Researching the James Ferguson Story
This story of James Ferguson (1814-1902) is based on the interpretation of a variety of genealogical data and history books related to the socio-economic and political condition in both Ulster and Canada during the 1800’s. It is from these sources that I was able to collect information relevant to identifying the pedigree and life of James Ferguson. It was my intent to make this report one upon which future family history research may be guided. Care has been taken to identify missing or incomplete data, which may clarify the identification of persons and places described. I have attempted to identify the circumstantial evidence where assumptions have been made and “most likely” scenarios suggested. I have also noted where further primary source research is needed and where proof has not yet been substantiated.
The methods of genealogical proof standards have been applied where possible and sources of vital primary information referenced. The pedigree and life history of James Ferguson remains incomplete. Nevertheless, the narrative presented here will hopefully provide encouragement for others to unravel the circumstances in the life of this nineteenth century Irish pioneer settler of Ontario.
The story of James Ferguson and Robert Ferguson was researched and written by Frank Sambells and kindly edited by Shannon Sambells. The biography of R. George Ferguson was written his grand-daughter Shannon Sambells