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The Landmark Pine Tree in Watson’s Corners– Gloria Currie

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The Landmark Pine Tree in Watson’s Corners– Gloria Currie

There was nothing to originally mark this cemetery. My Dad, Kenwell Ferguson, knew its location because his father had shown him. When we cleared away years of debris, we discovered quite a few fieldstone markers indicating graves. For the reunion, the rock was moved there from Dad’s farm, the brass plaques were installed and the cemetery was fenced. This was all Jean Allen’s vision – the culmination of her years of research and her tribute to her roots.

Gloria Currie

Allphotos text etc Gloria Currie

TREES

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Ferguson

From Allan Ferguson to John Ferguson– Lanark to Montague–1850— thanks to Grant McFarlane and Melanie Johnston Mason

So Where was this Bridge? Melanie Johnston Mason Photos Ferguson Family

The Heirlooms- Ferguson Violin

Letters from Lanark–Thomas Ferguson and Mary Barr

The Story of Wild Bob Ferguson of Dalhousie Township

Alan Ferguson and Minni Maude McGonegal — Clyde Forks

Ferguson Genealogy –Violet McDougall Ferguson –Elphin

In Memory Of Charlie Ferguson Perth

More on Stewart Ferguson by Tom Edwards

James Stewart Ferguson– Lanark County Genealogy

Stew Ferguson and Maggie Porteous/Ford–Tom Edwards

The Heirlooms- Ferguson Violin

Uncle Johnnie Erskine and Stewart Ferguson by Tom Edwards

Letters from Lanark–Thomas Ferguson and Mary Barr

From Allan Ferguson to John Ferguson– Lanark to Montague–1850— thanks to Grant McFarlane and Melanie Johnston Mason

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From Allan Ferguson to John Ferguson– Lanark to Montague–1850— thanks to  Grant McFarlane and  Melanie Johnston Mason

Thanks to Melanie Johnston Mason for sending and please note that Grant McFarlane in Lanark is the owner for credit purposes

The letter writer Alan, was writing about his father Thomas’ death which occured in 1846.The letter writer Allan also had a brother named Thomas and  this brother had a son named Alexander……And Alexander had a son named Allen. I am not related to the Ferguson’s but I have studied that lot, lot 26E, Concession III Dalhousie – and those are my findings thus far without delving into the genealogy of the family.

Info provided by: Melanie Mason – 

Dear Brother and Sister:

I received yours on the 17th of March. I was down in Lanark when I received you letter and on the way home, I was taken suddenly bad with pain in the stomach and bowels and in that state it was tight times with me to get the home of Hugh Hunter on the night of the 17th and on the 18th we found it prudent to send for Dr. Murray for we was afraid it was inflammation but on his arrival he dispelled that doubt for he said it was a windy colic and I am getting better. Mother and Mary is in some measure of health when I parted with them on the 19th, for Mother has been with Mary since the death of our Father and for a considerable time before it. Thomas came home from the shanty on the 17th of said month and he has not been very well since for I expect that it is the cold he has caught. You wanted to know if Thomas was at home the time of the storm. No. He was at the shanty, likewise you want to know all the particulars concerning the death of our Father.

He was at Hunters all the time of his illness. He, for 2 days after he arrived at Hugh’s, his throat swelled but the swelling fell immediately after and on the Wednesday before he died he was considerably better for he was reading at Chambers Journal more than the half of the day but on the day following he was much worse for he complained of stitches in his chest and body and on Friday he was still getting weaker and Friday night Hugh left home and came up to inform us that he was making worse and on Saturday morning Hugh and I left home to go down but to our great surprise when we arrived he was gone; a lifeless corpse so there was no person there but mother and Mary and the 2 children when he died., on the night of Friday after Hugh left home, he began to think that death was approaching but had no idea that it was so nigh at hand for he was quite and considerably composed. He would not lie in the bunk nor bed but to have his made at the fire. It was between 12 and 1 o’clock when Mother lay down to take little repose for she was tired out. Mary lay down with the children for they were both badly at the time and she spoke several to her Father but he give all at the times a sharp answer and Mother rose after Mary had spoken to him but he had drawn his last breath and this was about 2 o’clock in the morning and we removed his corpse home on the 1st of March and he was interred on the 2nd on the third line of Lanark beside his son James. We received a letter from Aunt Love on the 28th of February. John Love is in very poor health, likewise Aunt Taylor and there are some more particulars concerning Uncle Williams’ death and widow but I have not time at present to write them down. I wrote a letter——–this time a good way on to Mysena to (Jane) Telling her what has happened likewise I sent one to George (Sheare) and one to John Love and I was going to write to Uncle Nathanial but you informed me that you was going to write to him which will save me the trouble. I now commence to inform you that our Father died without making any will and you will be heir according to law; so I want an immediate settlement for Mr. D that is in Quebec, the creditors are pushing me pretty hard for it but I will keep them at bay till I get things settled so I only hope you will consider the matter and come up and we will make a definite settlement so I add no more at present so I remain your Brother until Death.   Alan Ferguson.

