Subject: Re: [Ferguson-L] Gilbert Ferguson-NY?


I have volume I of a book by Frank J. Doherty called  "Settlers of the Beekman
Patent, Dutchess County, New York. An HIstorical and Genealogical Study of all
the 18th Century Settlers in the Patent." Pleasant Valley, NY: 1990.

Volume One is the large book of historical records, and descriptions of the
Patent, --mostly just the historical records. But in susbsequent volumes, (of
which, I have none) Mr. Doherty has proceeded to publish a genealogical study
on each of the persons mentioned in Volume One. I am not sure if Mr. Doherty
is complete with the volumes, or not, but I would imagine that the volume with
Ferguson should be complete by now-- and in the libraries. 

When I attended a lecture by Mr. Doherty at the FGS/Federation of Genealogical
Societies in Rochester, New York in 1996, I asked him when my Slocum, Rood,
and Wilcox lines would be complete and published. ( I figured that
alphabetically, my primary lines would be a bit at the end of the publishing
cycle.) Mr. Doherty was kind and friendly, and asked that I write to him for
any further information. I thought it would be helpful for me to list his
address, in case Mr. Doherty can point y was trying to ensure (which I
understood to mean GIVING volumes)that the subsequent, genealogical editions
were in the major libraries across the country. You may want to check with
your local library and if not there, try for an inter-library loan.)

I checked the Index of Volume I and here are the listings for Ferguson in the
Beekman Patent (a listing means that this individual appears somewhere in the
collected historical documents of the Beekman Patent. Most times, it's merely
a list on a tenant book, or witness or Loyalty oath, or other legal events.) :

---, 762
Abraham, 658
Benjamin, 414
Charles, 250
Elijah, 177, 179, 415
Elijah, Jr. 415
Ephraim, 178, 346
Farrington, 80, 81, 216, 251, 565
Francis, 241
Gilbert, 455 (I copy that, below)

"Capt. Francis West lived in the Oswego area of Beekman and the roll of his
company, dated Fort Clinton 23 Sept. 1778, lists almost all very familiar
Clove-Oswego area names. The pay due his company at the time was 925/17."

"Francis West, Captain
Roger Morey, Lieut.
Tilling[hast] Bentely, Lieut.
Theoph[olus] Sweet, Lieut.
John Forbus, Sergt.
Peter Darling, Sergt.
Andrew Carmen [sic for Germond]
Benjamin Cornell, Corpl. 
Amos Sweet, Corpl.
Jacob Cole, Corpl.

John Thompson                   Thomas Oakley                 Mathew Cook
Elias Doty                           Mathew Diamond              Jabez Spencer
John Eagle                           Caleb Green                     Christian
Isaac Bosehonse                  Cornelius schermerhorn   
Simon Dutcher                     Phineas Fillow                 Enoch Fillow
Norris Collier                      William Chadwick            John Luke
Gilbert Ferguson     <--        Benjamin Cummins          Francis Losee
Jerry Jenkins                       John Wilkinson                Thomas
Charles McCrady                  Benjamin Thorn                Cornelius
Daniel Davison                     William Wolven                Gameliel
Joseph Taylor                       Jere Cook                         William

<end of record

  More FergusonS in the Index:     

Jacob, 416
James, 327
Jeremiah, 658
John, 78, 82, 84, 414
John, Jr. 178
Stephen, 200, 414, 447, 449, 516, 584
William, 477


Here's the address:

Frank J. Doherty
"The Settlers of the Beekman Patent"
181 Freedom Road
Pleasant Valley, NY 12569

One last my syllabus information, he mentioned a new source by
Linda Koehler, called "Dutchess County, NY Churches and their Records: An
HIstorical Dictionary" Published by Kinship, 1994. "This recent publication is
the best source for all church records in Dutchess County."

I hope this helps a bit.
Good luck!
Maureen Mead Pond

Tracing Ferguson in Chesterfield County, VA with Adkins, Farmer, and Newby.

<<Thank you very much for sharing your information. It's very much
My library only has Mr. Doherty's books thru the letter "C".  I would very
much like to purchase the book of the letter "F", if it's available.  Would
you know Mr. Doherty's PO Box so that I could contact him?

Many thanks again.

