|Title||Thomas Boyes Ferris|
Rector of Guiseley St. Oswald’s from 1859-1878, this image is from a portrait which hung in the church vestry.
When Civil marriages became popular the Rector’s income decreased, Boyes Ferris made numerous complaints to the Registrar General about Otley Registry, claiming under-age couples or related couples were being illegally married, some with justification.
He was responsible for remedial building work carried out on the church.
His middle name is regularly recorded as Boys. Thomas was born in Dallington, now East Sussex in 1810, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth.
At the age of eighteen he attended Trinity College Oxford and studied for a B.A. and M.A. He married Hannah Barraclough (who was born in New York to an English family) and they had six children.
One of their sons, Thomas Boys Barraclough Ferris, left teaching to become a minister in York and Nottingham.
Thomas senior had been rector of Corscombe in Dorset prior to his Guiseley stewardship where he died in service on September 2nd 1878.
He is buried in St. Oswald’s churchyard with his wife Hannah who lived until 1902.
Additional research by Helen M.
14 January 2023
Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw. 24 July 2022.
Last updated: 14 January 2023 – Photo ID: T410 – Additional text.