MY Ferguson ANCESTORS
sent by Mary Cooper Miller, Wilbur is suffering from Alsheimer's..and doesn't
(submitted by Wilbur Ferguson, 961 E. Main St., Batesville, AR 72501)
This short synopsis of my Ferguson ancestors was originally written to
to my children, nieces and nephews, cousins, etc. who expressed an interest
in our genealogy. It is the result of over thirty years research,
most of the information found in bits and pieces.
Isaac Ferguson and wife, Elizabeth, first show up in official records 23
April 1733/34 when he leased 100 acres of land in the Parish of Hamilton,
Prince William County, Virginia, from John Champe, of King George County.
Isaac and Elizabeth continued to live in Prince William Co. for a number
years. Evidently, Isaac's main source of income was agriculture,
tobacco being the main cash crop.
On 3 June 1745, he was elected to the vestry of Quantico Church, Parish
Dettigen, until 2 Dec 1751.
On 4 May 1750, Isaac Ferguson was made administrator of the estate of
Josiah Ferguson (relationship unknown) in King George County. Settlement
was made 14 Sept 1752 for the estate.
On 8 Sept 1850, Isaac Ferguson became the security for Joel Berry,
administrator of Henry Berry's estate, in King George County.
Recorded in Book 4, page 41, County of Amelia, VA, Isaac Ferguson, on 2
1752, bought 399 acres on Whetstone Creek. On 27 June 1759, a deed
Isaac and Elizabeth Ferguson, of Halifax County, province of North
Carolina, to James Lamkin, of Amelia County, VA, for the tract of land
had bought on Whetstone Creek in 175?
Isaac Ferguson had three sons: Nimrod, William, and John. He may
Isaac's wife, Elizabeth, is thought to be a daughter of Isaac Edwards,
died in Northampton Co., NC. His will was written 18 Dec 1758 and
probated in January court 1759. In it, he mentioned a daughter, Elizabeth
Isaac's will, made on 6 March 1764, aqd recorded July 1764 in Edgecomb
NC, gave son John 12 pounds money when he became 21. Wife Elizabeth
given the rest of the estate for her use during the remaining part of her
natural life. Elizabeth was sole executor.
The will of Isaac's son, William Ferguson, was probated in Edgecomb Co.,
NC, the same July court in 1764. William left a child, Sarah, an
child, and his wife, Jane Ferguson.
Some sources think Isaac's son, John Ferguson, went to Wilkes Co., NC and
Another of Isaac's sons, Nimrod Ferguson, married Rebekah, a daughter of
William Hudson who lived in Ameria Co., VA, before coming to North
Carolina. Nimrodand Rebekah probably married there. Nimrod
was deeded 600 acres of land in Halifax Co., VA. on 15 Oct 1765.
He and his wife, Rebakah, lived the rest of their lives in Halifax County.
He died there in 1804, leaving seven sons and two daughters in addition
to his wife.
Children of Nimrod and Rebecca Ferguson were:
1. Judith Ferguson, born ca. 1755 in NC,
married Thomas Scurlock, who died
in Halifax Co. in 1804. Their children were:
a. Rebecca Scurlock who md. John Thompson
12 March 1793
b. Ann Scurlock md. Charles Mason 11
c. Judah Scurlock md John Hill 1 July 1799
d. Dudley Scurlock who later moved to Wilson
County, Tennessee John Hill,
husband of Judah Scurlock, of Pittsylvania Co, VA, was appointed attorney
in place of Dudley Scurlock who was named as his father's administrator
was unable to do so by reason of health in 1804.
2. Isaac Ferguson, born 1757 in Edgecombe
Co., NC, married Nancy Hatward 27
Oct 1779 in Halifax Co., VA. Their children were:
Isaac Ferguson moved from Halifax Co., VA to Williamson County, Tennessee
1806. He died there 21 Sept 1841.
3. Jacob Ferguson, born ca. 1760, Halifax
Co.,VA, married Sarah Mason 13
March 1784 in Lunenburg Co., VA. He died ca. 1813 in Halifax Co.,
Their children were:
a. Joseph Ferguson md. Sarah Anderson
7 Sept 1807 in Halifax Co.
b. Pleasant Ferguson
c. Rebecca Hudson Ferguson md. Joseph
Dunman 7 Feb 1806 in Halifax Co.
d. Elizabeth Ferguson md. John Anderson
26 Sept 1808
e. Sarah Fergison md. Jonas Anderson
27 Feb 1809 in Halifax Co.
f. Nimrod Ferguson md. Frances Anderson
20 Feb 1815 in Halifax Co.
g. Jane Ferguson md. Meredith Anderson
28 Oct 1816; md. second Hardin
Beasley in 1822
h. Jacob H. Ferguson, born 1805/6 md.
