• 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. …

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Ward

    Ben Ward Purchases Land from Mr. Patton 1870s

    Background This is undated and not completely filled out.  Benjamin Ward was the son-in-law of James and Isabella Wood.  He and his wife, Jeanette Wood Ward, bought the other siblings’ share of the homestead.  Their descendants lived in the homestead until the last Ward owner, Glenn Ward, passed away in May of 2014.  Jana and Jerry Burch purchased the property in January 2018. The Document State of Texas County of Hill   Know All Men By These Presents: That I, J.S. Patton of the county of Morris and State of Texas for and I consideration for the sum of seventeen 50/100 dollars, to me in hand paid by Benjamin Ward…

  • 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…