Starksboro Village Meeting House


Starksboro Village Meeting House
Starksboro, Vermont
Founded 1840


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Rev. David Ferguson

From the Bristol Herald, March 23, 1995



David Ferguson was born in Starksboro, Vt., April 3, 1808. His grandfather had two sons, Elijah and Elisha. Having a great amount of territory in the town of Starksboro he gave a farm of 200 acres to Elisha, father of David Ferguson, where David spent his boyhood days. The deceased had three brothers and two sisters, all of whom died before he did.  The widow of his brother Andre still lives and was 91 on the day of his death. He was converted in October, 1831, under the preaching of Joseph Ayers, but not having an experience like some others he began to doubt, which led to neglect of duty until eleven months of captivity passed; then he started again for Canaan by faith. He joined the M. E. Church at Starksboro in January 1833, and on that day commenced the family altar which has always been kept up and held sacred. He was appointed class leader of the Starksboro class in January, 1834 and received his first license to exhort by Anthony C. Rice in January, 1835. He received a license to preach on Nov 25, 1935 and preached his first sermon on Dec. 30, 1835, at Starksboro, Vt. from Ps. 90:3, and then labored on the Hinesburgh circuit for nine months with Rev. L. Potter, He was ordained deacon at Middlebury, Vt., by Bishop R. Roberts on June 21, 1840, and four years after was ordained elder at Starksboro by Bishop E. Hedding, who was his mother's brother, assisted by J. Haslem, J. P. Foster and Newell Bixby. He has often related to me some of the bishop's experiences when a young man living near here, and the many precious visits from him after he became bishop.  He seemed not to be satisfied until I went, last year, and saw the very stone on which the bishop kneeled when he was baptized.  The stone has been taken from the brook and layed in a stone wall nearby. He also received as a present the commentary used by Bishop Hedding, which he prized very highly.

On Thursday evening, Sept 12, 1850, between 9 and 10 o'clock at the camp meeting at Shelburne Point he received the baptism of the Holy spirit. Entire sanctification has been his theme ever since in testimony, sermon and life.  He had a longing desire to see the unconverted saved and believers sanctified.

He was married to Julia Amelia Bushnell in April 1827 who died Jan. 8, 1840, leaving a daughter, still living, He afterward married Abigail Holcomb, who died Aug. 5, 1851, leaving a daughter who has since died. He next married Sarah B. Edwards of Bristol; who died Sept. 25, 1854. He then married Belvia A. Foster, widow of the late J. P. Foster, who had preached here. She, with her daughter Susie and his daughter Mandana and five grand children, still live mourn the loss of a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

David Ferguson supplied on the Starksboro circuit from 1853 to 1854 and from 1865 to 1866 and also part of 1873. He supplied on Weybridge charge from 1854 to 1856 and Monkton from 1857 to 1860. In 1888 he preached a sermon on the anniversary of his 80th birthday from 2 Tim. 4:6, 7, 8. He has not been able to preach much, since. He would have been 87 years old on April 3, 1895.

He was larger than the average man and had a strong constitution. He was sick very little during life, excepting the last few years, when from old age and kidney trouble he suffered very much. He was always found in his place in class and prayer well as the regular preaching services. He was at the Sunday morning service on Feb. 17, and was taken with erysipelas on the Tuesday following, and on Sunday, Feb. 24, blood poisoning set in and he was taken to be forever with the Lord about 5 p. m.  I was with him a few hours before he died when, instead of having his mind on his suffering, be was anxious to know about the Lord's work, and as we prayed together he shouted: Praise the Lord! His will be done not mine!

He was buried Feb. 26 at 10:30 a. m. in Starksboro, after which the funeral sermon was preached in the church by Rev J. J. Noe, presiding elder. Rev. E. B. Fuller and his pastor made a few remarks. The large gathering of friends then left feeling that an honored friend bad been taken from them.

  J. Melvin Smith, Pastor.


This information on the Ferguson family is based on Town and State Vital Records, United States Census Rolls, and other information commonly available and is believed to be accurate.  Please forward any questions about this information to the webmaster.


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