Family Histories, written by Gresham Duckett, s/o Dolphus & Sarah
     (Ferguson) Duckett.

     This starts with a description of Dolphus Duckett and his wife
Sarah Ferguson. I will forego this and stick to family relationships

     "Dolphus Duckett and Sarah Ferguson were married 25 Jan 1844,
marriage recorded at Clarksville Court House. Dolphus Duckett was born
9 Dec 1821, d. 4 Jul 1884, s/o Jacob Duckett & Amy Hipps. Wife Sarah
Ferguson, b. 9 Jan 1820, d. 20 Nov 1898, was the dau. of Hugh Ferguson
and Mary Ann Higgins". In the case of Hugh Ferguson, Gresham goes
further and names his parents as, William Ferguson and Judy Wood.

     Children born to Dolphus and Sarah (Ferguson) Duckett.
Berry Duckett, 7 Dec 1844 (Library) see 1900, Wichita Falls, Tex.
Elijah Duckett, 27 Nov 1846, m. Martha Smith 6 Dec 1866 Lumpkin Co.
Ellis Duckett, 20 Mar 1849, m. 25 Sep 1881, Sarah Caudel Banks Co.
Seborn (Seaborn), 5 Dec 1851 (d. 6 Feb 1931)
Marion Duckett, 1855, died 9 Apr 1855, (added in another hand)
Infant son, 1857
Alice Duckett, 28 Sep 1858, m. 9 Jul 1876, Albert Jutson Cash
Gresham Duckett, 17 Jan 1860, m. 28 Oct 1883, Mary Moss.
Pierce Young Duckett, 29 May 1862. m. 6 Nov 1898, Elzora Smith.
     All in () are annotations by me LLD

Library Duckett, b. 7 Dec 1844, Ga., d. 20 Jul 1918, Wichita Falls, Tx, m. Martha Weaver, 5 Mar 1868, she died 26 Oct 1875, m. 2, Nancy Cash, she died 20 Jun 1925. Martha Weaver died in Polk Co., Ark., and Nancy Cash died at the Epworth Hospital, Liberal, Kansas, and is buried at Tyrone, Okla. Issue:
1. Adelia E., b. c 1870
2. Sarah E.H., b. c 1871, m. Joe Barry Fricks(Mrs Lane lists as Dora)
3. Daniel Edwin, b. c 1874, (Edwin, b. Polk Co., Ark.)
4. Martha Weaver
5. Irani b. Jun 1875  See 1900 Wichita Falls, Tex. for these.
Issue by Nancy Cash:
6. Lozie, b. May 1879
7. Russell, b. Sep 1880 (See 1920 Texas Co., Ok.)
8. John, b. Aug 1882 (See 1920 Texas Co., Okla.)
9. Lester, b. Apr 1886 (See 1920 Texas Co., Okla.)
10. Lizzie
11. James, b. Sep 1888 (See Texas Co., Okla.)
12. Eunice, b. Apr 1893 (See Texas Co., Okla.)
     Mrs. Lester Lane states that Library died in 1918, Wichita Falls, Tex., however she gives the exact date and place of death for Nancy (Cash) Duckett. She also states that Lozie married and resided in Okla. See Texas Co., Okla. for Nancy (Cash) Duckett, and some of the children shown in the foregoing census. Nancy died at Epworth
Hospital, Liberal, Kan. Liberal, Kansas is but a short distance from
Tyrone, Okla., and Epworth perhaps the nearest hospital to Tyrone in
1926. These and other things in her writings make it certain that Mrs. Lane corresponded with these Duckett's in Okla.
Elijah L. Duckett, b. 27 Nov 1846, d. 4 Jul 1924, m. 18 Dec 1866,
Martha Smith, b. 25 Mar 1843, d. 2 May 1913. Issue:
1. Elizabeth, b. 25 Oct 1868, m. Clayton Moss.
2. Laura, b. Sep 1869, d. 19 Apr 1896, m. Noah Caudell.
3. Georgia, b. 25 Dec 1871, m. W.H. Shelton
4. Mattie, b. 9 Apr 1875, Polk Co., Ark. d. 10 Feb 1879, Banks Co., Ga
5. Hattie, b. 30 Mar 1883, m. John A. Campbell.
6. Willie, b. 12 Aug 1884, d. 23 Jul 1890, age 6.
     From the data shown in the foregoing two families we can see that when Allen Turner Duckett returned to Ga., that both Library and
Elijah, his cousins, must have returned to Ark. with him.

