Samuel Ferguson & Mary Jameson
A book titled Samuel Ferguson who married Mary Jameson
Chapter 1 Page 2 -10
SAMUEL FERGUSON was born 3 March 1744, and died 12 February 1825 in Cabell County, Virginia (now Wayne County, West Virginia). On pages of the family Bible record of his son William is written the following, "SAMUEL FERGUSON departed this life February 12 between the hours of 7 and 8 o’clock in the afternoon in the year of our Lord 1825, aged 80 years and eleven months and nine days."
SAMUEL married MARY JAMESON, who was born 21 March 1746 (monument reads 27 March). She died 21 September 1827 (monument reads 27 September). From the same Bible pages mentioned above is written, "MARY FERGUSON, wife of SAMUEL FERGUSON, departed this life on 21 day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven, aged eighty one and a half years." Elizabeth Davidson Harbaugh, who wrote Davidson Genealogy, stated on page 291 that the Jameson family was of Celtic origin and that they migrated from Scotland to Ireland in 1616. She further writes that James Jameson, the Scotch-Irish progenitor, migrated to North America , with wife Jane and their seven children, settling in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. He died prior to 1743, the year his estate was settled. William Jameson, one of their sons, was born 1697 and married Sarah Collins 28 march 1772 (Christ Church, Philadelphia. William and Sarah moved to Augusta County, Virginia, circa 1745, where he qualified for Justice November 1751. His will, written 20 December 1752 and proved 21 March 1753, named his eldest son John, sons George, Andrew and William, and wife Sarah, who was executrix (Augusta Co. will Book 1, page 472). Mrs. Harbugh on page 292, also wrote that William Jameson’s eldest son, John born circa 1723, came with his parents to Augusta County and married Jean Erwin, daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth Erwin. … The writer also asserted that MARY JAMESON was the daughter of John and Jean (Erwin) Jameson. John Jameson’s Will, written 29 February 1776 and proven 19 March 1776, named his wife Jane (Jean), grandson John Peery, granddaughter Sarah McNabb and nine children—no names given (Augusta County Will Book 5, page 405).
Homer F. Dean finds nothing concrete on MARY JAMESON’s parentage. He has chosen the same John Jameson as a possibility for her father, as did the writer of Davidson. He favored this John Jameson because his Will included a grandson who was a Peery. Our SAMUEL and MARY seemed to have had a relationship with the Peerys. Homer further reasons that in 1776, when John Jameson wrote his will, he was old enough to have nine children and at least two grandchildren. Our MARY JAMESON was married in 1760’s, so John should have been the one generation older. Homer also guessed the William Jameson, who married Sarah and wrote his will in 1752, to be the father of the above John. His will mentioned a son John. However, it is possible that William and John, whose wills are both entered in Augusta County, could be brothers: MARY JAMESON could have been a daughter of the William Jameson whose will was written in 1752, although daughters are not mentioned in his will. But it does seem probable that William Jameson’s eldest son, John, is the John with wife Jane, and whose will is recorded in 1776.
Jo Ann Whitson Cuddy, another Jameson researcher, has covered Augusta County records as best she could and states, "Everything ends up in the hands of one lady ‘genealogist’ who asserts vehemently that she exhausted the records on that problem years ago and there isn’t anything else there. John Jameson, believed to be the father of our MARY, mentions his nine children but does not name them in his will."
We find the first recorded evidence of our progenitor SAMUEL FERGUSON in the Augusta County records. He bought land 21 August 1765 in that county, being one-fourth acre in Staunton. The deed was delivered 17 August 1772 and recorded in Deed Book 12, page 191. SAMUEL along with John Peary, was added to the tithables of that county 17 November 1767. These accounts were written by Chalkey in volume 1, page 141, and volume II, page 430 of Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlements in Virginia.
Samuel, ALONG WITH Capt. Moore and Peerys, was at the battle of the Alamance 16 May 1771 (David E. Johnson, New River Settlements). The battle was part of the French and Indian Wars.
On 17 August 1772, SAMUEL delivered a deed for record, written by William and Margaret Jameson. (This William Jameson is not to be confused with the older William who married a Sarah, died in 1752/3, and was the father of John.) The William Jameson who wrote this deed may have been a non of the older William. William and Margaret Jameson conveyed 310 acres on Christian creek to John Jameson. The deed, written 6 November 1769, was not recorded until 1772. The following day, 18 August 1772, SAMUEL and MARY FERGUSON sold their land in Staunton to John Readpath, per Deed Book 18, page 433. These transactions were written by Chalkey in Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlements in Virginia. Volume III, pages 493, 523.
Records indicate that about this time, SAMUEL moved to the Bluestone Country, which lay successively in Fincastle, Montgomery, Wythe and Tazewell Counties. Lewis Preston Summers stated in Annals of Southwest Virginia 1769-1800, page 1431, that SAMUEL came from the Virginia Valley and settled on Bluestone Creek in 1772. This account is also written by William C. Pendleton in History of Tazewell County and Southwest Virginia 1784-1920, pages 515-6; and by David E. Johnston, History of the Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous Territory, page 141. After 1772 it seems that SAMUEL did not change geographical location until about 1804 when he came to the present Wayne County. His native county name was changed because of the birth of several Virginia counties in that period.
In 1774, when men and supplies were being gathered for Dunmore to fight at Point Pleasant, SAMUEL paid for one hog. His name was found on the Auditor’s Accounts for Dunmore’s War, Virginia State Library, Richmond, Virginia, as printed by Mary B. Kegley in Soldiers of Fincastle County, Virginia 1774.
