The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 389
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Some Early Texas Newspapers
in Buffalo, New York, in the fall of 1835. He sailed from New
Orleans for Matagorda in the brig Bruttus on January 2, 1836,
and is said by his family to have fought at San Jacinto, al-
though his name does not appear in any list of veterans known
to me. L. W. Kemp, outstanding student of San Jacinto, believes
that Ferris did not take part in the battle. Ferris, who was one
of Burton's "horse marines," served for a time as aide-de-camp
to Lieutenant-Governor J. W. Robinson, who introduced him
to General Thomas J. Rusk. Ferris was said to have attained
the rank of colonel. He returned to Buffalo in the fall of 1837
and is believed to have been lost at sea in 1850. On February
11, 1860, his heirs were granted 960 acres of land in Donley
County, in recognition of his military service.
His brother Warren Angus Ferris had a long and adven-
turous career and played an important part in the stirring
events of the early days of the Republic. As a young man he
spent five years in the Rocky Mountains as a trapper and trader
for the American Fur Company. His journal of those days
was published in book form only five years ago.4 Late in 1836
Ferris joined his brother Charles in Texas. Early in 1837 he
organized two companies of militia.
He was for a time county surveyor of Nacogdoches County.
He led several surveying expeditions into the Trinity country,
with incidental brushes with the Indians. On at least one of
these he was accompanied by John H. Reagan. Homer De Gol-
yer, in the Dallas Morning News of November 15, 1939, said
that the present street plan of that city, except in the down-
town district, is laid out generally on the lines first surveyed
by Ferris. He contributed to the newspapers of his day several
accounts of his early experiences. Some of these have been
gathered by Mr. De Golyer. Unlike his brother Charles, War-
ren Ferris spent the remainder of his life in Texas, where he
died in 1873.5
4W. A. Ferris (Paul C. Phillips, ed.), Life in the Rocky Mountains
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