Ellis Duckett, b. 25 Mar 1849, d. 6 Mar 1931, Alabama, m. 25 Sep 1881,
Banks Co., Ga. Sarah L. Caudel, b. 4 Oct 1853, d. 4 Jan 1935, Issue:
1. Minnie L. b. Aug 1882 m. a Mr. Hudson
2. Sarah F. b. Jul 1884  m. Mr. Whaley
3. David D. b. Jan 1886
4. Julia M. b. Dec 1889
5. John B., b. Jan 1893 b. Culman Co., Ala.

Seaborn Duckett, b. 5 Dec 1851, d. 6 Feb 1951, m. 13 Jan 1876, Martha
Louise Cash, b. 5 Sep 1851, Issue:
1. Marion Russell, b. 2 Nov 1878, m. 1, 18 Jan 1903, Anna Nunnally.
2. Nancy Alice, b. 6 May 1879, m. Gordon Nunnally.
3. Thomas Alford, b. 15 Jan 1880, m. May Sellers.
4. John Albert, b. 13 May 1881, m. 1, Laura Stevenson, 2. Ethel
5. India Louader, b. 9 Jan 1883, m. Candler Smith.
6. Martha Emma, b. 9 Feb 1885, d. 1 Oct 1886.
7. Sallie Margie, b. Aug 1887, m. Vance Perkins.
8. Bartley Jackson, b. 21 Sep 1889, m. Condis Motes.
9. Nelson, b. 10 Jul 1891, d. 30 July 1891.
10. Jacob, b. 15 Aug 1892, d. 15 Aug. 1892.
11. Addie Lee, b. 4 Mar 1896, single.

Missouri Alice Duckett, b. 14 Sep 1858, Lumpkin Co., Ga.. m. Albert
Jutson Cash, 9 Jul 1876, Banks Co., Ga., b. 1 Feb 1853, d. 25 Apr 1935 buried Lamar Christian Cemetery, Banks Co., Ga.
1. Ulysses S. Cash, known as Cap, b. 17 Jun 1885, single. Inherited a     farm from his grandfather, Clark M. Cash.
2. Lucy May Cash, b. 17 Jan 1888, Banks Co., Ga., inherited adjacent
   farm from grandfather, Clark M. Cash.
3. Sally Mytice Cash, b. 2 Nov. 1891, Banks Co., Ga.
4. Lillian Pearl Cash, died at age 4 months.
     Clark M. Cash's first wife died and in latter years he m. a            woman whose maiden name was Rice, and by her had a dau. Mary. His second wife died when Mary was two years old, and Albert Jutson Cash and wife Alice Duckett raised her as their own. This Mary is the Mrs. Lester Lane who did an early study on the Cash, Duckett & Lane genealogy.