Alice Hartwell ca. 1826
4. Hudson Ferguson, born ca. 1761, Halifax Co., VA, md. Rachel
Dec 1786; died Hamilton Co., Ohio in 1826. Their children were:
a. James Brown Ferguson
b. William Ferguson
c. Anthony Ferguson
Hudson's will mentioned two daughters but no names were given.
5. John Ferguson, born ca. 1764, md.
Sarah Anderson 7 Jan 1789.
She was born ca. 1768, d. 1829. Their children were:
a. Beverly Ferguson, born 1789
b. Thomas Ferguson, born 1790, md.
Rebecca Ferrill 7 Dec 1812
c. Elizabeth Ferguson, born ca. 1793, md.
Thomas Lovelace 28 Dec 1814
d. Eady, born ca. 1795, md. Asa Walrand
14 Feb 1831
e. Rebecca, born ca. 1798, md Samuel Dickson
11 Jan 1831
f. William P., born ca. 1803, md. Sarah
Jane Burton 22 Dec 1835
g. John, born ca. 1805; never married; was
Baptist minister; died 28 July
h. Henry A. K. Ferguson, born 1807, md.
Nancy Petty 12 Jan 1835
i. Rachel Ferguson, born 1810
6. William Ferguson, born ca. 1771, md.
Sally Ferrill 10 Dec 1796; he
Their children were:
a. Henry H. Ferguson
b. Billington Ferguson
c. James Ferguson
d. Creek H. Ferguson
e. Nimrod Ferguson
f. Nancy Ferguson
g. Elizabeth Ferguson
7. Lemuel Ferguson, born ca. 1774, md.
Sarah Hudson 21 Oct 1799. He died
in Christian County, Kentucky, and his will was probated July 1844.
a. John Ferguson, born ca. 1795, md.
Barbara Harpole 24 Oct 1821. He died
27 July 1831 in Wilson Co., Tennessee.
b. Mary B. Ferguson md. Jacob H. Ferguson
28 Dec 1824
c. Rebecca Ferguson md. Thomas Furgerson
16 Jan 1827
d. Sarah Ferguson md. Jacob Hunter
16 Aug 1830
e. Elizabeth Montgomery
f. Judah Harpole
g. Seluda Ferguson md. Wm. England
10 Feb 1826
8. Nimrod Ferguson, Jr., born ca. 1776, md.
Anna Anderson 14 Jan 1801.
a. Mary Feguson, born ca. 1802, md.
James Carver 28 Feb 1821
b. Isaac H. Fergison, born ca. 1804
c. Elizabeth Ferguson, born ca. 1816
d. William A. Ferguson, born ca. 1818
e. Richard P. Ferguson, born ca. 1820
f. Rebecca Ferguson, b. ca. 1822
g. Nimrod Ferguson, b. ca. 1824
9. Elizabeth Ferguson, b. ca. 1778
a. Son, Grief Ferguson, b. 11 Jan 1797, Halifax
Co., VA; died 14 May 1878,
Talbot Co., GA.
Elizabeth married Thomas Whitworth 10 Jan 1802.
WILLIAM PACKWOOD Ferguson
William Packwood Ferguson was born in Halifax County, Virginia, ca. 1803,
the son of John and Sarah Anderson Ferguson. The first official record
far found is recorded in the Jones County, Georgia, tax lists of 1830,
1831, 1832, and 1833, where he is listed with no taxable property and one
In the 1832 land lottery of Georgia, he was listed as a resident of Jones
Co., GA. and was a successful drawer of a prize in Cherokee County.
apparently did not settle on this property but probably put it up for sale
or abandoned it entirely.
Some three years later, Wm. Packwood married Sarah Jane Burton on
1835 in Hancock Co., GA. Sarah Jane, born in 1819 or 1820, was the
daughter of Thomas Burton, who was listed in the 1860 census as being 81
years old, born in Virginia, and a planter with real estate valued at
$4,000 and personal property valued at $30,000. He died in Hancock
July 1861, after living there more than forty years.
