Memorable Manitobans: Matthew Ferriss (1818-1900)
Farmer, municipal official.
Born in Essex County, Ontario on 21 April 1818, he married Eliza Wright on 8 November 1843 and came to Manitoba in 1872, settling on a farm at Burnside. The had seven children: Georgiana Euphemia Ferriss (1845-1918), Albert Ferriss, Angus Ferriss, Fred Ferriss, Walter Ferriss, Ida Ferriss (Mrs. Bell), and Emma Ferriss (Mrs. Scouten). He served as Warden and Reeve for the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie from 1883 to 1884. He died at Burnside on 2 September 1900 and was buried in Burnside Cemetery.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Matthew Ferris, a plains pioneer, called”, Manitoba Free Press, 6 September 1900, page 3.
Tread of the Pioneers, written and edited by Joseph H. Metcalfe and published by the Portage la Prairie and District Old Timers’ Association, 1932.
We thank Margerett Hansen for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 6 July 2012
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