son Gilbert who had died in 1823. [RECORD 1953:223].108 The son Gilbert was bp. 3 Sept. 1777 at New Hackensack,
vii. Farrington, b. ca. 1770; m. Marium Bogardus.
ix. ?Richard, b. ca. 1765-1784; m. Wait, b. 11 Dec. 1787, dau. of Jonathan and Mary (Hall) Gidley of the Clove. Richard
was in Beekman in 1810 at 1-0-0-1-0 and 0-0-0-1-0 with 2 horses and 1 cow. He was between Daniel Gidley and John A.
Van Vlack. Daniel Gidley was his wife’s first cousin.
Richard and Rachel Ferguson (his presumed mother) paid wheat rents in 1799. [ELP Box 148].
April 1780 he took affidavits from eleven Beekman neighbors, all who testified in behalf of William Gulielmus Moore.
These papers were also damaged and the only names legible are for Farrington Ferguson, Hezekiah Collins, Daniel
Golden and Samuel Brown, an unnamed brother of John Smith, and possibly Mrs. Ann Smith.
“Examinations, &c., in Favor of William Moore, a criminal, Under Sentence of Death.”
“Farrington Ferguson being duly Sworn deposeth and saith; John Smith of Beekman precinct deceased[,] after he came
[from New York] he heard him say that on his journey to New York he ____ ____ Solomons that he discovered by
speaking to the sd Moore [that he was] sick of bein with Such Company[.] moor saith the first [opportunity] he would
make his escape[.] This examinent saith [that Moore] was so closely watched that there could be no escape [and] they
continued their march till they got to Philips ____ _____ Sold for a guinea, this
examinent further saith not.”
“Daniel Golden being duly sworn,” [etc.] “John Smith say soon after he came from New York [he was] very sorry for
William Moor for he thought by his behavior [he was] Exceeding sorry he had fell in with such bad company. ____ ____
_ Could have an opportunity to speak with him he thought [he would have] attempted an escape but no opportunity with
out danger _____ _____. Saith he doth realy Believe that if the sd Moor was par[doned] he would not be a dangerous
person[,] this examinent further saith not.”
“Samuel Brown” ... “he heard John Smith deceased say after he came from New York that he did not believe William
Moor knew the company [he] fell in with[,] further he saith he did not believe he had any [reason] for stealing horses or
any thing else.” [GCP 2828].
Capt. Israel Vail of the 5th Militia also petitioned for the release of Moore.
April 18th, 1780.
“Personally appeared before me, Maurice Pleas, one of the justices assigned to keep the peace in Dutchess [County],
Israel Vail & being duly sworn Deposeth & saith That [he has] been acquainted with (Gullum) [partially erased] William
Moore (a Criminal [under] sentence of death in Poughkeepsie Goal) from his ____
____ Child & never remember to have so much as heard of [him being] guilty of any Criminal action until that for which
[he] received sentence, and that he is fully persuaded that sh[ould his] Excellency grant him his pardon & set him at full
L[iberty] that the peace & Property of the good people of this S[tate would] not be endangered thereby, and further saith &
Dep[oseth that] Lieut. Jn Smith Deceased, told him a few days before he [died] that he did think, said Moore from
appearances would [have] attempted an Escape (if he had not feared that they
would kill him) [line drawn through], & he should have advised to the Measure, but [for] fear the company would have
killed him if found.” [GCP 2829].
Mary (Palmer) Moore, the grand-mother of William also sent a petition to Governor Clinton. Mary Moore was 66 at the
time and had married Obediah Griffen as her second husband. Her petition is very difficult to read and severely burned.
