From: Mary Armitage
Subject: [Ferguson]Ferguson
Hallo All
My Fergusons are in the UK.
I'm looking for the parents of John Ferguson born 1811/12 in Scotland who moved to Sunderland Durham England and married Elizabeth probably in the early 1830s.
Their children were John born around 1835, Jacobina born around 1840, E. William born around 1844 and Joseph born around 1848 according to the Sunderland 1851 census.
By 1881 the only ones of these children I can find who may be the children are John Fergurson living with his family and brother William, a widower in Sunderland. No Joseph or Jacobina.
Did Joseph emigrate? Jacobina may have married but I cant find that either.
Jacobina did have a son Joseph Ferguson in 1862.
This Joseph married Agnes Davison and had 8 children and lived all their lives in Sunderland. 2 were killed in WW1 - Thomas and John. Joseph born 1892/3 and William born 1899/1900 survived and had family of their own - I'm trying to trace their descendants. The daughters were Sarah Jane married John Johnson, Rachel who was my husband's grandma, Jacobina who married George Dennis and Agnes who married John Atkinson Rumour has it that several of the children of this generation emigrated but we have no details
Any one recognise this lot? Hope so
Mary Armitage

From: Mary Armitage
Hi Sandy
The Lake District of England is in the northwest near to the border with
Scotland. The county area is now called Cumbria - before a local government
reorganisation in 1974 the Lakes were partly in Westmoreland, partly in
Cumberland and partly in Lancashire.
Hope that helps
From: Mary Armitage
There are probably some books on the details of the England that you hear
about but I am very happy to help out. An atlas would help you to make
sense of anything I can tell you.
The White Cliffs of Dover are just either side of the town of Dover in
Kent - maybe 3 or 4 miles in length - which is a county in the south east
corner of England. The narrowest crossing point from France is at Dover and
so the white cliffs are most famous as a navigation point when coming from
France but during WW2 when the song was popular it was often the first
sighting of England for home coming troops.
From: Mary Armitage
Hi Sandy
Did the Scots move and fit in to England easily?
I could start WW3 here!! I hope not.
Scots and English have been crossing each others border for centuries -
sometimes amicably sometimes not.
We have been a united country - Great Britain - for 400 years.
We all speak the same language although maybe different versions of that
language and certainly different accents. After one generation in a new
area when the children have the accent of the area they live in it's hard to
tell English from Scottish apart from by their names.
So many Scots have moved into England over the years that every part of
England is a mix of Scots and English - we are all Brits. James Herriott
was one such person - educated in Scotland and then living the rest of his
life in England.
In the 17th and 18th centuries England dominated Scotland and some power-led
actions then would not be acceptable in the 21st Century. That type of
situation happened all over the world.
In the 19th and 20th centuries Scotland produced many world class scientists
engineers and money men. Many of these emigrated to Canada, Australia, New
Zealand the USA as well as England and in turn oppressed some of the
indigenous populations of the places they went to.
Many Scots moved into the north of England in the 20th century for work
especially to the north east where there was great industrial development.
OurFergusons did this. Others working in the financial sectors moved to
the south near to London
Many people have Scottish and English relatives or ancestors as both my
husband and I do. Some people are very nationalistic, especially football
supporters. To others we are just neighbours.
If I've offended any Scots or English by this personal opinion I'm sorry!!