Alexis Ferry Journals, 1842-1883


Alexis Ferry was a sugar plantation owner from St. James Parish. He was married to Josephine Roman, daughter of Valcour Aime. He was also the cousin of Alfred Roman. Ferry acquired the plantation in 1858 and was wealthy in the years before the Civil War. In 1877, however, partly due to the abolition of slavery, they were no longer able to keep the plantation and lost it to back taxes.

In these journals, Ferry wrote about the events that defined the Civil War era in the South. From 1842 to 1883, Ferry wrote about his family, his health, and his business. Several entries contain his opinions on the issues of slavery, race, religion, and state sovereignty. He also wrote about his interests in astronomy as well as several political and philosophical ideas about society. Ferry had a knack for sketching realistic representations of ships, horses, and patented inventions for harvest, which he drew on many of the pages of his journals. Ferry's journals also contain balance sheets for his plantation and weather records for anticipating the outcome his harvests.