Tuesday, February 5, 2019

James Ferguson 1828 - 1851

James Ferguson
March 24, 1828
June 5, 1851

Buried Ferguson Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 21 Feb 2017.

James Ferguson was a son of Hamlet Ferguson, who died in 1840 and is also buried in Ferguson Cemetery. James was living with his brother, Robert,  in Livingston County in 1850.[1]

No record, thus far, has been found that tells us what took the life of this young man, who had barely reached his maturity, but we do know that cholera took many lives in western Kentucky during June of 1851. The Louisville Courier of June 18th reported the following about the cholera: "At Smithland there were three or four deaths last week. At Owensboro there have been some three or four deaths during the past few days."[2]  The Louisville Courier also reported that "the cholera has been prevailing with some severity at Princeton."[3]

[1] 1850 Livingston County, Kentucky census, Roll M432_210, p. 384A, image 459, Ancestry.com.
[2] Daily American Telegraph of Washington, District of Columbia, 24 June 1851, p. 2, Newspapers.com.
[3] The Louisville Daily Courier 11 June 1851, p. 3, Newspapers.com.

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