From: Adams-John Francis Marion Ferguson, b. 1843, Johnson Co, MO; d. 1925, Holtville, CA m. 1868, Johnson Co, MO Elizabeth Ann AULD, b. 1850, Guernsey Co, OH; d. 1939, Whittier, CA Cora Ferguson WHITNEY (1870-1924) Albert C. Ferguson (1872-1949) Mertie May Ferguson (1876-1895) Estella Ferguson SHAW (1879-aft 1925) Porter N. Ferguson, b. 1871, Johnson Co, MO; d. 1937, Whittier, CA m. 1895, Woods Co, OK Stella HOWARD, b. 1874, Vermilion Co, IL; d. 1963, Beaumont, CA Laural Marion Ferguson (1896-1965) Eldred Howard Ferguson (1897-1976) Persis Ferguson WARD (1898-1986) Forrest Ferguson (1902-1954) Esther Elmina Ferguson, b. Holtville, CA m. Everett Virgil ADAMS, b. 1907, Lincoln Co, OK; d. 1979, Torrance, CA John Stephen ADAMS, b. 1939, Torrance, CA--yours truly
From: John S. ADAMS
Subject: [Ferguson] Roll Call: Col. Robert and descendants: SCT>IRE>PA?>NC>TN>MO; 1700-1880
Trying to verify the oft repeated lineage of Moses Hiram Ferguson, b.
Baltimore, MD, 1762, Rev War vet; m. Elizabeth COX in NC, 1785; d. Johnson
Co., MO, 1845. Several web and printed genealogies give Moses' ancestry as
son of Robert, b. 1722, SCT; son of Col. Robert b. 1700, SCT, son of John.
These several sites give no proof and may stem from a single source. They
consistently relate that Col. Robert and adult sons (2 or 3) came to America
in 1750 and settled near what is now Pittsburgh, PA, and migrated to the
Carolinas in 1762. The problem I have with this narrative is that Western
PA at that time was undeveloped wilderness controlled by the French. The
English did not take control of the area until 1759 and significant
settlement did not take place until several years after that. Can anyone
verify this story and offer sources? Or offer an alternate, verifiable
I am descended from Moses Hiram through his son, Moses Jr., and his son,
Francis Marion Ferguson.
Any help or clues would be much appreciated.
John S. Adams
Newbury Park, CA
From: John S. Adams
Subject: [Ferguson] Re: ROLL CALL--ancestors of Moses Ferguson (1762, MD-1845, MO)
Surnames: Ferguson, COX, WYLLEY, SIMMERMAN
Locations: Scotland, PA, MA, Rhea Co. TN, Johnson Co. MO
I'm descended from Moses [Hiram?] Ferguson, b. 1762, Baltimore, MD; d. 1845,
Johnson Co., MO; Rev War veteran; m. Elizabeth COX in 1785, NC. Parents
probably were Robert Ferguson (abt 1722-1815) and Elizabeth WYLEY (abt
1723-1780), but I have not seen proof of this parentage. Robert Ferguson
may have been the son of Robert (Col. Robert) Ferguson (abt 1702-1794) and
Mary FITZPATRICK (?-aft 1750). Story is that Col. Robert was b. in Scotland
and had land in Ireland. Some accounts have him, Mary and his 2 grown sons
immigrating to western PA about 1750, Mary dying shortly thereafter, and he
married 2nd Sarah SIMS. The family migrated to Lincoln Co., NC, abt 1762,
with Moses being born en route.
Another version is that Col. Robert's father was John Ferguson, b. abt 1665
in Scotland and immigrated to Worchester,MA abt 1738, where John was a town
official. His sons were said to have migrated from there to NC.
In any event, Moses and Elizabeth COX Ferguson had many children, 14 by one
count, in NC. Most of them moved on to Rhea Co., TN, in the 1810-1820
timeframe. Many of them and their children went to Johnson Co., MO,
Does anyone have firm sources about the ancestors of Moses [perhaps Hiram]
Any information appreciated.