Gresham Duckett b. 17 Dec 1860, d. 28 Jul 1948, married 28 Oct 1883
     Mary Moss, b. 20 May 1860, d. 25 Nov 1933, their children were:
1. Lola, b. 25 Mar 1885, d. 1970, married Dank Chambers, 24 Dec 1907
     1. Floyce, m. W.F. Turner
               1. Howard m. Elizabeth (can't read)
                         1. Beverly m. George Ingle
                         2. Sandra
                         3. D_____? Angelia
               2. Mary Ruth  m. James Dill. child. Judy, Wayne
               3. Evelyn, m. Harmon Brown, child Marsha.
                  Harmon killed in accident & Evelyn m. 2. Ardel
     2. Bruce, m. Emma Moiss
               1. Bobby, m. Lanier Hubbard, child Stacy
               2. Harold, m. Mildred Moore, Child. Jamie, Christy
2. Beulah, b. 30 Mar 1886, d. 1941, m. Emory Chambers.
     1. Gladys, m. Jack Chambers
               1. Nancy
     2. William
     3. Clarence
3. Lizzie, b. 14 Sep 1887, d. 1977, m. Robert A. Pruitt
4. Plumer C., b. 25 Jun 1889, d. 1965, m. Cora Ann Shore.
5. Annie, b. 8 Oct 1891, d. 1985, m. John Nunnally.
6. Donnie, b. 25 May 1893, d. 1988, m. Guy T. Wilbanks.
7. May, b. 6 Dec 1884, d. 1895
8. Clyde, b. 9 Jun 1896, m. Maggie Wise, Clyde living in 1994.
   Dau. Willette Dalton, with whom Clyde resides.
9. Rufus Young, b. 3 Mar 1898, d. 1978, m. 1 Wortie Cash 2 Lila
10. Reba, b. 10 Nov 1900, d. 1988, m. Johnny H. Bond.
11. Pearl, b. 31 May 1903, d. 1984, m. Mack Brown.

Pierce Young Duckett, b. 29 May 1862, m. 6 Nov 1890, Elzora Smith,
1. Estelle, b. 25 May 1892, m. James Avery.
2. Lucille, b. c 1905, m. Lewis Sharp.
3. Celeste, b. c 1906, m. Ernest Owen.
4. Mildred P., b. c 1909.
5. Pierce Ferguson, b. c 1909, twin of Mildred, in regular army,
   stationed at Panama, Canal Zone, at the time Mrs. Lane printed her
   works. Son, Pierce Ferguson Duckett, resides between Claremore and
   Chelsea, Okla.
6. Dixie, d. infancy.

     In his works Gresham also had accounts and other data as to his
father Dolphus Duckett in Calif. In this it states that in Nov. of
1851, Dolphus Duckett and a number of relatives, including Elijah
Ferguson, his brother in law, John Duckett, his brother, also Daniel
Weaver, Slight England, Alfonso England, Eli Riley, Rev. William
Devors, William Shockley, his partner in the mining venture, Tom
Stringen, and others, embarked on the steamship Isabella at Savannah,
Ga., landing at Havana, Cuba three days after the rebellion in which
Narciso Lopez led his insurection and met his death.

They stopped for repairs and water, but could not go ashore until the ship was searched for weapons and other implements of war. When they were allowed to go ashore they could have no arms, not even a pen knife. All the natives were armed with sword or machete, and would use these implements to tip the hat of anyone in reach, then draw the blade across the neck of each, telling them if they as much as moved they would cut their head off.

     From Cuba they sailed to Panama and crossed the Isthmus there. An account of them going up the river in a boat is mentioned, this of
course was the Chagres River, and those who crossed the isthmus did
boat up this river until it was no longer navigable, then they walked
the remainder of the way. It seems they were accosted by natives in a
boat coming down the river, but when they brandished pistols, the
natives seeing they were out gunned veered off, and they continued
their voyage.

     The accounts in the possession of Dolphus Duckett, these from the Gold Fields of Calif., are as follows:

Received of Wm. J. Shockley two hundred and twenty five DWTS
(pennyweights) of gold to be delivered to B.F. Shockley.
                                             J.P. Dunagen

August 26, 52                      Mr. E. Ferguson Dr.
When called to the patient         to medical attendance seven
he had every symptom of            visits medicine and
Arochnitis with one side of        prescription        $40.00
the head in a state of
Parelyspis and constant
defections of blood from
the bowels.
After the second day I told his friends I had but little hope of his
     Received payment in full
               August 30-52 J.B. Cutshaw, MD
E. Ferguson was Elijah, son of Hugh Ferguson.

