Born in Banton village, Kilsyth parish, Stirlingshire, Scotland in 1838, youngest son of his parents, James Ferguson and Margaret Brash.
Emigrated with his widowed father and most of his siblings to Kent county, Ontario, Canada in 1854.
Farmed near Thamesville, Ontario.
Married in 1864 to Jane Renwick of Brantford, Ontario.
Died in Thamesville in 1906.