876 he built his present residence, which is a handsome structure, having all conveniences necessary for use and enjoyment. In 1875 he erected part of his present barn, adding to it in 1887, now having a building sufficient to house his stock and farm products. He has nice groves of trees and shrubbery, which are the result of his own industry and skill, he having set out every sprig now growing on his place. While thus looking after his own interest, he has kept pace with the progress of affairs in his township and has lent a helping hand to every worthy enterprise and purpose which have sought aid at his hands. On August 12, 1834, Mr. Ferris married, his choice for a life companion falling on a young lady whom he had known from childhood up, Miss Hannah A. Cook, of Dearborn county, Ind., she having been born in that county, and being a daughter of Elisha and Wealthy Cook, who were among the early settlers of that locality. By this marriage Mr. Ferris had four children, all girls, as follows - Nancy, Rosetta; and Wealthy and Lucinda, twins. August 12, 1839, Mrs. Ferris died, and May 12, 1840, Mr. Ferris married again, taking as his second wife Miss Lucy Vaughn, of St. Joseph county, Ind., she being a native, however, of Dearborn county, that state, born in 1818, and a daughter of Jesse and Barbara Vaughn. Mr. Ferris had the misfortune to lose his second wife, November 8, 1883, she having been the mother of seven children, all but one of who survive her. These are Mary, Rebecca E., Daniel, Gilbert, Charles, Almira (deceased) and Jay V. Mr. Ferris has never been a politician, but he has taken some interest in public matters. He cast his first presidential vote for Gen. William Henry Harrison during his second candidacy. He voted with the Whigs as long as that party maintained its organization. On its dissolution and the formation of the republican party, he joined that organization, and has voted the republican ticket since. Delaware County has not within its borders a more industrious, upright, kinder-hearted citizen than David P. Ferris. Born to David and Hannah were:

( NANCY FERRIS born September 25, 1835 in either Dearborn or St. Joseph Co IN and died February 6, 1904 Barry Co MI; married March 15, 1855 in St Joseph IN, Alfred Arrington Matthews [son of Jonas & Susanna (Milliken) Matthews] born August 5, 1831 ME and died February 10, 1909 Hastings, Barry, MI where he resided; Alfred and Nancy went to MI in a covered wagon in 1864; both buried Riverside Cemetery, Barry Co MI; and born to them were:

( SUSANNAH MATTHEWS born December 13, 1855 IN and died March 6, 1883 Barry Co MI from childbirth; married 1879 in Barry Co MI, John Waite Altoft [son of George & Mary (Waite) Altoft] born May 18, 1850 England and died May 18, 1883 Barry Co MI; both buried there Riverside Cemetery; and born to them were:

( JESSE ALFRED ALTOFT born 1880 Barry Co MI and died there 1962; wonder what happened to him after his parents died, he would have been only 3y – raised by his grandparents; married 1906 in Barry Co, Harriet A Walters (1882-1918) [dau of Daniel Leonard & Sarah Ellen (Thurston) Walters]; both buried Fuller Cemetery, Barry Co; and born to them was:

( GEORGE EDWARD ALTOFT born April 26, 1916 Hastings, Barry, MI and died July 1971; buried Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo Co MI; Army Air Corps Vet 1945-46; married October 23, 1936 Rose Corder; and born to them were:

( SHIRLEY ALTOFT married a Mr Piotroski


( DAUGHTER ALTOFT born and died March 6, 1883 Barry Co MI

( ROZETTA MATTHEWS born October 7, 1857 and died July 24, 1858

( INDIANA E. MATTHEWS born May 24, 1859 IN and died December 7, 1935 Barry Co MI; married 1904 in Barry Co, Lewis Walker born c1877 MI and died February 25, 1941 [son of Gilbert T & Carrie]; both buried Riverside Cemetery, Barry Co MI

