Biographical Sketch of Aaron Ferguson, M. D.

Aaron Ferguson, M. D., deceased, late of Charleston; was born in Wilkes Co., N. C., Dec. 11, 1802; he was a son of Joel and Lydia (Chambers) Ferguson, and the oldest of a family of nine children; when he was quite young, his parents emigrated to Bloomington, Ind.; he obtained a collegiate education in the Bloomington College, after which, he studied medicine under Dr. Maxwell, of that place, and attended a course of medical lectures in Cincinnati; in 1830, he came to Charleston and entered upon the practice of his profession. He was married May 21, 1832, to Miss Susan P. Morton, daughter of Charles S. Morton, the original proprietor of the city of Charleston; she was born in Fayette Co., Ky., May 31, 1814, and came to Coles Co. with her parents in 1829; all their children, three in number, are still living; William C. resides in St. Louis; Irvin B., in Rockerville, Dakota Territory, and Aaronella L. is the wife of G. W. Parker, of St. Louis. Dr. Ferguson, not content with previous attainments, afterward pursued a course in the Medical Department of Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky., where he graduated about 1837; his practice was an extensive one, extending a distance of thirty miles in all directions; he was a close student all his life, retiring in his disposition, seeking no notoriety, and accepting no public offices, but devoting himself to study and the duties of his profession. He was, however, an earnest Republican, believing firmly in the principles of his party, and ready to advocate them on all suitable occasions. For about five years previous to his death, he was confined to his room by paralysis; he died April 10, 1876; as a physician, he occupied an exalted position, and as a citizen was held in universal respect. Mrs. Ferguson still resides in Charleston.



Chapman Brothers Portrait and biographical album of Coles County, Illinois Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887.

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