“To the Governor of the [State of New York]
I have had a great de____ _______
had an oppertunity of a confine[ment?] ______ ______
deprived of that privelege __________
as the Bonds of nature and gratitude ____
Gule Moore having had an acquaintance _______
and I can sincerely and solomnly ______
found nor perceived an inclination ______
any man or woman of their just rights ______
and although he has the unhappy misfortune ______
with of wicked and ungodly set of men yet it is my rail
joined wilfully or intentionally either with the ____
and beseach the governor ___ and Humility _________
of mind that the nature of my principles with ________
Governors would pleased in his Clemency to ________
distressed grandchild a repreave not knowing _________
to affirm before any authority what I have [said] _____
yet my Principles bind me to speak the truth. _______
Nine Partners 4th Month 19th day, 1780. JD
"Petition in behalf of Gulielmus Moore. April 15,
1780." George Clinton Esq., The State of New York
Gulielmus Moore, Son of Allen Moore, deceased, Having
Some months past [the] misfortune to fall into company
[with a] number of famous Villains who were [from?] the
Enemy, He being young unaquainted _____ _____ of the
country and thereby unable to [make? a?] judgement of
the consequences [that] might result from such
Traiterous [act]ion was the more Easily prevailed upon
[by] the wicked flattery of those attrocious [vil]lains
with whom he had the misfortune [to] be acquainted and
at length set out with [the]m towards New York. They had
not gone [far] when they met with Lieut. John Smith and
[his two] sons whom they Felloniously took and Carried
to New York with their horses Saddles &c. For the
perpetration of which crime he said Moore Now lies under
Sentence of Death. And whereas we your petitioners being
fully convinced from the young man's testimony and the
tenor [of his] conduct heretofore that he had no other
[desire?] to go to the Enemy and that the [line illeg.]
Was a thing unknown to the ____ _____
The very moment the fact ___________
We therefore your petitioners ___________
Strongest feeling of Sympathy ___________
Man and his Distressed relatives ___________
Plunged in floods of Grief at his ___________
Humbly request Your Excellency f________ _____
For the unhappy young man which ___________
-ing Pains of a distressed mother ___________
Restored to lamenting Unkles a ___________
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Nephew and save a reputable f ____ ________
Good nature will lead you to every strong _____
Be thought truly humane and merciful _____
And your petitioners In duty bound shall [ever pray]
Oswego April 15th 1780
Capt. Joseph Reynolds of the 5th Militia was also a
Justice of the Peace in Beekman and lived in the
Billings area. On 18 April 1780 he took affidavits from
eleven Beekman neighbors, all who testified in behalf of
William Gulielmus Moore. These papers were also damaged
and the only names legible are for Farrington Ferguson,
Hezekiah Collins, Daniel Golden and Samuel Brown, an
unnamed brother of John Smith, and possibly Mrs. Ann
"Examinations, &c., in Favor of William Moore, a
"Farrington Ferguson being duly Sworn deposeth and
saith; John Smith of Beekman precinct deceased[,] after
he came [from New York] he heard him say that on his
journey to New York he ____ ____ Solomons that he
discovered by speaking to the sd Moore [that he was]
sick of bein with Such Company[.] moor saith the first
[opportunity] he would make his escape[.] This examinent
saith [that Moore] was so closely watched that there
could be no escape [and] they continued their march
till they got to Philips _____ _____ Sold for a guinea,
this examinent further saith not."
"Daniel Golden being duly sworn," [etc.] "John Smith
say soon after he came from New York [he was] very sorry
for William Moor for he thought by his behavior [he was]
Exceeding sorry he had fell in with such bad company.
_____ _____Could have an opportunity to speak with him
he thought [he would have] attempted an escape but no
opportunity with out danger_____ _____ . Saith he doth
realy Believe that if the sd Moor was par [doned] he
would not be a dangerous person[,] this examinent further
"Samuel Brown" ... "he heard John Smith deceased say
after he came from New York that he did not believe
William Moor knew the company [he] fell in with[,]
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15. ELIJAH FERGUSON, (?Richard3, Thomas2, John1), was born ca. 1731 and was first taxed in Beekman from 1756
to 1759, then on the Crum Elbow and Charlotte list from Feb 1760 to June 1767 and then on North East list from 1768 to
1776, after which his widow was listed from 1777 to 1779. He was assessed in the
Beekman Precinct in Feb. 1756 and June 1758 at £1. Elijah Ferguson, born ca. 1731, was in a muster of 28 April 1759 in
NYC. He was born in Westchester Co. and was age 28 when he was on a muster roll of New York Provincial Troops
from the City and County of New York under Capt. Richard Smith 28 April 1759. [NYMR 174]. Elijah married Ruth, bp.
28 Sept. 1737, dau. of Arie and Annetje (Wiltsie) DeLong. He was a witness when Arie DeLong Jr. and Farrington
Ferguson were bound to Isaac Brinckerhoff 3 April 1753 and Arie DeLong was
also witness.109 [AD 3283]. Elijah Ferguson posted bail for Dennis Christie of Beekman in 1764. [GS 2 Oct. 1764; p.
