My James Fergus came from Scotland
then pioneered in Montana.
There is a lot published on James Fergus. The most exhaustive
work is a thesis
by Dr. Robert M. Horne
, which I have transcribed. Also, an invaluable
book based on his wife Pamelia Dillin and their correspondence, which they
managed to save, The Gold
Rush Widows of Little Falls: A story drawn from the letters of Pamelia and
Here are some pictures I took on a visit to Scotland
in November of 2000. The first is the area of the farm
on Shawton Hill
, Glassford Parish south of Glasgow, where James Fergus
grew up. The stone buildings are old enough but I do not know which one was
theirs. The other pictures are from the area of Kirkintilloch
on the hills north of Glasgow
where Andrew Fergus came from.
I have worked on other Fergus
families from the same area around Glasgow — now expanded to the area around
Edinburgh with the addition of other name variations and Killpatrick from
the same areas and source
My Fergus started on the north side and ended up on
the south side. I have compiled data from the LDS Scottish Church Records
CD-ROM into families as best I can. Please have a look and let me know how
to add your Fergus or Killpatrick family or correct what I have.
You may look here and download the gedcom file for these 4,938 Fergus &
Killpatrick persons--none of them living now.
I had a bit of trouble making it usable. Labeling it
a .ged file seems not to preserve the line returns to keep stuff neat and
orderly. When I save it as a text file when it already was then I can not
open it in Netscape. So I saved it as html and it looks great on the web.
I renamed it .ged instead of .html so I think it might display for you and
give the correct file type. If not rename it to .ged and it should work with
your genealogy program.
My Fergus and Gilpatrick (Killpatrick) families may
have a common connection. Christian Pollock is in both groups by marriage.
It was easiest do do all the searching and updating of the first file as
one group in the same file.
Fergus Name Variations
from Scottish Church Records CD-ROM (LDS)
the names were used interchangeably.
My family uses Fergus.
FERGUS — the vast majority
Some Miscellaneous Fergus Links--some
mine, some others.
James Fergus: The Grand
Old Man of Montana
from the Lewistown News Argus newspaper.
James Fergus biography by his grandson
text Andrew Fergus biography by his son
Fergus County Table of Contents
Minnesota, named for James.
The official Fergus County, Montana,
James Fergus mentioned concerning
History of Southern Montana--Chapter XXI
History of Southern Montana--Chapter XXIX
More Vigilantes of Montana
by Prof. Thomas J. Dimsdale
has my James Fergus!
Chronology on Fort Benton web site
James Fergus on Wikipedia
A neat little site
to see about place names as Fergus.
Fergus Family Genealogy
Wills & Settlements Section
This is a great place to do research for Scotland if you can not find what
you need on FamilySearch.org web site.
I have used this site for vital records data on cousins, census data,
and the wills, inventories, and settlements. I have also used microfilms
for some of the same data.
The copies of the original pages are on my web site at http://www.Dangel.net/WillImages/
I have transcribed versions here (Please do tell me if I have words or
names wrong, but not if I did transcribe the exact spelling used!!
There is little punctuation in the original.)
Fergus who died in 1831
son Andrew Fergus who died in 1862
Robert who died 1841, brother of Andrew,
who died 1831 without children
Fergus who came to America and died 1902,
son of Andrew died 1862 as well as the next 3 uncles
who died 1897
who died 1898
who died 1879
then the will of Andrew Fergus who died 1928,
son of James and father of Andrew James Fergus, who is the last of our
Fergus name living in America. If you know anyone with the Fergus name to
compare DNA please let me know and Cynthia Russell below.
Uncle of Andrew who died in 1831:
Fergus' Will - 1797 text
Most of the above in this section besides the original pages have document
files of the text you may download in this directory.
James Fergus and other close family members in
Years of Freethought
Leaf from the Diary of James Fergus
Images of the original pages are usually in the same directory.
Another Fergus family web site
by Cynthia Russell,
A gathering of FERGUS Families for all to enjoy.
FERGUS, Francis Descendants beginning in 1752, Co Tyrone, Ireland.
FERGUS Family Worldwide, many Fergus lineages - and Guest Book for all FERGUS
Thank you Cynthia.
James R. Dangel
1504 Sawmill Creek Road
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