Our oldest known ancestor on the paternal line was Thomas Ferguson of Hamilton, Blantyr, Lanarkshire. The only date we have on him is that he married Margaret Bell (possibly the daughter of James Bell) in Hamilton in 1858. They had 5 known children, of whom only 2 left descendents; my great-grandfather, Thomas Alexander Ferguson (1859-1938), who moved to the Edinburgh area and married Elizabeth Hutchison; and his sister Mary, who married a Robert Muir.

Vital Records

Henry Ferguson: Candidate Ancestor

In 1851 a Thomas Ferguson, age 16, resides with his uncle Alexander Ferguson of Braehead, Motherwell, Lanarkshire. If this is the same Thomas that later married Margaret Bell, then Thomas' father and said Alexander are brothers; plus they have sister Elizabeth age 34. In 1841 Thomas, age 40, Elizabeth, age 25, and Thomas age 5 all live with Henry, age 70, in Motherwell, Dalziel, Lanarkshire; see Dalziel, Lanark. Alexander, age 35, lives next door..

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