JAMES W. FERGUSON, a successful farmer of Wayne township, Jefferson county, was born at his present residence July 6, 1849, the son of James and Sarah (Woods) Ferguson, well known and worthy old residents of the county. James Ferguson was born March 26, 1809, near Bloomfield, this county and died January 13, 1887. He was the son of William Ferguson, a native of Pennsylvania, and his wife Margaret Carroll. Of the nine children of these latter, there are deceased, Mrs. Margaret Miller, Mrs. Mary Simeral, Mrs. Bathia Shannon, Mrs. Leech, Robert and James and there are living: Mrs. Elizabeth Morehead, Rachel Dunlevy, Samuel Ferguson. The mother of the subject was born in Washington county, Penn., December 25, 1812 and was a daughter of John and Margaret (Nesbit) Woods, and of her brothers and sister, there are dead, Catherine, Rebecca, and two others, and there are living, Mary Scott, Margaret Mehollin, and William. James W. Ferguson is one of six children of whom the other survivors are, Mrs. Margaret Scott, Robert and Mary B. John died in the United States service at Waterford, Miss., December 5, 1862 and William died at home August 17, 1863, of disease contracted in the army. The subject of this sketch received a common school education in his youth and since then has been engaged in agriculture. As a farmer he is quite successful and being a wide awake and active citizen, is highly esteemed by the community. He and wife are members of the Presbyterian church and he is a republican in politics. He was married January 10, 1883 to Belle Warren, and they have three children: Harry A., Mabel M. and Hattie E. Mrs. Ferguson was born October 6, 1855 the daughter of Austin and Louisia M. (Burns) Warren. Her father was born near Wintersville, Ohio, September 15, 1824, and died October 18, 1862 and was one of eleven children of William and Rebecca (Hamilton) Warren. Of these children Thomas, James, William, Austin, Eliza and Mary are deceased and Isaac, George, Simon, Barbara Elliott and Harriet Evans are living. Mrs. Ferguson's mother was the daughter of James and Frances (Beymer) Burns, who had twelve children in all: James, Walter, David, Sarah, Mary J. Wilcott, Louisa Warren, John, William and George surviving. Mrs. Ferguson was one of five children, one brother and three sisters: Mrs. Ida McNeal, Mrs. Clara Cellais and ALice M. Warren.
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