Sarah Jane Burton's mother was Charity Wright, daughter of Abednego Wright,
a resident of Hancock County when his will was probated 6 Dec 1824.
will listed his wife, Susannah Wright, son-in-law I. N. Barnes and wife
Elizabeth, son-in-law Thomas W. Burton and wife Charity, son-in-law Ambrose
Jones and wife Shadaan, son Abednego A. Wright, son-in-law Elijah Franey
and wife Finetta, daughter Amanda Reynolds, son James N. Wright, and
youngest son Dyonicius I. C. Wright.
Abednego Wright, Sarah Jane Burton's grandfather, lived in the Georgia
counties of Richmond, Columbia, and Hancock. He no doubt was the
Abednego Wright listed as the son of Dyonicius Wright of Ninety-Six
District of South Carolina in a will probated 20 March 1780 before William
Candler, J.P of Richmond Co.
Thomas W. Burton was married at least twice. He married Charity in
Columbia Co., GA, 16 Sept 1809 and married Hannah W. Jackson in Hancock
More than likely the children mentioned in his will were by his first wife
and were as follows:
a. Sarah Jane Burton married Wm. Packwood Ferguson and moved
b. Mary Burton married John W. McMillin and moved to Noxubee Co.,
c. Martha A. D. Burton married William C. Smith.
d. William B. Burton moved to Fannin County, Texas.
e. George W. Burton moved to Shelby County, Texas.
f. Elizabeth E. Burton married a Sanford.
g. Edwin L. Burton, a doctor and administrator
of his estate, later
moved to Texas.
Wm. Packwood Ferguson and wife Sarah Jane lived in Baldwin County, Ga.
several years after their marriage. Their first child, Sarah E. C.,
born there in 1836.
By August, 1838, Wm. Packwood Ferguson held title to three
sections of land in Lafayette County, Miss. This land was land the
government had taken title to after moving the Indian tribes out.
they were well settled in their new home, located in Township Seven North,
Range One West. This land was in the north-east part of the county
the New Albany Road.
There were other transactions listed up to 6 Jan 1855, when the family
moved to Columbia County, Arkansas. The W. P. Ferguson family is
both the 1840 and 1850 census of Lafayette County, Miss. The 1840
Two under five years
Two between twenty and thirty
One between thirty and forth
One under five years
One between twenty and thirty
The males listed as twenty and under thirty are unknown. Perhaps
overseer or brother or nephew.
The 1850 census of Lafayette Co:
Name Age Sex Occupation
Value Prop. Born
William P. Ferguson
47 Male Farmer
Sara J. 30
Sara E. C.
14 Female Georgia
John T. 10
Robert P. M.4 Male
un-named infant 4/12
James W. Moland 22
Male Overseer South Carolina
John Ferguson 44
Male M.B. Clergyman Virginia
The John Ferguson in the above census was the younger brother of Wm.
Packwood Ferguson. He remained in Lafayette County after Wm.
P. went to
Arkansas. He was a Baptist preacher and owned property in the county,
mostly abound Lafayette Springs in the eastern part. He never married
died 28 July 1877.
Another resident of the county was Charles Lovelace, a nephew of Wm. and
John. Charles was the son of Wm. and John's sister, Elizabeth,
married Thomas Lovelace 28 Dec 1814.
After coming to Arkansas, the Wm. Packwood Ferguson family settled
west of Corcheat Bayou on what is now the Magnolia-Taylor highway, situated
about half-way between Dorcheat and the road which intersects it and runs
from Friendship past Sharman Cemetery. Eventually the property grew
tract of 1,400 acres and was worked by a number of slaves, who were called
servants by their master.
The original Ferguson home in Columbia County, Ark., was of logs but was
quite a large home. It was here the last child which lived was burn,
shown by the 1860 census, taken on Oct. 4 in Clay Township:
W. P. Ferguson 55
R. P. M.
A short time later, the Civil War broke out, and the two oldest Ferguson
boys enlisted. John and James were in Company C, Colquitt's Arkansas
Infantry, which was dispatched to the Corinth, Miss. locale in time to
part in the Battle of Shiloh. John was killed in the left center
p.m., and James was killed at 3 p.m. in the same location.