Bob Ferguson

Hi, Bob!
Yes, this is his address from the syllabus papers I picked up in Rochester in
The historical house in which he lives (according to the book) was the primary
impetus for writing the volumes on the Beekman Patent. 

Mr. Doherty's address is:

Frank J. Doherty
181 Freedom Road
Pleasant Valley, NY 12569

Good luck! 

Oh, another the syllabus from the conference, Mr. Doherty lists a
bibliography of books, as well as records available in Dutchess
County....including Cemeteries, Census Records, Church Records, Baptisms,
Court Records, compiled Genealogies concerning Dutchess County families,
Dutchess County histories, Land Records, Newspaper abstracts, Periodicals,
Probate records, Revolutionary War records, and Tax lists. 

I don't think he'd mind if I shared a copy with you. If it sounds like
something you might like, need, want--let me know. 

regards, Maureen

Subject: [Ferguson-L] Native American Fergusons
While I've not yet found a record or hint of Native American ancestry, it
would come as no surprise to discover native ancestry in either my New England
or my Southern families. In fact, while my FARGUSON/Ferguson family didn't
leave Chesterfield Co., VA--an online cousin who does share this family
(hello, Christie)!  does claim NA ancestry. Whether the NA relationships began
in VA or later in NC, SC, or points west and south--I'm not certain, but I'd
like to share the following regarding some Scots-Irish families and their
relationship to the Cherokee:

Ref: Richardson, James M. "The History of Greenville, South Carolina."  pub.
1930. Reprinted by Southern Historical Press, 1933.

p. 21 (regarding the settlement of SC in the upcountry/Piedmont)

"In 1707 John Archdale, in his publication "A fertile and Pleasant Province of
Carolina," tells us that Charles Town then traded 'near one thousand miles
into the Continent.' Anthony Park, one of the early settlers of what is now
Newberry County, traveled several hundred miles into the Indian country, going
west of the Allegheny Mountains. In 1758 he recounted that in his journeyings
he encountered a number of white men, chiefly Scotch and Irish, who told him
that they had lived among the Indians as traders for more than 20 years, a few
for 40 and 50 years, and one whose abode had been there for 60 years."

Next paragraph, regarding the settlement of the traders and the "cow drivers":

     "Having decided upon a suitable location, the trader or cattle man went
to work with the assistance of the Indians, and soon built himself a dwelling
house. Next was constructed a store house for the trader and "cowpens" for the
And after having established himself, the next act of the white man was to
take an Indian maid for his wife, selecting, if possible, the daughter of some
local chief."

"Under the care of his thrifty wife, his crib was usually well stored with
corn, the yard swarmed with poultry and the common pastures with his swine,
horses and cattle. Cherokee women of intelligence made the best housekeepers
on the continent; in their habits and persons, they were as cleanly as purity
itself. The everyday life of the trader in the Nation was one of primitive and
most delightful freedom and simplicity."

Hudson, Patricia L and Ballard, Sandra L. "The Smithsonian Guide to Historic
America. The Carolinas and The Appalachian States." New York: 1989 Stewart,
Tabori and Chang, Inc.
p. 16

"In the Introduction, there is a discussion of the Scotch-Irish who were
brought to America by Scottish Laird, "Sir Alexander Cuming, (who also dreamed
of settling 300,000 Jews from Europe among the Cherokee) and other benign
Scotsmen, who were successful in providing in America some release from the
suffering of the Highlanders, Cuming sought to rescue the Highlanders
threatened in their religion (Roman Catholic) and deprived of their
lands--after their Jacobite revolt against the English was suppressed in

"Unimpressed by the aristocratic pretensions of the Tidewater planters,
Highlanders in North Carolina provided the backbone of the upcountry
'Regulator' revolt against the King's governor and the Tidewater planters was
put down in 1771, after the Battle of Alamance, with a ferocity equal to that
of Cumberland after Culloden. "

". . .in the fall of 1780, the Scotch-Irish and the Highlanders demonstrated
how quickly they could adapt to Indian ways, in dress and in warfare. They
learned to give a close and terrifying approximation of the Cherokee war
scream, and give it they did as they assaulted the Tories ranged on the crest
of Kings Mountain.. . (This was the same sound that became the "Rebel Yell" in

That's all for now. I'm sure there are more articles and stories about this
interesting part of Southern history,  but I remembered these snippets, and
thought I'd share.