My most "ancient" known ancestor is James L Ferguson, b. 21 Jan 1811 in Sumner Co. TN. He married Elizabeth Mabry on 7 Dec 1831 in Sumner Co. and then they moved to join up with other family in Greene Co.. IL. James died 16 July 1851 and is buried with wife in Short Cemetery, Greene Co. James had two known brothers named Greenbury and Anderson. They were all born in TN. The Fergusons migrated with the Shorts, Mayberrys, Barnards, Overbys, Martins and Stinnets. The only clue I have to a more ancient ancestor is a John Ferguson who was living near these same families in Rockingham Co. NC according to info from the 1800 Census. This could have been James father or more likely according to age bracket a grandfather.

James and Elizabeth had ten children. The 8th was my ggrandfather Thomas Lee Ferguson, b. 23 April 1844 in Greene Co. He married Rebecca Adeline Murphy 20 Dec 1865 and died July 1925.

Thomas and Rebecca had nine children. The 9th was my grandfather Thomas Edward Ferguson, b. 8 Dec 1886 in Greene Co. m. to Etta Mae Reno (unknown) and died 3 April 1929 in Jacksonville, Morgan, IL.

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