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Hugh Ferguson


Hugh Ferguson was born in 1831, presumably in Perry County, OH, the son of John H. and Sarah (Miner) Ferguson

When Hugh was a boy or teenager, sometime before 1850, he and his parents and siblings migrated to Michigan. They settled in Constantine, Saint Joseph County, MI, where they spent many years. Hugh's father and brother John labored as a teamsters.

Hugh is believed to have married Nancy (1832- ? ).

They bore one known son -- Fremont Lewis Ferguson.

Hugh learned the trade of cabinet-making. The Fergusons are known to have been in Indiana in 1857 at the birth of their son.

When the federal census was taken in 1860, Hugh and Nancy lived next door to his parents in Constantine, St. Joseph County. Residing under their roof that year were their three year old son Fremont and 18-year-old servant Harriet Linn. Hugh's occupation is shown as carpenter.

The 1870 census shows Hugh and Nancy residing by themselves in the village of Constantine, with him employed as a cooper. No children are in the household that year.

More will be reported here when learned.


~ Son Fremont Lewis Ferguson ~

Son Fremont Lewis Ferguson (1857- ? ) was born in about 1857 in Indiana.

As a young boy, he migrated with his parents to Michigan, settling by 1860 in Constantine, St. Joseph County.

Nothing more is known.


~ More About Hugh ~

At one time we thought that he was the same man as "Hugh J. Ferguson" (1843-1899) who served in the Civil War with the 11th Michigan Infantry, Company H. This Hugh J. married Sarah A. East in St. Joseph County, MI on Nov. 12, 1864 and had four children -- Henry Harvey Ferguson, Rissa A. Ferguson, J. Ross Ferguson and Dean S. Ferguson. Hugh J. lived much of his life in Newberg, Cass County, MI and died in Muskegon, Muskegon County, MI on Feb. 16, 1899. However, an examination of Hugh J.'s original Civil War pension application papers in person in December 2008 at the National Archives in Washington, DC revealed that he could not be our man as he was born in 1842 -- 11 years after our "Hugh" -- and there are differing sources as to whether Hugh J. was born in New York or Ohio.


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