At bottom of letter written with different pen and ink and maybe by a different person, Allan Ferguson of Dalhousie 1850, John Ferguson, Thomas Ferguson, James Ferguson, Sarah Ferguson, Mary Ferguson, Jane Ferguson.

The original letter is in the possession of  Grant Davis McFarlane R.R. #1, Lanark, Ontario.

Mary is in the 1851 Census, age 70, living with her daughter Mary Ann and son-in-law Hugh Hunter. In 1861 she is back on her original homestead, living with her son Allan who has inherited the farm. The homestead has returned to forest and only a small excavation remains to show where the original house stood. Flowers and rhubarb still grow in the overgrown clearing. The St. James Ferguson Cemetery is located in the churchyard of the abandoned St. James Church on Concession Line 2 in Dalhousie.

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Thanks, also to Amelia Jean ( Ferguson ) Allen, who transcribed the original letter, and to Lila McFarlane, who brought the original letter to her attention. This letter describes the death of Thomas Ferguson, who arrived ( from Scotland )with his wife, Mary Barr, and their children in 1821. It should be noted that the cemetery beside St. James Church is actually called the Ferguson Cemetery and the cemetery at the original Ferguson Homestead is the Thomas Ferguson Cemetery.

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The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
13 Dec 1911, Wed  •  Page 1

So Where was this Bridge? Melanie Johnston Mason Photos Ferguson Family

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The Story of Wild Bob Ferguson of Dalhousie Township

Alan Ferguson and Minni Maude McGonegal — Clyde Forks

So Where was this Bridge? Melanie Johnston Mason Photos Ferguson Family

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So Where was this Bridge? Melanie Johnston Mason Photos Ferguson Family
Melanie Johnston Mason
November 6 at 1:46 PM  · 

Allan James Ferguson and Amelia Jane Ferguson children of James Allan Ferguson and Jane McCallum
Melanie Johnston Mason
November 6 at 1:46 PM  · 

Allan James Ferguson son of James Allan Ferguson and Jane McCallum

I thought it was the floating bridge at Clayton. It wasn’t…

Brian MunroDoubt it. Bridge seems too short

Wayne ReidBrian Munro and no stumps sticking up either

Stuart McIntoshThere were hills near both ends of the floating bridge. Many of the earlier wooden bridges were constructed this way but this one doesn’t appear to be long enough to be the floating bridge below Taylor Lake.

Stuart McIntoshDon’t know these folks and the landmarks are unfamiliar but the fences in the background may indicate a bridge on a private laneway like Lornie Wark used to have. We got stuck on it one snowy night after a Christmas concert.

Joan ArmstrongKen MacDonald wasn’t there a floating bridge down the 11th conc (MUNRO Line)? Haven’t been down there for years.

Ken MacDonaldJoan Armstrong yes there was one on the 11thconcession of Lanark but it was longer than this as well, swampy on north end and no real flat farm land on the other.It went across to Robertsons and Elmer Yuills towards Galbraith

So there you have it and these photos from the Ferguson family. Any ideas?

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Ferguson Genealogy –Violet McDougall Ferguson –Elphin

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Ferguson Genealogy –Violet McDougall Ferguson –Elphin

Perth Courier, Oct. 6, 1893

Elphin:  On Thursday evening of last week one of the oldest residents of N. Sherbrooke died, Mrs. Ferguson, relict of the late Duncan Ferguson, aged 81.  Mrs. Ferguson was born in Argylshire, Scotland in 1812 and came to this country in 1832 with her parents.  Her maiden name was Violet McDougall.  Shortly after coming here she married and settled on the farm where she died and where she lived a long and useful life.  Her husband died about 16 years ago.  They had a family of eleven children, five of whom are still living, three sons and two daughters.  These are:  Duncan, Peter and Alexander, all of whom live on the 2nd Concession and Mrs. Peter McIntyre and Mrs. Ebeneezer Geddes.  One of her brothers, John McDougal, lived in Perth years ago and had a shoe shop about where Mr. Taylor’s hardware store is.  

The deceased lost her sight about eight years ago since which time she has been totally blind.  About three years ago she had a paralytic stroke and has been in a helpless condition ever since.  She lived an exemplary Christian life always and bore her affliction with resignation and trust and often expressed herself as being perfectly happy even with all her afflictions.  She certainly died with a full hope of the entrance to a better life.  Be descent and marriage the deceased was related to very many in the township and her funeral was attended by nearly every resident in it.  She had lived with her son Duncan on the homestead since her husband’s death.

