Ferre, Lyman

Born: 1818-12-16 Springfield, Massachusetts

Died: 1897-12-01

Flourished: 1840-1897 Bloomington, Illinois

Educated in Springfield, Massachusetts, Lyman learned the wagon maker's trade before moving to Bloomington, Illinois, in 1840. He practiced his trade for three years and then opened and ran a carriage and wagon making shop with his brother Goodman Ferre and John L. Wolcott. He married Jeanette Hayes on April 8, 1841, and the couple had three children, one dying in infancy. In March 1843, Lyman moved to California, where he operated a small ranch; after some time, he returned to Bloomington and his business. Ferre was a Mason, and in 1858 and 1859, he was a master in the organization.

Gravestone and Mason Memorial, Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington, IL; The Biographical Record of McLean County, Illinois (Chicago: S. J. Clarke, 1899), 172-76; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, McLean County, 8 April 1841, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL.