>From Pioneer Families of Franklin County, Virginia, by Marshall Wingfield,
published by Chesapeake Book Company, Berryville, Virginia, 1964.
THE Ferguson FAMILY
The first person of the name in Franklin County was Alexander Ferguson
(1740-1817), who m. Mary, dau. of Capt. Thos. Parker. His name first
on a return dated Fort Pitt March 17, 1778. It last appears on a
dated Fort Pitt April 5, 1778. Bedford County records show he was
there April 22, 1782. When Franklin was formed, his home was cut
off in the
new county. He supplied beef for soldiers of the Revolution.
Alexander Ferguson had sisters, Elizabeth, Margaret and Mildred.
nine children in his will.
Alexander Ferguson, Jr., b. 1765, m. Nancy Wood, lived at Lynchburg, and
a son, Thomas (1789-1870), who m. 1822, Elizabeth Catherine Beaumont
(1798-1833), dau. of Matthew Beaumont (1749-1803), son of Joseph of
Yorkshire, Eng., and a dau. Mary, who m. Anthony Simmons. An old
Redwood names other children of Alexander Ferguson, Jr., as follows:
James, Thaddeus and Stephen. Census records (1820) show Thomas Ferguson
wife and 4 children. Stephen Ferguson m. Rhoda Greer, had a dau.
Greer, who m. Peter louis Holland. Their dau. Rhoda Ann, m. Guinn
Their dau. Ada Lucy Mary Dudley, m. Tyler Bernard, and lived in Gannaway
Co., Mo. Their dau. Dula Bernard, m. Clayton Hook, editor of the
(Mo.) Review. Eldridge Marcellus Dudley m. Clarinda Emmaline Angle,
named for her grandmother, Nancy Emmaline Lee, (m. Buford Wills) dau. of
Francis Ludwell Lee, who m. Sallie Moorman of Bedford in 1804.
Eldridge Dudley was the son of James Henry Dudley and Julia Mary Elizabeth
Dudley, dau. of Thomas Dudley and Mary Heptenstall. James Henry Dudley
son of Guinn Dudley.
Elizabeth Parker Ferguson (b. 1768-1838), m. William Smith (1752-1845),
soldier in the Revolution. They had 12 children: (1) Thomas,
b. 1786; (2)
William H., b. 1788; (3) Mary, b. 1790, m. Kemwill Clement Gilbert; (4)
Samuel, b. 1793, m. Julia Holland, dau. of Peter and Elizabeth Greer
Ferguson; (5) Frances, b. 1795;
(6) Elizabeth, b. 1797, m. S. Poindexter; (7) Martha, D. , m. Thomas Holland,
had dau. Julia, who m. James Alexander Ferguson of Culpepper Co., and had
children: (a) Thomas; (b) Femeretta, m. Lorenzo Gibson Waters (parents
Icland Waters of Callaway Co., Mo.); (c) Oscar; (d) Ann, m. a Mr. Atkinson;
and (e) Bruce Ferguson; (8) Stephen Smith, b. 1802; (9) Susan, b. 1806,
Col. Field Allen Hancock of Jackson Co., Ala.; (10) Julia, b. 1808, m.
Craighead, settled in Callaway Co., Mo.; (11) Sarah Parker Smith, b. 1811,
her cousin, Wright Smith, son of Henry Smith and Frances Burk, who came
Warren Co., Mo., in 1837; and (12) Nancy Smith, m. a Mr. Holland.
Kemwill Clement Gilbert, son of Michael Gilbert of Franklin Co., m. Mary
Smith, ca. 1790. Their dau. Angeline, m. James McCall of Callaway
Robert H. McCall m. Elizabeth Gilbert. They were parents of
Dr. Greene Day
McCall of Fulton, Mo. Frances M. McCall m. Thomas Gilbert of Callaway
Henry Heth, Captain of Independent Virginia troops in the Revolution, m.
Miss Gilbert in Buckingham Co. in 1783. They were the parents of
Heth (or Heath), who m. Edmund Smart, son of Revolutionary soldier of
Eli V. Ferguson, b. 1780, m. but had no issue at census of 1820.
represented Franklin Co. in the legislature 1881-2.
Daniel Ferguson, twin of Eli, born 1780, m. 1806, Jemima Saunders.
Daniel Ferguson are named in Alexander Ferguson's will of 1817, of record
Stephen Ferguson, m. Margaret Turner, dau. of Micajah Turner, had 6 children.
Mary Ferguson, m. a Mr. Beard, had several children, and removed to Ky.
Shrewsbury, Beard and Dowell families are among her descendants.
Susannah Ferguson, m. a Mr. Short.
Martha Ferguson, m. a Mr. Donahue, and one of this family m. Keziah Saunders.
Daniel Ferguson, m. Jemima Saunders in 1806. She d. in 1837.
They had 10
children, 7 born in Franklin Co., and 3 in Montgomery Co., Mo., where they
settled prior to 1824. Many of their descendants live in Missouri,
Texas (near Arlington and Dallas), and others in Louisiana. A son,
d. young. Other sons, John, Joseph, Martyn (or Morton), and daughters,
married into the Phelps, Clare, Coleman, Nunnelly, Punmill and Dodd families.
