ADAM S. FERGUSON, a prominent farmer of Somerset township, is a native of the same and a son of Robert Ferguson, whose father (Robert) was born in Lancaster county, Penn., and there married to Lydia Ferguson, who was born in the same county. Eleven children were born to them, and the grandfather died at the age of eighty-three years; his wife had died several years before.
Robert Ferguson was born February 29, 1804, on a farm in Washington county, receiving a common-school education. He was married to Elizabeth Smith, and they had eight children (only three of whom are living), viz.: Adam S., Sarah J. (married to Richard Huffman, a resident of Washington county, Penn.), Robert (a farmer of Somerset township), Lydia (deceased), Elizabeth (deceased) and three others who died in infancy. The father and mother are both deceased.
Adam S. Ferguson was born May 7, 1836, in Somerset township, this county, and from early childhood was trained to agricultural duties, receiving a common business education. In 1869 he married Rachel McDonough, a native of this county, who bore him one daughter, deceased in infancy, the mother following it in 1873. In 1873 Adam S. Ferguson was united in marriage with Lucinda Degarmo, who was born in 1836, daughter of William and Elizabeth Degarmo, natives of Washington county. Mr. Degarmo was a farmer, and the parent of five children, four of whom are now living: Hannah (wife of Thomas Lytle, a farmer of Fallowfield township, this county), Elizabeth (married to Matthias Hartley, a farmer of Amwell township), Maria and Lucinda (Mrs. Ferguson). The parents are yet living in Fallowfield township, aged eighty years.
Adam S. Ferguson and his wife have had two children, namely: Elizabeth G. (living at home) and Lavina (deceased). Mr. Ferguson is identified with the Democratic party. He devotes particular attention to his well-cultivated farm of 186 acres. His wife is a member of the Disciple Church.
Text taken from page 1168 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
Transcribed February 1997 by Neil and Marilyn Morton of Oswego, IL as part of the Beers Project.
Published March 1997 on the Washington County, PA USGenWeb pages at http://www.chartiers.com/.
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