Information on Laura Emma Hagen

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Laura Emma Hagen, b ca 1839, m. Anthony Ferguson, b. ca 1837.  Seven children: Mary Louise, Ella Magdalene (my husband's ancestor, m. "Pink" Edmond Todd), Dora, Adell, John, Julia and Lepha.  This is all the informationi I have on them.
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Where did they live?
I don't have any other informaton on them, but their daughter, Magdalene was born in Elliot, Ford Co., IL.

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Anthony Ferguson and Laura Hagin are shown as parents of Ella Ferguson Upham, born 1871 at Clay, KS. At age 27, Ella married Ed Todd. Mr. Todd's birthplace was Dixto...N, Ford, IL. Groom's parents names are, father, Jesse Todd, mother, Rosanna Hagin.

Source, Iowa Marriages Index 1809-1992
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.6m points)
Note the maiden names of both mothers - Hagin.


I don't know if they're related.  I just discovered that myself.  Haven't spent much time on my husband's family, as they aren't interested in it.

Being new to this site, do I have to add my email and the anti-spam verification every time I send something?

I am guessing that you would probalby have to join up with wikitree so as not to have to add you email and anti-spam verification every time you send something. I signed up pretty soon after I discovered that wikitee existed as I like to do genealogy, but I don't like to pay for the service.

There are probably others who would have a better answer, that I have, to more thoroughly cover your concerns on this topic.

Quick review of census records about Jesse Todd and Rosanna Hagin (parents of Edmond Todd who married Ella Magdalene Ferguson). They were both born in Indiana. Laura (Hagin) Ferguson was also born in Indiana.
Did you happen to recall what year the census records were for each, how old they were at the time of the census and whether Rosanna Hagin lived in close proximity to Laura Hanin?
Jesse Todd m 1858 (Urbana, IL)
Rosanna Hagin (b 1841 Indiana)

Anthony Ferguson m 2/19/1860 (Ford Co., IL) Laura Hagin (b 1839 Indiana)

1860 Drummer, Ford Co., IL Patton, Ford Co., IL
1870 Dix, Ford Co., IL (not found)
1880 Dix, Ford Co., IL Mulberry, Clay Co., KS

I should add that I tried to find both Rosanna and Laura in the 1850 census. Nada. Zip. Rien.

Patton, IL is about 17 miles from Drummer, IL.

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Well, they were not easy to find, but I finally tracked them down in the 1880 US Census, living in Mulberry, Clay Co., Kansas.

Anthony (enumerated as "A.D.P." Ferguson, 44, was a grocer, born in Canada of Canada-born parents; his wife, Laura E., 36, was born in Indiana of NJ-born parents. Future census records of two of their children also record their parents as born in Canada and Indiana, respectively. Their children, enumerated in the 1880 census with them include (note extra daughter):

  1. Mary L., 18 (b abt 1862) Illinois
  2. Margareth R, 15 (1865) Illinois; she's not on your list
  3. Ellen M., 13 (1867) Illinois
  4. Dora E., 9 (1871) Kansas; indicating a move btw 1867 and 1870 from Illinois to Kansas
  5. John C., 6 (1874) Kansas (out of order from your list)
  6. Adel M., 3 (1877) Kansas
  7. Julie A., 1 (1879) Kansas
  8. Lepha is not listed on this census; presumably born after the census was taken (3 Jun 1880)

The parents and the first three children should be a family unit in the 1870 census, but I could not find them anywhere. If they were in transition from Illinois to Kansas, the census taker may not have found them.

Based on the oldest child's approximate birth year (1862), I'd guestimate that Anthony Ferguson and Laura Hagen married about 1861 probably in Illinois. I could not find either of them single or married in the 1860 census.

One possibility for Laura in the 1950 census is the 10-year-old daughter of John Agan in Washington, Daviess, Indiana. The census image is difficult to decipher.

I also did not have much luck finding them in the 1900 census -- Anthony and Laura, that is. Which is too bad, as it would have provided an immigration year for Anthony. (And subsequent search of Ancestry's immigration records brought up nothing.)

I did find (in 1900 census) Ella and Edmond Todd married 10 years in Grant, Iowa, with a number of children. And I found Dora married to Frank Hammond with dau Vera in Dixon, Sumner, Kansas. Both of these 1900 census records indicated the women's father was born in Canada; mother born Indiana, matching the 1880 census information.

I was unable to easily find any of the other Ferguson children in the 1900 census.

Of possible interest: I found Lepha (rare name) Ferguson in a 1906 city directory for Kansas City, MO, living at 1409 Locust, and working as a waitress.


by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (919k points)
You are phenomenal!   Thank you so very much.
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Found them in 1860 (thanks Frank, for the reminder to check which is where i presume you found the Iowa Marriage index?)

Always good to augment searches with searches.

Don't know why they didn't show up in my initial search.

In 1860, Anthony Ferguson, 24, no occupation listed, born Lower Canada with Laura, 16, born Indiana. Must have just married. They are enumerated in Patton, Ford Co., Illinois.

Source: "United States Census, 1860," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 Jan 2013), Anthony Furgeson, , Ford, Illinois; citing p. 305, family 99; NARA microfilm publication M653, FHL microfilm 803177.

by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (919k points)
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And here's Anthony and Laura's marriage info from the Illinois Marriage Index:


HAYAN, LAURA AMY [spelling might be a transcription error]

Married 1860-02-19

Volume 00A

page 0001

License #00000022

County: FORD

by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (919k points)

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