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Ferry family papers

Identifier: c-00351

Scope and Contents

Typed excerpts (1823-1831) from the letters from William Montague Ferry and his wife Amanda, Protestant missionaries on Mackinac Island, Michigan, to family members in New England, especially those in Ashfield, Massachusetts. Of particular interest are descriptions of the Indians and references to opposition from the Roman Catholic Church. Also included are brief genealogies of the Ferry, Montague, Henry, Hastings, White, and Harwood families.


  • Creation: undated

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

William was born September 8, 1796 in Grandby, Massachusetts to Noah and Hannah Ferry. He graduated from Union College in New Jersey and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1822. In 1823, he married Amanda White. The family moved to Mackinac Island where he established a school. The family moved to Grand Haven in 1834. He died December 30, 1867 in Grand Haven, Michigan.

His wife, Amanda White, was born August 20, 1797 in Ashfield, Massachusetts. She died December 20, 1880 in Grand Haven.


0.25 Cubic Feet (, 6 folders)

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Custodial History

Materials donated by Harry Brown.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Ferry Family Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
July 1967
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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