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OLD BELFAST FAMILIES
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THE NEW BURYING GROUND

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Gravestone Inscriptions,

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Biographical Notes

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Clifton Street Graveyard

FERGUSON

[Monument (now lost) with elegantly carved surround secured to west wall.] Here lie the remains of Mrs Ferguson relict of the late Doctor Ferguson who died 24th Jany 1804 aged 83 years Also two of her grandchildren Elizabeth and Alexander who died infants and her grandson James Ferguson who died 26th Octr 1816 aged 26 years. Also his son John Stephenson Ferguson who died 20th Decr 1816 aged 3 years Also of John Stephenson Ferguson Esqr. who died 3rd March 1833 in his 70th year. Also his widow Mrs Ellen Ferguson who died on the 20th March 1837 in her 70th year. Also Colonel George Ferguson, youngest son of the above John S. Ferguson Esqr who died in Paris on the 30th day of April 1878 in his 75 years. Also John Francis Ferguson D.L.,J.P., who died 17th Sept 1879 aged 78 years.
[The will of John Francis Ferguson of Belfast, Esq. J.P. D.L., died September 1879 at same p1ace proved at Belfast on the 15 October 1879 by the oaths of William Crawford Thomas Douglas Crawford and Thomas Montgomery, all of Belfast, esquires, the executors. Effects in U.K. under £100,000.
The Ferguson family was one of the longest established in Belfast, the first member here probably being Dr. Victor Ferguson who arrived with William III's army as a surgeon. His son was Dr. Ferguson, mentioned above, who, as well as being a doctor, was a linen merchant. His son John Stephenson Ferguson was also a linen merchant and founded the extensive firm of J. S. Ferguson and Co. whose offices were in the White linen Hall. In the early years of the l9th century he owned large bleach greens at Ballysillan and a paper mill at Antrim. He was President of the Belfast Chamber of Commerce from 1821 to 1832. He was a member of the committee of the Belfast Charitable Society and in the latter part of the previous century had been a Volunteer He also helped to found the Linenhall library.
His son John Francis Ferguson continued the firm and for many years was a Deputy lieutenant for Co. Antrim. Like his father before him, he lived in Donegall Place in a house whose site was later occupied by Robinson and Cleaver's department store, and at the time of his death in 1879 was one of the last private residents in that thoroughfare.
The firm continued as handkerchief and fancy linen manufacturers until well into the 20th century, with premises in linenhall Street West.
See Benn: A History of the Town of Belfast, Vol.II,1880.]

FERGUSON

[triangular-topped stone with obliterated coat-of-arms on south side and inscription on north side.] This stone is placed here by her children in loving memory of Matilda, wife of John Ferguson, who died l0th January 1853, whose remains together with those of her sister Margaret, wife of George McCULLOCH, who died February 1855, also her father Charles O'DONNELL, who died l0th October 1825, and her mother Mary, rest beneath.

[Matilda Ferguson and Margaret, widow of George McCULLOCH were both resident at Comber, county Down at the time of their deaths.]

FERGUSON

[Marble tablet in surround, secured to south wall in railed enclosure.] Erected by James B. Ferguson in memory of his beloved mother Bell Ferguson who departed this life 11th Feb. 1855, in the 82nd year of her age. Here also lie the remains of Thomasina and James his children who died in infancy. William MeMURRAY, his nephew who died 21st May 1848 aged 15. Isabella DCASTLE his niece, who died 5th Dec. 1855 aged 26. Captain WA. Hardcastle his brother-in-law, who died 2nd Feby 1858. Helen E. Ferguson his daughter who died 11th March 1868. Margaret Ferguson his wife who died 30th Aug. 1868. James Baxter Ferguson who died 20th Sept 1877. Jane Ferguson, his daughter-in-law who died 13th Feby 1910. James Hyndman Ferguson, her husband who died 16th Feby 1921 aged 80 years. And of Margaret Ferguson daughter of James B. Ferguson, who died 17th August 1923 aged 81 years.
[Continued on polished granite slab at the base.] In memory of 2nd Lt James Ernest Ferguson, 10th Batt. Royal Dublin Fusiliers, who was killed in France on 20th April 1917, while leading the company and buried near Gavrelle, only son of James Hyndman and Jane Ferguson.
[The will of William Augustus Hardcastle of Belfast in the county of Antrim, half-pay lieutenant in Her Majesty's 75th Regiment, who died 30 January 1858 at Belfast aforesaid, was proved at Belfast on the 3 March 1858 by the oaths of James Baxter Ferguson of same place merchant the sole executor Effects under £300.
James B. Ferguson was a starch manufacturer with works in Unity Street, the firm being Molyneaux and Ferguson. Formerly, in the 1840s an 1850s, it was known as the Belfast starch Works at 79 Donegall Street.]

FERGUSON

[Slightly flaking and now lost.] Erected by David Ferguson of Girvan who died at Belfast, 11th Nov. 1851 aged 56 years.

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