SAMUEL swore allegiance to the Untied States on 30 September 1777 from Montgomery County, Virginia. The original list is in the Revolutionary War Book at Christiansburg, Montgomery County Court House, Virginia. It is also on page 149, Volume I of Mary B. Kegley’s Early Adventures on the Western Waters. SAMUEL was at the Battle of King’s Mountain, South Carolina, 7 October 1780. He is listed as going with Thomas Peery (the distiller), Thomas Peery (the blacksmith), William Peery and John Peery. The above account was written by David E. Johnston in History of the Middle New River Settlements, page 145. He was appointed Ensign in Capt. James Moore’s Company of Montgomery County, Virginia Militia on 3 April 1781 per Summers in Annals of Southwest Virginia, page 751.
In 1782 SAMUEL APPEARS ON THE Montgomery County, Virginia tax list with one tithe over 21, 11 horses, 15 cattle, and is recorded as having land. This was transcribed by Mary B. Kegley in Tax List of Montgomery County, Virginia 1782. He received land by right of settlement on head of Bluestone, entered in Survey Book D, page 706. He is on the tax list again in Montgomery county in 1789 with two white males 16-21. These two findings wee written by Yantis in Montgomery County, Virginia Circa 1790, pages 19, 71. In the same book, page 91, under "Locating Residences of Taxpayers," SAMUEL appears at Clear Fork, Wolf Creek, heads of Bluestone and Clinch Rivers, Abbs and Wrights Valley, Cove Spring.
In 1793 his name appeared in the tax list of Wythe County, which was carved from Montgomery County in 1789. SAMUEL was among the inhabitants of Wythe County in the late 1790’s who signed the petition to form the new Tazewell County, per Yantis, Archives of the Tazewell County. In 1796 SAMUEL purchased from Daniel and Nancy Harmon 40 acres on the waters of Clinch, s recorded in Wythe County, Virginia.
On 5 March 1799, SAMUEL FERGUSON purchased from John and Rachel Turman 100 acres on Little River in Montgomery County, per Deed Book C, page 85. From the writings of Pendleton in History of Tazewell County, page 515, SAMUEL FERGUSON was among the first settlers in that section and became one of the conspicuous figures in the history of Tazewell County. Samuel and William Peery deeded the land for the present site of the Court House and Jail in Tazewell County. In the June term, the Tazewell County Court appointed one to lay off the land offered by SAMUEL FERGUSON and William Peery for the use of the county, being 23 acres and 28 square poles – 10 acres and 28 square poled from FERGUSON and 13 acres of Peery’s land. Two acres were to be circumscribed for the purpose of building the public buildings, and the balance of the land was to remain for the benefit of the county. Peery was to have reserved four quarter-acre lots, and FERGUSON was to have two quarter-acre lots from the land they conveyed (Order Book 1, page 5). The transaction is recorded by Yantis in Archives of the Pioneers of Tazewell County, page 1. An indenture was made 4 June 1800 by SAMUEL FERGUSON and MARY his wife, and William Peery and Sally his wife for the 23 acres plus, and was recorded in deed Book 1, page 4 of Tazewell County. In August 1800 SAMUEL made his choice of two lots in the county town, Order Book No. 1, page 10. A monument has been erected in honor of SAMUEL FERGUSON and William Peery for their gift of land. Following are illustrations:
[2 pictures of the monument - can’t be read]
In November 1802, SAMUEL was patented 15 acres – surveyed January 1801 – located on the waters of Clinch River, adjacent to his won land. He was a member of the Grand Jury in 1801, 1802, and 1803. In 1802 he was on the Personal Property Tax List of Tazewell County with two white males over 16, and 8 horses. (His youngest son Thomas married that same year.) He was also in the Land Tax Record for 1802 with three tracts recorded of 80, 40 and 62 acres. On 28 September 1804 SAMUEL was a purchaser at the estate sale of Joseph Belshee. In October of that year, two deeds from SAMUEL and MARY to Thomas Harrison were mentioned in Order Book No. 1. This information was gleaned from Yantis’ Archives of Pioneers of Tazewell County. Yantis also included an Annotated Enumeration of all Taxpayers from 1801 through 1820 in that county. Her list included two SAMUEL FERGUSONS from 1800 through 1803. In 1804 only one SAMUEL FERGUSON is in the county. Which one -- SAMUEL or his son, Samuel, Jr. – left Tazewell county before the tax list was made in 1804?
Sometime around 1804 SAMUEL FERGUSON, his four sons, and one of his four daughters, came to Kanawha County which lay successively with Cabell and Wayne Counties. The love for new adventure must have played a part in bringing the FERGUSONS from the Bluestone area of Virginia to explore the hilly and broken surfaces of the frontier land of Twelve Pole Valley. Their settlement, tin the western section f the present Wayne County, was about eighteen miles from the Ohio River. Stories were told among the early pioneers of their long and wearisome journey across the mountainous region. Traveling most my boot, they led their pack horses laden with their necessary belongings. Some say they came through the Breaks of Sandy.
Hardesty’s West Virginia Counties, Volume 7, page 185, states that in 1802 SAMUEL FERGUSON and Jesse Spurlock were the first settlers in what is now known as the Union District of Wayne County, both of whom built cabins near where the court house now stands. He was described by Hardesty as a distinguished Indian fighter and hunter who took part in several Indian engagements (pages 187-8). SAMUEL FERGUSON, his four sons, and his son-in-law Charles Boothe, appear on the 1806 tax list of Kanawha County. No entries are found in the listings of the early Kanawha County land records for SAMUEL. Three of his sons – John, Thomas, and William – are named in the Grantee Index in 1809 in Kanawha..
Samuel and his four sons are listed in the 1810 and 1815 tax list of Cabell County, Kanawha had given way to the new Cabell County in 1809. The 1820 Census of Cabell County listed four SAMUEL FERGUSONS. The one with slaves, and over 45, was concluded to be our progenitor; the other one who was over 45 was reasoned to be his son; the third one, 26-45, was believed to be the Sam who was named in the 1815 tax list as a son of John; the forth one was guessed to be Sam (III), a son of Samuel, Jr. More will be written on the following pages as to why they were placed in this order.
