Nannie Evelyn Tuttle was born in Arkansas, daughter of J. M. and Evaline Smith Tuttle. She married James Andrew Ferguson (28 January 1840 - June 25 1918) in Washington County on 1 November 1868. Her husband was also born in Arkansas and was a merchant, banker and dealer in real estate, the son of John C. and Elizabeth English Ferguson. During the War Between the States, James enlisted with Carroll’s Regiment and held the rank of First Lieutenant with honor until 1863 when he suffered a broken leg from a fall off his horse. He then resigned and went out to California for a year. He returned to Fayetteville where he took an active interest in the Washington County Bank. He and his wife Nannie were the parents of James, Arthur, Augusta, Harry and John. James was a member of the Masonic fraternity and he and Nannie worshiped at the Episcopal Church. Both she and her husband are buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Fayetteville, Arkansas.