A few months later in 1863, William P. Ferguson died. His will was
on Dec. 12, 1863, and death must have occirred just a day or two later.
Under the terms of the will, his wife, Sarah Jane, was the executrix.
deceased daughter had already received two slaves, the estate to be divided
among the children, with a double portion to R. P. M., an afflicted child.
The estate was gradually liquidated over seven or eight years. This
following the Civil War was exceedingly difficult for people in the South.
The slaves, of course, were freed and this left no one to work the large
estates. The Ferguson estate was no exception, and a large part of
reverted to the State because of inability to pay the taxes.
The remaining children of the Ferguson family were: R. P. M., Jackson T.,
Martha V., Joseph L., and William P.
The oldest child, nicknamed Sally, married Charles Smith and had died before
her father. They had one child, which died young. Her husband
long after her death.
Jackson T., nicknamed Jack, received his common education in the local
schools and then went to Little Rock to study law. He was admitted
bar and later moved to Texas and practiced law there. Shortly after
to Texas, he contracted pneumonia and died in his early twenties.
Robert Patilla Moss Ferguson was born with a physical informity.
failed to develop properly, and he was unable to do hard physical work.
After his mother died, he lived with various relations, mostly his sister,
Martha Virginia Keith, and later the Hines family. He died Oct. 16,
age 65 years, and was buried at Smithland Cemetery.
Martha Virginia Ferguson was born Nov. 20, 1851, in Lafayette County, Miss.
She was four years old when the family moved to Arkansas, where she
up and married W. V. Keith, who was born Aug. 2, 1844 in Georgia.
Keith, along with two brothers, served in the Civil War in the battles
Vicksburg, Port Hudson, and others. They were captured and confined
military prison on the shores of Lake Michigan. At war's end, they
returned to Arkansas. The couple became the parents of twelve children,
all born in Arkansas:
BORN DIED MARRIED
Aug. 6, 1870 Jan. 24, 1946 B. F. Hines
Wm. P. Keith
April 19, 1871 Oct. 30, 1945 Lena Maloch
Dec. 27, 1872 May 10, 1919 John M. Boone
Robert Whitton Keith
March 5, 1975 June 13, 1921
Ada J. Keith
Oct. 19, 1876 April 14, 1975 W. A. Martin
Vincent B. Keith
Aug. 28, 1878 Aug. 12, 1962 Clemmie Sayers
John D. Keith Nov.
13, 1881 April 1929
Joseph L. Keith Oct. 19,
1884 Sept. 30, 1961 Eddith Tubb
Una D. Keith
April 18, 1886 April
2, 1968 W. T. Wells
George W. Keith Sept. 5,
1888 Mar. 29, 1971 Edna Landers
Mar. 22, 1890
Nov. 14, 1891
Duo D. Keith
Feb. 9, 1893 July 14, 1960 Solon Keith
Martha Virginia Ferguson married William Vincent Keith Jan. 15, 1868.
died Jan 20, 1905 and was buried at Sharman Cemetery where her husband
buried March 13, 1936.
William Packwood Ferguson, Jr., was born in Columbia County, Ark. in 1857
and lived his early life on the family farm. He left Columbia County
young man, vowing not to return until he made his fortune. Nothing
heard from him for years until his brother, Joe, located him in Montrose
County, Colorado. He had gone into the sheep raising business with
success. He married a Colo-
roda widow named Carrie. In a picture of ca. 1908, she is pictured
two girls and a boy. It is not known which were by W. P. Ferguson.
letter of 1907, Wm. P. mentioned Ruth and Rubin. He apparently
shortly after 1907, and his widow married Charles S. Bever of Gunnison,
(TO BE CONTINUED)
(EDITOR'S NOTE: My husband, Jerry Miller, Sr., is a descendant of
Ferguson, too. We had known Wilbur, author of this article, for years
before discovering the kinship! Jerry descends from Isaac's son,
his son, Isaac; Isaac's son, Joel; Joells son, Jerome Washington; his son,
Robert Wyatt Ferguson; his daughter, Callie Leona; her daughter, Clara
Jeffrey, who was Jerry's mother. See the September 1985 issue of
Bark" for an article on Callie Leona Ferguson Jeffrey.)