SAMUEL FERGUSON was named as a juror in early Cabell County in 1809, 1811, and 1813. (Some of these entries could be for Sam, Jr.) On 28 January 1822, SAMUEL FERGUSON, Stephen Spurlock, and Abraham Trout entered the court and presented the Will of SAMUEL’s son-in-law Charles Boothe. On 28 February 1825, Burwell Spurlock, Stephen Spurlock and Abraham Trout entered the court and presented the Will of SAMUEL FERGUSON. William was appointed as administrator of his father’s estate. This paragraph was written from Extracts of the County Court of Cabell County, transcribed by Rudenz S. Douthat.
SAMUEL FERGUSON’s interesting Will gave his home farm (that is, after his wife’s death) to his son Sam, Jr. He made provision, also after the death of his wife, to liberate and free an elderly black slave named Molly. He further provided for molly a bed and its furnishings, and a cow. He also liberated from slavery a girl known as Seally and willed to her a bed and its furnishings, plus a title wheel to use for spinning. SAMUEL continued with thoughtfulness for his slaves and set free (at the end of thirteen years from the date of his Will) a young boy named Sampson. He was to be given "…a good ax at the time of his freedom so he might be able to get his living by honesty and industry."
SAMUEL’s plantation was near the estate of his son-in-law Charles Boothe. In Charles’ Will he referred to his property as being, "on the plantation opposite Father FERGUSON…" Charles who preceded SAMUEL’s death approximately three years, owned over 360 acres in Newton area of the present Town of Wayne. At Samuel’s estate sale, his daughter Elizabeth Booth purchased a canoe for $3.56 14. This was probably her method of transportation across Twelve Pole Creek to visit "Mama FERGUSON." In the vicinity of SAMUEL’s homestead, runs the "little river" which divides a small valley surrounded by hills. On the side of Twelve Pole, where their estate was believed to be located, is not the Creig Road settlement. On the opposite side of the creek is the State Highway 152 and the Newton section. State Highway 152 crosses over Twelve pole at the south end of Creig Road and travels up a hill to the present Court House.
The Grantee Index of Cabell County does not give any listings for SAMUEL, SR. Therefore, it is not known the acreage that he owned in the present Wayne County. Three entries are made in the Grantor Index of Cabell County for the following tracts: SAMUEL and MARY to Thomas Ferguson in 1813, 82 acres on Toms Creek (Deed Book 1, page 242); SAMUEL and MARY to Samuel, Jr. In 1813, 100 acres on Twelve Pole River (Deed Book 1, page 244), SAMUEL and MARY to John Ferguson, Jr. In 1814, 50 acres Main Twelve Pole (Deed Book 2, page 8). Their home plantation which he willed to Sam, Jr. May have contained 50 acres. In 1828, the year after MARY’s death, Samuel and Lucia Ferguson sold to Ferguson Booth 50 acres on Twelve Pole Creek (Deed Book 4, page 560. Apparently this was Sam, Jr. And his wife.
The first day of April in 1825 mush have been a sad day for MARY JAMESON FERGUSON. A widow of only two and one-half months, she was presented at the estate sale of her late husband, and no doubt watched as her son William sold the numerous valuables before her eyes. Perhaps she was in favor of this sale, but one is made to wonder why the sale wasn’t delayed until after MARY’s death. Others of that day had been protected from this misfortune. Which of their children was most interested? MARY had possession of the plantation her lifetime, but wasn’t left so much as a bed for her use. However, she seemed to be a woman of faith for she purchased her Bible and hymn book for 50 cents. She also purchased a cow for $1.00, and title wheel for 25 cents, all her dressware for $1.00, one reel for 12/1/2 cents, one pot for 25 cents, one big wheel for 1.37 ½, and one trunk for 6 ¼ cents. This makes it seem evident that she was able to perform some household duties, certainly not an invalid. Although our heart is made sad for our ancestress, MARY JAMESON FERGUSON, we are made to remember a scripture which may describe her, "She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness" (Proverbs 31:27).
SAMUEL and MARY had eight known children, although only seven are named in his Will. One daughter, Jane who married William Clark, had preceded him in death. SAMUEL made no provision for his grandchildren, per the following declaration, "But and if any of my own children as mentioned in this Will should be dead before the execution of this Will or division of my estate among them, then and in that case I wish to be fully understood that it is my will that my estate be equally divided among the remaining pert of my own children that may survive and not among my grandchildren or among my sons’ wives that may survive their deceased husbands."
SAMUEL FERGUSON and his sons, among the earliest pioneers of this county, rode horseback to break the trails for the small hamlet of Wayne, early called Fairview and Trouts Hill. A complete listing of SAMUEL and MARY FERGUSON’s descendants would fill many volumes. This writing gives only a partial listing of their posterity, and in some instances is merely a reference. Many of their descendants played an important role in the formation of Wayne County and have been conspicuous figures in the history of the county, as well as in other places. Issue of SAMUEL and MARY (JAMESON) FERGUSON:
Chapter 18 i. John born Circa 1766/7
Chapter 2 ii. Jane born circa 1768
Chapter 3 iii. Samuel, Jr. Born circa 1773
Chapter 4 iv. Isabel born circa 1776
Chapter 16 v. William born 22 September 1777
Chapter 5 vi. Sarah born circa 1779
Chapter 6 vii. Elizabeth born circa 1781
Chapter 24 viii. Thomas born 2 September 1784
REFERENCE: In addition to those in the sketch – Records of the late Charles M. Thompson; Fontella Beitler; Dr. John P. Bing; Milton J. Ferguson of Wayne; Walker Booth of Wayne County; pages from William Ferguson Bible; Charles Boothe and Descendants.
SAMUEL FERGUSON Will recorded in Cabell County, West Virginia; Will book 1, Page 52
In the name of Almighty God. Amen.
I SAMUEL FERGUSON SENOUR of the County of Cabell State of Virginia possessing soundness of mind and being of disposing memory, do hereby in the fear of God make ordain & seal this my last Will & Testament in the following words and figures on this 8th day of November one thousand eight-hundred and twenty four.
