• Family Genealogy Research,  Ferguson

    Crazy Jane’s Obituary and the End of R.A. Ferguson’s C5 Brand

    Background Robert Andrew Ferguson, R.A., Uncle Bob, the C5 Horse and Cattle Man…Grandpa Ferguson.  Whatever name you think he went by, he was a big deal in the part of Hill County.  He made his fortune in the gold fields of California and invested his gold in horses.  R.A. was supposed to have had more horses under brand than any man in the world and his obituary indicated that he kept them long past the time when he could work them.  He just loved his horses and spent a good deal of his fortune in his later years for the privilege to have them.  R.A. donated the land for what…

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Ferguson,  Frazier,  Patterson,  Ward,  Wood

    Jane Patterson 1910 “Early Reminiscences” Hillsboro Mirror

    Background Jane Wood Frazier Patterson was interviewed in the spring of 1910, and gave her memories of her life.  There are some errors in the letter.  A few include the story about the family in Leon County.  I refer you to the letter written by Isabella Riddell Wood about their journey to  Ft. Graham.  This articles also states that brother Hugh left for the Gold Fields of California was never heard from since.  We have letters from Hugh so…I don’t know about the “never hearing from him again” unless he went to California almost a decade after the Gold Rush.  Our letters stop before the start of the Civil War. …

  • Davis,  Family Genealogy Research,  Ferguson

    Renick and Frazier Document October 15, 1872

    Background This is the Renick and Frazier business.  George Renick and James C. Frazier are the owners.  James C. Frazier is Monroe Frazier’s brother.  The original document has all of the blanks you see below.  The information isn’t filled out so this may have been a preliminary document that needed to be filled out. The Document RENICK & FRAZIER Oct. 15, 1872   __________ of R.A. Ferguson and J.R. Davis a note for the balance of the purchase money for a tract of land sold for the heirs of James Wood ___________________ in Paluxy in Erath County said note ________ on the ______ day of 1872 due _____________my with per…

  • Davis,  Family Genealogy Research,  Ferguson,  Frazier

    Isabella Ferguson Letter to George Renick 9 September 1878

    Background I believe that George Renick is the business partner of James C. Frazier.  These men ran Renick and Frazier and seem to do land transactions.  I don’t know if they were real estate agents or surveyors or lawyers who specialized in land transactions.  I am sure if we lay all of their documents out, we could maybe tell.  James C. Frazier is the brother to Monroe Frazier, husband of Jane Wood Frazier (by this time, Patterson), the sister of Isabella Ferguson. In this letter we see that R.A. is “out west” and won’t be home for three months.  The boys, Robert and Jimmie, are most likely Isabella and R.A.’s…

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Ferguson,  Park,  Ward

    Lillias Park Ferguson Letter to Jeanette Wood Ward July 28, 1869

    Background Lillias Park was orphaned when her parents, William and Frances Park died in Leon County on the journey to Ft. Graham.  Lillias and her brother, Archibald, raised by the Woods and their other siblings, William and David were raised by the Ridgeway family.  Lillias married R. A. Ferguson‘s nephew, John Ferguson.  When Lillie speaks of Aunt Isabella, she is referring to her adoptive sister Isabella who married John Ferguson’s uncle R.A.  Sorry if this is confusing, I didn’t do the matchmaking. The Letter July 28, 1869   Dear Jeannette or Jennette, I will commence an answer to your letter which I received on the 18th of this month.  We…

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Ferguson,  Uncategorized

    James “Squire Jim” Ferguson’s Account of Their Trip to California

    Background We’ve all heard about Robert Andrew Ferguson’s exploits as a cowboy.  He helped tame the wild West, had more horses under brand than any man in the world, and was one of the wealthiest men in Hill County.  Before all of that, he was a young man in Gaston County, North Carolina when opportunity in the way of a gold rush in California came knocking.  Gold was discovered on January 24, 1848 at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. The news of the discovery of gold was first announced in San Francisco by a newspaper publisher in March of 1848.  Evidently, he walked through the streets with a vial of gold…

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Ferguson

    Ferguson Men and the California Gold Rush – George P. Ferguson Account

    Background Four Ferguson men left Gaston County, NC for the California gold fields in 1849.  They were James “Squire Jim” Ferguson, his son William; Squire Jim’s nephew, Robert Andrew Ferguson, and Alfred Hall Ferguson, son of George W. Ferguson. The following was written by Alfred H. Ferguson’s brother George Porter Ferguson.  He lived in Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas for a number of years and certainly knew R.A. Ferguson as they did not live far apart.  It is interesting that George P. Ferguson states that his brother, Alfred, died in California.  This is not true.  Alfred remained in California until his death in January of 1909.  A quick search for our…

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Ferguson

    Robert Andrew Ferguson’s Buried Gold in Hill County, Texas

    Background I am thrilled that the Gaston Gazette published these stories about R.A. Ferguson.  However, I am not certain about the dates and all the details.  For example, in one of their articles, they have him heading to the gold fields of California before gold was discovered.  In another, they say he went with one companion when we know that he went with his uncle, Squire Jim Ferguson, Squire Jim’s son, and another cousin.  Still, the articles provide insight into what happened.  We need to piece all the facts and details together from all the articles if we are to have a clear picture of R.A.’s adventures. The Article Excerpt…