( LEVI A. MATTHEWS “Lee” born August 8, 1861 IN and died May 26, 1927 Barry Co MI; buried there Mount Calvary Cemetery

( DORA E. MATTHEWS born January 14, 1864 IN and died January 29, 1921 Hastings, Barry, MI; buried Riverside Cemetery, Barry Co MI; married 1886 in Barry Co, Charles B Baldwin

( DANIEL GRANT MATTHEWS born July 22, 1866 IN and died August 2, 1959 Jackson Co MI; married November 20, 1897 in Barry Co, Fanny Belle Henderson [dau of Robert & Mary Pamelia (Downs) Henderson] born August 3, 1876 Barry Co MI and died May 26, 1950 Jackson Co MI; both buried Riverside Cemetery, Barry Co MI; and born to them were:

( ETHEL MARY MATTHEWS graduated from the Barry County Normal School 1917 and was issued a County Normal Teaching Certificate which entitled her to teach in the rural schools of Barry Co; also Western Michigan U; assistant principal and principal of various schools; married 1st 1924 in Barry Co, James E Pratt; 2d 1929 Leo Herda (-1952)

( ALFRED ARRINGTON MATTHEWS born November 1, 1902 MI and died March 29, 1905 Barry Co MI; buried there Riverside Cemetery

( ELDON EUGENE MATTHEWS “Hubb” born June 16, 1907 and died November 2, 1958 Barry Co MI; self taught blacksmith shoeing horses, making and repairing parts for farm machinery; married 1926 in Barry Co, as her 2d husband, Pearl Stewart Kennedy [dau of Andrew David & Martha (Johnston) Kennedy] born February 13, 1895 and died December 20, 1982 Barry Co; both buried there Riverside Cemetery; she graduated from the Barry County Normal and taught school at numerous schools; she was Hastings Township Clerk and retired after 25y of teaching; and born to them were:

( MARGIE MATTHEWS married Kenneth Struin

( DANIEL MATTHEWS married Julaine Welton

( MARTHA JOYCE MATTHEWS married September 4, 1954 James C Adams

( FRANK E. MATTHEWS born February 16, 1869 Barry Co MI

( ELVIRA C. MATTHEWS “Cora” born February 24, 1872 Barry Co MI and died there September 5, 1918; married 1903 in Barry Co, as his 1st wife, Edward P DeMott born January 5, 1874 and died January 5, 1967 Barry Co MI; both buried there Riverside Cemetery; and born to them were:

( VIOLA MAE DEMOTT born April 27, 1905 and died May 23, 1993 Barry Co MI; married 1924 in Barry Co, Andrew David Kennedy [son f Andrew David & Martha (Johnston) Kennedy] born September 28, 1896 and died October 15, 1983 Barry Co MI; both buried there Riverside Cemetery; offspring

( MARGUERITE A DEMOTT born November 4, 1907 and died November 2, 1994 Barry Co MI; buried Cedar Creek Cemetery, Barry Co MI; graduated Barry County Normal School with Teachers Certificate; married a Mr Tobias

( EVELYN D DEMOTT born August 26, 1912 Barry Co MI and died August 14, 2004 Hastings, Barry, MI; buried there Riverside Cemetery; graduated 1931 Hastings H.S. and went on to attend cosmetology school in Kalamazoo; married February 16, 1933 Hubert W Beadle born September 2, 1913 and died November 4, 1973 Barry Co; offspring

( BEATRICE H DEMOTT bon June 9, 1914 and died August 1, 2001 Barry Co MI; married 1935 in Barry Co, Darrell W Hall [son of Forrest J & Gladys H (Garrison) Hall] born November 8, 1912 Barry Co and died January 2, 2004 Barry Co; buried there Riverside Cemetery; employed by Consumer Power Co for 40y; and born to them was:

( MARVIN WAYNE HALL (-1997) married Emily Ann (mnu); offspring

( CHARLES W. MATTHEWS born July 14, 1875 Barry Co MI and died June 15, 1877; buried Riverside Cemetery, Barry Co MI