In the first place it is my will that all my just and lawful debts be paid. Secondly I do hereby will and bequeath to my son Samuel my plantation that I do now live upon with all its improvements thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining. Thirdly it is my will & I do thereby liberate manumit and forever discharge Molly my old black woman from slavery at the death of my wife MARY and at my death that is t say at our deaths the said Molly is t be free from slavery from me, my heirs, executors, administrators & assigns forever. And I do hereby will and bequeath unto the said Molly her bed and its furniture and a Cow to give her milk to live upon in her old age. Forthly it is my will & I do hereby liberate manumit and forever discharge Seally my half coloured or mulatto Girl servant from slavery at our deaths that is to say at the death of my wife MARY and at my death the said Seally my yellow Girl is to be free from me my heirs executors administrators and Assigns forever – And I do hereby will and bequeath unto the said Seally her bed and its furniture and a little wheel for spinning on.
Fifthly it is my will & I do hereby liberate manumit and forever discharge Sampson, my half coloured or mulatto boy from slavery in thirteen years from the date of this will, and at the expiration of thirteen years from the date of this will is free from me my heirs executors, administrators, and assigns forever. And I do hereby will land bequeath unto the said Sampson a good ax at the time of his freedom that he may be able to get his living by honest industry.
It is my will and I do hereby bequeath unto my son William all my wheelright tools. Seventhly, it is my will that all the remainder or residue of my personal Estate be equally divided among the children as is hereafter named in this Will (to wit) John Ferguson, William Ferguson, Thomas Ferguson, Isabel Bailey, Sally Bailey, and Elizabeth Booth. But & if any of my own children as mentioned in this will should be dead before the execution of this will or division of my Estate among them, then and in that case I wish to be fully understood that it is my will, that my Estate be equally divided among the remaining part of my own children that may survive & not among my grand children or among my son’s wives that may survive their deceased husbands. And be it understood that it is not my will that my son Samuel should possess and enjoy my plantation until my death & the death of my wife MARY only as we permit him to the privilege of living on the plantation – and it is further my will that Sampson my yellow boy after the death of me & my wife may be hired out to some good man that will use him well until the said Samson is free as stated in this Will and the price of said hire equally divided among all my own children which may be living at that time. Signed sealed & delivered from under my hand this eighth day of November 1824.
SAMUEL FERGUSON (Seal)
Cablell County Court February 1825.
The last will and testament of SAMUEL FERGUSON decd. Was presented in Court & proved by Burwell Spurlock, Stephen Spurlock & Abraham Trout three of the witnesses thereto which is ordered to be recorded.
Teste John Samuel Ck. C. C.
Sale Bill, Book 1, page 57 Cabell County
A sale Bill of all the personal property of SAMUEL FERGUSON SENR. Deceased, sold by William Ferguson executor on the first day of April 1825.
Stephen Spurlock 1 Bib & Collar $1.06 ¼
Thos Ferguson 1 Matax .81 ¼
Joseph Dean 1 sang hoe .31 ¼
Thos Napier 1 ax 1.75
Abraham Trout 1 ditto ". 43 ¾
Phillip Lambert 1 shovel plough 3.00
Burwell Spurlock 1 horse collar .56 ¼
John Witherow 1 horse collar & chains 2.12 ¼
Jeremiah Lambert chains & hames 2.87 ½
Burwell Spurlock 2 blind bridles ".56 ¼
Thos. Napier 1 log chain 2.00
Joseph Dean 1 pot trammel 1.62 ½
John Ferguson Jr. 1 shovel ".68 ¾
Samuel F Clarke one sythe ".62 ½
Vollentene Bloss one kettle & bale 2.31 ¼
Benjamin Garrett 1 gun & shot pouch 6.75
Adam Ferguson Clevis & double tree 1.56 ¼
Thos Ferguson 1 barshear plough 2.12 ½
Kelley Ferguson 1 cutting knife & box 1.31 ¼
James McGinnis Esq. 1 mare 41.00
Abraham Ferguson 1 table 2.81 ¼
Pleasant Workman 1 horse 27.50
Stephen Spurlock 1 cow hide 2.37 ½
Jacob Workman 1 side ditto 1.50
Jacob Workman 1 calf skin ".37 ½
Ferguson Booth 1 calf skin ".37 ½
Ferguson Booth 1 mare 20.56 ¼
Philip Lambert 1 hoe ".31 ¼
MARY FERGUSON 1 title wheel ".25
William Ferguson part in whipsaw 2.75
MARY FERGUSON 1 cow 1.00
Samuel F Clark one cow 8.12 ½
Samuel Ferguson Jr. one cow 8.00
Joseph Garrett 1 cow 6.37 ½
Hugh Bowen 1 cow & calf 9.62 ½
Bird Smith 1 cow & calf 9.00
James P. Bartrum paid ".75
Reuben Booten 1 heifer 4.00
Jesse Blankenship 1 bull l& steer 4.00
Jacob Workman 1 yearling calf 1.75
Abraham Trout 1 yearling ditto 2.18 ¾
Zelick Clark two calves 1.63 ¾
Asa Booten 1 heifer 5.31 ¼
Abraham Trout 2 hogs 2.12 ½
Reuben Booten eight head of hogs 7.00
Abraham Ferguson six pigs 1.50
Abraham Ferguson one Beestand 1.93 ¾
Abraham Ferguson ? head Geese 1.37 ½
Joseph Barrett five head sheep 6.50
James McGinnis Esq. 1 bridle ".12 ½
Isaac Bloss 1 sycle ".25
Thos. Ferguson 1 bridle ".31 ¼
Abraham Trout one powder keg ".12 ½
William Ferguson Smith tools 2.25
Thos. Ferguson one half bushel ".12 ½
MARY FERGUSON all her dresser ware 1.00
Zelick Clark one bottle ".56 ¼
Stephen Spurlock one candlestick ".56 ¼
Elizabeth Booth one canoe 2.56 ¼
Jesse Blankenship 1 tub & pale 1.18 ¾
MARY FERGUSON 1 reel ".12 ½
Reuben Booten One brush ".12 ½
Abraham Trout One tea canaster ".13.1/2
Elizabeth Booth 1 pewter dish & plate 1.75
Elizabeth Booth one bason 1.50
Elizabeth Booth one pair of stilyards 2.00
Thos. Ferguson 1 looking glass 2.06 ¼
Elizabeth Booth one Beauraugh 9.12.1/2
MARY FERGUSON one bed & stead & furniture 1.00
Ferguson Booth one bed & furniture 10.75
MARY FERGUSON 1 Bible & hynm Book ".50
*Samuel T. Clark one snuff bottle ".25
Thos. Ferguson one book ".25
Samuel Ferguson Jr. one book ".25
Burwell Spurlock one book ".25
Abraham Ferguson Book & sun dial ".25
Elizabeth Booth 1 pair saddle bags 3.50
Jeremiah Lambert eight chairs 3.00
MARY FERGUSON one pot ".25
Abraham Ferguson one oven & lid & hooks 1.50
Thomas Ferguson one pot 1.37 ½
MARY FERGUSON one big wheel 1.18 ¾
MARY FERGUSON one trunk ". 6 ¼
Jesse Blankenship Money weights .63 ½
The above Bill is correct to the best of my knowledge. Wm. Ferguson executor. Cabell County Court May 1825.
