Oregon Pioneer Biographies


"An Illustrated History of the State of Oregon," Rev. H. K. Hines, D.D., the Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1893, pg. 500.

John B. Fergueson

John B. Fergueson, an Oregon pioneer of 1847, was born in Richland County, Ohio, in 1825. His father, Samuel Fergueson was a native of Pennsylvania, and passed his boyhood upon a farm; in early manhood he moved to Ohio and was married in 1812 to Miss Jane Boyser. In 1826 they removed to Illinois, settling near Quincy, where they lived until 1842; they then removed to Andrew County, Missouri, and Mr. Fergueson reclaimed a farm from the native wilds, passing the remainder of his life there.

John B. Fergueson was married April 13, 1846, to Miss May Waldroup, and they lived with the parents during the lifetime of the latter. In the spring of 1847 they started to Oregon with one wagon, six yoke of oxen and four cows; they arrived at The Dalles after a comfortable trip, "without losing a hoof."

They were met by Samuel and Jesse Fergueson, pioneers of 1844, and continued by river to Portland, the cattle being driven by the trail. At Portland they again yoked up the oxen, and traveling overland to Tualatin plains, where they passed the winter. In the summer of 1848 they went up the Willamette valley, and in the fall Mr. Fergueson located a claim of 640 acres, five miles west of Junction City. He engaged in general farming and stock-raising, and has one of the best improved ranches in that section. he also owns 480 acres in adjoining localities; 200 acres are cultivated to grain, and the rest of the land is well stocked with sheep and cattle. In 1854 he drove cattle to eastern Oregon, and for twelve years followed the livestock trade in that locality, making frequent trips to the Willamette valley, crossing the Cascade mountains by several trails, and fully as many trips by the Columbia River.

Mrs. Fergueson died in April, 1879, leaving a family of six children: John S., Sarah J., wife of Martin Trivet; Joseph H.; Mary A., wife of Joel Pitney; Martha E., wife of Morris Allen, and Thomas Jefferson.

Mr. Fergueson was married again in 1880 to Miss Elizabeth Hinton, a native of Oregon and a daughter of Thompson Hinton, a pioneer of 1846; they have one child, a daughter, named Josephine. Mr. Fergueson is a member of Monroe Lodge, No. 49, A. F. & A. M. He has served one term as Commissioner of Lane County, but has given little attention to politics. He has been devoted to the interests of the farm and of stock-raising; and has met with more than ordinary success he is now living in the enjoyment of the fruits of his labors.

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