74]. He was a customer at the Mabbett store in Town of Washington ca. 1773. [DCSB C:285]. He was a creditor of John
Palmer who was in an insolvant in DC ca. 1 70. Ephraim Ferguson was a debtor of Palmer’s. [AD #6976]. Elijah
Ferguson was a Constable in Beekman in 1754 and 1755 and he and his son Elijah Jr. both evidently returned to
Beekman from North East in 1775 to sign the AofA although an Elijah refused to sign in Northeast.
Jeremiah Ferguson was next to Elijah on the North East list. After the death of Elijah his widow Ruth went to Hoosick,
NY and then to VT with her son John about 1786.
i. Elijah Jr. He was probably the man in North East who refused to sign the AofA in 1775. A man of this name did sign in
Beekman and we think him the same man. There are no 1790 census listings for Elijah Ferguson in NY or adjacent states.
Elijah Ferguson was a witness to the will of Henry Decker at Schodack, NY 21 Aug. 1799. [RCW #67]. An Elijah
Ferguson was in Greenbush Town, Rensselaer Co., NY in 1800 at 1-0-1-1-0 and 0-
0-1-0-1 between Losee Bedell and David Haman. (Greenbush is adjacent to Schodack). Administration of estate of Elijah
Ferguson of Verona, Oneida Co., NY was granted to son Stephen E. Ferguson 13 February 1829. [Oneida CW LA VII:
33. i. ?Elijah, b. 10 May 1777; m. Elizabeth Vickery.
ii. ?Mills. Mills Farquharson (sic) and Polly Moche married 30 Sept. 1810 and had a dau. Catherine, b. 10 Feb., bp. 28
March 1811 at Nassau Reformed Church. with no Sp.
iii. ?Stephen E.
34. ii. John, bp. 26 Aug, 1753; married twice
iii. James, born 22 Jan 1755. (A James Ferguson served with Coopers Rangers in DC during the Revolution). He may
have married Johanna Cass. They are alleged to have had a dau.
Hannah b. 1796 at Hoosick. [FHL Ancestry file]. We have not found him in the 1790 NYS census in that area.
35. iv. Henry, bp. 22 Jan. 1758; m. Sarah Armstrong.
v. Nancy; m. James Ketch. They had son Hiram Ketch who married Sally Peck and dau. Lovisa Ketch who married Alex
Peck. The Pecks were children of William and Rebecca (Spooner) Peck.
36. vi. ?Mary, b. 1761; m. James Winchell.
vii. Ruth, b. ca. 1763; m. James Hedding. He died 25 Oct. 1834 age 73 and she died 4 April 1845, age 82 years and they
were buried in West Chazy, Clinton Co., NY. They had eleven children, among them dau. Nancy who m. Elisha
Ferguson and son Elijah, 110 Other researchers on this family claim Elijah had sons Jeremiah, Uriah, Aaron
and Elijah Jr. We have included Elijah Jr. and placed the others where we felt appropriate. John Burbank has compiled
much on this family and does not include Elijah Jr. b. 7 June 1780 who married Lucy Blish in 1810 in Plattsburgh. Elijah
Hedding was a Methodist Bishop and died 9 April 1852 in Poughkeepsie.
viii. Hannah; b. ca. 1765; m. Thomas Vredenburgh who was born 1760. They were in Monkton, VT in 1790 next to her
brother John Ferguson.
6S. Arie Blandina DeLong
Also known as Arie B and Arie Jonas.
8. Jeremiah Ferguson
16. JEREMIAH4 FERGUSON, (?Richard3, Thomas2, John1), was allegedly born at Cold Spring, present Putnam Co.,
NY ca. 1730 and married ___ Smith.111 He was taxed in Beekman 1754-67 and assessed in Feb. 1754 at £1, in June
1758 at £3 and in June 1760 at £2. He was then taxed in Charlotte from Feb. 1763 through 1773 and was a path master in
1770.112 He next went to North East Precinct where he was taxed from 1774-1779. His presumed brother Elijah was
taxed in the same precincts in almost the same years. Jeremiah Forgason was a Schenk store
customer from Dec. 1765 through at least April 1767 and his purchases of ‘sundries’ was paid almost exclusively with
wheat. In April 1767 he gave a note of £6/6/11 for his balance due.113 He refused to sign the AofA in North East and
was on the list of non-signers who lived west of Stissing Mountain.114 Despite being a non-signer he served under Col.
