His parents, Archibald Dempster and Sarah McCuen emigrated from Scotland, marrying in Wisconsin on June 25, 1845. Archibald, Ferguson Dempster, Sr. was born in Fossoway and Tulliebole, Kinross-shire in 1815. His occupation was listed as a draper (cloth merchant) when he first came to America in 1839. Mineral Point has a rich history in mining. Although there is no documentation that suggests that is what compelled my 3rd great grandfather to move out west, there are clues that it may be.
Archibald Dempster Sr. purchased 40 acres of land in Wisconsin. The documentation shows that the purchase was made on April 1st, 1848, yet they moved to California a year later. The town of Mineral Point's website says that "... in 1849 the California Gold Rush resulted in an exodus from the young city, and Mineral Point fell into a state of depression." This makes me wonder if my great grandparents were in search of gold in the California hills. Sarah McCuen Dempster died shortly after the move leaving three young children under the age of 5 without a mother. He is a photo of their land patent signed by the office of President James K. Polk:
Following the death of my 3rd great grandmother, it was difficult to track what happened to the three children. My great grandfather Archibald Ferguson Dempster, Jr. (1845-1927) was the oldest. He had two sisters, Sarah Jane Dempster (1847-1926) and Emmaline Dempster (1849-1924). I found some information from a Kent County Commemorative Biography of Sarah Jane's husband, Dr. David Green. He was a renown veterinary surgeon in Ontario. Here is an excerpt:
"In January 1867 Mr. Green married Miss Sarah J. Dempster, who was born in Wisconsin January 14, 1847, daughter of Archie S.[sic] Dempster and Sarah McCuen of Scotland. Her parents moved to California when Mrs. Green was a child, there the mother died leaving Mrs. Green who was reared by Daniel Whitesell of County Elgin and his wife. Archie Dempster lived a number of years in California after the death of his wife and then removed to New Zealand where he still lives."
This was written in 1904, making may 3rd great grandfather Archie Sr. at least 89 years old at the time. Daniel Whitesell, who raised Sarah Jane Dempster, was the great uncle of her future husband, Dr. David Green, DVM (1847-1923).
|Catherine Campbell (1845-1922)|
I have very few memories of my maternal grandfather Lorne. I think he looked a lot like his dad, pictured here, from my memory. He was a farmer, like his father. He had modern farm equipment, but kept an old horse drawn sleigh. He used to take the grandchildren for sleigh rides in the winter.
I hope everyone has a lovely holiday season celebrating whatever it is you celebrate! May your days be merry and bright ☃❄🏂