Ferrier Genealogy Scotch Line

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Ferrier Genealogy Scotch Line
(on the farm of J. D. Moodie, Scotch Line, June 30 1886) (Source – Perth Courier – May 20, 1998)


PLEASE NOTE- (Jim Ferrier17 hours
Mervyn’s father was John Fisher Ferrier – not James)



This picture was donated to the Perth Museum by James G. Ferrier of the Scotch Line, who died on March 9, 1987, at the age of 95 years and ten months. Both his father (Abraham Ferrier Jr.) and his grandfather (Isaac Ferrier Sr.) are in the picture. The owner of the farm, James D. Moodie, was married to Janet Ferrier, the daughter of Isaac Ferrier and sister of Abraham Ferrier Jr.

On the top beam, sitting: James Ferrier; John Ferrier Sr.; John Palmer; James Robinson.

Standing: Robert MacLaren; Abraham Ferrier Jr.; Harry Acheson; Isaac Ferrier; Alex Moodie; Robert Strong.

Sitting: John McDonald; Albert Wilson; Home Boy (name unknown); Alex Dodds; Jas. D. Allan; Robert Brash; Jas. Wilson.

Sitting on beam beside ladder: James Cameron, blacksmith, Fallbrook.

Middle beam, standing at left: Andy Turnbull; John Ferrier.

Middle beam, sitting at right: R. Davidson; Abe Moodie; Frank Allan Sr.; name unknown.

Standing on barn floor: Geo. Farnell; James Fraser; Abraham Ferrier Sr.; Mac Ferrier; Robert Allan (of Rathwell, Manitoba); Robert Moodie; Frank Allan Jr.; James Moodie; John Allan; Od. Consitt; Chas. Walker; John Armour.

Between rows: Wm. Acheson; John Moodie.

Sitting on gangway: T. A. Moodie; John McGowan; Matt Balderson; Isaac Ferrier Sr.; Barnie Hogan; Alex Abercrombie; Sloan (first name unknown). Sitting far right: James Moodie Sr.; Wm. Cowie

Perth Courier, October 13, 1893

Ferguson—Died, on Thursday evening, 5th Oct., Violet McDougall Ferguson, relict of the late Duncan Ferguson, North Sherbrooke, aged 81.

From the Peterborough Ontario Examiner of 1893 last week we clip the following obituary notice.  The deceased was a relative of the Ferrier family of Perth and on the Scotch Line and took the Courier many years up to the time of his death.  “On the 20th September there passed away at the old homestead in Dummer Township one of the oldest and best known settlers, John Ferrier, aged 81.  

The late Mr. Ferrier came from Scotland in 1813(?) and was crossing the Atlantic at the same time the Battle of Waterloo was being fought.  The deceased was one of a government colony that emigrated to this country.  

Building one of the first cement silos in the area. This silo was built in 1902 at Mervyn Ferrier’s Scotch Line farm. His father, James Ferrier, gave the contract for building the silo to James and Reid, agents for Portland Cement, who brought the three workmen from St. Mary’s to erect the silo. The three men behind the horse are Jim Steele, John MacDonald and John Ferrier. Photo courtesy Archives Lanark.

On the first winter after they arrived he remained in Brockville but on the next summer removed to Perth of which town he was a resident for 17 years.  Afterwards he went to Dummer at that time almost an unbroken wilderness.  There the late Mr. Ferrier resided the remaining portion of his life, always living on the same farm on which he settled. 

 The deceased was at one time a reeve of the township.  In politics he was a staunch Liberal and in religion he was a Presbyterian.  In his manner he was quiet and unassuming in his disposition he was kindly and charitable and many a settler in need knew his helping hand and his decease will be largely mourned by those who entertained his friendship and held him in respect.”

John FERRIER died 10 Aug 1872 at age 87 yrs. Born in Scotland, farmer. Informant was John FERRIER Jr. Registered in Dummer twp.. #24522-72 (Peterborough Co)

Perth Courier, September 5, 1902

Miss Elizabeth Ferrier on Thursday last after a stroke of paralysis and six weeks of wearing illness died.  She was one of the oldest natives of Lanark County and breathed her last at her home near Peterboro.  Miss Ferrier was born on the farm now occupied by Malcolm Ferrier on the Scotch Line in 1823 and when about ten years of age moved in company with her parents and family to Dummer Township 17 miles from Peterboro.  Three years later her mother died but her father, a sturdy Scot, lived until his 89th year dying in 1872.  Of the family of six the surviving sister is Mrs. (Capt.) Balmer(?) of Peterboro, who is in her 86th year.  Miss Ferrier frequently visited Perth and was respected highly by all who knew her both here and at her home in Peterboro.  During her last illness several members of her family waited on her with loving kindness among them being Miss Annie Gow(?) and Mrs. Walter Ferrier of town.

Perth Courier, Feb. 3, 1905

Ferrier—Birth, on the Scotch Line on Wed., Jan. 25(?), Mr. and Mrs. William Ferrier of a daughter

Perth Courier, September 5, 1902

Miss Elizabeth Ferrier on Thursday last after a stroke of paralysis and six weeks of wearing illness died.  She was one of the oldest natives of Lanark County and breathed her last at her home near Peterboro.  Miss Ferrier was born on the farm now occupied by Malcolm Ferrier on the Scotch Line in 1823 and when about ten years of age moved in company with her parents and family to Dummer Township 17 miles from Peterboro.  Three years later her mother died but her father, a sturdy Scot, lived until his 89th year dying in 1872.  Of the family of six the surviving sister is Mrs. (Capt.) Balmer(?) of Peterboro, who is in her 86th year.  Miss Ferrier frequently visited Perth and was respected highly by all who knew her both here and at her home in Peterboro.  During her last illness several members of her family waited on her with loving kindness among them being Miss Annie Gow(?) and Mrs. Walter Ferrier of town.

The remains of Mrs. Ann Kehoe were borne from her late home on the 5th Line Bathurst to her long home in the R.C. Cemetery, Perth on Friday, 29th October, her death having taken place the previous Wednesday.  The maiden name of the deceased was Ann Hudson and she was born in County Wexford, Ireland in 1847 where she married.  She emigrated to Canada in 1857 with her children and a brother and sister, the latter two named dying of the prevalent ship fever in Newboro, Ont., where the family lived for two years afterwards.  After this time she and her family moved to the fifth line Bathurst and where deceased lived until her death last week.  Her children are John, at Drummond; Edward and Alice on the homestead farm; Katie(?) (Mrs. Duckey?) of Alpena, Michigan; Maggie (Mrs. M. Tovey) of Harrisville, Michigan.

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