Fargus: spelled in a variety and creative ways, from Ferguy to Forgus to Fargus, Fargis and Fergus.
Who are these people? Where did they come from?
William Fargus Sr.
William Fargus Jr.
Francis Fargus (my ancestor)
1790 Pa Census no Fargus listed in PA.
1800 PA Census Lycoming Co. Pine Creek Twp. Francis Ferguy 10011/1001
1810 PA Census Lycoming Co. Pine Creek Twp. Francis Forgus 21010/3101
Clearly there is an older male living in the Fargus Household of 1800 although the census records the name as Ferguy, the name is Fargus.
In a historical account of Lycoming County, 1800 Taxables lists William Fargus Sr., Francis Fargus as a merchant, William Fargus Jr. farmer, these are in Pine Creek Township. In Lycoming Twp. is James Fargus, farmer.
What happened to William Fargus Jr. and James Fargus of 1800 taxables, but not found on the 1800 census. Could they have been living in households of another? or did they leave Lycoming Co. altogether.
I believe the older male in Francis Fargus household is William Fargus. I have had the census info for sometime, but now is the first time I have found any other Fargus names in Lycoming Co.
Going by the 1790 Census that is available, only one other instance of the name Fargus appears, that is William Fargus in York Co. South Carolina enumeration of the household is 2 males over age 16, 2 males under age of 16 and 4 females. I think it is highly improbable that he is the same found in Lycoming Co. in 1800, but not impossible.
I will post my lines again in the hope that someone, somewhere might have some insight to this person.
Francis Fargus, b. date unknown. according to census data his birth is placed between 1756 to 1774, place possibly Ireland as his daughter Catharine Fargus Smith said in the 1880 census that her father was born in Ireland.
Francis Fargus m. Catharine Shade, daughter of Sebastian Shade.
James Fargus m Elizabeth (Betsy) Patterson, wife died early on and he and partner James Andrews and his wife, James sister removed from Lycoming/later Clinton County to Canada to work for Absalom Shade at Shades Mills/aka/Galt/Cambridge Ontario. James died and left his property in Pa. to his mother. Absalom Shade was administrator of his nephew's will.
Frances Fargus m. James Andrews
Nancy Fargus m David Mc Closkey
Mary Fargus m. George Smith of the Great Island 1814, posted in the Lycoming Gazette March 1814 as the daughter of the late Francis Fargus. George Smith was the son of George Smith and Eva unknown.
Catherine Fargus b. 1811 m Philip Smith b. 1803 they married in 1833 Clinton Co. Pa. Philip Smith and George Smith are brothers.
I descend from James Fargus Smith son of Catherine Fargus and Philip Smith.
The Fargus/Forgus/Fergus families are enumerated until 1820 in Lycoming Co. afterwards they are found in Clinton Co. They had not moved but the county lines had changed when Clinton Co. was formed placing them in the new Clinton Co.
Nancy M. Boyd