Humphrey from 2 -11 April 1777. He served in 5th Beekman Regiment of Militia and was awarded Land Bounty Rights
for same and also served in Cooper’s Rangers.115 He then removed to the Troy
area where he was on the tax roll for the SE Quarter Rensselaer Manor in 1779 and was assessed on £150 land value. He
leased a farm in Rensselaerwyck of 79 acres 9 Dec. 1789. Jeremiah Ferguson Jr. leased a farm in the same 22 March
1796 of 125 acres. This was later leased to Solomon Williams. His rent payments in Rensselaer-wyck were recorded as
“1782 Feby 15- By 1 load of wood and 3 fowls 1782 Feby 28- By 6 Bushels of
Wheat[.] 1787 By 10 bushels Wheat (more but illeg.) [VRMP, NYSL Mss & SC].
He was in Rensselaerwyck Town, Albany Co., NY in 1790 at 2-1-2 between Benjamin Deuel and Israel Ferguson. His
son Jeremiah was also in this Town. In 1800 he was in Schodack Town, Rensselaer Co., NY at 2-0-0-1-1 and 0-0-1-0-0
between Israel Ferguson and Daniel Litts. Jeremiah Ferguson of Nassau, Rensselaer Co., NY wrote his will 5 Jan. 1814
and it was proved 1 June 1818. He mentioned eldest son Jeremiah and son Israel and daughters. Son Jeremiah and
Barnard Hicks were named executors and witnesses were Ichabod Lester, Michael T. Smith and Daniel Litts Jr. [RCW
38. ii. Israel; m. Esther Filkins.
iii. Deborah; m. William Palmer. He was born ca. 1752 in Nine Partners, son of William4 (William3-2-1) and Hannah
(Husted) Palmer. They lived at Canaan and Chatham, Columbia Co., NY. Deborah (Ferguson) Palmer was still alive
when her husband wrote his will 3 Jan. 1827. They named their 2nd son, b. 10 Feb. 1778, Jeremiah116
iv. Ruth, b. ca. 1760; m. Enoch, b. 30 April 1763, son of John and Phebe (___) Dusenbury.117
39. v. ?Uriah, b. 20 Nov. 1761; m. 1st Margaret Burtis, 2nd Elizabeth ___.
vi. Lovina; m. ____ Rouse.
40. vii. ?Stephen, b. 1772; m. Dorothy Palmer.
viii. ?Charlotte; m. Jacob Snedeker She died 17 July 1862 after having eleven children, including sons Elijah and Uriah.
9. Jonathan Ferguson
others in the family. He was given an ear mark in Beekman 27/28 Feb. 1773: “a slit in each ear and a penny in the upper
side of the right ear and in the under side of the left.” Jonathan Ferguson gave a receipt
at Poughkeepsie ca. 1759-61 for money received for service in the F&I War. He was on the Beekman tax roll from 1762
through 1769 and was taxed in Kinderhook, Columbia Co. in March 1779 on real property valued at £8 and
personal worth £1 and paid a tax of 1/10. He was in Cataraqui in 1785 and in July/August 1786 when he was listed next
to Richard Ferguson Jr.
The Albany Board minutes for 2 Feb. 1779 include: “Resolved that Christian Smith and Jonathan Farguson be cited to
appear before this Board on Saturday the 6th day of February Instant at the City Hall in this City and that they bring with
them the Rifle Gun which Neal Taylor has committed to their care.” On the 6th Col. Cornelius Humphrey laid before the
Board two letters, both dated the 5th instant, regarding Christian Smith and Jonathan Ferguson. The letters were not
included in the minutes. [AConC 317-8]. Christian Smith was two away from Jonathan Ferguson on the 1779
Kinderhook tax roll.
Jonathan Ferguson married Mary, dau. of Henry and ___ (Lampman) Young of Hoosick. Her father Henry Young was
born 1737. Jonathan Ferguson Sr. was assessed at 5s in Hallowell Township 18 July 1798. He was in the class rated 2nd.
He was next to Farrington Ferguson who was rated the same and Rozel Ferguson was four away from Farrington and was
rated the same. Jonathan Ferguson Jr. was rated 1st class and was assessed at 2s 6p. (Wilkinson Ferguson was in the same
town but was not rated. He was assessed at 2s in 1798).119 Jonathan Ferguson was noted as having “a wife and two
sons” in Appendix B, Old United Empire Loyalist List, not dated but ca. 1800. Widow Ferguson was also on this list
with two sons and two daughters. Jonathan and Mary (Young) Ferguson settled and had children at Athol, PEI.
10. Jacob Ferguson U.E.
Of Fredericksburgh and Hamilton.
