I have managed to get a little more info on my Ferguson line, now may be I can make a connection with some one and learn a little more. My GGG grandfather was Thomas Lafyette Fergason m. Mary Elizabeth Pendleton. They came from Tennesse to Tex. I donot have Dates yet. I know that Thomas died 1-8-1931 in Blum, TX. He is buried in Glenrose,TX, also that his mother is buried there with him. Thomas and Mary had the following Children:
William Rueben , my gg grandfather Who married Nancy Gambrell dau of Thomas Frank Gambrell. William died in 1932, Cisco, TX
Evie Fergason m. ELMORE
Mattie Bell Fergason m.Forsythe
If anyone can make a connection I would love to hear from you and will gladley check our local records for any one that wishes. I live in Eastland co. TX. I am interested in who Thomas's parents were and also in any siblings he may have had also in info on Mary's parents siblings etc. Hope this will help some one.
Just an update on my Ferguson's. Thomas Lafayette Fergason?/Ferguson m. Marry Elizabeth Pendleton date unknown somewhere in Tenn. I just found out by going through some of my mom's things, Thomas had twin sisters Leta and Elve Ferguson who married Twin brothers. One more small link in my quest, does this ring any bells. To remind everyone of the rest of the story. Thomas and wife along with his mother at least and children came to Tex in the mid to latter part of the 1800's. Thomas children include William Rueben, John Harvey, Joe Franklin,Thomas Elbert, James Wesley, Luther Ray,Evie, Mattie Bell. John Harvey was said to have returned to Tennessee and died there. So I guess my area of search would be Tennesse and TX.
From: "Bill Sample" Is this the Obediah who married Elizabeth Marthin: September 09, 1786, in Franklin County, Virginia. Later moved to Lee County, Virginia? Subject: [Ferguson-L] Obediah, William Henry VA, KY, MO OBADIAH Ferguson Obadiah Ferguson b. 1800 Abernal Co. Va. Died before 1870, married in Ky., Lucinda Collins b. 1806 Ky. died 1871. Obadiah was taken to Allen Co., Ky. age 10 yrs. He grew to manhood and married and came to Wash. Co. Mo. In 1837, he moved his family to Crawford Co. Obadiah learned the trade of bricklayer when a young man at which he worked most of his life. He made the first brick for court house in Crawford Co. They were members of Baptist Church. They had ten children: William H. b. 1827 Ky.; a son W. B. b. 1832c; a son C. B. b. 1833 Mo.; Julia Ann b. 1834 or 36 single, 1870; Elvira A. b. 1843 m. 4-12-1863, Phelps Co. to Levi Snelson; Francis b. 1844; Sarah C. b. 1845; Clementine D. b. 1848. William Henry Ferguson b. 9-1-1827 Allen Co., Ky. d. 6-1-1901. He first married 1860 Wash. Co., Martha O. Johnson who died 1871. He came to Crawford Co. 1837. He served 14yrs. as Cr. Co. Surveyor, was sheriff and collector 8 yrs., 1 yr. as assessor and notary public for many yrs. He was first owner of lot 1,; where the city hall was in 1934. With Trask he surveyed the town of Cuba in 1857-1863. He later was director of Cuba Bank. He was Capt. of 63rd, enrollment Militia Co. 1 Civil War, which consisted mostly of Cr. Co. Volunteers. He served as commander from 12-19-1862 - 3-12-1865 when he returned to Steelville to take up his activities. On 4-16-1873 he married Amanda (Nee Vaughn) Millsap widow of Joseph Millsap b. 1836 d. 10-10-1919. They had four children: Eugenia Ferguson who married Dr. Wills Arthur, Mattie Ferguson b. 4-8-1875 d.8-26-1911, married Hon. Doctor Albert Reeves, Flossie F. m. 8-1-1905 to Abe C. Jones, and Nellie Ferguson married a Mr. Rice. William Henry took up his fathers bricklayer trade and was a farmer. In 1881 he sold his farm and moved to Steelville and went into the Hardware business. Part of his business was destroyed in the Steelville Flood on 7-8-1898. His step children were: Thomas Higginbottom Millsap b. 1856 disappeared 10-28-1878 and never was heard from, Josephine Millsap b. 3-28-1858 married 1881 to L. H. Scott of Steelville, Elizabeth Millsap married Benjamin F. Russell. One of Obadiah's sons was Bruce Ferguson b. 11-9-1831 d. 7-19-1901. He was a Civil War soldier buried in the Keysville Cemetery. He was the last of his family. WILLIAM HENRY Ferguson William Henry Ferguson, b. 10-1-1866 Wright Co., Mo. d. 6-15-1936, son of John Henry Ferguson and Rachel Pearl nee Hahn Bolliger Ferguson. He came to Crawford Co. with parents when about ten years old. He married Helen Josephine Dillard b. 9-1869 in Tennessee d. 6-23-1906, both buried Cooksey Cemetery, Dent Co., Mo. They m. 8-30-1886 Dent Co. She is daughter of Robert Allen and Lucinda Elizabeth Reeder Dillard. William Henry made several trips in covered wagon to and from Oklahoma back to Missouri. They would camp along the way. At night they would have to build camp fires to keep the wild animals away from their camp. When they got to Oklahoma in the Cherokee Nation, the