Biographical sketch of PATRICK B. FERGUS from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
This bio spans two (2) pages: 411-412
PATRICK B. FERGUS
Usually the successful man is not only provident, but even parsimonious. Those who are really genial and generous rarely accumulate much. Indeed it is common to find them in their declining years in straightened circumstances, badly in need of a little of the much they have given away. Poverity (sic) and generosity are twin brothers, while affluence and avarice are very nearly related. Occasionally a person encounters a character in which generosity and providence are so nicely balanced and united that it would be difficult to tell where the one stopped and the other began. When you meet such an individual you may rest assured that you have found one in whom human perfection has begun and made much progress.
Patrick B. Fergus, a resident of Grant township, St. Clair county, Michigan, is the subject of this sketch. If there is one leading characteristic of his nature it is generosity, but while free and open, it is tempered by his common sense, that he has managed to retain enough to keep from want himself and those depending upon him for support. His lungs were first inflated with the breath of life in Belmullet, in the county of Mayo, Ireland, on the 11th day of May, 1836. He was the son of William and Sarah (Minahan) Fergus, natives of the city of Belfast. William was in the employ of a transportation company as agent or foreman for the loading and unloading of their ships. In the execution of his duties, accompanied by his brothers, Patrick, Faro and Edward, he moved his family from his native city to the county of Mayo, where Patrick, the subject of this sketch, was born.
In 1861 the family emigrated to America, in a sailing vessel, being six weeks in making the voyage. They landed in New York city and were not long in making their way to St. Clair county, where they purchased eighty acres of land, in section 26, Grant township. A log cabin was built in which the family lived until 1883, when the present commodious frame structure was erected. With youth, strength and Irish energy, the junior male members of the family were not long in clearing the land, making a good farm out of the wilderness. William and Sarah (Minahan) Fergus were the parents of six children, namely: Edward, Faro, Patrick, Jane, Sarah and Catherine, all of whom are now dead except Patrick, the subject of this sketch. Three years after coming to America, in 1861, the father of this family breathed his last. He was a man of much ability, native intelligence and fair education. He was very particular to see that each of his children had the opportunity of acquiring some learning, all being well versed in the common school branches. After the death of her husband Mrs. Fergus adopted a boy, Thomas Minahan, the child of a near relative, and reared him to manhood as if he were her own son. He is now a prosperous man, living in Sanilac county, Michigan, and it was at his home she died some years ago.
Patrick B. Fergus, the subject of this sketch, resided with his parents until the death of his father. It was by him that most of the clearing of the land was done and the improvements made. He was an expert with an ax, and it was beneath his sturdy blows that the giants of the forest were swept from the Fergus farm. He cut and marketed a great deal of cordwood during the Civil war, and it was from this source that much of the family supplies were procured during that period of inordinately high prices. At the settlement of his fatherís estate, by dealing liberally, even generously, with the other heirs, he secured the eighty acres of land which comprised the home place, and has added to it, from time to time, until he now owns two hundred and sixty acres. On August 1, 1866, he was united in marriage to Dora Fleming, a native of Canada, but of Irish parentage. To them have been born several children, viz: William died at the age of fourteen years; Faro is a school teacher of St. Clair county, and the other children are still at home with their parents. Educationally, physically and intellectually each of the children is well equipped for the battle of life.
In politics Mr. Fergus is a Democrat, but has never aspired to any public position whatever. In religion he is a Catholic and a liberal contributor to the support of the church, as he is to every worthy cause. His life has been one of long and patient toil, from which many others have benefited, through his liberality, far more than he has himself. He is a man who never sees human suffering or privation without a desire to relieve it, and if the victim happens to be one in whose veins circulates the same blood as his own, even though the relationship were remote, he has never yet been so needy himself that he would not give of his substance for the relief of his kinsman. One single gift of a farm that he presented to his brother cost him twelve hundred dollars. Personally Mr. Fergus is genial and companionable, quick in wit and ready in conversation. The dry humor of many of his daily utterances are well worthy of preservation. He has read much, and his memory of all that has come under his observation is most remarkable. There is no brighter, better or more popular family in Grant township than that of Patrick B. Fergus.
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