I am trying to track leads on Pheby Fergusson, wife of William Jefferson Fergusson. Oral family history says that W.J. was born in or near Richmond VA and married Pheby or Pheoby there. We do not have any documentation in him prior to his arrival in Marion County Texas just after the Civil War. He told his daughters that he was a trapper before he became a lawman. He was jailer in Jefferson Texas during the 1870/80s. He was married while in VA to Phoeby. She died while he was fighting in the Civil War. I've heard that he was in MS when she died. I have no military records on him. She had a baby daughter who died when or near the time of Pheby's death. Another daughter, Katy or Kate, survived. W.J.'s daughters by his second marriage said that Katy's maternal grandmother came and took Katy back to Europe with her.
His second marriagewas in Texas to a descendant of Thomas Shelton and John Shadding/Daniel Slaydon of Pittsylvania County/Goochland VA.
Oral family history says that Wm Jefferson Fergusson joined up as a musician during the Civil War because of his age. I've also heard that he married very young, and that his wife Phoeby was older than he was. Any help with this bear hunt will be very welcome.
Have found the surname spelled Ferguson, FURGUSON, and FERGUSSON.
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