Indians were friendly to them. The roads were crude at that time and it took a long time to go. They would stay awhile, then return to Missouri. He later was a brick maker and tended to the coal kilns at Sligo Furnace Co. Children: Clarice Ellen b. 5-2-1887 near Sligo, d. 5-18-1977, m. 4-12-1904 Dent Co. to Christopher Columbus Cooksey b. 10-24-1883 Dent Co., d. 11-7-1966, both buried Cooksey Cemetery, Dent Co. He was son of George Wilsher and Frances Elizabeth Walker Cooksey. Mary Catherine "Mollie" b. 7-25-1889, d. 8-1956, married Ezkiel Jackson Dunegan b. 8-20-1870, d. 2-28-1939, both buried Olney, Tx., reared their family near Wilburton, Ok.; Dora Ethel b. 1890, d. c1892, buried Patterson, Ok. Mabel Inabelle Arizona b. 9-1894, m. 3-27-1913 St. Louis, Frank Thomas Madeker b. 11-4-1895, d. 1950 buried St. Louis. They separated and she disappeared in 1927, has never been heard of since; Blanche Willie Ferguson b. 8-28-1898 Sligo, d. 7-12-1969 St. Louis, m. 6-23-1919 to Ely Wycoff b. 3-29-1899, d. 3-17-1976, St. Louis, both buried in Cooksey Cemetery, Dent Co.; John Clarence b. 12-20-1901 Sligo, d. 8-16-1971 St. Louis, m. 4-22-1922, Grace Doris Maledy b. 4-7-1896 Dent Co., d. 12-31-1980, both buried Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dent Co.; Rachel Pearl b. 10-1-1904, d. 2-2-1906 buried Cooksey Cemetery; and Herbert Lester b. 5-14-1906, d. 6-3-1906, buried Cooksey Cemetery. I know awhile back there was some notes on a Obediah Ferguson of Allen County, Kentucky. Here is the deal: three years ago, whilst doing some research for my Obediah, I came across this article, that was another's Obediah. I copied the article for her, and mailed it off. Made a copy for myself, but failed to note where I found it. Didn't seem improtant, as it appeared to have nothing to do with my Fergs. Long explanation for: don't have the source name. I finally dug up the copy, and my wife kindly trancribed it. Hope it is of some interest to the Allen County, researchers. As to the 1766 Obediah. I "may" have some "SPECULATION" on who his parants may be, I will try to find this guess, next. But, it is just speculation, no proofs at all. Bill Bill Sample Descendants of Obediah Ferguson, Sr. Generation No. 1 1. OBEDIAH1 Ferguson, SR. was born Unknown in Unknown, and died 1847 in Lee County Virginia. He married ELIZABETH MARTIN September 09, 1786 in Franklin County Virginia, daughter of RANDOLPH MARTIN and SARAH RUST. Children of OBEDIAH Ferguson and ELIZABETH MARTIN are: i. WILLIAM2 Ferguson, d. November 22, 1814. ii. SARAH H. Ferguson. iii. REUBEN B. Ferguson. iv. JOEL MARTIN Ferguson, SR., b. Abt. 1792, Lee County Virginia; d. 1857, Wayne County Virginia ((now West Virginia); m. (1) ELIZABETH OSBURN, Bef. 1818, Unknown; m. (2) NANCY STEPHENS, Abt. 1832, West Virginia; m. (3) ELIZABETH HEADRICK, Aft. 1833, Unknown; m. (4) BETTY BOWEN, October 15, 1855, Wayne County, Virginia (now West Virginia). v. HENRY Ferguson, b. Abt. 1798; d. April 18, 1853, Lee County, Virginia; m. DICY BRASJOER, Abt. 1820, Lee County, Virginia. vi. JOHN Ferguson, b. Unknown, Unknown. vii. GEORGE Ferguson, b. Unknown, Unknown. viii. OBEDIAH Ferguson, JR., b. Unknown. ix. ELIAZABETH Ferguson, b. Unknown, Unknown. Note: This Obediah name was spelt: Furguson and / or Farguson in documents. Obediah, Ensingn Samual, and the specluatation on parants. According to a book called: "The Kith and Kin of Crawford County, Arkansas" (an excerpt provided by Ferg-Ls own Jean Cuveas), and based on some research done by a Charles Thompson, descendant of Elizabeth Ferguson, daughter of Ensign Sam. There was a gentleman named Adam Forguson, of North Ireland, who seems to be the grandfather of Obediah Forguson-Farguson-Furguson-Ferguson of Lee County, Virginia. This same Adam seems to be either the father or grandfather of Ensign Samuel. Mr. Thompson writing sytle left me in doubt to which he meant. As to Cabell/Wayne County Virginia, it does seem to be clear that the Joel Ferguson (son of Obediah) and Samuel Ferguson branches considered themselves cousins, but never bothered to explain how. +g+. They do seem to enjoy sueing and marring each other. So, Bill, if 1766 Obediah is the Lee County Obediah, AND IF he is a descendat of Adam here are the possibilites of fatherhood: Samuel, Henry, John, Andrew, David, Robert, Thomas, William, or George. I assure you, there is no need to thank me. LOL. On this topic of Wilkes County, NC and the various spellings. I got back to Obediah Ferguson of Lee County, Virginia. His name was spelt every way but Ferguson. Was really stuck till I gave up the 'e'. And, some of his sons spent time in Wilkes County. And some of his grandsons spouses came form Wilkes County, NC. Anyway, if there are any responses to Wilkes County, hope they are posted also to Ferg-L. Now that I am more liberal minded, I would appreciate seeing them.
