|Posted By:||David Boylan|
|Subject:||Re: Rev. William Ferguson|
|Post Date:||May 29, 2004 at 05:39:23|
|Forum:||Ireland Genealogy Forum|
Many thanks for your return email.
Tevena is actually a shortened version of the townland called Tievenagh, which was in the Civil Parish of Ardtrea, when Civil Parishes existed in Ireland.
If you recall Pat, in the first message I had sent to you on May 10, you'll see the Griffiths Valuation entry for William Ferguson living in Tievenagh. Of course you would not recognize that the two townlands, Tevena and Tievenagh were the same, as I didn't either until I started looking further into Tyrone place-names.
I've included that Grififths enumeration just below for easy reference:
No. and Letters of Reference in Map: 4
Occupier: REV. WILLIAM FERGUSON
Lessor: REV. JAMES JONES
Barony: MIDDLE AND UPPER DUNGANNON
Description of Tenement: House, offices,and land
Area: 13 Acres, 3 Roods, 27 Perches
Rateable Annual Valuation of Land: 13 Pounds, 0 Shillings, 0 Pence
Rateable Annual Valuation of Buildings: 2 Pounds, 0 Shillings, 0 Pence
Total Annual Valuation of Rateable Property: 15 Pounds
By the way Pat, I went back to that Griffiths entry once again and found the enumeration for an Alexander Ferguson, who had lived near William in Tievenagh. The Griffiths entry states that Alexander was a "watchmaker," who leased his property from the Rev. James Jones, who was the same person that William Ferguson had leased his land from.
And living near Alexander Ferguson, was a man named Thomas Ferguson, who leased his own land from the Rev. James Jones.
Also Pat, I believe I found the marriage listing for William Ferguson and Alexander Ferguson's daughter. The daughter's name was Sarah Jane Ferguson.
This entry was found at a link from a "Fergusons of Tyrone" website. This link is at:
The marriage listing comes from the December 23, 1845 edition of the Armagh Guardian. The listing from the link is just below:
23 December 1845
On the 11th instant, by the Rev. A. Symington, D. D., Paisley, the Rev. William S. Ferguson, of Grange, County Tyrone, to Sarah Jane, second daughter of Alexander Ferguson, Esq., of Ardtrea, near Cookstown.
Well, this has been a learning experience for both of us as now we know who the Rev. William Ferguson married. By the way Pat, I forgot to mention that the home page for the Fergusons of Tyrone website is at: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~colin/FergusonsOfIreland/Tyrone.htm#Marriage%20Lists
At that website I found a very interesting commentary about the Rev. William Ferguson by his son, the Rev. Samuel Ferguson, which I think you may also find interesting. Please see below:
Notes communicated by Rev. Samuel Ferguson, Waterside, Londonderry
"Our branch of the family," writes the Rev. Samuel Ferguson, "was settled at Ardtrea (a parish) near Stewartstown co. Tyrone, I think about the time of the Plantation of Ulster (1610-13). I have heard of an old map of the Ardtrea estate, made in the seventeenth century, in which the name of an Alexander Ferguson is entered as a tenant of the farm in the centre of the estate. My father, now ninety years of age, Rev. Wm. Staveley Ferguson, minister at Grange, cCo. Tyrone, told me years ago that three brothers Ferguson came from Scotland to Carrickfergus centuries ago; one of them settled at Ballyreagh above Cookstown, Tyrone; another his progenitor at Ardtrea, and a third somehow drifted to Cork. When I was at the University I met a descendent of the latter James R. A. Ferguson. He was a rather brilliant student in Civil Engineering .
"My uncle was Rev. Alexander Ferguson, minister at Corboy, co. Longford, but before his death at Kilkinamany, co. Down. There is a family connection of Fergusons - David Ferguson - settled at Amherst, Goose River, Nova Scotia...I notice in vol. ii. of Reid's History of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, that a Rev. Archibald Ferguson was minister at Antrim in 1646. He seems to have come direct from Scotland. Perhaps he was related to Rev. Andrew Ferguson of Burt, co. Donegal, who was ordained there in 1690, and was the ancestor of Sir. R. Ferguson...There is an hotel in Castlederg named 'Ferguson Arms.' There was no planter in Ireland named ferguson (see Pynnar's Survey in Harris' Hibernica.)"
Ferguson, James and Ferguson, Robert Menzies (eds)., Records of the Clan and Name of Fergusson, Ferguson, and Fergus, Edinburgh: 1895.
Supplement to above published 1899.
I also discovered a short biography about the Rev. William Ferguson, at a website that lists the names of the Ministers for County Tyrone.
The entry from the website is copied just below:
Ministers in County Tyrone
1844 - 1894 William Staveley Ferguson, Son of Andrew Ferguson of Tevena (Tievena) (sic), grandson of Rev William Staveley. When he retired in 1894 he returned to the family home at Tevena where he died 16th October 1905 aged 94.
This short biography confirms, as you noted, that William's father was named Andrew, and that one of his grandfathers was named William Staveley, which of course, I hadn't been aware of. I'm not sure however, if Staveley was a paternal or maternal grandfather.
But getting back to the Rev. William Ferguson and Sarah Jane Ferguson, their marriage should be recorded in the Grange or the Ardtrea Presbyterian Church registers. The marriage entry wasn't clear in which place the marriage took place, Grange or Ardtrea.
I know it was, and still is customary for weddings to take place in the bride's parish in the Catholic Church, and I also believe in the Church of Ireland, but I'm not sure if that held true for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
Actually, the reference to Grange in the wedding announcement from the Armagh Guardian, would have been a reference to the town of Grange, in the Civil Parish of Clonfeacle, County Tyrone.
Because the announcement mentions the exact date of marriage, you could send away for the marriage certificate from the GRO in Belfast.
The website for the GRO is at: http://www.groni.gov.uk/index.htm
The actual marriage certificate should confirm where the marriage took place. Once you you know whether the marriage took place in Grange or Ardtrea, you could then write to the Presbyterian minister and ask that the church register entry of the marriage be sent to you.
You already have the address for the Rev. David Bell in Cookstown. Brian Mitchell's book, "A Guide To Irish Parish Registers," shows that there were two Presbyterian Churches in the Civil Parish of Clonfeacle, where Grange was located.
These include the Moy Presbyterian Church, with registers that go back to 1815, and the Benburb Presbyterian Church, with registers that commence in 1845, the year William and Sarah Jane Ferguson were married.
The book "Presbyterian Church of Ireland 2003," shows that one minister serves both Moy and Benburb today. See below for contact information:
Rev. William James Moody,
6 Benburb Road,
Moy, Dungannon, BT71 7SQ,
I found a photograph of the Clonfeacle Presbyterian Church, which you can view at:
If William and Sarah Ferguson were married in Grange, the Clonfeacle Presbyterian Church in the picture, may have been the church where the ceremony took place.
Thank you again for writing Pat,