December 11th 1852
Received of D.E. Duckett 20 dollars for coffin for Wm. J. Shockley
                                   Wm. M. Toumn

August 31 52                       Mr. E. Ferguson Dr.
To making a coffin and lumber                $18.00
Received the pay in full                     $18.00

               Case of Dalalepsy
Nov. 26 52
Mr. Wm. J. Shockley D to 3 visits medicine and prescriptions  $26.00
Received twenty six dollars of D.E. Duckett December 2 52
                                   J.B. Cutshaw., MD

December 2nd 1852
Paid of D.E. Check six dollars for digging the grave of William
Shockley.                          George W. Felker
                                   John Moody

Weber Creek Dec. 1st 1852
Received of Dolphus E. Duckett the sum of five dollars being pay as
assistant nurse on William J. Shockley
                                   John George Huppert

Received D.E. Duckett one and 50/100 in full account of Wm. J.
Shockley, up to date.
                                   Beam and Cronise
                                   Pr. A.J. Cronise

Received of Dolphus E. Duckett as agent for W.J. Shockley deceased
twenty three oz and eleven dust and six granes (sic grains) of dust
gold to be delivered to Aquila Shockley if not unavoidably lost, this
the 28 day of Oct. 1853
                                   W.C. Deavonux

Received of Elijah Ferguson 450 DWTS (pennyweights) of gold to be
deposited in the ment (sic mint) in the name of Hugh Ferguson
               May 24th 1852           Joseph Dwagan

Two months after date I promise to pay Champion Ferguson and Milton
Moore or barer (sic bearer) twelve hundred dollars for value received
of them which may be discharged by paying over I John Meyers makes the last of each month for the first twelve months made by me John Meyers after getting to California given under my hand this 25 day of October
1851.  Test    David Quarles                  his
                                          John X Meyers

1 Reced on the with in one hundred dollars this January 20 1852
2 Reced on the with in one hundred dollars this February 20
3 Reced on the with in one hundred dollars this March 20
4 Reced on the with in one hundred dollars this April 20
5 Reced on the with in one hundred dollars this May the 20
6 Reced on the with in one hundred dollars this 20 June
7 Reced on the with in one hundred dollars this July the 20

                                             Hall Co.
                                             Aug 31 1853

Nr. D. Duckett Sir:

I want you to send me Williams gold by John Duckett if you do not come your self and if John Duckett does not come before W.C. Deavonux comes send it by him or John Neavs I thought when you wrote me a bout
William that you would have been home last spring I would like very
much see you or John to hear all about William how he died and all
about him I have not had his funeral preach yet I want to hear all
about him and how he died and how he left his things this line leaves
me all well and all your committeemen are well give my reports to all

                                             Yours truly,

                                             Aquila Shockley

     This about covers the receipts etc. that were in the possession
of Dolphus. There are the miners ten commandments that are included in this but I have omitted these.

In the Duckett History by Gresham Duckett, it does state that Jacob Duckett and Amy Hipps migrated in 1823 from Buncombe Co., NC to
Habersham Co., now White Co., Ga. He purchased a farm at the foot of
Skits Mountain on Mossy Creek. We find my father, Dolphus Duckett at
the age of 16, working with a construction crew on the Georgia State
Railroad near Atlanta, Georgia, as a cart driver in order to pay a
security debt obligated on a promissory note by his father, Jacob

     Gresham states that after all his expenses for his mining
adventure his father had two thousand dollars in gold and several
hundred in silver. He brought this gold dust back in what was known as a gold dust jacket, which was worn beneath the shirt. He returned to Ga, in August of 1854. The farm he bought on Yahoola Creek, near
Dahlonega, in Lumpkin Co., Ga. was sold in May 1868, and he bought a
farm at Hollingsworth, Banks Co., Ga. This plantation consisted of
nine hundred and sixty acres. Gresham Duckett now owns the old home
place, it is bounded on the west by the Hudson River, and the Mountain Creek flows through the center of the farm. Elijah and Seaborn, sons of Dolphus Duckett, own the balance of this property.

