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Duncan Ferguson 

Duncan Ferguson[1, 2]

Male Cal 1802 - 1884

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  • Birth  CALC 4 Dec 1802  , Livingston Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1851  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Farmer 
    Religion  1851  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Presbyterian 
    Elected Office  1853  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reeve - North Dumfries 
    Occupation  1861  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Farmer 
    Religion  1861  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    United Presbyterian 
    Occupation  1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Farmer 
    Religion  1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    United Presbyterian 
    Occupation  1876  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    farmer 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-101631 
    Died  4 Oct 1884  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 9
    Cause: Paresis (1 year) 
    Buried  Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID  I101631  Generations
    Last Modified  6 Oct 2017 

    Father  Archibald Ferguson,   b. 1771, , Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1844, Caledonia, Livingston, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Christian McVean,   b. 1777, , Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1846 
    Family ID  F29847  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Sarah "Sally" "Marian" Haggart,   b. 1807, , Caledonia Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1839, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  CA 1827 
    Children 
     1. Archibald "Archie" Ferguson,   b. 3 Nov 1828, Caledonia, Livingston, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1906, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Angus Ferguson,   b. 1831, , New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Mary Ferguson,   b. 1833, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Daniel Ferguson,   b. 29 May 1837, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1915, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Christie Anne Ferguson,   b. 13 Mar 1839, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1914, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F12251  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Margaret Hastie,   b. 1804, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1873, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  CA 1842 
    Children 
     1. Alexander Ferguson,   b. 12 Jul 1843, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1914, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. James Ferguson,   b. 1844, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1865
     3. Jane Ann Ferguson,   b. 1846, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1861, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F30314  Group Sheet

    Family 3  Susannah Buchanan,   b. 23 Oct 1820, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1911, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  23 Nov 1876  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID  F15837  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Duncan Ferguson
    Duncan Ferguson
    from "Historical Reminiscences of Galt and Other Writings", by Hugh Cant Jr,
    Duncan Ferguson
    Duncan Ferguson
    from "Historical Reminiscences of Galt and Other Writings", by Hugh Cant Jr,

  • Notes 
    • One of the first settlers who came from Livingston County, N.Y. and took up land in an unbroken forest in Mill Creek section was Duncan Ferguson, who labored in cutting down trees and made way for the building of a cabin, and then returned home to his native state, New York, to his partner and their baby, and arranged to return to their new home in Canada. They traveled with an ox cart by way of Queenston, crossing the Niagara River by boat, and wound their way through the wilderness, as it were, to their new home on Mill Creek, and to the log cabin where all their children were born, except the eldest. Mrs. Ferguson died in the year 1839 and left an infant, who was taken care of by a loving neighbor, a friend of the mother. The child, Christie Ann, lived and grew up to womanhood, and in the year 1866 she became the partner of my life for well nigh half a century, until she received the call, Jan. 19, 1914, "Come Home." Having finished her labors she entered upon her reward. "Gone but not forgotten."

      "Historical Reminiscences of Galt and Other Writings", by Hugh Cant Jr, pg. 4, 1915.

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      The Late Duncan Ferguson

      Died in Galt on Saturday, Oct. 4, 1884, Duncan Ferguson, aged 80 years and 10 months.

      Few indeed of the early settlers of these parts were more widely known or more highly respected than the aged pioneer who has just passed away. Mr. Ferguson was a native of the State of New York. He was of Highland Scotch extraction, and we believe was a land surveyor by profession. As early as 1817 a number of highlanders had emigrated from New York State and taken up their abode in the neighborhood of Galt and Branchton. And in the year 1831, just 53 years ago, Mr. Ferguson decided to try his fortunes in the Canadian forests, and accordingly emigrated thither with his family. He settled upon the farm near Galt, at present occupied by his youngest son Mr. Alex Ferguson, upon which he resided upon until five or six years ago when he removed to Galt.

