MICHAEL FERAT was born in Pennsylvania in 1817. He was often
referred to has Charles M. Ferat Sr., although his son's name
was Charles Mitchell Ferat.
Michael Ferat was married to Helene C. Cummings. In August of 1849
a son was born, Charles
Mitchell Ferat. Sadly, Helene Ferat and er 3-day old
daughter Honor died in 1852. Charles Michael Ferat remarried, and there was at
least one child born of this marriage, a daughter, Ida Ferrat, in 1857. Charles Michael Ferat
fought in the Civil War as a sergeant with Companies D and A of the
114th Pennsylvania Infantry, serving from August 17, 1861 to August 16,
1864. He filed for an invalid's pension in April of 1880. Tragedy again
struck when his second wife, Margaret, died in 1862.
back to Philadelphia after leaving the Army, Charles Michael
Ferat worked as a confectioner, and in the 1870s and 1880s as "herb doctor".
The Ferats lived in Philadelphia after his return from the Civil War.
Both father and son worked as confectioners in the late 1860s. The 1870 Census indicated that
they had moved a few blocks to what was Newton Township, which was in
annexed to Camden in 1871. Both father and son were working as
confectioners when the census was taken. The Ferats worked in
Philadelphia and lived in Camden in the 1870s The
1870 Directory has them at the northeast corner of Broadway and
Street. The Ferats are not listed
in the 1874 Camden City, but are listed in Philadelphia's Directory. In
1876 both father and son are listed as
confectioners at 1202 Broadway. The 1878 Directory and 1884 Directory
both show the elder Ferat was practicing herbal medicine at 1202 Broadway. In 1879 Charles Michael Ferat had a storefront at 448
Kaighn Avenue. He passed away on April 3, 1885 and was buried at
Evergreen Cemetery. He had been an active member of William
B. Hatch Post No. 37, G.A.R and of the Sons
of Temperance. Charles Michael Ferat had also been involved
with the Odd Fellows.
1876 son Charles,
referred to at the time as Charles
M. Ferat Jr., opened a business as a candy manufacturer at
Street. He married Marry Wrifford on November 29,
1877 at the Third Street Methodist Episcopal Church. Five children were
born of this marriage. After his father's death in 1885, "Charles
M. Ferat Jr." would be known as Charles
M. Ferat Sr.
grandson Charles M. Ferat
Jr., married Nellie Ottinger on August 11, 1900. There
were two children, a daughter, Ruth, and a son Charles M. Ferat III.
Charles and Nellie Ferat were living at 628 Berkley
Street in September of 1918, when he registered for the draft, He
was then working at the New York Shipbuilding Company shipyards. After
the war Charles M. Ferat
Jr. worked at City Hall, and for many years as a clerk
in the Camden County District Court.
grandson, Edward "Eddie" Cummings
Ferat was quite well known as a professional basketball player, and
was a member of the 1903-04 National Basket Ball League champion Camden
Electrics. He also worked for many years in Camden's city