Mrs. Catherine* (Kate) Lee Ferguson,
Daughter of William Henry Lee a native of Kentucky born in 1841 (a member of the Mississippi Militia) and Eleanor Percy Ware (of the South Carolina Wares) Ellis Lee, (m.1841). Eleanor, a native of Mississippi and the daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah (Percy) Ware. She had previously married a Mr. Ellis by whom she had one child, Mrs. Sarah (Ellis) Dorsey, and who left the estate (Beauvoir?) to Jefferson Davis. She was educated in her native state. The Lee's resided in New Orleans for some time and then came to Mississippi, making a permanent settlement at Vicksburg about 1840. They moved to an estate on Deer Creek, and made that place, "Ditchely", their home, William Henry Lee resided there until his death in 1874.
Catherine met Lt. Colonel Samuel Wragg Ferguson while he was recovering from illness at her fathers house in 1862, the natural consequence, was a whirlwind courtship, and marriage at "Ditchely Plantation" on August 25, 1862 by the Reverend John Beckwith, Rector of the Episcopal Parish of Washington County, Mississippi. It is said;
following a brilliant wedding of social and military distinction, Catherine changed her wedding gown for a riding habit, and rode out of her father's yard beside her husband on horseback, and thus rode with her husband on through the four long years, comprising the war., having many war experiences herself, exhibiting the stamina and bravery of which the Lee family seems composed.
After the war the Ferguson's settled in Greenville, Mississippi. To Gen. and Mrs. Ferguson were born five children, James DuGue (planter, Engineer, Surveyor & Soldier ), Nathalie, Harry Lee and Percy. A girl , named Eleanor Percy, died young and was buried in their backyard in Greenville.
The General, Mrs. Ferguson, James and Percy moved to Biloxi Mississippi early 1900s, where he and James found work as City Engineers & Surveyors. They resided at 1826 West Beach Street for a time, and later, elsewhere along the coast.
From the Bradford O'Keefe Records at the Biloxi Library, Genealogy Section;
Mrs. Katherine Lee Ferguson
86y 5m 27d, born November 3, 1841
Died May 30.1928
Burial @ Beauvior
Note! Ferguson Family Cemetery mentioned above was located at the old Lee home, later owned by, Mrs. Grace Walton at 211 South Hinds Street, Greenville Miss.
The following list was found in the ‘WPA Source Material for South Mississippi History for Washington, County Mississippi‘. In it are buried, General Ferguson's father, and his infant daughter Eleanor, Major William Henry Lee (Kate's father dcs), William Henry's second wife Mrs. Emma Knight Lee of Louisville Ky. And Samuel, little son of Harry Percy Lee.
* Some spell it with a K, others with a C
Wife of Major Gen. Samuel Wragg Ferguson C.S.A.
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