     During the Confederate War Dolphus Duckett served with the State
Troops under Governor Joseph E. Brown. He was commissioned as a first
Leutenant and served from January 1862. He was discharged from the
regular army as a private.

     The Georgia State Railroad being short of fuel for wood burning
engines, he with two other soldiers, and his neighbors at the time,
William Gerrin and John Abercrombie, volunteered to chop wood for ten
months, serving as though they were in camp. Here again we see our
father chopping wood for the same railroad he helped to construct
when he was a lad of 16.

The last year of the war records show that he was released from
his Army service in camp, and was sent home to serve as blacksmith for the wives and widows of the soldiers in his home section. Not being a professional blacksmith he received no pay for this, he was to work free of charge, receiving the same allowances as if he were at camp, and subject to recall.

     It appears that Dolphus journeyed overland on his return frpm Calif., this as he stated he had been in 13 states, Indian Territory, Cuba and Panama. This would infer that he came back through the Indian Territory of Okla. on his return.

On 26 April 1905, John Duckett of Raleigh, NC, wrote a letter in
response to an earlier letter written him by a Dr. P.Y. Duckett of
Wichita Falls, Tex. After examination of this and other data shown in
this book, this Dr. P.Y. Duckett has to be Pierce Young Duckett, born
29 May 1862, son of Dolphus Duckett and Sarah Ferguson. See the
foregoing history by Gresham Duckett, brother to this Pierce Young

     What is of great interest in this is that this John Duckett did
have some knowledge as to the family of Dolphus and Sarah Duckett, and in this letter he states that Dolphus Duckett married Sarah Ferguson, she a dau. of Major Ferguson. The fact that he refers to Hugh Ferguson as Major Ferguson is significant in that it supports the Lawrence Co., Mo. History, this found in the Mo. section of this book. In this history, subject of same being Lewis C. Ferguson son of Hugh Ferguson and his second wife Mary A. Garrin, Lewis C. states that his father was commonly known as Major Ferguson. Lewis C. Ferguson names Champ, Edward, James, John, Andrew, Belfield, Elijah and Elizabeth, who married Lewis Wright, as siblings to his father.

     While William and Juda (Wood) Ferguson did have the named
children, they also had a son Henry Wood, a son William, a son Ellis,
and a dau. who married a Davis, she the mother of James S. Davis who
is named by Juda (Wood) Ferguson as a grandson, this in her pension
data. The problem with this history is that Lewis C. Ferguson gives
Henry as the name of his father, and while he gives William Ferguson
as his grandfather, he shows Mae A. Wood as the wife of this William
Ferguson, and we know her name to have been Juda Wood, a dau. of
Belfield Wood. In some other data I have, this showing no
documentation however, it shows M.A. as a dau. of William Ferguson and Juda Wood.

Information obtained from Johna Goade,a descendant of Lewis C. Ferguson, said information obtained after the foregoing and following was written shows that a son of Lewis C. Ferguson was the informant for the History of Lawrence Co., Mo.

If we review the data we have on this Lewis C. Ferguson, I think
we can make at least some educated guesses as to why some errors and
omissions occur in this history. First note that this Lewis C.
Ferguson was born in 1849, and that his father Hugh Ferguson died in
1862, Lewis C. being no more than 13 years of age at this time. Note
also that Hugh Ferguson, father of this Lewis C., was commonly known
as Major Ferguson. I think with this we can see that in probability
Lewis C. had never heard his father addressed by his given name, being addressed as either father, papa etc., or Major. I think much the same would have applied to his grandmother Juda (Wood) Ferguson, knowing her as Granny etc. We do see that this Lewis C. Ferguson did know something of the family of William and Juda (Wood) Ferguson, this as he correctly names eight of the thirteen of their children, this providing one allows Champa to have been Champion, and Belfine to have been Belfield. We also note that all of those not named by Lewis C. Ferguson had died prior to 1850, this save William, who is in the 1860 census of Sebastian Co., Ark.

