Paraphrased with permission:
The William Ferguson Family of Perry County
by Linda Gilmore
William Ferguson born in 1778 - 7/23/1851 married Ann
Smith 5/5/1777 - 2/9/1831. Ann had a son, Jesse Miller and
together they had 3 children, John, William and Robert.
William (born 1778) came to the United States from
Ireland, most likely from the town of Clare, County of Down, and
settled near Millerstown in Cumberland County, now Perry County,
PA. William was an educated man and a weaver.
John Ferguson 12/9/1804 - 1/28/1861 married
Mary Shively 5/24/1807 - 3/23/1900. They had 12 children,
Eliza, Catherine, John Frazier, Mary Ann, William, Jesse Miller,
Robert Elliott, Jane, Alexander, James Henry, Emily Miller,
John was the first son, an educated man.
He was a school teacher, living in what is now Perry County, PA.
The Ferguson farm, located on the present day Cold Storage Road
about two miles from New Bloomfield, remained in the family
until very recently, passing from John to his son Jesse Miller
Ferguson to Jesse's son Frank Ferguson and then to Frank's
adopted son Paul Hummel.
Jesse Miller Ferguson 9/9/1835 - 12/11/1917
married Mary Ellen Orwan 8/7/1840 - 2/12/1883. They had 13
children, Laura, Edgar Poe, Albert, Kate, Annie M., William
Lawrence, John Frazer, Harry Donald, Jesse Bassett, Frank,
Alice, Margaret and Howard.
Jesse was the sixth child, grew to 5'8"
with a dark complexion and brown eyes. He fought in
the Civil War with the 208th Regiment of the Army of the
Potomac. During the winter the regiment was frequently
under fire at the front. Early in April they were part of
the final assault on Petersburg.
Edgar Poe Ferguson 9/8/1860 - 2/12/1942
married Susan M. Stewart 2/15/1867 - 1/4/1944. They had 9
children, Charles Andrew, Eleanor Inez, Mary Ann, George Edgar,
Jesse Holcomb, Margaret, Donald, Susan Irene and Juanita Vieve.
Edgar, the second child, went west,
living in Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas and finally settling at
Blackwell, OK. Susan Stewart was born in Clary,
Penningham Parish, a native of Scotland. Edgar made bricks
and built Lincoln Elementary and Park School.
Mary Ann Ferguson (1/17/1892 -
12/16/1985) married Arthur F. Wright (2/19/1887 - 1/14/1949)...on
October 28, 1916.
They had three children, Florence Ione, Willard Burns and
Mary Ann Ferguson, the third
child, our "Grandma Mary", Don's grandmother, was born in
Holdrege, Nebraska. We knew her well as Don would visit
her when he went to the National Baseball Tournament in Wichita,
KS each year.... she lived in Blackwell, OK at that time.
She later came to Arizona and lived with her daughter, Florence
(Don's mother) until her death.
October 28, 1916, Attica newspaper
Florence Ione Wright (10/13/1917)
married Karie Leo Dennis (1/19/1908 - 6/5/1975) on October 18,
1938. They had
one son, Donald Anson.
Florence was the oldest child. She
was born in Attica, Kansas and graduated from high school there.
She worked for several years as a bookkeeper, mainly in
Wellington, KS. She also used her artistic talents doing
dressmaking during the depression of the 1930s and was an incredible
seamstress all her life. She moved to
Colorado and after her marriage to Leo, whom she met in Colorado
Springs, they moved to New York for
his war duties.
After the war they returned to Colorado and resided in Fowler, CO
for about 30 years. After Leo retired from Federal
Service, much of the year was spent in Westcliffe, CO where they had
a summer home they had purchased in 1961. After Leo's
death she sold out in Fowler, CO and moved to Westcliffe. Florence
was mainly a home maker except for five years as Office Nurse
for Dr. McDonnel in Fowler. However, much of the
time she was making and selling art objects. She
painted beautifully, including portraits, sewed, quilted, etc.
One venture, which
lasted for several years, was making Barbie doll sized overstuffed
furniture. She was a Den Mother for the Boy Scouts and spent
several years as a Girl Scout Leader. She was active in
church and civic activities.
In 1978 Florence married James Turner and they lived in Silver
Cliff, CO. Both were very involved in civic affairs.
After Jim died she moved to Canon City, CO and at 89 is still
living independently (2007).
IONE WRIGHT DENNIS TURNER PASSED AWAY APRIL 8, 2008.
SHE WILL BE MISSED!
Donald Anson Dennis 9/8/199 married
Annette Denise Miller 12/4/190. They had four children,
Scott David, Stephen Dana, Teena Dawn and Todd Donald.
Don, an only child, was raised in Fowler,
Colorado, educated in Pueblo, and had a career in journalism and
business management. He moved his family to Fairbanks, AK
in 1967, to work for a Newspaper, moved into business management
for an Eskimo Corporation ASRC, and has managed the Goldpanner baseball team (for more
than 40 years), continuing this at present.
Don and Ann spend winters in San Diego and summers in Fairbanks.
Scott, computer engineer, born 1961 married
Tiffany and they had Timothy Paul (1992), Luke Michael
(1996), Genevieve Szaly (1998) and
Theodore Ezekiel (1999).
Stephen, hotel manager, born 1963 married
Debora and they had Donald Benjamin Matthew (1995), Bethany Jessica
and Steven Walter (1998).
Teena Dawn, music teacher, born 1965.
Todd, pastor and
webmaster/designer, born 1971 married
Michelle and they had Thomas Jonathan Jackson (1994), Susanna White
Bridget Lee Fuller (1998).
This just shows the direct lineage from
William born in 1778 to our youngest grandchild, Theodore,
born in 1999.
Linda Gilmore's book is full of pictures, letters, stories
and the complete family history. The book is 143 pages and
represents twelve years of research. It is fascinating
reading. If you are interested in obtaining a copy please
contact Linda Gilmore, 716 Houcksville Road, Hampstead, MD
21074. Thank you, Linda, for allowing us to use a portion of your work.