The Bill of Sales to the Estate of SAMUEL FERGUSON SNR. Deceased was presented in Court & ordered to be recorded.
Teste. John Samuels Ck. C. C.
*Also included on the above Bill of Sales:
Samuel T. Clark one book ".25
Abraham Trout one book ".37 ½
The Davidson Genealogy by Elizabeth Davidson Harbaugh Pages 292-3
MARY JAMESON, b Mar 27, 1746, d Sept. 27, 1827, Cabell Co. W. Va., M ca. 1765 to Capt. SAMUEL FERGUSON, b Mar 3, 1744 in Md. or Pa. They bought a lot in Staunton, Va. in 1655, which they sold in 1772. From there they went to the Tazewell Co. where they remained until 1802, then to Cabell Co., Va. SAMUEL d Feb. 12, 1825, both he and his wife are bur on Burrell Cyrus Farm.
SAMUEL FERGUSON Revolutionary service - Montgomery Co., Va. 1781 Ensign Capt. Moor’s Co. Annals S. W. Va. PP-750 and 1483.
The following Bible records were copied and furnished to Eunice Proctor Perkins by Lucian Ferguson from his records and the author copied these "Originals" into this book.
Abrstracts of Court Orders of Wythe Co, VA 1790-1791 1795-1810 Kegley 975.5773
page 3 June 22, 1790: The tithables on the Blue Stone were exempted from working on the road leading from Captain Harman’s to the head of the Clinch. A report was given on the proposed road from Russell County line to Daniel Harman’s and SAMUEL FERGUSON was appointed overseer of the road from near Harman’s to the first crossing of Plumb Creek [on the Clinch River] to that point to the line of Russell County.
page 8 March 8, 1791 Persons appointed to view the grounds for a road from Richard Bailey’s on Blue Stone to William Wyne’s on the head of the Clinch, report that a passable way may be had from said Bailey’s to William Lasley’s mill and by James Shannon’s. Order that David McComas be appointed overseer of the same from Bailey’s to the mill, and John Lasley from thence to the head of the Blue Stone, to a certain oak tree where the path from SAMUEL FERGUSON’s old plantation intersects the mountain fork path, and SAMUEL FERGUSON from thence to Wynne’s and that they clear out and keep the same in repair.
Mercer County History 1984 975.474 M
page 163 Richard Bailey, Jr.
Richard Bailey, Jr., son of Richard and Annie Belcher Bailey was born in 1768 in Bedford (now Franklin County) County, Virginia. He married Isabel Ferguson, daughter of SAMUEL and MARY JAMESON FERGUSON of Wayne County, Virginia, in 1791.
Calendar of Virginia State Papers - Microfiche 6C602
1793 Oct 17th p. 602 Because of Hostile Indian Attacks wanted present system of defense to continue:
Richard Bailey, Jr.
JAMES BAILEY AND LUCY SIMMS 1714+ of Chesterfield Co, Va & Tazewell Co, Va/Wva
compiled by Donna Beers
Generation 3 Page 4
14. Bailey, Richard 3 (Jr) (Richard 2, James 1), born on 1765+ at VA; died on 1840+ at Mercer Co VA at 75 years of age. He married on 1793+ at VA to Ferguson, Isabell, born on 1776+ at Tazewell Co, Va; died on 1837 at Rock Mercer, Co, VA at 61 years of age; daughter of SAMUEL FERGUSON (No Record) and MARY JAMESON (No Record). (Archives of the Pioneers of Tazewell Co, VA)
History of Middle New River Settlements by David E. Johnston
In 1772… SAMUEL FERGUSON [settled] on the upper Bluestone, …
Archives of the Pioneers of Tazewell Co, Virginia Yantis 975.5763Y
Page 1. Abstracts of Order Book Number One June Term, 1800
Page 2. Tazewell County Order Book No. 1
(6a) Deed from John Ferguson and Margaret, his wife to SAMUEL FERGUSON to be recorded.
August Term 1800
Page 6. Tazewell County Order Book No. 1
Page 13. Tazewell County Order Book No. 1. October 15, 1801
Page 19. Tazewell County Order Book No. 1. May 13, 1802
Page 24. Tazewell County Order Book No. 1. 1802
(77) Claims allowed against the county
Richard Bailey, Jr. – one old wolf $2.80
Richard Bailey, Sr. – one old wolf 2.80
James Bailey – two young wolfes 2.80
October 14, 1802
(78) Grand Jury to wit: … SAMUEL FERGUSON, SR.