     In the foregoing records written by Gresham Duckett we find the
data given to fit with census reports, recorded marriages, and other
records of a documentary nature. We also see that Gresham and others
mentioned were in a position to have accurate information, this as by
his recordings we see that Gresham's mother Sarah resided with him
following the death of her husband Dolphus, so Gresham would certainly have been privy to any family information possessed by his mother Sarah. 

We also note that Sarah was born in 1820 and married in 1844, and also note by the 1840 census of Habersham Co., Ga., also by the age of children of Hugh Ferguson and his first wife, that Mary Ann
(Higgins) Ferguson lived until sometime in the 1840's, thus assuring
us that Sarah knew her mother, and therefore would have been given the family information from her. We also see in the 1850 census of
Habersham Co., Ga. that Dolphus and Sarah Duckett were residing next
door to Juda Ferguson, this the widow of William Ferguson.

     I have a copy of the works of Mrs. Lester Lane. In this is a
great deal that was taken from the records kept by Gresham Duckett,
and you will see most of this in the foregoing. I have abstracted in
places, but left all things of a genealogical nature intact. Letters
written In 1939 by a Josephine Moore Staton of Clermont, Ga., are a
part of this genealogical study, however there are some things we see
in these that can be proven in error. Josephine Moore was a dau. of
Milton Moore and Mary Ann Ferguson, she a dau. of Hugh Ferguson and
Mary Ann Higgins. Josephine Moore married Tom Staton, and they had
children Guy, Mollie and Ferd, according to a niece of this Josephine
(Moore) Staton. 

In the letter written by Josephine Moore Staton it states. Our     great grandfather was William or Billie Ferguson, who married Judy Wood. She names as children of William and Juda, Henry, Edward, Louis, Elijah, Ellis, Champion, Ely, Riley, Elizabeth and Andrew. Three of these are in error, these Louis, Riley and Ely. Riley Ferguson was a son of James Hamilton Ferguson, who is omitted as a son of William and Juda, John is also omitted, as is William H. Ferguson, and of course Hugh Ferguson is omitted in this, and that is a puzzle as to why. She does state that William Ferguson had 11 sons, and that is true.

     The niece to Josephine Staton was Myrtle, a grand dau. of Kimsey
Staton who had a dau. Zora, who was Myrtle's mother. Kimsey Staton was a brother to Tom Staton. Kimsey Staton is reported to have married a Ferguson, but they don't know how or if she was related to Hugh Ferguson, they can't recall her given name. This information from Mrs. Willette Dalton, grand dau. of Gresham Duckett. See Kimsey Staton mentioned in the chronicles of Horatio Hennion.

     This is the first time outside my own research that I have found
Henry, whose full name was Henry Wood Ferguson, and also Ellis
Ferguson, listed as sons of William and Juda, and we can show them to
have been sons. In addition there was a dau. who married a Davis. This dau. can be seen in the 1810 census of SC, as well as the 1820 Ky. census, and she is also indicated in the pension deposition of Juda (Wood) Ferguson, where she names a J.S. Davis as a grandson.

