John Joseph FERGUSON

Male 1889 - 1902  (13 years)


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  • Name John Joseph FERGUSON 
    Born 30 Sep 1889  Mara Twp. Ontario Co. North, Ont. Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Oct 1902  Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried 15 Oct 1902  St. Patrick's Cemetery, Bay City, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I265  FERGUSON, John's Descendants
    Last Modified 7 Oct 2013 

    Father William Joseph FERGUSON,   b. 21 Apr 1849, Pickering Twp. Ont. Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1922, Bay City, Bay, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Margaret Jane CROSBY,   b. Abt 1859, Brock Twp. Ontario Co., Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1900, West Bay City, Bay, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years) 
    Married Abt 1875 
    Family ID F82  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • per the 1900 census, he was living with his family, at 503 Fisher Ave, West Bay City, Bay County, Michigan- he entered the USA in 1892.- a student

      article from WEST BAY CITY TIMES- Monday Evening, Oct. 13, 1902: DROWNED IN A SLIP- Joe Ferguson, aged 13, a victim of the river.-- Was playing in a Duck Boat with a Companion and the Craft Capsized.---- The Saginaw river claimed another youthful victim this morning. Thomas Kelly, aged 15 and Joe Ferguson, aged 13, were playing in a duck boat in a slip north of the Davidson shipyard when their frail craft capsized and the Ferguson boy was drowned. Kelly managed to catch hold of the boat as it went over, and hung on until rescued by some men in a boat who came to his assistance. Ferguson missed the boat, sunk and did not come to the surface again.
      The accident happened within sight of a score or more of men employed in sorting and piling lumber on docks on each side of the slip, but it was all over before any of them realized what had occurred.
      "We saw the boys playing in the boat." said one of the workmen, "and I saw them when it tipped over. The boat went bottom up, and both boys got on top of it. Then it turned over again, and both got inside. I suppose they were only fooling there, as so many small boys do about the river, but when I saw then again the boat was overturned and there was only one boy in sight. Some lumber was thrown out to him, and then some people in a boat came up and helped him ashore."
      The Kelly Boy went home immediately, after the accident, and a search was started for the body of young Ferguson. This work was carried on for some time by some young men working with pike poles and a set of grappling irons from the shipyard. Coroner Van Tuyl, who had been notified, sent to Bay City for their grappling irons, and when they arrived took a hand in the work, but it was nearly an hour after the accident occurred before the body was recovered.
      A jury was impanelled and an inquest will be held tomorrow night. The body was removed to Coroner Van Tuyl's office.
      Ferguson's parents are Mr. & Mrs. Wm. J. Ferguson, residing at 312 South Catherine street. The boy attends St. Mary's school, but this is a church holiday and he did not go this morning.

  • Sources 
    1. [S17] Archives of Ont. --births, MS929_95; # 025492.
      born Sept. 30, 1889, son of William Ferguson, farmer and Margaret Jane Crosby of Mara

    2. [S20] Baptism record, St. Columbkille's Ch. Uptergrove, LDS 1305889- 1889- p. 41.
      John Jas. Ferguson, born 30 Oct. 89, bap. Jan 90- son of Wm. Ferguson & Margaret Jane Crosby

    3. [S23] MIGenweb Archieves, ledger of interments of Saint Patrick's Cemetery, 805 Ridge Road, Bay City, MI, 48708.


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