Appendix K – The Ferguson Family
Robert Martin Ferguson
Lydia Ursula Culver, born
Robert Ferguson was the son of Joseph and Mildred Ferguson.
Robert Ferguson died
The 1850 census for
The 1870 census for Altona,
By the time of his death, Robert Ferguson's death
certificate indicates that he is a stock dealer by trade.
He had been a resident of
31 OCT 1861, died
Judd Burton, 28 AUG 1867.Judd Burton Ferguson, son of Robert
and Lydia Ferguson, was born at
Matthew C. Sparr, 62, real estate salesperson
Mina V., wife, 45
Marjorie, daughter, 36
This must be Matthew's THIRD wife. Marjorie is listed as "married" and having been married at age 33. However, no separate surname is listed and no husband is listed.
Robert’s Father, Joseph Ferguson
The 1850 census,
The 1880 census, Knox Co., IL shows Joseph 75, a weaver,
Living with them was Dara, 28, a granddaughter, a
dressmaker. She was born in
Joseph wrote the following letter to his children dated,
My Dear Children,
It becomes me to give you the painfull news of our dear Clara. She departed this life last Monday afternoon. Sweet Child. She departed without a hard breath or a single groan. She stept from this life as easy and as quiet as she lived dear child with what patience and quietness she bore her affliction never murmerd nor fretted and thank God she had her perfect reason and sight in her very last moments.
We laid her lifeless remains close beside her dear sister Wednesday and my dear children you can't realize our deep affliction. There is a vacancy that never can be filled. She was our only company and she always wished to be fixing something. Her hands were never idle while she had strength to use them but dead child she has gone from a world of sorrow and pain to a better and happier clime as I humbly believe.
But my Lord how lonely, how lonely to not see her sweet face nor hear her pleasant voice among us no more and my dear children you don't know our loneliness and our deep sorrow. May God in his mercy have pity and compassion on us all.
Nick is still away in the army. We were in hopes that he would get home while Clara was living but he could not. His wife is staying with us a few days now.
Now my dear children, farewell and may Heaven's richest blessings attend you. From your afflicated parents,
Write soon. Your mother will write as soon as she can compose herself enough do to do. Write soon. Tell us everything."
(Above letter sent to son James and his wife Caroline back
Children of Joseph and Mildred Ferguson:
Robert Martin, born
James Lindsley, born
Mary, born about 1832, PA.
Elizabeth, born about 1834, PA.
Alexander Martin, about 1835,
Nicholas Prince, about 1838, OH.
Sarah J., about 1841, OH.
Narcissus, about 1844, OH.
James L. Ferguson
Sergeant James L. Ferguson of Captain Schoonover's Company (H), of the 29th Ohio Regiment of Vol. Infantry was enlisted by Alvin C. Voris at Akron, Ohio on the third day of October, 1861, to serve three years; he was born in Wellington in the State of Virginia, is twenty-eight years of age, five feet eight inches high, light complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, and by occupation when enlisted a mechanic. During the last two months said soldier has been unfit for duty ___ days.
James L. Ferguson was engaged in the battle of
I certify that I have carefully examined the said James L.
Ferguson of Captain Schoonover's Company, and find him incapable of performing
the duties of a soldier because of gun-shot wound of right hand necessitating
amputation of second finger -- also injury to thumb of same hands -- disability
-- one fourth. Discharged this Seventh
day of August 1862 at
Akron Beacon Journal,
Granger, May 22 -- James Ferguson died at the home of his
son Frank, Saturday morning. He had been
an invalid for a number of years.
Funeral services were held at
Alexander Martin Ferguson
1870 census for Altona,
However, pension application papers indicate that there were seven children (under the age of 16) -- names and birthdates listed. Perhaps "Mattie" and "Harry" were older.
According to pension documentation, Martin Ferguson was "healthy and stout before he went into the Army". He served in the Civil War. Since his discharge, he was “feeble and unable to labor" because of injuries which damaged his kidneys and left him with chronic diarrhea and jaundice.
Medical statement by a physician filed for Ferguson’s widow's pension states, that "for the last fifteen years, he (the physician) has frequently been consulted by said Martin Ferguson for lameness of his back over the region of the kidneys, and for diseased kidneys the pain and tenderness extending through to the front of his body in right hypogastric region. The right kidney could be felt at that place enlarged and tender. Said Ferguson claiming to have been severely hurt while in the Army by a stone thrown by some one striking him in the right hypogastrium from which injury he never recovered, the diseased kidney being the cause of his death, this Affiant knows from being his physician, and from the proof given by a post mortem examination. From all affiant has been able to learn he is satisfied that the disease of the right kidney of which said Martin Ferguson died, has steadily growing and increasing since said Ferguson's discharge from the Army. Affiant further states that said Martin Ferguson was not at any time suffering from any other chronic diseases....
There is more descriptive material, but this provides an overview of Martin's general health.
Discharge papers indicate that he was born in Summit Co.,
Nicholas Prince Ferguson
I finally got the Civil War pension file for Nicholas Ferguson, Robert and James' brother. He died in 1917 and left a widow, which is always nice since she has to file tons of papers to continue getting the pension. Apparently they had no children and Nicholas had a drinking problem. They separated decades before he died. There doesn't appear
to be much there that will help us find out where Joseph and Mildred came from; Nicholas was born in Summit Co., OH. But there is reference to nieces and nephews so maybe that will help us track down other descendants who may know more.
I haven't gone through the papers carefully yet. The file is huge! I'll try to go tomorrow and get it copied for you. I think I also sent for the other brother's file, but it hasn't come yet. Hope to have this out to you tomorrow or at least by Monday.
Hope everything's well with you and yours!
We have a small newsprint death notice that was inserted into the Culver Double Q notebook regarding the death of Miss Mildred Ferguson:
Died, at Altona,
None of Robert M. Ferguson's son's initials are "H.L.". We do not know who Mrs. H.L. Ferguson is, nor do we know who her daughter Mildred is. It is probable that Mildred is a niece. We have no idea exactly to whom she belongs -- but wish to include her nonetheless.
Dora Emma Ferguson Smith
Mrs. J.W. SMITH BREATHES LAST
AT HOME ON
AFTER LONG ILLNESS
The death of Mrs. J.W. Smith of this city (
Funeral services were held from the home this afternoon at, in charge of Rev. O.B. Enselman.
Mrs. Dean Winn and Mrs. Marion Humphrey sang most beautifully "Some Day We'll Understand," and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere." Mrs. Winn also sang "Face to Face."
The house was filled to overflowing with sympathizing
friends and neighbors who came to pay respect to one beloved of all. The court of Honor lodge, of which deceased
was a member, attended in a body.
Interment was made in
Dora E. Ferguson, daughter of Robert M. and
When five years of age, she moved with the family to Altona, Ill., where she made her home until the year 1880, when she removed to Wyoming, which place has since been her home. In February 1888, she united with the Baptist church, remaining a faithful and consistent member until her death, ever doing her part, her life bearing silent testimony to the sincerity of her belief. She was also a charter member of the Court of Honor, in which she held office for many years, and it was with regret that she gave up attending the meetings when failing health made it necessary.
Her illness was of long duration and for more than five years she has borne with patience and Christian fortitude suffering almost beyond human endurance, yet through it all greeting friends with a pleasant smile and a cheerfulness of heart the memory of which will linger with all who knew her.
Quiet and unassuming in manner, true to family and friends as wife, mother and neighbor, our loss though her gain will be inexpressibly felt and the community mourns with those who mourn.
We know that the journey is over: The stress of the voyage is past. Down, sails; the white mast uncover -- She has entered the haven at last.