( ROSETTA (ROZETTA) FERRIS born January 26, 1838 in either Dearborn or St. Joseph Co IN and died June 11, 1867 IA; married December 14, 1856 Milton E. Mead and they had two children and resided in Delaware Co IA

( WEALTHA FERRIS (twin) born and died August 3, 1839 St. Joseph Co IN

( LUCINDA FERRIS (twin) born August 3, 1839 and died August 13, 1939 St. Joseph Co IN

Born to David and his second wife, Lucy, were:

( MARY FERRIS born 1842 IN



( ALMIRA FERRIS born November 18, 1847 IN and died there September 10, 1849



( JAY VAUGHN FERRIS (Photo) born February 11, 1857 Manchester, Delaware, IA and died December 11, 1940 Eskridge, Wabaunsee, KS; buried there Eskridge Cemetery (Photo); Obituary, Eskridge KS newspaper: Jay Vaughn Ferris passed away at his home last Wednesday afternoon, effects from yellow jaundice from which he had been suffering for the past six months, but was able to be up and around until the day before his death. He born February 11, 1857 at Manchester, Iowa. He was the son of David and Lucy Vaughn Ferris. He passed away at the age of 83 years, 10 months, and was the last of a family of seven children. He was united in marriage to Lena Margaret Cunningham at Anamosa, Iowa. Three children were born to this union, two girls and one son, Robert Cunningham Ferris. Two grandchildren, Jay Vaughn and Jean Elizabeth Ferris of the home, also two nieces and four nephews survive. He moved to Kansas in 1902 and settled on a farm in the Chalk neighborhood. In 1905 he moved to a farm two miles south of town and lived there until they moved to Eskridge in 1918. He united with the Methodist church many years ago. He married, December 1, 1885 at Anamosa (Cass), Jones County IA, Lena Margaret Cunningham [dau of Hugh Harrison and Emily Jane (Washburn) Cunningham] born May 4, 1865, near Anamosa, Jones County IA and died May 24, 1938, Eskridge, Wabaunsee County KS; buried with her husband. Obituary: Lena Margaret Cunningham, oldest daughter of Hugh Harrison and Emily Washburn Cunningham, born near Anamosa IA, May 4, 1865 and passed away, May 24, 1938 at her home in Eskridge KS, age of 73 years. At the age of 16 she was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal church near her home in Iowa. She remained active and taught Sunday school for many years. She received her education at Manchester IA. She married Jay Vaughn Ferris, December 1, 1885. To this union were born three children, two girls passing away in infancy and one son, Robert Cunningham Ferris. Mr. and Mrs. Ferris came to Kansas in 1902 and located near Eskridge, moving into town in 1918". Her last wishes: No church funeral. I want just prayer and scriptures. No singing and have it at home. No extra expense, everything simple and plain. No flowers bought by church. In all these plans strive to hurt the feelings of none who have been so kind to me and if these plans are going to be hard to carry out remember it is all right to change them. Born to them were:

( A DAUGHTER FERRIS born and died February 13, 1887 Anamosa, Jones, IA

( A DAUGHTER FERRIS born and died October 25, 1892 Anamosa, Jones, IA

( ROBERT CUNNINGHAM FERRIS born August 17, 1899 Manchester, Delaware, IA and died October 23, 1964 Kansas City, Wyandotte, KS; buried there Mount Hope Cemetery (Photo); married 1st April 21, 1923 at Kansas City MO, Ruby Pearl Earl [dau of Elmer Theodore & Olive Dearma (Baker) Earl] born July 29, 1901 Eskridge KS and died September 21, 1996 Hesperia, San Bernardino, CA- divorced; 2d September 17, 1943 at Kansas City MO, Gladys Virginia Beverly. Robert was a self-employed cabinetmaker and a member of the Central Avenue Methodist Church. {Jim - A note here: Ruby was a collector of family information and we are indebted to her foresight for saving much of the information that has been passed down.}; and born to Robert and Ruby were:

