Ferris, Benjamin, 1780-1867

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Benjamin Ferris was a prominent member of the Hicksite branch of the Society of Friends in Wilmington, Delaware. He was born a Quaker in 1780, the son of Ziba and Edith (Sharpless) Ferris. Benjamin Ferris married Francis Canby in 1804. Among their ten children were Deborah, born in 1813, Anna M., born in 1815, and David, born in 1821. Fanny Ferris died in 1833 and Benjamin Ferris married his second wife, Hannah Gibbons, in 1835. He died in Wilmington in 1867.

From the description of Family papers, 1839-1842. (Swarthmore College). WorldCat record id: 30839918

Benjamin Ferris was a watchmaker and author from Wilmington, De. Born in 1780 in Wilmington, Ferris went to Philadelphia at the age of 14 to learn the watchmaking trade. In 1813 he returned to Wilmington and studied religious and historical subjects. He wrote on the early settlement and history of Wilmington. From 1835 until disabled by disease at the age of 76, Ferris spent his time in literary pursuits and in duties connected with the Society of Friends. Ferris was interested in the welfare of Indians and was a member of the Friends commission (1839) to investigate the case of the Seneca Indians' rights to lands in New York State and was successful in preventing their being defrauded by the United States government. Ferris was a member of the Board of Commissioners of what is now Lancaster Pike. He died on Nov. 9, 1867 at 87 years of age.

From the description of Exercise book and drawings, 1792-1845. (Winterthur Library). WorldCat record id: 84666485

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Ferris, Benjamin, fl. 1827. Benjamin Ferris : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1920-2000 [graphic]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
creatorOf Burr, Horace, 1817-1899. Church papers, 1736-1960. Historical Society of Delaware
creatorOf Jackson, Halliday, 1771-1835. Manuscripts, 1755-1833. Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
creatorOf Ogden, Charles Smith, 1822-1904. Family papers, 1681-1938. Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
creatorOf Ferris, Benjamin, 1780-1867. Exercise book and drawings, 1792-1845. Winterthur Library
creatorOf Janney, Samuel M. (Samuel Mcpherson), 1801-1880. Papers, 1815-1880. Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
creatorOf Ferris Family. Papers 1737-1940. Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
creatorOf Hicks, Elias, 1748-1830. Elias Hicks Manuscript Collection, 1779-1948 1779-1830 (bulk). Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
creatorOf Poole, William, 1764-1829. Letters to Benjamin Ferris, 1821-1825. Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
creatorOf Ferris, Benjamin, 1780-1867. Family papers, 1839-1842. Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIe. 1845-1865. American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Turner, Joseph, 1831-1865. Turner Family papers, 1776-1954. Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
referencedIn William Sellers & Company, Inc. Records, 1827-1947. Hagley Museum & Library
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associatedWith Essler, Fanny. person
associatedWith Ferris, Anna M., 1815-1890. person
associatedWith Ferris, David, 1821-1908. person
associatedWith Ferris, Deborah, 1813-1897. person
associatedWith Ferris family. family
associatedWith Ferris Family. family
associatedWith Ferris, Hannah, 1793-1860. person
associatedWith Frick Art Reference Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Hicks, Elias, 1748-1830. person
associatedWith Jackson, Halliday, 1771-1835. person
associatedWith Janney, Samuel M. (Samuel Mcpherson), 1801-1880. person
associatedWith Ogden, Charles Smith, 1822-1904. person
associatedWith Poole, William, 1764-1829. person
associatedWith William Sellers & Company, Inc. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Delaware--Wilmington
Delaware--Wilmington
Delaware
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Church buildings--Pictorial works
Pen drawing
Art--American (?)--Reproductions
Dwelling--Pictorial works
Mathematics--Problems, exercises, etc
Farm life
Tools--Pictorial works
Accounting--Study and teaching
Church architecture
Architecture
Calligraphy--Specimens
Quakers
Art, American
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Birth 1780-08-07

Death 1867-11-09

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