JAMES, JOHN TODD AND WILLIAM FERGUSON
When Jessie Todd , the first wife of James Murray Ferguson, died she left him with three young sons to raise. William was only a few months old the other two were 4 and 2 years old. A very early photo (below) of John with his Auntie Jessie Todd may well have been taken at the time of her funeral,
They were soon to be surrounded by siblings when their father remarried and went on to have 11 more living children . The boys all went to school at Ayr Academy.
Family stories have it that other the two older brother James Pictured right) was the more academic, He completed his education and was working as a Clerk by the time he was 17. He left Ayr for Manchester where he worked as a travelling salesman, a profession he continued when he emigrated to Adelaide Australia .