      The deceased was a man of far more than average intelligence, and was an extensive reader. In the early days of the township he took a very active part in public affairs. We learn from Hon. Mr. Young's history of the early settlement of Galt and Dumfries, that in 1882, when the famous Territorial Bill of the Hincks-Morin government, dividing Dumfries into 2 townships, came into effect. Mr. Ferguson was Reeve of the first municipal council for North Dumfries, elected after the division. The council was composed as follows: Reeve, Dr. Charles McGeorge & Deputy Reeve, Mr. Duncan Ferguson: councilors Messrs Alex Buchanan, Robert Cranston and David Shantz. Mr. Buchanan is the only survivor of the council of 32 years ago. In 1853 Mr. Buchanan was Reeve and Mr. Robert Cranston Deputy Reeve. In 1854 and 1856 Mr. Ferguson occupied the reeves chair with Mr. T. Chisholm as Deputy. Privileged with more than average education and intelligence Mr. Ferguson proved himself a very useful municipal officer.

      The deceased was a man of sterling principals and deep piety. He took an active interest in the establishment of the U.P. Church, of which he was for many years was Ruling Elder, a position he held at the time of his death.

      Possessed with a remarkably strong constitution he enjoyed the best of health until two or three years ago, when the infirmities incident to old age began to manifest themselves. Since that time he had given away gradually, both physically and mentally and passed away rather suddenly as above mentioned.

      The deceased was married three times, his third partner surviving him. The surviving members of the family are; Archibald and Alexander, North Dunfries; Peter; Minnesota; Angus, Denver, Col. & Mrs. Macfarlane, Denver; and Mrs. Hugh Cant, Galt.

      The funeral on Monday afternoon was very largely attended, testifying to the esteem in which the deceased was held.

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Hugh Cant b. Scotland res: Galt Age: 32 born abt 1834 father: Hugh mother: E. Thorn married Christiana Ferguson Age:: 26 born abt 1840 b. North Dumfries Spouse res: North Dumfries father: Duncan? Ferguson mother: Sarah Haggert married 25 Jan 1866 Marriage Place: Galt

    2. [S55] Vit - ON, Wellington - Wellington County Marriage Register 1858-1869.
      John McFarlane Birth Place: Perthshire, Scotland RESIDENCE: Galt Age: 28 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1830 Father Name: Robert McFarlane Mother Name: Jane McFarlane Spouse Name: Mary Ferguson Spouse's Age: 21 Spouse Estimated Birth Year: abt 1837 Spouse Birth Place: Canada Spouse Residence: Dumfries Spouse Father Name: Duncan Fergusson Spouse Mother Name: Marion Haggart Marriage Date: 13 Aug 1858 Marriage County: Wellington

    3. [S336] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1881, Galt Division 1 Page 77.

    4. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Duncan Ferguson (farmer of North Dumfries) b. New York State Livingstone Co. Age: 73 born abt 1803 father: Arch Ferguson mother: Christine McVean married Mrs. Dransfield Thornton Age:: 56 born abt 1820 b. Dumfries Ont father: John Buchanan mother: Margaret McArthur married 23 Nov 1876 Marriage Place: Waterloo, Galt

    5. [S122] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Mount View CC#4495 Internet Link .
      In/ memory of/ Duncan Ferguson/ who died/ Oct. 4, 1884/ aged 81 yrs 10 mo's/ A native of/ Livingston Co. N. Y.

    6. [S355] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 5.

    7. [S233] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1852, Div. 1, Pg. 7.

    8. [S1778] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1861, Div 11 Page 86.

    9. [S713] Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 018452 (1884)..
      Duncan Feyuson Gender: Male Age: 82 Birth Date: abt 1802 Birth Place: York State Iwingstone, NY Death Date: 4 Oct 1884 Death Place: Galt, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Cause of Death: Paresis, Galt

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1851 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1851 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Reeve - North Dumfries - 1853 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1861 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - United Presbyterian - 1861 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - United Presbyterian - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1876 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Nov 1876 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Paresis (1 year) - 4 Oct 1884 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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