JUDGE FERRIS SHOEMAKER, born June 22, 1838, is a great grandson of Daniel Shoemaker, a revolutionary soldier,
who, about the year 1797., settled in the town of Nichols, Tioga county, N. Y., upon that fine tract of land known
as the Maughantowano flats. Soon after his birth his parents moved from Athens, Bradford county, to Ruch, Susquehanna
county, Pa. There he grew to manhood, enjoying the benefits of the excellent schools maintained in the vicinity,
and later pursuing his studies at Wyoming seminary, Kingston, and the normal school at Moutrose, Pa. From 1857
to 1861 he engaged in teaching, but when the war broke out enlisted in the U. S. marine corps, and for four and
a quarter years served his country, more than three years of the time at sea on a man of war. In the fall of 1866
he was elected register and clerk of the orphans court of Susquehanna county for three years; in 1870 was appointed
prothonotary by Gov. Geary; in 1871 was admitted to the bar, having studied law for four years under Hon. W. H.
Jessup, while performing the duties of office. In 1873 he came to Waverly, and since then has been actively engaged
in the practice of law, in both New York and Pennsylvania. In 1886 he was elected special county judge of Tioga
county. For six years he has served the village as its clerk and attorney, and enjoys the credit of having been
an efficient officer in the several public positions he has been called to fill.
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?
Tioga County, NY
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