From: Wayne Ferguson
"Subject: Samuel & Mary Ferguson, James and Margret Ferguson"
"1750-1800 Northern Ireland Southwestern Pennsylvania (Westmoreland, Allegheny, Washington Counties) Wayne Ferguson
Subject: [Ferguson] Samuel Ferguson
"Looking for my Fergusonemmigrant. I suspect it may be Samuel Ferguson, but"
could be one generation back. Family tradition says he came from Northern
This has been a brick wall for me for the past 50 years! This is all I know
"Samuel, my GGGG grandfather:"
"Samuel and his wife Mary purchased land (100 acres) near Pittsburgh, PA on"
"Feb. 25, 1788. He bought the land from Andrew and Margaret McClure. ( His"
daughter Margaret married a McClure. I do not know if these Margarets and one and
the same.) Samuel and Mary had both died when their son James and his wife
sold part of this land in 1838. (Samuel died in 1821.) James and Margaret had
"moved eastward into Westmoreland County, PA near Murrysville where he was a"
farmer before he died there. This area of Pennsylvania was wild frontier
territory and was actually claimed by Pennsylvania and Virginia before the
Mason-Dixon line was extended westward. Many Ulster-Scots settled in this area. This
line of Fergusons
were Presbyterians; most of them are buried in the Murrysville Presbyterian
"Cemetery including my great grandparents, Oliver H.P. and Amanda Ferguson."
"Samuel and Mary's children were James, David, Samuel, John, Elizabeth"
"Mary (McClure), Margaret (McClure), Jane (White) and Susan (Stewart)."
James Ferguson(1795-1851) married Margaret Booth Caldwell (my GGG
"grandparents). Their children were: James Calhoun, Martha Jane, Samuel Byron, Oliver"
"Henry, Claudius, Thomas Caldwell, and John Calhoun."
My GG grand father James Calhoun Ferguson(1821-1908) married Jane A. Sword
"(1829-1910) who emmigrated from Kircudbrightshire, Scotland, about 1839. James"
"Calhoun Fergusonremained in Wastmoreland Co., but four of his brothers moved"
on to Iowa (according to James' Will.)
Surely someone can help us get back to Northern Ireland (or even Scotland).
"Sincerely, Wayne Ferguson