Margaret Ferguson née Huggins, wife of David

Margaret Huggins was the daughter of John Huggins (died c.1741), of Glenarb townland, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone. Very little is known about Margaret, other than:

  • In 1730, Margaret married David Ferguson, son of Andrew, of Farriter townland, parish of Killeeshil, in the county of Tyrone. [1]

  • An abstract of the will of Margaret's father suggests that the towns and lands of Kedie [Kedew, parish of Aghaloo] were bequeathed to David Ferguson. [2]

  • One of the witnesses to a Deed of Assignment, between John McWilliams of Carnteel and Isaac Glenny of county Down, was "David Ferguson, Keady." [3] ... Note: Keady and Kedie were alternate spellings for Kedew townland.

  • The eldest son, and heir, of David Ferguson and Margaret Huggins was John Ferguson. David appears to have died by 1777. [4]

At the time of writing (2015-12-03), traces of possible descendants are limited to the following:

  • The 1796 flax growers' list included James Ferguson, and James Ferguson, jun., both of the parish of Killeeshil. [5]
  • In 1798, there was a James Ferguson on a list compiled for the Stewart Estate in Killeeshil. Mr. Ferguson occupied 16 acres, 1 rood, and 5 perches on the estate. [6]
  • The surname, Ferguson, appears in the Householders' Index, under the Tithe Applotments (1829), but not under Griffith's Valuation (1860). [7]

Research of this branch of the Huggins family is a work-in-progress.


  1. Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Huggins to Ferguson. Memorial no. 109-245-75752, dated  2 October 1730, registered 7 February 1842. Copy on microfilm at the PRONI, Belfast, ref. MIC/311/72 (accessed 2003-11).
  2. Ellis and Eustace. Abstracts of Wills. Vol II. (1708-1745). "No. 656. Huggins, John, Glenarb, parish of Aghalow, Co. Tyrone 7 April 1741...His son-in-law David Ferguson...Town and lands of Kedie..." Ref. 106, 283, 73771. Dublin: Stationery Office for the Irish Manuscripts Commission, 1984.
  3. Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Deed of Assignment, between John McWilliams, the younger, of Carenteel, and Isaac Glenny, of Lovellmore, county Down; which recites that by lease 17th August 1747 the Primate to John McWilliams (Gent) & undertenants 1/4 of Mullabrack, said 1/4 of Mullabrack from McWilliams to Glenny; witnessed by David Ferguson, Keady, gent, and Hugh Cumings, Kearneyhill, Armagh; memorial witnessed by John Melling, Newry. Deed no. 126:258:86743, registered 14 November 1747. Abstract online at the Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland, (accessed 2015-12-03).
  4. Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Abstract: "John Ferguson, eldest son and heir of David Ferguson, late of Farator [Farriter, parish of Killeeshil], by Margaret Ferguson otherwise Huggins, his wife; Revd. William Nixon, City of Dublin, Batchelor [sic] of Arts." Deed no. 325-49-212796. Online at Colin Ferguson's county Tyrone web page,
    ~colin/FergusonsOfIreland/Tyrone.htm (accessed 2003-12).
  5. 1796 Irish Flax Growers List. Index online at John Hayes' web site, (2015-12-03).
  6. CoTyroneIreland-L mailing list. Subject: Ferguson. Poster: Patricia Doyle, dated 12 July 2006.
  7. Doyle, Harry, compiler. Householders' Index, parish of Killeeshil, Barony of Lower Dungannon, county Tyrone. Posted to the County Tyrone genealogy web site, (accessed 2015-12-03).

This page was published on the 3rd December 2014, and edited subsequently on the 4th December 2015.

If you have a family history connection to a Huggins family from the county of Tyrone—or if you have information to add to the biographical sketches presented here—please consider getting in touch via the contact page.

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