Margaret Mabe Ferrell
Margaret Mabe Ferrell was the daughter of Polly Mabe and David Lawson. She was born about 1842. She was raised as a Mabe. She married Jackson Ferrell, son of John and Elizabeth Ferrell, in December 1865 in Hawkins County, TN. After Jackson's death, she married Harvey Murrell on December 07, 1902 in Hawkins County, TN. She passed away around 1907.
Civil War Pension Application
The below is an excerpt from the Civil War Widows Pension application of Margaret:
Case of Margaret Ferrell, No 553504 on this 2 day of Dec 1896 at Lee Valley, County of Hawkins State of Tenn before H.L. Douglass Special Examiner of the Pension Office, personally appeared Margaret Ferrelle, who being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to her during this Special Examination of aforesaid pension claim, deposes and says: Age 54 occupation a house keeper residence near PO address as above.
I am the widow of Jackson Ferrelle who belonged to Col 10 Tenn Inf. I don't know dates or places of his enlistment or discharge. He died at Pattonsville Scott Co Va as near as I remember 20 years ago this night Feb. No sir I have not record of date of death, I peace the time from memory. We were married about 1 mile from here at the residence of Zeke Anderson now dead. Campbell Brown a Methodis preacher who now lives near Morristown Tenn married us. He knew us well for some years prior to our marriage. My full name was Margaret Mabe Some called me Martha and the license was procured in that name. My mothers name was Polly Mabe I was born before her marriage to a man named Smith. No sir neither had been married prior to our marriage and I have not remarried since his death. I know I was never married before our marriage and he wasn't either. He lived with a woman named Ludema Anderson and has 2 children. They lived together 2 or 3 years was my understanding, though I knew nothing of this till after our marriage. The soldier said to me after we were married "I want to bring my 2 children here." I asked him what he was doing with 2 children. He then said they were "woods-colts" meaning that they were born out of wedlock. I then learned that they were children by the Anderson woman and soldier. I took them and raised them, their mother coming to see them as often as she pleased. They lived log? eches? About Alum Well across the mountain from here. It is not likely that he was married to this woman for he would not run the risk of getting into jail, by coming just across the mountain and marrying me. The soldier never said anything about being married to her. It was generally known that they were not married but were simply living together as though they were. I had 5 children by him, we lived together as man and wife till he ran off with my half-sister May Smith and was killed at Pattonsville Va in a row. He took one of the children with him and I went to get it. I was at Pattonsville when he was killed. The regulators were after him to scare him into coming back to his family. He showed fight and they killed him. I saw him after he died up there. They buried him at the "Red Hill" above Pattonsville. Mary Ferrell and Minerva Jane Ferrell my 2 cousins who now live near Pattonsville Va me are all I know of who saw him dead. I know no one at Pattonsville.
Margaret x Ferrelle (her mark written above and below the x)
Attest WM Lawson
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 2 day of Dec 1896, and I certify that the contents were fully mad known to deponent before signing.
Another page by Margaret page reads:
"I am the daughter of David Lawson and Polly Mabe. I am an illigitimate child. My mother married John Smith when I was a little child. After that I have been called Smith by some and Mabe or Maab or Mahab by others up to the date of my marriage. I was always called by the name of Margaret until I went to live with Mr. Ezekial Anderson soon after my mother died and I continually lived with him afterwards until I married in Nov 65. Mr. Anderson, and he only, always called me Martha from the time I went to live with him, and the reason he always gave me for doing so, was that I resembled my little cousin Martha who (with her mother) had been living with him up to a very short time before I came to his house to live, and that he got so used to the name that he could not help calling me by it . I did not want to marry when I did, but my fathers sister, Tamsy Ferrill, who had married Alfred Ferrill a brother of my (afterwards) husband kept persuading and insisting on me to marry her brother in law Jackson that she knew him from his childhood, that he would make me a good kind and affectionate husband [unreadable] and she continually kept talking to me in that way until at last it resulted in making me conclude to marry him. The Mr. Anderson I lived with went after our marriage license and must have long forgotten himself in giving in my right name to the clerk who issued it for on his return it was [unreadable] that it was [unreadable] in the name (Martha) he always called me by instead of my own (Margaret). Mr. Brown, the minster who was [unreadable] to perform the ceremony told me that the name was not stated rightly in the "license" and asked me what was to be done about it, but I could not tell him, and after all the [unreadable] we talked over the mistake that had been made, the conclusion arrived at by the [unreadable] resulted in Mr. Brown performing the marriage cerimony"
Jackson Ferrell (1825 - 1876)
Harvey G Murrell (1846 - 1924)
Harvey F Ferrell (1866 - ____)*
Elizabeth Ferrell Sampson (1872 - 1953)*
Mollie Ferrell Lawson (1872 - 1964)*
Alfred Jackson 'A.J.' Ferrell (1873 - 1963)*
John Ferrell (1879 - 1928)*
Orleanea F Lawson (1882 - 1969)*
Created by: Ronny Ferrell
Record added: Mar 22, 2010
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