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Letters from Lanark–Thomas Ferguson and Mary Barr

Letters from Lanark–Thomas Ferguson and Mary Barr


Thomas Ferguson and Mary Barr 

FERGUSON Thomas Dalhousie con 3 lot 26E Mon 7 day 23 year 1821

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.

Thos. Ferguson Pioneer Cemetery

Lot 26E1/2 Con 3, Dalhousie Township

Burials – 1835 to 1860

The Thomas Ferguson Cemetery

In 1821, Thomas Ferguson, his wife Mary Barr and children, John, Jean, James, Thomas, Mary Ann, and Sarah immigrated from Johnstone, Scotland to settle on the E 1/2 lot 26, conc. 3, Dalhousie Township.

This corner of that lot became to family burial ground.

Known to be buried here:

Thomas 1783 – 1846

Son – James – 1811 – 1835

Daughter – Sarah – 1819 – 1860

Granddaughter – Mary – 1848 – 1854

It is know that other members of the family, particularly infants and small children are buried here.

Mary (Barr) Ferguson, wife of Thomas, b. 1780, d. Mar 21, 1863 is buried at the St. James Church, Hood’s.

This plaque is placed by their many descendants, to honour their memory.

Photos by Carolyn and Keith Thompson – 27 August, 2001.

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.

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


The Name of the Man that Moved the Kennedy House



Remember the Kennedy house on High Street that was moved down the frozen Mississippi River to High Street in the middle of the winter years ago? Well in doing some research yesterday I found out the gentleman’s name that was in charge of the whole operation. The big then white frame house at one time was occupied by the Misses Campbell. The house originally stood in Ferguson Falls and was dismantled there and sent down the river to Carleton Place and erected on the present site.


Thomas Quinn of Ferguson’s Falls led the four teams required to move this house down the frozen Mississippi River and Lake to its present site


To improve traction on the ice for both horses and men, a simple form of crampon was used. Shown in the photo foreground are two stirrup like devices which would have been tied on over a pair of boots, most likely one under the ball of the foot and another under the heel. The spikes would prevent a nasty fall. Two different styles of horseshoes are shown in the background. The one on the left has wedge shaped extensions that would readily dig into the ice while the other one has blunt metal extensions.
Still what a feat this must have been!

Thomas Quinn Dies At 90 Years–1962

On Friday morning, June 3rd, death claimed one of the oldest of the residents of Ferguson’s Falls vicinity in the person of Thomas Quinn. On February 22nd, 1870, he was born at Ferguson’s Falls and lived on the farm there during his long life of ninety years. His genial and kindly disposition won for him a wide circle of friends and during the days following his death many persons who had known him called to offer their sympathy and prayers. The remains rested at Young Funeral Home and the funeral Mass was said, at the Sacred Heart Church in Lanark by the pastor, Rev. Joseph Healy. Burial was at St. Patrick’s Church Cemetery at Ferguson’s Falls. The pallbearers were Terrance Grey, Jas. Quinn, Francis Quinn, Francis Badour, Albert Forest, and Leo Quinn. He is survived by five brothers, William at Haileybury Hospital; James of Lanark; John, Frank and Charles of Ferguson’s Falls; and Sister M. Edward of Sacred Heart Convent, Arnprior.Among those who attended the funeral were his niece (Eileen) Mrs. James Mackler of Kirkland Lake; Leo Quinn of Cornwall; Loyola Quinn (Mrs. Desmond Piplonski) of Renfrew; Rev. Leo Hickey of Ottawa; Mrs. Hilda Hickey of Almonte; James P. Quinn and Miss Alice Quinn of Carleton Place.

The House that Skated to Carleton Place — Kennedy House


Clipped from The Ottawa Citizen, 05 Mar 1938, Sat,  2








august 22 2021- photos by Terry Latham—