FD- JACOB FERGUSON, (Richard4-3, Thomas2, John1), was in Cataraqui, Township #3 in 6 Oct. 1784 with a family
of himself and his wife, 2 sons over 10 years and 4 girls under 10 years. Sergt. Richard Ferguson was one away from him
on the list. A note says “his land not run out.” He was still in Cataraqui in July/August 1786 with the same family except
one of the girls was now over 10 years. He was given 6 rations per day and Richard Ferguson Sr. was again one away
from him on the list. [EOS 78, 170]. Jacob Ferguson of Hallowell was a witness for Jane Ferguson’s marriage 20 April
Jacob Ferguson lived at Fredericksburgh and Hamilton, Ont.
i. Joanna; m. ___ Burnham; Orders in Council, [O.C.] 1801.
ii. Nancy; m. John Randall of Hamilton; O.C. 1817.
iii. Richard, of Hamilton; O.C. 20 May 1817.
iv. Elethear; m. Isaac Secore Jr. of Scarborough; O.C. 2 June 1819.
v. Sarah; m. Noadiah Sawyer of Scarborough; O.C. 26 Nov. 1840.
vi. David; had Land Board Certificate 24/8 Thurlow.
FERRINGTON FREDERICKSBURG LENNOX 1 ADDITIONAL 12 100
ISRAEL MARYSBURG PR EDWARD CON 1 EAST CARRYING PL 18 200
JACOB MARYSBURG PR EDWARD CON 1 E. OF EAST LAKE 19 100
JOHN SIDNEY HASTINGS 1 33 200
JOHN SIDNEY HASTINGS 2 33 200
JONATHON MARYSBURG PR EDWARD CON 1 E. OF EAST LAKE 19 100
LT. MARYSBURG PR EDWARD CON 1 E. OF EAST LAKE 15 200
LT. ISAAC FREDERICKSBURG LENNOX 3 14 200
LT. RODER'K FREDERICKSBURG LENNOX 2 22 200
RICHARD MARYSBURG PR EDWARD CON 1 E. OF EAST LAKE 17 200
RICHARD MARYSBURG PR EDWARD CON 1 EAST CARRYING PL 20 100
ROZELL FREDERICKSBURG LENNOX 2 7 100
SGT. JACOB MARYSBURG PR EDWARD CON 1 EAST CARRYING PL 19 200
12. Lt. Israel Ferguson U.E.
Active in the American Revolution. Joined British at Skeenborough in 1777. Afterwards his mother and sisters and one
brother were thrown in gaol by the rebels. Worked as a recruiter and courier during the revolution. (Lots of
documentation in Haldimand Papers)
Died during severe winter and first to be buried in what is now Belleville. (History of the Settlement of Upper Canada,
With Special Reference to the Bay of Quinte. CHAPTER XXV. page 248: The first place set apart in which to bury the
dead, in the township of Thurlow was the "Taylor Burying Ground." It is situated in Belleville, at the east of the mouth
of the Moira, in view of the bay. The first person committed to the earth here was Lieut. Ferguson, who had been
associated with Capt. Singleton.) Brother-in-law was Capt J. Singleton.
"The Kings Rangers... This provincial corps was hardly worthy of the name. Raised on a warrent from General Sir Henry
Clinton, the commander of the Central Department, it should not have been in Canada at all. The commander,
Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Rogers, raised a few men in New York State and Nova Scotia and he sent his brother James,
the corp's major, to Canada in the summer of 1779 in quest of recruits.
for staying. Later Haldimand relented and allowed James to remain and form his men into companies.
In January 1783 the Governor accepted three companies of Kings Rangers into the Northern Department.
Haldimand had many difficulties with the Kings Rangers, a fact substantiated by the list of officers. James Breakenridge
is shown as the Captain in Major Roger's company, although in more conventional regiments, a major was not permitted
a junior officer of this rank. On claims made later, several men stated that they had been officers in the Kings Rangers
but their names do not appear on any list.
A list of Officers and Non-commissioned Officers from a muster roll of January 27 1784, Haldimand Papers:
Captain James Breakenridge, Lieutenant Israel Ferguson, Ensign William Bell, James Parks, Ziba Phillips, Corporals:
John Morhouse, David Palmer, Samuel Brownson, Volunteers: Richard Ferguson, Farrington Ferguson, Arra Ferguson,
TOWN–THURLOW. page 490
The oldest map in the Crown Lands Department, states that this township was surveyed in 1787, by Louis Kotte; perhaps