( JEAN ELIZABETH FERRIS born December 16, 1928 Eskridge, Wabaunsee, KS; married 1st October 25, 1957 at Brea, Orange, CA, Thomas John Petersen [son of Thorwald Bodecker & Anna Bertha (Brenner) Petersen] born November 2, 1934 New York NY - divorced; married 2d June 18, 1971 at Corona CA, Robert Paul Noble - divorced 1976; Jean is the provider of the information for this ‘twig’ and possesses documentation to verify the information contained herein - thanks, Jean, for sharing your family information. [Jim - on a business trip to California, I had the privilege of spending a wonderful day with Jean and her daughter Diane.]; resides Hesperia CA; and born to them was:

( DIANE LEE PETERSEN, R.N., L.L.D., (Photos) born May 12, 1960 Los Angeles CA; married July 12, 1997 at Rancho Cuamonga, San Bernardino, CA, Dean George Grow born 1938 Twin Falls ID. Diane is continuing the research that has been handed down to her from her mother and grandmother

( JAY VAUGHN FERRIS born April 15, 1925 Kansas City, Jackson, MO; married January 24, 1946 at Kansas City KS, Donna Marie Sherman [dau of Reuben Charles and Inez Fern (Baker) Sherman] born May 16, 1926 Eskridge KS; and born to them were:

( JANET SUE FERRIS born June 20, 1947 Kansas City KS; married February 9, 1969 at Kansas City KS, Douglas Charles Banker born April 17, 1945 Ogden UT; and born to them were:

( SCOTT DOUGLAS BANKER born September 13, 1972 Kansas City KS

( TYLER WHITNEY BANKER born November 24, 1981 Kansas City KS

( STEVEN LEE FERRIS born August 16, 1949 Kansas City KS; married 1st September 4, 1970 at Kansas City KS, Myra Kay Glassley born November 1, 1949 Kansas City KS - divorced 1989; married 2d July 8, 1989 Patricia Kunze - divorced 1991; married 3d Susan Jane Ehret; and born to Steven and Myra were:

( STEPHEN VAUGHN FERRIS born February 10, 1975 Kansas City KS

( HEATHER ELIZABETH FERRIS born August 30, 1977 Manhattan, Riley, KS

( CONNIE AILEEN FERRIS born November 15, 1951 Kansas City KS

( RONALD JAY FERRIS born July 29, 1961 Kansas City KS; married October 26, 1985 at Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, CA, Joyce Marie Haun [dau of Richard William & Eleanor Elaine (Johnson) Haun] born September 11, 1954 Tacoma WA - her second marriage; and born to them were:

( MATTHEW JAY FERRIS born June 12, 1986 Shawnee Mission, Johnson, KS

( LAUREN ALEXANDRA FERRIS born October 4, 1988 Shawnee Mission, Johnson, KS

( ROXEY CROUCH FERRIS born January 5, 1818 Manchester OH and died March 1, 1908 Wabash IN; married April 11, 1844 in St. Joseph Co IN, Ansel McCall Lamport and they had five children. Roxey and Ansel were charter members of the Tamarack Methodist Church 1855 located 7 miles S.E., of Mishawaka IN

( BETSEY L. FERRIS born March 12, 1820 Manchester, Dearborn, IN and died July 7, 1907 Mishawaka, St Joseph, IN; married March 5/6, 1838 in St. Joseph Co IN, Daniel I Bloomer [son of Benjamin D & Susan (Mills) Bloomer] born July 6, 1817 NY and died May 13, 1882 Mishawaka, St Joseph, IN; both buried there City Cemetery (Photo); a farmer and they resided Mishawaka, St. Joseph, IN; and born to them were (one source has all kids born Penn Township, St Joseph Co IN):

