Years ago I saw a book that detailed Rev.Buckner coming to Jefferson in the 1870?. He was establishing an orphange. Some citizens of Marion County assisted him during that time. Don't know where I saw that book or the title. Would like to hear from descendants of any other children placed from Marion County in Buckners during that time period.
I am interested to know of any MARION COUNTY/early placements and activities with Buckner's orphange.
I know that the three youngest children of William James Fergusson (FERGUSON, FERGUSSON), the jailer who testified at the bail appeal hearing of Abe Rothschild in Tyler, were placed in Buckners after the death of W.J.'s wife(Augusta Catherina SLAYTON FERGGUSON, b. 8-29-1844 TX daughter of Sandford G. and Mary SLAYTON, d. Jan 19, 1881, Jefferson, TX) and J.W.'s death Feb. 1, 1885 in Jefferson.
Recently I have received the following information from a descendant of one of the Fergguson girls who was taken to Buckner's from Marion County. Effie's Bible contains the following entries. I have regrouped them so that births, deaths and marriages of an individual are together.
From Aunt Effie’s Family Bible Records
Augusta C. Slaton and William J. Fergusson were married Feby 3rd 1867 at Kellyville, Texas.
Augusta C. Slaton wife of Wm.J.Furgresson was born July the 29, 1844
Augusta C. Ferguson wife of W.J. Fergussonn departed this life January 19, 1881 at Jefferson, Tex.
W.J. Fergusson died Feby 1st 1885.
Florence L. Furgusson Eldest daughter of William and Augusta Furguson was born November 23rd 1867
Mary L. Furguson Second daughter of William and Augusta Furguson was born December 12th, 1869.
Ada Virginia Furguson third daughter of William and Augusta Furguson was born Feby 9th 1871
Jhon(sp) Edward Ferguson was born April the? 1872.?
John Edwin Ferguson, only son of Wm J. & Augusta C. Ferguson, departed this life, July 8'/77
at Jefferson, Texas
Eudora Feguson was Born September 26, 1874
Eudora Ferguson, daughter of Wm.J. & Augusta C. Furgusson, departed this life July 14'/75; at Kellyville, Texas
Effa Lee Ferguson was Born June the 7th 1878.
Cora May Ferguson was born March the 3, 1879
William Augusta Fergusson was Born January the 3 1881.
William Augusta Ferguson son of W.J. and A.C. Ferrguson departed this live September
the 24, 1881 at Jefferson, Tex.
Mollie L. Fergusson & M.B. Estes married Feby 1st 1885 at Jefferson, Texas
Hary E. Estes only son of Mitchel & Mollie Estes departed this life December the 23, 1887 Dallas Texas
Mrs.Mollie L. Estes and Mr. Willie Alvey married Sept . the 8, 1894, by Bro Dixon at 8 oclock Sat Evening Dallas, Tex
SOURCE: Transcript of FAMILY BIBLE ENTRIES of Effie Fergguson
Am trying to learn more about the family of W.J. Fergguson.
I know that he married one of the younger daughters of Sanford G. SLAYTON. Sanford and wife Mary, came to Texas in the 1830s with the Tennessee migration. His mother LUCIE, a widow, also came at the same time. Both SANFORD AND LUCIE got headright landgrant from the Republic of Texas. The Slaytons lived up around Daingerfield I think. Much of the land from at least one of the head right landgrants is in Marion County. My father, James Harvey Chatham, JR. (son of Cora Mae FERGUSSON, one of the three daughters of W.J and Augusta Catherina SLAYTON FERGUSSON, who was placed in Buckners) was born and raised on part of that land. It is located near Lake Of the Pines. At different times the address has been given as Mims Chapel; other times as Avinger, TX.
I'll share or be thrilled to received information on any of the people mentioned in the BIBLE entries, history buffs specializing in the Diamond Bessie Trial, or those knowledgable about Texas Headright grants, expecially those to the Slayton family.
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