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Ferris Campbell (abt. 1808 - 1889)

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Ferris Campbell
Born about in Irelandmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1839 in County Down, Irelandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Cottown, County Down, Irelandmap
Profile last modified 23 Oct 2019 | Created 26 Apr 2015
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Ferris Campbell was born in 1808. [1]

He was a farmer. [2]

He resided at Cottown House, Ballygrainey, County Down, Ireland. [3]

He married Sarah Dodd. [1]

He was the father of Ellen Campbell. [4]

In 1863 Ferris was leasing out cottages and land in Bangor[5]. In 1864 he was leasing Six Roads End[6] to one of his labourers, Charles Beatty, and his illiterate son Hugh Beatty[7]. Charles committed suicide by drowning in 1883, aged 59, the shock of which caused his son's pregnant wife, Agnes, to go in to labour[8].

In 1867 Ferris won third place in a competition for "best heifer calved in 1865"[9]. In 1873 his bull won first place[10].

Ferriss died in 1889[2], aged 81[1].

Research Notes

Ferris was a beneficiary in the will of farmer David Gamble[11] of Cottown whom died 1863. Like Ferris, David was also leasing land from Mary Blakiston Houston[12]. Could this be a relation of his mother, Nelly, suggesting that her maiden name was Gamble? Or is Gamble a pronunciation variation of Campbell, and Ferris and David were cousins?


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    Erected by Ferris Campbell in memory of his father, James Campbell, who died 1st March 1819 aged 52 years. Also his mother Nelly, who died 4th July 1862 aged 75 years. Also the above named Ferris Campbell, who died 15th August 1889 aged 81 years. Also his wife Sarah DODDS, who died 22nd July 1891 aged 79 years. Also his son John D. Campbell, who died 8 April 1910 aged 67 years. Also his son William Campbell who died 31st March 1930 aged 85 yrs. Also Agnes SHANKS, wife of the above named William Campbell, who died 2nd August 1936 aged 80 years.
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  3. Neills of Bangor, by Ian Wilson,
  4. "Ireland Marriages, 1619-1898," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 January 2016), John Nicholson and Ellen Campbell, 19 Dec 1865; citing Bangor, Down, Ireland, reference 1215; FHL microfilm 101,483.
    "Ferris, CAMPBELL, of Cottown ; leased 2 houses , 265 acres & a bog in 1863 from Mary I. Blakiston-Houston & leased out 18 cottages on the farm"
    Beatty, Hugh - 1863 - Of Cottown - Leased a house and garden from Ferris Campbell
  8. Jim Beattie,, citing Belfast News-Letter, issue 21303, 25 Oct 1883
  9. Downpatrick Recorder, 29 June 1867
  10. Downpatrick Recorder, 28 Jun 1873
  11. "Ireland Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 January 2016), Calendar of Wills and Administrations > 1861-1863 > image 441 of 904; Principal Probate Registry, Dublin.
    David GAMBLE of Cottown; leased a house & 12 acres in 1863 from Mary I. Blakiston Houston

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