Biography of Ferrand F. Ellis
Madison County, NY Biographies





Ellis, Ferrand F., machine foreman of the Oneida Community, was born in the town of Cambridge, Vt., October 22, 1852, a son of James and Auriella (Montague) Ellis. His father was for many years a resident of the town of Cambridge where he was a prominent citizen, serving as postmaster and in other local offices. He was a carpenter and joiner by trade and in 1868 removed to northern Wisconsin, where he still resides. F. F. Ellis descends from an old New England family of English and Welsh origin. On his mother's side he is a lineal descendant of Richard Montague. who was born in Buckinghamshire, England, in 1649, and was one of the earliest settlers of Boston. Mr. Ellis attended the common schools, but his education has been largely gained by observation and practical experience. He early learned the carpenter's trade under his father and followed that business about eight years. In June, 1868 he came to the Oneida Community, but left in September of the same year, and after a trip to his old home in Vermont, removed to northern Wisconsin where he remained until 1874. In that year be returned to the Oneida Community where he has ever since been engaged. He first took up iron work and for a time was an ordinary iron worker; later he engaged in pattern making, both wood and metal, and also learned the machinist's trade. In 1895 he became machine foreman, but for some time prior to this he had been in entire charge of the machine building and the department of designing. Mr. Ellis has been a prolific inventor, and has built a number of valuable automatic machines for the community. He has taken out eight patents, comprising a chain swivel, cut instead of cast; a soldering device; an automatic adjustable mouthpiece for brass instruments; a correlative micrometer measuring tool; and a buffing machine for buffing table ware. He is a member of the Royal Arcanum. Mr. Ellis married, in June, 1882, Catherine Fahrenshone of Oneida, and three children have been born to them: Rosamond E., who died September 10, 1883; Catherine A.; and Clara Louise.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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