I was out on the internet just exploring and came accross the Ancestry.com
site. I put in my family name and was amazed at the number of people that
had responded. I am not very savy about dealing with the internet, but I
did want to tell you that I am the daughter of Clifford Virn Pherigo, son of
Thomas Pherigo that the Aaron Pherigo visited in Jonesburg, Missouri. My
grandfather came from Putnam County and much of his family is buried there
and in the surrounding counties. I visited the Pherigo Cemetary a few years
ago with my brothers (someone has put up a very impressive sign accross the
entry), visited the very very small town and met this wonderful lady who
works in the Library in Putnam who had passed information back and forth
with the son of one of my Grandfathers sisters. She helped us dig up
information and even passed on some she had aquired. Sorry, I don't have
the data in front of me to fill in names, its at home and I am at work.
If you want more info please respond and I will do my best to get you what
information we were able to find in the short time we were there. I did
make copies of what I found.
My grandfather was part Cherokee as was my grandmother. His Father carried
the indian genes, as his mother had an English maiden name. While he was a
small child, she divorced his father and died soon after. She had been
burning off a field next to her family farm to plant crops, the wind changed
and her dress caught on fire. My Grandfather was with her and saw this. It
took some time for anyone to get to her. She was burned horribly and
suffered for a few days before dying. His Father had remarried and moved
away by then, but they continued to stay in contact and did visit back and
forth. When my grandfather Tom married my Grandmother, Orpha Mae Harlan
Sullins, she was a divorced woman with a son. It seems they had been sweet
on each other when younger, but Tom wasn't fast enough to catch her. Her
Mothers maiden name was Lewis. If my memory serves me two of her sisters
Married Pherigo brothers. I believe they are the two who were mentioned on
Its quite hard to get much information now as most of the people with the
knowledge are so old or dead. I too am getting up there and many of my own
cousins have died. It seems the Pherigo clan has this problem with Cancer
and heart disease.
I was watching The learning channel on night and there was a program on
prisons in the South. A Mr. Pherigo was one of the guards there. I almost
choked to hear our name.
We have tried to find out where the name came from but had no luck. I would
like to research more, but time doesn't seem to allow it.
I hope to hear from you. Sorry I rambled a bit.
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