Subject: [Ferguson-L] Ferguson Elmore Connection Hi Lauva, I have a William Jesse Fergason That married Tressie Elmore, not sure of the dates on these. The info that I do have is it might be a possible connection because I still have Joe Franklin and Luther Ray that I don't have a lot of info on the down line. What makes me think it might be so is Harlingen,TX. I don't have the info in front of me at the moment but my cousin Phyllis Prejean did mention that either John Harvey or his son or daughter got married or something in Harlingen. I will have to go back and search it out reall good. But here is the story as I was told it. My Thomas Lafayette,wife and Mother,, and supposedly one brother came to Texas on the sly. Thomas got in a fight and shot a man. He thought the man would die and I guess he was afraid of being hung for it. So they fled Tennessee on foot. I was told that theywould travel by night and hide in caves and stuff to sleep during the day. Supposedly he found out later the man didn't die. Any how they settled in the Glen Rose, TX area or what we now know of as Somerville co. If I have my counties right. anyhow surrounding counties include Hood and I believe Johnson. The brother of Thomas Lafayette is supposed to have gone on west and not heard from again. Although according to one family member said that One of the older fergason wives met a family of Fergasons in West Texas years ago that might have been from Thomas brother's line as the Children were all close to the same age and the names were all very close to the same. They corresponded for years but noone knows who she was or what happend to them now. I was also told that John Harvey had returned to Tenn. but find He lived here in my town and is buried here close. My cousin was told the family came from Alabama. So I say because of the location we need to do more digging but it is certainly possible. Since finding a picture of a man that looks just like my husband in an old album of Rupe's just taken probably before turn of Century, I don't rule out anything. It sure was wierd to look at that picture and know exactly what my husband would have looked like in that time period. I also haven't been able to make a positive connection but there is a picture of a lady at Kin to U web site that looks so much like my mother's HOllis's she ought to be one of them. So Keep my info on hand and I will send you the rest if you want it because until I can find out who Thomas' parents and sibling were We just wont know for sure but the area is a good start that if not actually the same fergasons then possibly the same Elmore's. Good luck and thanks for responding. I sure hope none of the family gets upset because I told the secret on this list but I think it just adds interest and character and helps us remember what the times were like not so long ago. sincerely Nancy Sanders
From: "paul" Subject: [FERGUSON-L] Alabama Fergason/thomas lafayette Fergason I was originally told by a family member that our Fegason's came from TN, but have sense found them on the Lee co TX Census in 1880 as Follows: Furguson, Tom age 24, born TX Mary age 21 b. TX William age 1 B. TX Next I find them in Somerville Co . Tx 1900 Census as Follows: Fergason,Tom born Dec 1849 age 50 Alabama Mary b.NOv1864 age 35 TX Joe b. NOv 1882 age 17 TX John b. July 1885 age 14 TX Tom b. Dec 1887 age 12 TX James b. Jan 1892 age 8 TX Eva b. Apr 1894 age 6 Mattie b. Jan 1899 age 1 Mary's maiden name is Pendleton, William married Nancy E. "Babe" Gambrell, in 1899. I am quite sure the 1900 Census would be more accurate than the 1880 Census as due to Family tale Tom Fergason wouldn't want anyone to know where he came from. Now it is possible that he was born in Alabama and his family moved to TN before coming to TX. The story I was Told included an Older Brother, wife, mother and Children making the journey to TX. It is also possible that He didn't get married before he came to TX. Does this fit anyones missing link. Thomas Lafayette Fergason, Also Looking for info on Joe Franklin possibly marrie d Cora Boyles not sure. Will share what I have Nancy Sanders