     In another letter written by Josephine Staton, same year and
city, it starts with: My dear cousins, Mary and Alice. (Mary is Mary
Cash, who married Lester Lane; Alice is Missouri Alice, dau. of
Dolphus Duckett and Sarah Ferguson, this Missouri Alice married Albert Cash, half brother to Mary Cash. Mary Cash was raised by Albert and Missouri Alice Cash). In this letter she refers to Young having lost an eye. Here she must be referring to Young Duckett, son of Gresham Duckett, although I have never heard about this Young Duckett losing an eye. she also states that she had a letter from Mark, saying that Ruth was married on the 26th, and as the letter is dated 3/9/1939, this must have been the 26th of Aug 1939.  She also says in this letter that Mark wrote that uncle Tom Allen was in bad shape, and says she feels sorry for Nellie, who was apparently Tom Allen's wife. she then tells what she knows about the Duckett's, and says the old folks were Jacob and Amy (Hipps) Duckett. She states she knew of 5 boys and three girls, and states she never knew of the one they had mentioned, this Sarah Glaspy. She writes, Joe Sirah, who married ________ Higgins, was our mothers first cousin; David married Sarah Elliet (Elliott); Hamilton, I never knew who he married.  (This was Alfred Hamilton Duckett, who married Malinda Brock), Dolphus, you know who he married. The girls were, Rachel, she married uncle Champ Ferguson, our grandfathers brother, Fine married Riley Ferguson, our mothers first cousin.

She states that Rachel went to Ark., and that Fine went west.
(When she refers to Fine she refers to Josephine Duckett, who married
Riley H. Ferguson, son of James Hamilton Ferguson, I imagine this
should have been spelled Phine, and was a nickname for Josephine. She
also mentions Thietho, who married Carey Cox, and we know that Talitha Duckett married Carey Cox). She also states that Ab Cox was the father. (Riley Ferguson remarried and removed to Ala. After 1870, Josephine died before 1870, see the 1870 Hall Co., Ga. census, home of Riley H. Ferguson. We of course know that Rachel (Duckett) Ferguson did indeed go to Ark. See Fulton Co., Ark.) The father of Carey Cox was William Cox, not Ab Cox.

     I do not know of a Joe Sirah Duckett, son of Jacob and Amy
Duckett, and think this may be John Duckett, who married C. Sarah
Higgins in Habersham Co., Ga. This of course would be that John
Duckett who went to the Calif. Gold Field with his brother Dolphus
Duckett. We also see this John Duckett as co-admn. for the estate of
Alfred Hamilton Duckett, this in 1860. If this be true, then by this
letter it would indicate that C. Sarah Higgins was a sister to the
Mary Ann Higgins who married Hugh Ferguson, and as Josephine Staton in this letter refers to Riley H. Ferguson as our mothers first cousin, her mother would have to be related to the line of William and Juda (Wood) Ferguson in some way. Willette Dalton informs me that Josephine (Moore) Staton was a dau. of Milton Moore and Mary Ann Ferguson, Mary Ann a dau. of Hugh Ferguson and his first wife, Mary Ann Higgins. 
Another option is that (Joe Sirah) is Josiah, who married Nancy Ferguson, dau. of Hugh Ferguson.

Additional information gained after writing the foregoing, shows that Sarah, w/o John Duckett, was a d/o John J. Higgins, also data indicates that Jane, w/o Thomas Brock Sr., Mary Ann, w/o Hugh Ferguson, and John J. Higgins, were brother and sisters.

     In the 1860 Hall Co., Ga. census we see an F. Staton, age 67,
born Va., and a wife Nancy, age 69, born SC. In this home is Mary
Ferguson, age 54, born Ky. This is the wife of James Hamilton
Ferguson, and the mother of Riley H. Ferguson. In 1870, Hall Co., Ga.
she is seen in the home of Riley H. Ferguson, and in 1880 she is in
the home of her son, John C. Ferguson, this in the Clinton Co., Ky.
census of that year. This Mary Campbell Ferguson died and is buried at Bells, Grayson Co., Tex.

     From the foregoing letter by Joe or Josephine (Moore) Staton, and the relationship of this Joe/Josephine Staton, we can see that Riley H. Ferguson was her mothers first cousin, this as her mother was Mary Ann (Ferguson) Moore, who was a dau. of Hugh Ferguson, and James Hamilton Ferguson was a brother to Hugh Ferguson and the father of Riley H. Ferguson.