Page 27 Tazewell County Order Book No. 1 January 27, 1803
February 10, 1803
Page 35 Tazewell County Order book No. 1
…SAMUEL FERGUSON – 2 days…
Page 40 Tazewell County Order book No. 1
Page 47 Tazewell County Order book No. 1 11 October 1804
Page 112 Personal Property Tax List of Tazewell County – 1802
May 21 SAMUEL FERGUSON 2 0 0 8
Page 169 Tazewell County Land Grants – 1800 to 1820
57-275 – Hezekiah Harman (assignee of Elias Harman). 10 acres. 22 June 1808. Surveyed 13 Oct 1804. On waters of Clinch. Southeast corner Hezekiah Harman’s old survey, joining SAMUEL FERGUSON, John Furguson, Daniel Harman, Wynn.
Page 178 Abstracts of Tazewell County Will Book # I – 1800 to 1832
Joseph Belshee (page 32 28 September 1804 appraisement & sale bill
Purchasers: …SAMUEL FERGUSON…
Page 231 Numbers on chart indicate the 1st 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places of residence prior to Tazewell County – as given in references.
SAMUEL FERGUSON by 1779 2 1 268.269
Page 252 Some Descendants of the Pioneers
| b. 3 Mar 1744 North Ireland
| d. 12 Feb 1825 Cabell Co., Va.
9 Ferguson Family bible. Pendleton, William C., History of Tazewell County and Southwest Virginia 1748-1920. (Richmond 1920). Bickley, George W. L., History of the Settlement and Indian Wars of Tazewell County, Virginia (1852, Reprinted in Pendleton, 1920) p. 412. 1800 Tax List of Wythe County, Va.
Page 256 . Some Descendants of the Pioneers
_Richard Bailey __
_Richard Bailey II 5____|
|b. 1767-1770 |_Annie Belcher __
| Mercer Co., Va. _SAMUEL FERGUSON_
|_Isabel Ferguson 6____ |
b. ca 1776 |_MARY JAMESON____
cont. Page 258.
Page 263 Annotated Enumeration of All Taxpayers – 1801 to 1820
Booth Charles 46
46 Married a daughter of SAMUEL FERGUSON and moved with the FERGUSONS to what later became Lincoln, county, West. Virginia…
Page 268-9 Annotated Enumeration of All Taxpayers – 1801 to 1820
FERGUSON, SAMUEL 162
1801 2 , 1802 2 , 1803 2 , 1804 1 none after that
162 Charles M. Thompson, now dec’d. formerly of Detroit, Mich. Conducted considerable research on this family. A copy of his "tentative" record of the family of SAMUEL FERGUSON, SR. was sent to this author by Mrs. F. L Farnsworth of 1120 Allison Street, Newton, Kansas 67114 (whose own ancestor was a Joel Ferguson, 1797 in Lee Co, Va. & m. 1st Elizabeth ___, 2nd Betty Polly Bowen Ferguson on 15 Oct 1856 in Wayne Co., Va. – son of Obediah Ferguson who is not yet proved of the SAMUEL FERGUSON line). Mr. Thompson’s record: "SAMUEL FERGUSON, son of Adam Ferguson, born in North Ireland in 1744. Said to have come to America with four brothers and some cousins, the rest of their families remaining in Ireland. Served in Revolutionary War. Married MARY JAMESON. MARY born in 1746 place not yet disclosed. About 1802 SAM and MARY with 4 married sons, Sam, Jr., William, Thomas, and John, and a married daughter, Elizabeth Booth, moved from Tazewell County to Kanawha County and settled in the area that is now Wayne County, West Virginia. Three married daughters did not come with them. According to the family bible record of their son William, SAMUEL, SR. died 12 February 1825 at the age of 80 years, 11 months, and 9 days and MARY died 21 September 1827 at the age of 80 ½ years. Their sons and daughters (not listed in order of birth) were:
DAR application papers were checked for descendants of SAMUEL FERGUSON. A number of members have joined on the service of this man. From "Grandfather’s Papers," Series 2, Vol 25 (John Henry Ferguson was the grandfather) -- additional information is gleaned: Jane Ferguson m. Wm. Clark on 30 Jan 1788; Samuel Jr. M. Mary E. Stokes on 30 April 1792/3; Thomas Ferguson was b. 2 Sept 1784 and m. Mary Jones on 28 June 1802. Elizabeth Ferguson was b. 1785. References made to a Bible owned by Virgil Ferguson , Tulsa, Okla. DAR application #348067 supplies information that John Ferguson was b. 30 Nov. 1774 and Thomas was b. 22 Sept. 1784. Chalkey, Chronicles of Scotch-Irish, Vol. 1, p. 141 "In the year 1767 Henry Cartmill’s 120 acres and SAMUEL FERGUSON, John Peary, and Hugh Allen are added to tithables." (Note that Henry Cartmill and John Peary moved to Tazewell County, also.) vol. 3, p. 430, "On 21 Aug. 1765, Robert McClenahan and Andrew Lewis to SAMUEL FERGUSON for L 2.10, ¼ acres in Staunton, part of County lot 15, of which James Shaw is now possessed. Delivered: SAMUEL FERGUSON, 17 Aug. 1772", p. 493, "On 6 Nov. 1769, William & Margaret Jameson to John Jameson for L 55, on Christians Creek, whereon William now lives…Delivered: SAMUEL FERGUSON, 17 Aug. 1772"; p. 523, "On 18 Aug. 1772, SAMUEL FORGASON & MARY to John Readpath, part of lot 15 in Staunton, the other part belonging to James Shaw.".
An Annotated Enumeration of All Taxpayers – 1801 to 1820
331 (John Peery) …John Peery… applied for Rev War pension….SAMUEL FERGUSON deposed that he was at Alamance with John Peery, given 30 Sept. 1812.