Violet McDougall Ferguson

BIRTH1812Lochgilphead, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
DEATH5 Oct 1893 (aged 80–81)Perth, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
BURIALCrawford CemeteryElphin, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
PLOT155
MEMORIAL ID58117852 · View Source

Violet was born 1812 in Kilmorich, Argyllshire, Scotland the daughter of Alexander McDougall and Janet Clark. She came with her parents to Canada where she married Duncan Ferguson, who was also from Argyllshire. They lived in North Sherbrooke Township, Lanark County, Ontario. Violet died there on Oct.5,1893, from paralysis, which she had for 3 years.
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Plot 155 :
– In memory of Violet McDougall, wife of Duncan Ferguson, died Oct.5,1893, aged 81 years.
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Death – The Perth Courier – Oct.15,1893 –
Ferguson – On Thursday evening 5th October, Violet McDougall, relict of the late Duncan Ferguson, North Sherbrooke, aged 81 years.


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Duncan Ferguson

BIRTH1797Lochgilphead, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
DEATH7 Jan 1875 (aged 77–78)Perth, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
BURIALCrawford CemeteryElphin, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
PLOT156
Duncan Ferguson
BIRTH
1797Lochgilphead, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
DEATH
7 Jan 1875 (aged 77–78)Perth, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
BURIAL
Crawford Cemetery
Elphin, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
PLOT
156

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Edwards Genealogy– Family Photo Album

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Edwards Genealogy– Family Photo Album

Tom Edwards has helped me immense with great photos etc.. Thanks to him again we have some great family photos.

 

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My dad, John Edwards and his mom, Edith Edwards (Erskine) 1954 sitting on the front steps of their home in Appleton.

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My dad John Edwards on the bridge in Appleton. The brick building in the background is the old general store.

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My mom’s Uncle Jim Cavers.  So it turns out Jim Cavers was married to Ann Cavers, who was previously Ann O’Connor. She was my grandfather, Carney O’Connors sister. That’s how she was my moms aunt. Jim Cavers died in 1957.

 

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Looks like supper with Grandma Edwards. Mom, Dad, Ruth Craig, Eldon Craig, maybe Josie Symington at the end of the table, next one I don’t know, then Uncle Johnny and Essie Erskine.

 

 

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L to R Grandma Edwards, John Edwards, Ilene Edwards, Carney O’Connor, Muriel O’Connor (Ferguson) and Great Grandma Eva Ferguson (Stewart).

 

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Tom Edwards- Mom and Dad

 

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Tom Edwards Ilene Edwards, Sue Edwards Jim Edwards at mom’s 65th Birthday.

 

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Picture is Carney O’Connor with his 1938 Plymouth.

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This is a picture of my Uncle Stewart Ferguson and Aunt Hilda Ferguson. On the back of the pic it says”Hope you like this snap. Stew looks like he’s afraid of the camera. Love from Hilda and Stewart. Aunt Hilda says my oldest brother is taking the photo.

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Closest My Aunt Marie Dennie, middle my grandmother Muriel O’Connor and farthest is mom, Ilene Edwards

 

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My moms Aunt Clara Morris and Grandpa Tom Ferguson

 

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, weddingMy Aunt Marie Dennie and mom on Marie’s wedding day

 

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people sitting and childMarie Dennie and my mom Ilene Edwards

 

Image may contain: 5 people, people smiling, people standing and weddingR to L My Dad John Edwards, Kim Edwards, my Uncle Ray Edwards, My Aunt Patricia Edwards and the other bridesmaid is Brenda Craig Shewchuk-Her mom Ruth was my dads sister.

 

Image may contain: 2 people, indoorMy great aunt and uncle Johnny and Essie Erskine.

 

Image may contain: 10 people, people smiling, people standingThe ladies from the Royal Bank a few years back. For those still with us, we wish you all a Merry Christmas. For those that aren’t, trust me, we have you with us always. We love you and forever miss you.

 

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing and indoorThis was when Dad went the gang from Findlays to play hockey in Montreal.

 

 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

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The Heirlooms- Ferguson Violin

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The Heirlooms- Ferguson Violin

 

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This is a picture of Allan Ferguson, born March 25, 1849, Dalhousie Twp., Lanark County, Ontario and died June 8, 1919 at North Bay, Ontario, son of Thomas Ferguson and Mary Mathie. Melanie Mason/Charles Dobie photo

THE HISTORY OF GRANDFATHER ALLAN FERGUSON’S VIOLIN

I am not an original Amati, but a copy, and my history begins in Italy. Sometime in the mid-1800’s I arrived in Canada to stay with Allan Ferguson, who lived in Dalhousie Township, Lanark County, Ontario Canada. I provided music and entertainment for the hoe-downs and lumber drives up the Pontiac and Madawaska Rivers and shanty parties, barn raising and other such social events in the counties of Dalhousie, Lavant, and Darling.