( BENJAMIN D. BLOOMER born 1839 Vanderburgh IN; married 1865 in IN, Dorothy Kunrod born 1844 Germany; 2d unk; 1880 resided Franklin Co KS; and born to him and his wives were:


( MATIE (MARY) BLOOMER (1866-) married Joseph Ischy

( GEORGE H BLOOMER born January 1867 IN

( DORA BLOOMER married a Mr. Rogers




( GEORGE H. BLOOMER born 1842 (Nov 1841 Vanderburgh IN) and died June 5, 1863 of wounds in the Civil War in Mississippi with Company A., 48th Indiana Infantry Regiment; unmarried. The 48th I.I.R. was organized at Goshen IN December 5, 1861 to January 28, 1862; left the state for Paducah KY February 1, 1862; Regiment was involved in the Siege of Vicksburg May 18 - July 4, 1863

( MARTHA JANE BLOOMER born 1843 Vanderburgh IN and died 1906; married October 20, 1861 Charles P Crouch [son of Elam & Elizabeth F (Gilman) Crouch] (2d cousin) born 1841 St Joseph Co IN; they resided in Kansas and born to them were (6 years between marriage and 1st child?):

( MINA ADA CROUCH born 1867 Penn Township, St Joseph Co IN; married a Mr. Brewer and born to them were:






( HERBERT ABBOT CROUCH born 1872 Cutler Township, Franklin Co KS

( DANIEL ARTHUR CROUCH (Arthur D) born 1874 Cutler Township, Franklin Co KS

( ERNEST EGBERT CROUCH born 1878 Cutler Township, Franklin Co KS

( MARY ETTA BLOOMER born January 15, 1846 Vanderburgh IN and died January 25, 1864; unmarried

( ROSANNAH H BLOOMER (Rosa Hall) born January 27, 1848 St Joseph Co IN and died 1926; married George A. Gillis [son of John & Margaret (Pool) Gillis] brother of Robert; resided Franklin Co KS and born to them were:

( BERTHA ELLEN GILLIS (1871-1961) married a Mr. Smith and born to them was:

( MELVA EUGENE SMITH (1898-1945)




( PEARLINA E. BLOOMER “Pearl” born April 16, 1850 St Joseph Co IN and died 1916; married Robert Gillis [son of John & Margaret]; resided Plymouth IN; adopted a couple of kids

( ANDREW JACKSON BLOOMER born January 4, (1853) 1854 St Joseph Co IN and died 1926; married Hattie Boston, sister of Andrew's cousin, Luther Ferris' wife; resided Mishawaka IN; and born to them were:

( FRED BLOOMER (1878-1923) married lady's name unk and born to them were:


( GENEVIEVE BLOOMER (1910-) married a Mr. Barkman and born to them was:


( MARCUS D. BLOOMER (1913-1986)

( HARRY DANIEL BLOOMER (1882-1948) married lady unk and born to them were:


( HELEN DOROTHY BLOOMER died in the 1940s; married a Mr. Snyder and they had a daughter

( HATTIE MARIE BLOOMER (1914-) married a Mr. Engle and they had 2 sons

( HARRY ROBERT BLOOMER married lady unk and born to them were:

( DIANE KAY BLOOMER married Larry Cook and born to them were:

( LARRY COOK, JR. (1971-)

( DEBORAH K. COOK (1973-)

( LARRY DENNIS BLOOMER married lady unk and born to them were:

( LISA D. BLOOMER (1979-)


( DALE ROBERT BLOOMER married lady unk and born to them were:



( NELLIE M. BLOOMER born August 27, 1856 St Joseph Co IN; married Sanford Kitson and they resided in Mishawaka IN

( MELISSA 'Mittie' A. BLOOMER born March 14, 1859 St Joseph Co IN and died 1888

( ARTY ANN BLOOMER born April 18, 1862 St Joseph Co IN and died 1863


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