|Birth: ||Aug. 7, 1861|
|Death: ||Mar. 30, 1942|
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Funeral services for Jesse F. Fergeson, who died at his home near midnight Sunday were held at ten o'clock Tuesday morning from the Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home, where Rev. Jas. W. Askew of the Baptist Church officiated. Special hymns were given by members of the Baptist Church and an appropriate duet was sung by Mrs. J.W. Askew and Mrs. O.F. Glenn. Burial was made at Oak Lawn Cemetery.
Jesse Franklin Fergeson was born in the Cattail Community on the San Gabriel River on August 7th, 1861. Had he lived until his next birthday he would have been 82 years of age.
At the age of 21 he was married to Miss Sallie Holder and they began housekeeping in a little log cabin on what is now the present site of the Kevil homestead. During these more than 60 years the couple never lived outside Milam County. To this union were born seven children all of whom are living.
Mr. Fergeson is the last of his father's family of four sons and one daughter, and is among the last survivors of a generation of cattlemen who had so much to do with building the foundation upon which Texas history rests. As a lad he herded cattle on the present site of the city of Rockdale and saw the city grow from its first store to its present attainments. In his early years he became a familiar figure on all the famous cattle trails from Texas to the Northern Markets.
His oldest brother, Sam or "Sammy" as he called him, preceded him in death two years ago and his only sister passed away a few months ago.
Some forty years ago Mr. Fergeson was converted in a revival meeting held at Old Shaw Springs Camp Ground and united with the Black Jack Baptist Church, the only church of which he had ever been a member and the only one he ever attended. Though he came to Rockdale more than twenty years ago, like many other of these hearty pioneers, he could never be persuaded to attend a "city church."
And now, having served his own day and generation to the best of his knowledge and ability he too has gone on "to sleep with his father." He leaves to mourn his going his companion through the more than sixty years, seven children, Singleton Fergeson of Rockdale, Edgar and Ewin Fergeson of Houston, Luther Fergeson of Wellington, Kansas, Miss Jessie Fergeson, Mrs. Robert Phillips, Mrs. Harry Williams of Rockdale. There are thirteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren also surviving.
The casket attendants were Fred Eads, A.H. Lavern, E.V. Marshall, Y.A. Gjedde, J.E. Dyer, R.C. Williams. Honorary pall bearers were Bus Richards, Hill Marshall, H.I. Eiken, Bob Cloud, A. Noack, Dick Houston, Dan Bounds, J.H. Franklin. [Bob Cloud (Robert Samuel Cloud), brother to his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Cloud Fergeson, was an honorary pall-bearer at his funeral.] Rockdale ? Reporter, March 1942
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John L Fergeson (1815 - 1863)
Elizabeth Jones Fergerson (1824 - 1909)
Sarah Wilmarie Holder Fergeson (1861 - 1948)*
William Singleton Fergeson (1882 - 1961)*
Edgar Franklin Fergeson (1885 - 1963)*
Jessie Mae Fergeson (1888 - 1971)*
Ewin Edwin Fergeson (1890 - 1955)*
Dora Fergeson Phillips (1892 - 1977)*
Essie Marie Fergeson Williams (1897 - 1998)*
William Joseph Fergeson (1845 - 1871)*
Sam Washington Fergeson (1850 - 1936)*
Ruben L Fergeson (1853 - ____)*
Mary Elizabeth Ferguson Dear (1855 - 1941)*
John Luiz Fergeson (1857 - ____)*
Jesse Franklin Fergeson (1861 - 1942)
Oak Lawn Cemetery
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Record added: May 04, 2011
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