Horatio Hennion wrote about leaving his birth state of New Jersey and of touring part of the country before arriving at Mossy Creek, Ga. in 1853. The following are excerpts from his chronicles.  as well as data taken from notes made by the future wife of Horatio Hennion, this Margaret Jane Service. The data from these notes was compiled and printed by his dau., Alice Dixon in 1900.

     An Acrostic written by Horatio Hennion, and given to Margaret Jane Service on May 25th, 1854. Read the first letters downward.

Many have sung of beauty bright,
And talked of love from morn till night,
Read, sung, and told their story,
Given up their body, soul and mind,
And wished for one of woman kind,
Ruby lips to them were glory,
Every one should e'er complain,
Til they have alas; loved in vain.

Jerusalem; what makes me hate,
And sigh and pine for cruel fate?
Not many die from broken hearts,
Each one can leave for other parts:

So when there's one you want to marry,
E'en ask her; don't you stop to tarry,
Refusing can not hurt you long,
Verily there are others, old and young,
In other places ever ready,
Couldn't say no to anybody!
Everyone then, should not cry, when their refused
     when e'er they try.

     The records written by Horatio Hennion and Margaret Jane
(Service) Hennion, while not exact duplicates, both show much the same as far as Habersham and White Co's., Ga. are concerned, so I will work mostly from what was written by Margaret Jane (Service) Hennion.

     Horatio Hennion married Margaret Jane Service at Mossy Creek, Ga. on 29 July, 1855. Near the conclusion of Horatio Hennion's accounts he gives some relationships, these are as follows: Note: Major Hugh Ferguson lived up the creek. He had brothers Ed, Andy and Champion. They were of Revolutionary stock from Ky., and all had good fighting qualities. In the early part of the war Ed (a lawyer) moved to Kentucky. He and his home guards sent word to a secesh that they would fight them fairly. The secesh got some friends and fired on them. Ed's men retreated in the end; but Ed fought till he was shot to pieces.

     In the foregoing paragraph Horatio is writing about Edward
Ferguson, who married Selina Duckett. Edward was next to the youngest
child of William Ferguson and Juda Wood. Edward is buried in a
cemetery in Clinton Co., Ky., see Ky. cemeteries in this book for him.

When Horatio writes about Major Hugh Ferguson, he is writing
about the father of William J., John H., and Hugh Hamilton Ferguson.
Of course Hugh did not reside in Ky., but the others Horatio mentioned did. Where Horatio writes about the Secesh, he is writing about the Secessionists, or Confederates.

     Ed Ferguson sold to Horatio Hennion and Hamilton Ferguson
(brother in law to H.H.'s wife), a tract of 250 acres in the gold
regions, in the year 1855. H. Ferguson and H. Hennion made a deed out
for half to a man by name of Higgins, and then Ham quit claimed the
remainder to Horatio Hennion. Major Hugh Ferguson lived up Mossy
Creek. He was the father of Hamilton, Lewis, Betty ______, ________,
and Bill. (He actually omits five more, these Vanetta and Samantha,
who along with Lewis C. Ferguson were children of Hugh and his second
wife Mary A. Garrin). The others were Nancy, Sarah, John H., Elijah and Mary Ann. Andy lived down Mossy Creek, father of Jack, Jim etc. (Andy is Andrew J. Ferguson, youngest child of William Ferguson and Juda Wood. L.L.D.) Champion Ferguson, John, Jim, Messer, Jake, Anthony, Bill. (This is in reference to some of the children of Champion, all are not named here, see my book.)

     Ed Ferguson at Ironworks, father of Wayne. (This is in reference
to an iron forge run for a time by Horatio Hennion, they made iron but quit because the ore was too far away. Wayne is in reference to one of Edward Ferguson's son's.)