Ensign Samuel Ferguson 416,421
- Born: 3 Mar 1744, Ulster, Ireland 420
- Marriage: Mary Jameson in 1765 in Ireland 415,416,417
- Died: 12 Feb 1825, Cabell Co, Virginia, USA 416,421,422
The author's 5th Great-Grandfather
Photo of his gravestone can be viewed at http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~ljhall/
Revolutionary War Veteran. The Wayne
county Genealogical and Historical Society erected a sign commerating Samuel Ferguson,
which shows the following: "REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIER'S GRAVE - Sameul Ferguson
(1744-1825) and wife Mary Jameson (1746-1827) are buried nearby. Served in
Montgomery Co, Va. Militia at battles of Alamance and King's Mountain. An early
settler on Bluestone Creek, he gave land for Tazewell Courthouse in 1772. In 1804
moved here to Kanawha Co., later Cabell, now Wayne. Progenitor of the area's
extended Ferguson Family."
" Samuel Ferguson who married Mary
Jameson," Chapter 1 Pag e 2 -10: "SAMUEL FERGUSON was born 3 March 1744, and die
d 12 February 1825 in Cabell County, Virginia (now Wayne County, West Virginia)."
Son Williams' family bible shows: "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, and MAR Y 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."
On page 291 of "Davis Genealogy" Elizabeth Davidson said that that the Jameson
family was of Celtic origin and that they migrated from Scotland to Ireland i n 1616. She
said that James Jameson, migrated to North America , with wife Jane and their seven
children, settling in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania.
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 b y 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 West ern 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 Virgi ia, page 751.
Sometime around 1804 SAMUEL FERGUSON, his four sons, and on e of his four daughters, came
to Kanawha County which lay s uccessively with Cabell and Wayne Counties. The love for ne
w adventure must have played a part in bringing the FERGUSO NS from the Bluestone area of
Virginia to explore the hill y and broken surfaces of the frontier land of Twelve Pole V
alley. Their settlement, tin the western section of the pre sent Wayne County, was about
eighteen miles from the Ohio R iver.
Hardesty's West Virginia Counties, Volume 7, page 185, states that in 1802 SAMUEL FERGUSON
and Jesse Spurlock were th e 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 a s a distinguished Indian fighter and hunter who took part in
several Indian engagements (pages 187-8).
Sources: "Samuel Ferguson who Married Mary Jameson" by Henry & DIane
Blankenstein. Published on:
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 V irginia possessing soundness
of mind and being of disposin g memory, do hereby in the fear of God make ordain &
seal t his my last Will & Testament in the following words and fig ures on this 85h
day of November one thousand eight-hundre d and twenty four.
In the first place it is my will that all my just and lawfu l debts be paid. Secondly I do
hereby will and bequeath t o my son Samuel my plantation that I do now live upon wit h all
its improvements thereunto belonging or in anywise ap pertaining. Thirdly it is my will
& I do thereby liberate m anumit and forever discharge Molly my old black woman fro m
slavery at the death of my wife MARY and at my death tha t is to say at our deaths the
said Molly is to be free fro m slavery from me, my heirs, executors, administrators &
as signs forever. And I do hereby will and bequeath unto the s aid Molly her bed and its
furniture and a Cow to give her m ilk to live upon in her old age. Forthly it is my wil l
& I do hereby liberate manumit and forever discharge Seal ly my half coloured or
mulatto Girl servant from slavery a t our deaths that is to say at the death of my wife
MARY an d at my death the said Seally my yellow Girl is to be fre e from me my heirs
executors administrators and Assigns for ever - And I do hereby will and bequeath unto the
said Seal ly her bed and its furniture and a little wheel for spinnin g on. Fifthly it is
my will & I do hereby liberate manumit and fo rever discharge Sampson, my half
coloured or mulatto boy fr om slavery in thirteen years from the date of this will, an d
at the expiration of thirteen years from the date of thi s will is free from me my heirs
executors, administrators , and assigns forever. And I do hereby will bequeath unto t he
said Sampson a good ax at the time of his freedom that h e 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 equall
y 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 privil ege 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 wel l 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 182 4.
SAMUEL FERGUSON (Seal) Burwell Spurlock Stephen Spurlock Abraham Trout Cablell County
Court February 1825."
Samuel married Mary Jameson, daughter of John
Jameson and Jean Erwin, in 1765 in Ireland 415,416.,417 (Mary
Jameson was born on 27 Mar 1745 in Virgina, USA 418
and died on 27 Sep 1827 in Cabell Co, Virginia, USA 417,418,419.)