Jane Smith Ferguson, b. March 11, 1824, Montgomery Co., Mo., m. Feb. 23,
David Jackson Ferguson, b. Jan. 16, 1824, in Nelson Co. He was the
James B. and Rachael (Matthews) Ferguson, a descendant of Colonial Governor
Matthews, and was related to the Henry, Claiborne, Jackson, Lewis and
William B. and David Ferguson, brothers, and Robert Bolling Ferguson, a
of Maj. James Boswell and Sallie (Gay) Ferguson, of Goochland Co., settled
St. Louis, Mo., ca. 1840. Robert Bolling, d. in St. Louis.
David removed to
Central, Mo., ca. 1842, and m. Jane Smith Ferguson. William B. lived
St. Louis for several years, and was the founder of Ferguson, Mo., to which
he gave 10 acres. He m. Louise Watson Ferguson, sister of David Jackson
Rachael, m. Morton Ferguson, brother of Jane Smith Ferguson of Montgomery
Jane Smith Ferguson was named for her Uncle William Smith, who m. Frances,
dau. of Samuel Burke of Hanover Co. Frances Burke's sister, Elizabeth,
Dr. William Cabell, a physician of Henrico County.
James, m. Susan Bowen, had 8 children, two of whom were named for Robert
Lee. One died young, and another became a Baptist minister.
One son bore
the name Milton.
David, m. Margaret (Peggy) Punmill. Their youngest dau. Alice, m.
Morgan, has 5 children, and lives in Shreveport, La.
The old Ferguson home in Goochland Co., was called "Fairfield." The
intermarried with the Burwells and the Marshalls. James Ferguson,
Judith Eldridge, was probably a brother of John Ferguson, who m. Anne Green,
though some claim he was a brother of John B. Ferguson, who m. Mildred
Marshall Wright. He had a brother, Abraham, who m. Nancy Smith, and
Fayette Co., Ky.
David Jackson Ferguson was a Baptist minister. His son, James Taylor
Ferguson, was a minister of the Disciples Church. Bible records who
and Jane (Smith) Ferguson had 14 children: Elizabeth, Evelyn, Amanda,
Ellen, James Taylor, John William, Joseph Morton, Rachael Jane, Sally Ann,
Leonard David, Segius Frances, infant (unnamed), Mary Rebecca, and Henry
Rev. James T. Ferguson, m. 1st, Margaret, dau. of Marmaduke and Elizabeth
Scott Dallas, of Pittsylvania Co., in 1868, (no descendants), and, 2nd,
Laughlin, 1886. Of the 2nd marriage there were 4 sons: Arthur
Victor, James Taylor and Guy V.
Arthur Duke Ferguson, physician of Fulton Co., Mo., received his degree
in 1906, and has served as the president of the Callaway Co. Medical
Association. He was m. in 1901 to Adah Redden, dau. of James Walker
Sarah (Hays) Redden of Callaway Co. She was educated at William Woods
College, is a member of the State Genealogical Commission, has compiled
published two volumes of county historical records. Their dau. Margaret
Adele, m. J. R. Henderson, of Jackson, Mo., has two children, John Robert
Carolyn Margaret, publishes "The Bard," a poetry magazine, and writes poems
and short stories.
Austin Victor Ferguson, m. Brooxie Hunt, and had issue: Frances (who
E. Snodgrass), Otho G., Mary Margaret, and Darrell.
James Taylor Ferguson III is a Kansas City physician. He frequently
Disciple pulpits there. He m. Carrie McCaskey of Columbia, Mo.
She was the
first National President of the Federated Council of Church Women, and
represented the Council at Oslo, Norway, in 1936. They have 2 sons:
Harry of the United Press, New York City, and J. T. III, who won his MD
degree in 1936. The former m. Frances Meredith Marriner of North
has a dau. Julie.
Rev. Guy V. Ferguson, is a minister of the Disciples of Christ. He
Turpin, in 1903. She died leaving 2 daughters: Mrs. Thomas
California, and Mrs. Stephen Sumner Bagley of St. Paul, Minn.
Many citizens of Missouri are descendants of Franklin County families.
them the Gilberts, Bells, McCalls, Dudleys, Smiths, Lees, Randolphs, Walkers,
Heaths, Marshalls, Gibsons, Byrds, Harveys, Carringtons, Browns, McAfees,
Pasleys, Poindexters, Bryants, Greers, Eldridges, Burwells, Beauchamps,
Stevens, Bakers, Diggs, Harts, Smiths, Carltons, Moores, Samuels, Browns,
Overtons, McIntires, Andrews, Dixons, Moormans, Lynchs, Smarts, Leftwichs,
Hopkins, Whartons, Watsons, Bedfords, Mackeys, Harrisons, Carters, Saunders,
Coles and Hunters.
Mr. Ovid Bell, the author of local histories and a publisher, is from the
Bell and Gilbert families. Dr. E. B. Craighead, onetime President
University, was descended from the Smith and Craighead families.