Petition to Form Tazewell County - 1793
SAMUEL FERGUSON, SR.
Petition to From Tazewell County - 1795
Petition to Form Tazewell County - 1795
Petition to Form Tazewell county - 1796
Petition of Inhabitants of Wythe County to Form a New County 1
1 Virginia Legislative Petitions. Wythe County -- Oversized Box 13, #3602, November 31, 1796.
Soldiers of Fincastle County, Virginia 1774
Compiled by Mary B. Kegley 1974
p 59 Names from Accounts
SAMUEL FERGUSON, 1 hog
History of Tazewell county and Southwest Virginia 1748-192- 975.576P
page 515 The Bluestone Valley
Of the various valleys in Tazewell County not one is more interesting and important than the Bluestone Valley….The first settlers in this very attractive section were: …SAMUEL FERGUSON…
Tax List of Montgomery Co, Va 1782 Kegley 975.5785
Page 12 FERGUSON, SAMUEL
Land - yes
Montgomery Co, Va Tax Lists 1788 Schreiner-Yantis 975.5785
Page 7 List B 1788 May 2 SAMUEL FERGUSON 1 0 12
1815 Tax List of Cabell Co, VA 975.42Y
Page C-3April 29 FERGUSON, SAMUEL, SR 1 2 5 19
Montgomery county, Va Circa 1790 Yantis 975.575Y
Personal Property Tax List "B" -- 1789
Page 19 1790 Feb 22, FORGUESON, SAMUEL FORGUESON, SAMUEL 2 0 12
**(706) SAMUEL FERGASON (by right of settlement) – 196 acres on head of Bluestone. 12 Mar 1787
Early Adventurers on the Western Waters Kegley 975.577 Vol 1
p.149 James Robertson’s list for 1777 is found on page 143, Revolutionary War and is as follows: "A list of persons names who hath Sworn Allegiance To the states, 1777:"
Sept. 30, 1777
p. 220 The distribution of money in the community was borne out by the tithable list of John Taylor, probably for the year 1781. Taylor was ordered to take the list in Maxwell’s and Moore’s Companies on May 2, 1781 (Summers, Annals, p. 753). Most of the people on the list appear to have owned land on the Clinch and Bluestone rivers, Walkers and Wolf creeks, and the North Fork of the Holston River, and were early adventurers within the boundaries of present Tazewell County, or close to its present lines. There were 109 tithable (persons taxable) listed, but only 39 had any cash on hand.…The names of the tithables were taken from the list at the Archives of the Virginia State Library, and the original order and spelling is used. Only one name was totally illegible because of a tear in the page. The list follows here:
p. 111 Page 133 – …John Peery assignee of Robert Reaburn assignee of Henry Davis assignee of Jacob Harman assignee of Walter Quarles, 200 acres South Fork of Bluestone, adjoining Suterland Mayfield of SAM’L FERGUSON, settled 1774.
p. 112 Page 138 -- …John Pearis assignee of John Lucas assignee of SAMUEL FERGUSON, 100 acres on south side of Clinch River, settled 1772.
p. 116 Page 100 SAMUEL FERGUS assignee of Micajah Mayfield, 200 acres head of Blue Stone, settled 1772…
Page 102 … Chrisly Hansly assignee of Beverly Miller assignee of SAMUEL FERGUSON, 300 acres at the Jump Mountain on the north side to be divided by a line to be run about half the distance between James Walker and his own improvement, settled 1772.
p. 179 1786 April 25 James Peary and Margaret Martin, sur. SAMUEL FERGERSON; consent of James’ parents John and Sarah Peerie.
p. 182 1788 Jan. 26, William Clark and Jane Forguson, daughter of SAMUEL FORGUSON [FERGUSON] who gave consent, sur. Robert Stinson
History of Southwest Va & Washington Co. Lewis Preston Sumers 975.57 S
History of Tazewell Co & Southwest Va 1748-1920 by Wm. C. Pendleton
Of the various valleys in Tazewell Co not one is more interesting & important than Bluestone Valley. In extent it is equal to Burke’s Garden, as its area is 13 x 2 ½ miles or 20,000 acres. The first settlers in this very attractive sections were: …SAMUEL FERGUSON… there in 1772 or 1772…subsequently became conspicuous figures in the History of Tazewell.
Tazewell Co, Va John Newton Harmon Sr. 975.573 H
Page 286 Deed Bk 1 1800-1809
Deed dated June 4th 1800 & recorded in DBN1p4 from SAMUEL FERGUSON & MARY his wife & Wm. Peery & Sally his wife to David Ward, George Peery, Robert Wallace, Wm. Neel, Henry Bowen, David Hanson & Samuel Walker, composing the worshipful court of Tazewell co & their successors in office for the use of said co. "For & in consideration of the public buildings for & said Co have granted bargained & sold…unto the said Court of Tasewell & their successors forever, a certain parcel of land lying & being in the co of Tazewell on the waters of Clinch River, containing twenty three acres & twenty eight square poles," etc. This is the land on which the public buildings still stand & on which the main business part of the town of Tazewell (formerly Jeffersonville) now stands. From this deed we also secure the names of the magistrates composing the 1st court held for the county.
Page 168-9 June 1800-May 1810 Order Book 1 June 1800 term
"Hezekiah Harman being appointed yesterday to lay off the land offered by Wm. Peery & SAM’L FERGUSON for the use of the county made report that he had laid off 23 acres & 28 sq poles 10 acres & 28 sq poles of FERGUSONS land…for the purpose of building the public buildings for this co & the balance of the land remain for (the) benefit of the county…and reserving to the said FERGUSON 2 quarter acre lots where out of the land he this day conveyed to the (Co).
Page 170 August Term
On the motion of Hezekiah Harmon, Surveyor of the Co of Tazewell he is permitted to lay off & circumscribe the town lots out of the lands offered by Wm. Peery & SAMUEL FERGUSON for the use of the county to be sold for the benefit of the county.
