Biography: Ferguson, John, M.D. *********************************************** Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives Limerick Index Copyright ************************************************ File contributed by: C.L. JOHN FERGUSON, M.D. The ancestors of Dr. Ferguson were Scotch, who settled in the North of Ireland, and were generally engaged in the celebrated linen manufacture of that part of the country. His grandfather, David, settled in the South of Ireland, and was a merchant in the town of Rathkeale, County of Limerick, which is watered by the "Lordly Shannon," one of the noblest rivers in the united Kingdom. Here he was married and here reared his family of five sons and two daughters, giving them good educations. The professions of the law, divinity and medicine claimed one each of the boys, only one of whom is at this date living and he is the judge of the Circuit Court for the Southern District in Ireland. The remaining son, named for his father, chose also his father's business, which he carried on in his native town successfully, and married a daughter of Councilor Fitz-Gerald, of the city of Limerick, known in history as the city of the "broken treaty." From this union there were eight children, the eldest of whom was John (the subject of this sketch), who was born October 28, 1829, in Rathkeale. He was early placed under the care and instruction of a private tutor, where he remained for several years, and completed his collegiate course with the Jesuits. Immediately after he was placed under the instructions of his uncle, Philip O'Hanlon, M.D., of Rathkeale, who had a large city and country practice. In due time Dr. Ferguson graduated at the Hall of Apothecaries, in Dublin, and still associated with Dr. O'Hanlon, acquired a practical knowledge of medicine, surgery, pharmacy and dispensatory practice. His uncle emigrated to America and soon afterwards became justly celebrated in its metropolis. Dr. Ferguson followed him to America in 1851, and that he might practice his profession here he offered himself for examination to the faculty of the Medical College of Castleton, Vt., and received from them their diploma. The following spring he passed the examination of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York City, and received their diploma. At this time he accepted the position of a surgeon on the line of mail steamships plying between New York, Liverpool, Bremen and Havre, where for a period of three years he associated with many literary people among the traveling public and made many valuable friends. Leaving the service of the steamship company, Dr. Ferguson was appointed one of the postmortem examining surgeons for the coroners of New York City, also assistant anatomical demonstrator and assistant clinical examiner at Medical University, in Fourteenth Street, a college chiefly patronized by the sons of Southern planters, who were a liberal and chivalrous class of gentlemen. After practicing for some years in New York City, he removed to Manchester, N.H., in 1861, being the first Irish physician to settle here. Dr. Ferguson, shortly after, was appointed by Governor Berry surgeon of the Tenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers, and left for the front, with his regiment, in the fall of 1862. Dr. Ferguson, during his residence ni New York, was surgeon on the staff of Colonel Corcoran, of the famous Sixty-Ninth New York State Militia, and saw service in the quarantine riots on Staten Island. This service fitted him all the better to fill the position of brigade surgeon during the Civil War, near the close of which he returned to Manchester, where he has since been successfully engaged in his private practice, which has become large and lucrative. Prior to removal to Manchester, Dr. Ferguson married Eleanor, only surviving daughter of Michael and Eleanor Hughes, who were of an old and wealthy family of New York City, where she was born June 24, 1838. From this union there have been four children, - Eleanora, Mary C., John D., and Alfred W. Among his professional brethren, Dr. Ferguson is known to be a skillful and thoroughly educated practitioner, and in social life is an affable and courteous gentleman. Source: History of Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co., 1885.