Jennet Ferguson

Photo is of Friends Meeting House on Quaker Hill, next to the Ferguson Farm. Jennet Ferguson is the daughter of Scotch (Scottish) immigrants William Ferguson and Mary Graham Ferguson, who arrive in Upper Canada from Cummertrees Dumfriesshire in 1832 and take up farming in Uxbridge in 1834.

In the Mohawk trilogy Jennet is the sister of Will and the domestic goddess Rebecca (and sister of Isabella and Mary and Jane). The latter three are married and not living at home. On the map of Canada West 1845 you can find Uxbridge, which is north of Toronto where the huge dark pines grow, and you can imagine the joys of being a young, north-of-Toronto settler during a Canadian winter.  

Jennet and Squire travel back and forth from Uxbridge to the Grand River. But usually not together.

Jeddah Golden’s horse farm abuts the Ferguson’s general stock farm.

 

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Stories that feature Jennet Ferguson

The Markham Gang, 1845-46

“Gang members took an oath of secrecy. They vowed to support each other in any way possible. They pledged to provide alibis in case they were arrested, and to back each other in court. This was a homegrown, nineteenth century Canadian ‘Mafia,’ a ‘mob,’ one of the earliest known cases of organized crime in British... Read more …

United Empire Loyalists and late loyalists

The American Revolution blazes a hasty trail to British Québec and the blazing continues into Upper and Lower Canada until 1815. Two kinds of American folkways come to Upper and Lower Canada: first round (pro British) in 1784, and second round (pro American) in 1790.   Ruth McConnell says the immediate effect of the American Revolution... Read more …

Trumpeting the books

Muriel Kuchison: Susan Minsos has written a most thoughtful, well-researched, descriptive, entertaining, pre-Confederation Canadian historical novel. In Charter, the third book in her Mohawk trilogy, she explores the struggle between the Indigenous peoples and the land-seeking settlers. She documents and contrasts the competing interests of the affluent, and often corrupt lives of those who are selling... Read more …

Bella Davis – daughter of Jennet and Squire Davis, and wife of William G Burr

1871 census In the midst of chaos, baby Isabella Davis is born. The year is 1860. Daughter of the Haudenosaunee’s Squire (Albert? Richard?) Davis (1825-1886) and Scottish immigrant Jennet/Jenett/Janet Ferguson Davis (1825-1905), Isabella has a steady and healthy existence for most of her adult life – but her early years have their share of tumult... Read more …

Death of Huronia. Arrival of United Empire Loyalists (1784). Jennet’s Uxbridge

“When the first white settlers arrived in Pickering and Whitby, Uxbridge and Reach, nothing of two hundred years of Huron, Iroquois and French occupation remained. Only the Mississauga ‘stood in the way’.” Leo A Johnson Disease and civil war smash and forever destroy Huron’s great civilization covering the upper country–variously Québec, Upper Canada, Canada West,... Read more …