Page 173 At a Quarter Session held March 3, 1801
Grand Jury …SAMUEL FERGUSON…
Page 290 Mathias Harmon & Lydia to Wm. George
Lands on Clinch river joining lands of …SAMUEL FERGUSON…1802 DB1p99.
Page 291 SAMUEL FERGUSON & MARY his wife to Hezekiah Harmon 1802 p115.
Page 292 Hezekiah Harmon & Polly his wife to SAMUEL FERGUSON 1802 p 139.
Page 294 SAMUEL FERGUSON & MARY his wife to Thomas Harrison 1804 p179.
Page 344 1772 Discovery & Settlement
The following persons moved out this year & settled at the several places named:
…SAM FERGUSON on Bluestone Creek…
Page 380 Church History
1st sermon preached in co 1794 Rev. M. Cobber
SAMUEL FORGUSON, Isabella Forguson attended
Page 412 SAMUEL FERGUSON was engaged in an Indian fight at Alamace ?aft 1776
Page 203 Petition on Sundry Inhabitants of Co of Tazewell to pass act for establishing town in the county…upon land given by Wm. Peery & SAMUEL FERGUSON to said co for purpose of erecting the public buildings of said co.
Page 195 Methodist Church 1st sermon 1794
attendance SAMUEL FORGUSON &
Chronicles of the Scotch Irish Settlement in Virginia - Augusta Co. Chalkey 975.591 V 1,2,3
[Our SAMUEL was b 1743/4 & d 1825 - these could not all be him - maybe uncle.]
Page 36 August 17, 1748 (50) David Edmiston appd. Overseer of road from Tinkling Spring to Stuart and Christian’s Road, with these: …Samuel Farguson.
Page 44 1751 (580) Road ordered to be cleared and kept in repair on the cowpasture by these inhabitants: …Saml. Ferguson…
Page 97 May 20, 1762 (224) Samuel Ferguson – prays and is allowed to sue in froma pauperis.
Page 141 November 17, 1767 (344) 120 acres of Henry Cartmill added to tithables. Added to tithables: SAML. FERGUSON, John Peary and Hugh Allen.
Page 320 August 1758
Samuel Ferguson vs. Adam and Sarah Jordan – Slander. Adam Jordan and Sarah his wife. Process executed by Samuel Mathews. Richard Botkin bail. Part of the charge was that Ferguson was a runaway from Pennsylvania and from Ireland.
Page 325 August 1758
Samuel Ferguson vs. Adam Jordan and Sarah. – Sarah said Samuel was a thief and a wizard (meaning he had a secret, sinful, wicked and unlawful communication and correspondence with the devil.
Page 434 Samuel Ferguson, 17th May 1749, is over seventy and begs to be relieved from public dues.
Page 438 1754 Inhabitants of Bull Pasture and head of Cowpsture petition for a road from Walles Asten’s Mill to the road on the head of Calf pasture: …SAMUEL FORGERSON, …
Page 417 Lost of Robert Breckinridge, Sheriff: …SAM’L FERGUSON…
Page 445 Page 195 – 19th November 1757: Vestry met: As processioners appointed in 1755 have not made returns, Clerk is ordered to receive and enter them as they are brought in. Parish Levy. To Samuel Ferguson, object of charity….
Page 446 Page 232 – 1758 Petition by James Ward, 86 years old, almost blind and unable to provide for himself, for support. Petition of Samuel Ferguson; is drove from his dwelling by the enemy; has since broken one of his legs; is incapable of supporting himself or family; asks something to sustain him to keep him from "dying in your land"
Page 448 Page 345 -- Samuel Ferguson’s petition for assistance, aged 85 (1761). John Harding, ditto.
Page 37 Page 82 – 21st November, 1754. Archibald Boreland’s accounts as administrator, vs. Estate of Wm. Jackson – Paid …Samuel Ferguson…
Page 105 Page 143 – 1st September, 1767. Sale of bill of Michael Harper’s estate - James Shoemaker, SAML. FURGUSON, Robt. McKim, Wm. Jameson. Settlement of the above estate by Mathew Harper. For going to the South Branch, to where he died, 5 days.
Page 430 Page 191 – 21st August 1765. Robert McCleachan and Andrew Lewis to SAMUEL FERGUSON (FARGUSON), L2.10 ¼ acre in Staunton, part of county lot 15, of which James Shaw is now possessed. Delivered: SAMUEL FARGUSON, 17th August 1772.
Page 448 Page 145 – 20th November 1766. James Shaw to Robert Hall, of Orange County, North Carolina. L1 ¼ acre, part of SAMUEL FERGUSON’s lot No. 15 in Staunton. Teste: Robert Martin, Thomas Brown and James Crow.
Page 493 Page 156 – 6th November 1769 William Jameson and Margaret to John Jameson, L55 on Christian’s Creek, whereon William now lives, conveyed to William by William Martin, 19th March 1765, 310 acres; corner William Palmer; corner George Robinson, now Samuel Black’s land, plot surveyed for Mr. William Russell now Alexander Thompson’s land. Teste: William Palmer, Jean ( ) Palmer, William ( ) Calin. Delivered: SAMUEL FERGUSON, 17th August, 1772.
Page 523 Page 433 – 18th August 1772. SAMUEL FORGASON and MARY to John Readpath, part of lot 15 in Staunton, the other part belonging to James Shaw.
Page 526 Page 32 17th November 1772 Robert hall and Isabel (Elesbet) ( ) to John Readpath of Staunton ¼ acre one of the county lots conveyed to James Shaw and by Shaw to Robert, north of Samuel Moore’s lot, and part of SAMUEL FORGASON’s lot no. 15.
1790 Virginia Tax Payers
FERGUSON, SAMUEL 1 - Montgomery Co
1810 Virginia Census
Samuel Ferguson Botetourt Co.
Samuel Ferguson Fauquier Co.
Samuel Ferguson Fluvanna Co.
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