GEORGE W. FERGUSON and EMILY LUCRETIA BOYKIN
L/R: last row, standing: Frank
Ferguson, Newt Ferguson, William Gregg (Martha Ferguson Gregg's
husband), Jake Gregg (Mary Ferguson Gregg's husband).
Middle Row: Emily Lucretia Boykin
Ferguson, George Gregg (child) child of Mary (Ferguson) Gregg
and Jake Gregg, George W. Ferguson, Nora Ferguson.
Lower Row: Mary Ferguson Gregg, Martha
Ferguson Gregg, Parilee Ferguson.
After the Civil War, Larkin Ferguson and his
son, George W., son of Larkin Ferguson and Hanna Gaskill
Ferguson (deceased) along with two other sons of Larkin; Newton
and Frank, left a prosperous farm on the Arkansas River near
Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The "Yankees" had taken over their
farm and 40-45 slaves had been freed, so Larkin and his sons
rode horseback to Texas, bringing a box full of Confederate
money, thinking "The South Would Rise Again." They arrived
in Houston County in 1868 when George W. was 18 years old.
Larkin and George bought land and settled near the McLean and
Jacob Gregg farms just southeast of Weches. Newton and
Frank moved on to Mexia.
About that same time John Boykin and wife,
Clarenda Warren Boykin and children arrived in Houston County
from Mississippi and settled near Weches also. They had
traveled from Mississippi by oxcart and it was said the children
walked most of the way alongside the oxcart. John had been
imprisoned in Mississippi by the Union Army when Sherman made
his march southward and but for the help of one devoted
slave, Clarenda and her children would surely have died of
starvation. John must have joined the Texas Cavalry soon
after he reached Houston County as his tombstone in the Bobbitt
Cemetery near Weches bears the inscription: Co. C 13th
Texas Cavalry, Confederate Southern Army.
They all lived in cabins, constructed
hurredly; probably built of logs. There were stories of an
Indian massacre there near Weches in which Mr. McLean was killed
but the Fergusons and Boykins survived.
John and Clarenda Boykin had a young
daughter, Emily Lucretia, and soon George Ferguson was courting
her and eventually they were married and reared a family on the
farm near Weches. Seven Children were born of that union:
1. Mary L., born 1873.
2. William Newton, born 1876.
3. Martha Eliza, born 1878.
4. Clarinda Parilee, born 1880.
5. Frank, born 1882.
6. Keet (dec. in infancy), born 1887.
7. Lenora, born 1891.
The children attended a little one room
school and the teacher was called "Professor So-and-So" and his
word was "law" enforced with a hickory stick. Life must
have been difficult, but not entirely without fun as the
children of George and Emily Ferguson told of parties they
attended, dancing to the tune of a fiddle and a French Harp.
The Ferguson and Boykin farms have long since
changed hands but Larkin Fergus and Hanna Gaskill and John
Boykin and Clarenda Warren left a warm and enduring heritage of
love for the land and for their family of which their
descendants are justifiably proud.
By: Mrs. Sam W. Hardy
"The History of Houston County Texas