Robert Ferguson, III (c.1767 - c.1829) MP

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Birthplace: York, South Carolina, United States
Death: Died in Rhea, Tennessee, United States
Managed by: Dan Cornett
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About Robert Ferguson, III

Sarah "Sally" Ferguson was the daughter of a Scots family living along the Tennessee River north of Chattanooga in 1818 when a young North Carolinian named Thomas Scott, a veteran of the Creek Indian Wars and the War of 1812, who was probably working as a farm laborer in the area, came to her attention. When her father, Robert Ferguson, realized that the relationship was becoming serious, he forbade Sally to see him again. He was probably unimpressed by Thomas's prospects or perhaps it was ethnic/religious differences, small as they may now seem (Highland but Presbyterian Ferguson vs. Lowland and Baptist Scott). In any case, Robert was unwise enough to make the ultimate fatherly threat — Young lady, never darken my door again if you marry this man! Sally decided she wouldn't — darken his door that is — so she eloped and married Tom on October 6, 1818 in Roane County, Tennessee.

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This Robert Ferguson is likely NOT the Robert Ferguson from New Jersey who married Abigail Enoch, as referenced on Ancestry here: that New Jersey family did not seem to have a daughter Sarah, for one thing. That Robert also died in New Jersey, and unless this Robert who lived in Tennessee went back to NJ, it is not likely the same person.

Robert Ferguson [III] died intestate leaving his wife Abigail and their 8 children (Eli, Sally Scott, Martin, Elias, Polly, Jane, and Robert)

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Robert Ferguson, III's Timeline

1767
1767
York, South Carolina, United States
1798
January 11, 1798
Age 31
Lincoln or Rutherford, North Carolina, United States
1829
1829
Age 62
Rhea, Tennessee, United States
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