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Bernard Joseph Ferguson

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Rossinver, Tullyskeherny, Leitrim, Ireland
Death: December 03, 1947 (84)
Flushing, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Mt St Mary's RC Cemetery, Flushing, Queens, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Terence "Terry" Ferguson and Alice Ferguson
Husband of Susan Ferguson
Father of Mary Alice Ferguson; Paul Stephen Ferguson; Bernard Joseph Ferguson; Suzanne Rose Green; Eugene Patrick Ferguson and 1 other
Brother of Henry Ferguson; Anne Coyle; Bridget "Beezy" Sweeney; Terrence "Terry" Ferguson; Sarah Flynn and 7 others

Occupation: Postal Worker
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About Bernard Joseph Ferguson

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

    I, BERNARD FERGUSON, born October 4, 1863, in Tulliskernay-Ballagha Mehan Parish of Rossinver, COUNTY Leitrim, Ireland, attended the local National School - graduated from the Elementary School at the age of 14 years, worked on my father's farm until age of 25 years.  Came to the United States in 1889 landed in New York on April 20th of that year.
    All my life since I came to the use of reason I have been intensely interested in the Cause of Irish Freedom from the Yoke of England, in 1879 the land league movement was organized by Michale Davitt, a native of County Mayo, Ireland.  He was 44 years old, one forth of which he spent in an English Prision for being a rebel, this organization spread like wild fire over the length and breath of Ireland.
    This being a constitutional movement the English Government could not supress it.  The first meeting of the Land League was held at Irishtown in the County Mayo, the home of Michael Davitt, in April 1879 after being released from an English Prison, hence he is called the father of the Land League.
    The third meeting of the Land League was held in Manorhamilton, County Leitrim, 6 miles from my birth place in August 1879 then not being 16 years old, I waled to and from that meeting and the speeches I heard that memorable day still remain with me.  The meeting was addressed by John Daly of Castlebar, County Mayo and Jasper Tully, Editor of the Roscommon Herald, and Edmund Dwyer Gray, Editor of the Sligo Champion and others.
    I learned a lot of the history of Ireland and its wrongs from the speakers who addressed that meeting.  As in those days the English Government prohibited the teaching of Irish history in our schools of that time.
    Imagine what an uproar that would be held in the U.S.A. if our history was forbidden in the schools here.  The following year after landin I joined the 69th Regiment with the intention of being a loyal citizen of my adopted country.
    I belonged to the various Irish Societies, the A.O.H. and the Clan-Na_Gael and the Land League and later the Sinn Fein & Sons of Irish Freedom raising funds for the Irish Cause and selling bonds for the Irish Republic my record in that direction is well known in Queens Co. L.I.
    March 6th, 1894 I was married to Susan Clarke, a native of County Cavan, Ireland she bore me six children: Mary A., Paul Stephen, Bernard Joseph, Suzanne Rose, Eugene Patrick, John James.  My wife died in 1928 and John James who was a lieutenant in that Navy died in 1945 in the 2nd World War in an airplane wreck.  After three years service in the Navy another of my sons, Eugene Patrick served in the Army and was discharged in 1945.  During my years in the U.S.A. I travelled extensively in America, Canada, Europe, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Belgium and Germany in 1927-1930 and 1932.  Lifes work, Hotel employee, U.S. Government for nearly 30 years, real estate, building an insurance - retired in 1928.
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Military Service: 69th NY Regiment

Notes:

  • Bernard Ferguson had hoped to be a school teacher. He tutored in math, English and Latin in Rossinver.
  • He went to Scotland for a year before returning to Leitrim
  • Belonged to the Land League, joining when he was 16 years old. Worked for Irish freedom after emigrating to New York in 1889.
  • Emigrated to NY and lived with his brother, Henry, while working as a bartender.
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Bernard Joseph Ferguson's Timeline

1863
October 11, 1863
Rossinver, Tullyskeherny, Leitrim, Ireland
October 12, 1863
Ballaghameehan RC Parish, Leitrim, Ireland
1897
May 12, 1897
New York, Manhattan, New York, United States
1899
October 5, 1899
New York, New York, United States
1902
January 12, 1902
New York, Manhattan, New York, United States
1904
June 8, 1904
New York, Manhattan, New York, United States
1906
November 11, 1906
New York, Manhattan, New York, United States
1909
July 27, 1909
New York, New York, United States