American Silversmiths

John Ferris
Abigail Tryon
(Abt 1717-1775)
Ziba Ferris
Edith Sharpless
Benjamin Ferris


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Benjamin Ferris
  • Born: 7 Aug 1780, Wilmington DE
  • Marriage (1): Fanny Canby on 17 May 1804 in Wilmington DE
  • Died: 11 Sep 1867

  General notes:

Clock and watchmaker

  Events in his life were:

  • Apprenticed on 13 Jul 1796-1801 to Thomas Parker in Philadelphia PA
    Parker's shop was at no. 20 North 2nd Street.
  • He worked in 1800-1813 as a clock and watchmaker in Philadelphia PA
  • Letter From Thomas Jefferson

    Washington June 8. 1803.


                 Mr. Isaac Briggs informed me by letter that he had purchased for me, from you a clock and that the price of it including box & packing would be about seventy dollars. I now inclose you that sum, and will thank you to have it well packed & secure against rain, and sent by a vessel bound to Richmond addressed to the care of Messrs. Gibson & Jefferson merchants of that place. they will pay the freight. should the sum not be exact it may be [rectified] on your information to me. be so good as to send me the bill of lading when put on board that I may be enabled to apprize messrs. Gibson & Jefferson of the shipment. Accept my best wishes.

    Th: Jefferson             


    P.S. should you be at a loss to find a vessel bound to Richmond, messrs. Jones and Howell [iron dealers], & correspondents of mine, who are in the habit of making shipments to that place, will be able to inform you.

  • He worked in 1813 as a clock and watchmaker in Wilmington DE
  • He was a partner in 1813 with James McElwee in Wilmington DE as FERRIS & McEWEE
  • Appointed in 1820 as City surveyor in Wilmington DE

Benjamin married Fanny Canby on 17 May 1804 in Wilmington DE. (Fanny Canby was born on 11 Jun 1778 in Wilmington DE and died on 3 Aug 1833.)

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