"From: ""Becky Carter""
"Subject: [Ferguson] Roll Call/Joseph A Ferguson., SC to AL"
"Hi listers,"
"I don't have much on my Ferguson line, but would be happy to share what I have. Joseph A. Ferguson was born 3 Jan. 1820 somewhere in SC and died 24 June 1884 in Shelby Co., AL. He md. Lucy Caroline LEE, daughter of Solomon LEE and Martha HOLMES. Lucy Caroline was born 1Nov. 1827 in Perry Co., AL and died 17 Feb. 1885 in Shelby Co., AL. Their children were:"
"Mary Eliza born 15 Jan. 1847 in Perry Co., Infant born and died 1845 and buried on the Old Solomon Lee Place in Perry Co., Joseph L. born about 1850 in Perry Co., and Jonathon. Joseph was evidently quite the gambler because there are several court documents pertaining to gambling debts that he owed and was owed!"
"Mary Eliza married William Henry TAYLOR and they both were buried in Calhoun Co., AL."
I would love to hear from anyone familiar with this family.
"Best wishes,"
Becky Carter

From: Becky Carter
Joseph A. Ferguson
Joseph A. Ferguson was born about 1820 in SC. By 1805, he lived in Perry County, AL and was listed in the census with Sarah C. 23 of NC, Mary E. 3, and Joseph L. 6 mo. Also, there is a Joseph WATTERS, 30 of NC.
By 1860 Joseph lived in Shelby County, AL and had married Lucy Caroline LEE, daughter of Solomon Matthew LEE of Perry County. In the 1860 census he is listed as a planter with $15,000/$28,000, but by 1870 is listed as a farmer with $500/$400. Sometime before 1870, Joseph's daughter Mary Eliza married William H. TAYLOR. William worked as a clerk in Wilsonville and served as Justice of the Peace during the 1880's. Joseph's son, John L. Ferguson also served as a Justice of the Peace in Shelby County.
While in Shelby County, William H. TAYLOR and Mary Eliza Ferguson had three daughters: Mary J. born about 1872, Caroline Lee born December 1875, and Emma Wilson born December 25, 1877.
Joseph Ferguson died June 24, 1884 and Lucy Caroline died February 17, 1885, both in Wilsonville, Shelby County, AL.
Sometime before the turn of the century William and Mary Eliza moved to Anniston in Calhoun County, AL where he owned a grocery store with his son-in-law James WALLIS (WALLACE). Mary Eliza died October 30, 1899 in Calhoun County and William died there March 12, 1917, leaving 8 children.
Would love to hear from anyone familiar with this family! Becky Carter
From: Becky Carter <cuzbecky@bellsouth.net>
My dead end is:
Joseph A. Ferguson b. 1820 in SC and died in Shelby Co., AL 1884. He married Caroline Lee and they had at least 2 children: Mary Eliza Ferguson b. 1847 (md. William H. Taylor) and John L. b. 1850.


From: Becky Carter
Joseph A. is my ancestor. He was born Jan. of 1820 and lived in Perry and Shelby counties in Alabama. He had a son born about 1850 named John L. or Joseph L. I have not come across the name Zacharias though I don't have a lot of information about this mysterious man. I do know that he died in Shelby County, AL.
Good luck,
Becky Carter