Ferguson, Hamilton, Lisle, Long
Family History

During our Ferguson family reunion in 99, we were able to identify the person in this photograph as our Great Great GrandMother, Penina Stallings Ferguson.

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We have made enormous discoveries in our Ferguson/Hamilton line and I want to express my thanks to all of my new cousins for their help.  Without the assistance of Kathy and Patricia (Shaffer line), Nancy, DonnaSue, and Willard (Stallings line), Charles (Ferguson line) and the availability of online documentation, our success would not have been possible in such a short period of time.  If you would like to contact any of the above regarding additional information on their lines, please e-mail me and I will be glad to forward your request to the appropriate contributor.

Our Hamilton line starts with George F. Hamilton, b. 1784 in North Carolina.   We have been able to trace this family line all the way to present day and have discovered many interesting ancestors in the process.  Many of these ancestors are confederate civil war veterans with distinguished service.  Most of the family pages have notes attached that can be read online.


Our Ferguson line begins with Abraham Ferguson, b. 1808 in South Carolina.  We believe that Abraham's father was Frances Ferguson of Greene County, AL.   In 1832, Abraham married Louise Holland, the Granddaughter of distinguished Revolutionary War Veteran Charles Holland.  The Ferguson's and Holland's appear to have traveled the same roads as both families are shown on census records in Alabama before moving on to Choctaw County, Mississippi sometime before 1850.  Absalom H. Ferguson was born in 1835 in Alabama and married Penina Stallings in 1866 in Choctaw County, Mississippi.   As in most families of this era, they had several children. 

Wylie Hamilton (Great Grandson of George) married Absalom Ferguson's daughter, Louise Elizabeth in 1887.  The families eventually migrated to Sunflower County in the Delta of Mississippi.  For a period of time they lived on the Quiver River across from each other.  Absalom Ferguson and Penina adopted a young man during this time period and named him Thomas A. Ferguson. There are many stories about Thomas and the adoption and one of these days I hope to be able to locate the records of his adoption or at least find out if he was already a Ferguson or if he became a Ferguson through adoption.  Thomas went off to Illinois, got married and divorced twice, had a daughter named Pearl and then returned to Mississippi and married Wylie and Elizabeth’s daughter, Bertha (who was my Grandmother). 

Our Ferguson Reunion is held every August in Greenville, MS and if you are a descendant of Abraham Ferguson and would like to meet your cousins, send me an email and I will contact the coordinator and request an invitation for you.


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The Lisle Family has been located - at least back to Jesse Lisle born 1784 in North Carolina! There is one researcher that shows Jesse as the son of an Edwin Lisle who resided in Wilkinson County, GA in 1820 and 1830. I have located an Edwin Lyles on the 1800 North Carolina Census for Hertford County but have been unable to find him in Wilkinson County, GA. Jesse was listed in the 1820 Wilkinson County, Ga. census as having 4 children born between 1810 and 1820. His wife was listed as being born between 1774 and 1794. This would apparently mean that Jesse was married prior to the marriage to Celia who would have been about 14 years of age when they married on Dec 7, 1820. It is not known what happened to this first wife or any of the children as when he arrived in Muscogee County, Ga. he had only the children that were born after 1820. 

There is considerable conflict between our database and some of the others regarding the children of Jesse and Celia.  Our database reflects that Mary (who married James Lawson, Dec 28, 1837) was born in 1821 and therefore is their firstborn child.  William M. (my GGGrandFather) was born about 1822 (verified by 1850 census) and married Mary A. F. Rogers on Feb 13, 1845 in Muscogee, GA.  William and Mary had 8 children and in the 1900 census, Mary indicates that only 6 are living.  Our database only shows 7 children so we are missing one.  Additional research has revealed that William was a confederate soldier and died during the Civil War.  A copy of William's military records was  requested and indicates that he was sent to the hospital on Nov 7, 1864 by a Dr. Lipford. A fellow researcher sent me a copy of the Widows Pension Application completed by Mary E. Lisle for her husband, William M. Lisle.   The widows application completed by Mary states that William died from infection after stepping on a nail.  I have not been able to locate his grave but will keep looking. Mary did not remarry and died in 1913 at the age of 88.  I know that services were held in Salem, AL but have not been able to locate her grave.

I was finally able to obtain a copy of Joshua Henry Lisle's (my GGrandFather) death certificate.  The Mother is shown to be Mary Rogers which confirms our belief that Joshua's parents were William Lisle and Mary Rogers who were married in Muscogee County, GA in 1845 - the father was simply listed as deceased.         

My Grandfather (Terrence Lisle) married Betty Long who died shortly after her 4th son was born.  We have located her grave at the Union Grove Church Cemetery in Opelika, AL and have been able to determine that her parents were John W. Long and Sally Wynn.  If you have any information on Betty or her family, it would be greatly appreciated. 

Terrence then married Inez Riddle and they had another son and a daughter.  Terrence died when my Father was 13 and he and his 3 brothers went to live with Joshua and Susie Lisle (their Grandparents).  

I have copies of a couple of family bibles and some handwritten notes that indicate Joshua’s Father was William Lisle and his Grandfather was named Jesse.  These notes also show Joshua had brothers named Newton, Charlie, John, and Jeff and that some of his uncles were named Hood, Joshua, Charles, and John.   Through the Federal Census, I have documented most of the children of Jesse and Celia Lisle and William and Mary Lisle.  There are other genealogy researchers that have confused William with his son Jefferson but the records all support Mary being married to William M. 

I was also able to obtain a death certificate on Joshua's wife, Susie Idella Lee Walton which gave me the names of both of her parents, J. A. Walton and "Tiney" Winslett.  Through the GenForum, I was able to locate someone with information on the Winslett/Walton connection.  It has been great to find out that our Winslett line goes back to the real "Ole Dan Tucker".   Reverend Daniel Tucker is my GGGGGGreat GrandFather.  

Our challenge now rests in finding any information at all on my GrandMother Betty Long Lisle.




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