I accompanied my owner Allan Ferguson, son of Thomas Ferguson and Mary Mathie, to the Lake Nippissing area where Allan, a friend and Sir Hugh McIntyre’s nephew, went survey and purchase land for the Canadian Pacific Railway. A condition of the land grant, ie, granted by the crown, was that a residence had to build on the land. The lumber and building supplies had to be shipped up the Ottawa River from Ottawa (Bytown).

 

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This is a picture of Annie Williams, wife of Alexander Ferguson, with their son, James, who married Margaret Burns and their son Alexander (Allie) Ferguson.-Melanie Mason/Charles Dobie photo

Since they were on the north shore of Lake Nippissing , why not name the spot North Bay Ontario . So that’s how the city of North Bay received its name In 1918, my owner, Alan Ferguson died in North Bay and I was passed on to his son, James Allan Ferguson. I was later brought back to Lanark County by James Allan Ferguson, known by friends as Jim “A”.

In February, 1921, the home of Jim A was burned in a terrible fire, in which he nearly lost his life rescuing me. I suffered damage, which was repaired by Uncle Thomas Elliott, who was a violin and bag piper maker in White Lake, Renfrew County, Ontario. Upon the death of Jim A, I was passed on to his son, Allan James, and upon Allan’s death to his sister, Jean Ferguson Allen of Ottawa Ontario. She had me restored by Charbonneau, a violin-maker in Braeside Ontario  and gave me to Keith Ferguson, the son of John Eldon Ferguson. The last known violin location was in in Point Claire, Quebec.

 

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Violin made  by J. G. Steele of Carleton Place in 1927–.- Lanark & District Museum

This is a picture of Allan Ferguson, born March 25, 1849, Dalhousie Twp., Lanark County, Ontario and died June 8, 1919 at North …

Hello, my name is Keith Ferguson, son of John Elden Ferguson and Norma Ferguson nee Smith. John Elden was the son of James Burns (JB) Ferguson. I am still in possession of the Ferguson violin. I now reside in Rigaud QC. Jean Ferguson passed the violin onto Norma who then gave it to me as Jean knew I was the musician (guitar, drums, sax) of the family. I had some restorative work done on the violin by Bobby Lalonde, a famed fiddle player and current owner of Bobby Lalonde Music in Hawkesbury in 2019. When I went to pick up the violin, he played for about ten minutes and the sound of the instrument was magical. I am so proud to carry on the tradition of keeper of this piece of Ferguson history.

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Bottom violin was made by Dr. Manford R. Kerr of McDonald’s Corners circa 1920- The back and sides are made of Bird’s Eye Maple, the Scroll from Maples and top was from Pine.- Lanark & District Museum

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The Pretty Family Fiddle- Came to the Lanark Highlands with George Pretty and family from Glasgow Scotland in 1820- From the Lanrk & District Museum–.- Lanark & District Museum

 

 

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

 

 

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Thanksgiving 2015–Nothing has Changed in a Year

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This was written last year– nothing seems to change

Chicago Braces After Video of Police Shooting Is Released

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the United States, generally a day of gratitude and reflecting with family. After this week we can no longer deny the world we live in, and the next step in healing the nation begins with us and our families.
How do we fix Ferguson?  How do we stop the killing?  Opinions are abound everywhere and most had the same visions until I watched a Youtube video by rapper Richard Williams/Prince EA from St. Louis. In only 4 minutes a young man’s out-of-the-box thoughts were to look deeper and think about who you are and your place in this life.  Love knows no colour, but ignoring race, privilege, supremacy, etc. is not going to make anything disappear.
As I said in a comment this week  I am a firm believer that dialogue is needed in order that conclusions are no longer being assumed but rather worked toward. Race doesn’t actually exist in terms of our DNA. That it is a cultural construct. First, we are human and second, we are a colour.
We need to take a good hard look at the systems, principles, institutions, and mind sets that have supported, and perpetrated racism and discrimination for so long.  Are we being pitted against the other so we don’t see what is really going on?  Do you think if we were ever unified we might choose a better way for ourselves?  If we are going to solve all this reoccurring tragedy we have to question everything that we’ve been programmed to believe.
As the 26-year-old-activist said, the black and white message is to think for yourself, not as you have been told to think. Stop and see the truth behind what many have told you. In reality we should not be each others enemies, as all we want is a better future for our children. If we as human beings could educate our way to a future that ever looks past skin colour, and accents, we would finally realize we are all alike.
None of us are alone in this, and it’s a simple reality nobody wants to hear or face.  Who you really are is who I really am, whatever you do to others, you do to yourself. Everyone talks about changing the world. Very few talk about changing themselves.