The Fergusons of Worcester

Earlier in 2018 a patron visited the Worcester Historical Museum’s library wondering what materials it might have on the history of her family.  She is a descendant of one of the 1718 Scotch-Irish immigrants who arrived in Worcester 300 years ago.  Caleb Wall’s Reminiscences of Worcester describes this man James Furgerson as being “among those who remained in Worcester, after the removal of their countrymen.”   He was that 2018 library patron’s family member.

We’re including in our online collection a history of that family written by Henry A. Ferguson and published in 1968.  It provides a wealth of information on the family, for example, Henry writes that:  “while  no  records  are  available  to  substantiate  it,  we  believe  from  piecing  together what  we  do  know,  that James  FERGUSON  (Sr),  his  wife  Agnes  and  their four  sons,  John, William,  James  (Jr)  and  Robert  migrated  at this  time  [1718] and  joined the  group  settling  in Worcester.  It is also  presumed  that Samuel Ferguson  was  a  younger  unmarried  brother  of James  (Sr)  and  was  in  the party.”

We learn that James Ferguson was a “clothier” in the year 1730 when he bought a 45-acre piece of land in town.  “Our  ancestor, James Ferguson, like the  Grays,” writes Henry Ferguson, “lived in the north end of Worcester, on the south side of the road to Rutland, as  evidenced by  a land deed in 1730.  His  brother, Samuel, owned land  adjoining his at the same period…  The two older boys John and William Sr. learned their father’s trade and became tailors.”

Please visit this long and detailed family history to learn more about these Fergusons and their connection to the city of Worcester.

Link:  History of a Ferguson Family

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