From FindAGrave: looking for information about William and Melissa Ferguson (married 1908)

I noticed the photo you took on a Ferguson grave at Woodlawn Cemetery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and I was wondering if you happen to have any knowledge of the descendants of William and Melissa Ferguson (married 1908), or know anyone who might have knowledge.

Specially, I believe I may have inherited a rare genetic disorder from Melissa’s sister, Fanny Featherstone, and all of their grandparents lived normal lives, so it might be a new mutation that started either with Fanny or her parents, which means Melissa might have had it as well.

(What happens is that we look very healthy, but then get infections a lot and don’t mount a proper response, like having a high fever when we should, etc).

I noticed in Woodlawn cemetery, there are a few Ferguson graves with first names common in our family, I can’t help but wonder if those graves are children of William and Melissa who died in childhood…

(Most grave I’m almost positive it’s a child of theirs, because the name is the exact same name as Melissa’s mother, Isabell Margaret).

Both William and Melissa Ferguson are buried there, and Melissa and Fanny’s parents are buried there as well, and there’s a memorial for their brother who died in World War I (William James Featherstone), so I can’t help but start thinking some of those Ferguson graves might be her children and/or descendants…)

Some of us with this disorder do live into adulthood, my father who had this and lived to be 67, his brother was 59, but we tend to get a lot of cancers, particularly digestive and skin cancers, and of course lots of infections, like sinus infections, bronchitis, etc, usually starting right away in early childhood, making us very dependent on medical care.

(We look so healthy, it’s easy for some people to think we’re exaggerating our problems, but those who know us, know it’s just like a never ending cycle of issues because our immune systems can’t keep up—)

Thank you for your help 🙂


(I was born: Tara Leigh MacKay, 1975 in Ottawa. My family tree is on, it’s open to the public, you’re welcome to look at it 🙂

About hopeforanswers

Some kind of rare immune deficiency, yet to be determined. A lifetime of infections without an elevated white cell blood or fever. Very grateful to be alive, very thankful for the friends who’ve supported me and for access to literally millions of dollars worth of medical care. I’m not the bubble child, I’m somewhere in between.
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