George O Ferguson visits Gastonia

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George O Ferguson visits Gastonia - COL. GASTON FERGUSONS FROM TEXAS VISIT HERE Mr....
COL. GASTON FERGUSONS FROM TEXAS VISIT HERE Mr. and Mis. George.O. Ferguson of Stephenville, Texas are spending a few days In Cas ton and Lincoln counties. Descended from Gastori-Lincoli stock, this is their first visit to this section and they are getting quite a kick out of circulating around : among the kinfolks am old cemeteries They arrived here Thursday and went yesterday to Lincolnton where the.\ hope to contact Joe. Nixon, Lincoln icounty historian. Now 70 years old. and tiled school teacher. Mr. Ferguson is reallv on his first visi? -to Gaston county Some ten years ago he passed through Gaston and spent z few hours heie. .While retired from his 'profession, Mr. Feiguson, 'still hale and hearty, owns and operate? a ranch and has other business Interests. Mam object of his visit to Gastori .and Lincoln counties is to gather some c'ata on the Ferguson .family. His great-great grandfather. Robert Ferguson, was born, probably in Scotland in 1735 and died in Lincoln . (probably that part now included in Gaston, as he is known ix> have "lived on Lone Creek") in 1815. This -'head of the American branch of the family came over when quite young and lived in Pennsylvania and in Baltimore before coming to Rowan county, this. State, moving thence to York county, S. C., and then to Lincoln (Gaston} county, N. C. Mr. Ferguson's great grandfather, James, was born April 5, 1759, in Nottingham, Chester county, Penna., and moved with his parents to York county, S. C., about 1764, and from there to Lincoln (Gaston) county about 1767. In 1821 he moved to Rea county, Tenn., where he died in 1842. On the marker at his gia\e, high up on Waiden's Ridge, is this inscription: "James Ferguson, Pvt. White's Co., McDowell's N. C. Rert., Rev. War, 1842". He married Sarah ivho was the father of the present George Oliver Ferguson. Mr. Ferguson hopes while here to get some interesting information about the Ferguson family in this area and also about ihe connections of his great grandfather's wife's family, Sarah Barnet U), of York county and his grandfather's first wife, Polly Neil, of Lincoln county. Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson were delightfully .surprised at the indications they found here of progress and prosperity. Vaccine Plans Incomplete Plans are incomplete for dis- ribution of Gaston county's nt- otment of government supplied lio vaccine. We don't how how? We don't know how much we will get yet," stated Dr. Jack ilamsaur, h-ealth officer. Taking first things first, the doctor said- that the second •ound of Operation Sure. Shot vill be completed by October 1. Vaccine now on hand, which arrived last month, will be used .0 give the second shot to children who were inoculated last sprini "The life of our vaccine will expire by October 1. and we must make sure the children get it before then," he said. Commenting on the 1H mil- Barnct (t) of Lincoln county, N. C., March 10, 1789. His grandfather, James, was born in Lincoln county. May 20, 1799, and moved to Rea county, Tenn., in 1829, then to Laurence county, Mo., in 1841, and from there to Texas, March in 1858, 12, 1876. Erath where he died This Ferguson was married three times. First to Polly Neil of Lincoln county. N C second to Sarah Was.son third county, marriage Mo. From came Columbus En-ing Ferguson an only child. ion doses of serum allocated to S'orth Carolina by the Federal •ovcrnmcnt. Dr. Ramsaur said e tentatively plans to use Gas-

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  1. The Gastonia Gazette,
  2. 27 Aug 1955, Sat,
  3. Page 6

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