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McCanns or Furgersons from Sallisaw or Fort Smith
Posted by: J. Gentry (ID *****6763) Date: July 13, 2006 at 14:47:36
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My grandfather, J. D. McCANN, used to go to Sallisaw to visit relatives over there from about 1920-1965. He was born in 1900 and died in 1984. He told his niece that her great grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian woman, and that family lived over near Fort Smith, Arkansas, but I don't know if it was his mother's or his father's side of the family he was talking about. And I don't know if they lived west of Fort Smith in Sequoyah County, but it's possible they did. I suspect they might have been some of the relatives he visited in Sallisaw.

His father's name was Jasper N. McCAN and his mother was V. Loucrecia "Lou" FURGERSON (FERGUSON? FOGISON?), but they lived in Searcy County, Arkansas, when they got married, and then moved to Cleburne County, Arkansas. The spelling of the name was "McCann" in my grandfather's generation, but his father's name was spelled witn one "n". I'm not sure of the correct spelling of his mother, Furgerson, Ferguson, Fogison, or ?

I'd sure like to know who his full-blooded Cherokee grandmother was who lived near Fort Smith, and I'd like to know if the people he visited in Sallisaw were also relatives of his. His Cherokee grandmother either married a McCan or a Furgerson sometime before 1852, because that's when his father was born, OR before circa 1864 when his mother was born. Someone in the family said that Lou Furgerson McCan had a brother who was a wrestler and went by the name "Fatty Ferguson".

Any help would be appreciated, I have no other information about this line of ancestors and it is like a brick wall.

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