Athens Free Press, January 4, 1929
Mrs. W. L. Ferguson
Mrs. W. L. Ferguson died at the home of her daughter Mrs. H. R. Turner, near Tice December 26, 1928, aged 73 years, 1 month and 11 days.
Louise Melvina Nation, daughter of Hamilton and Elizabeth Nation, was born near Petersburg, November 15, 1855.
In January, 1872, she was united in marriage to W. L. Ferguson at Petersburg. To this union, twelve children were born, ten of whom survive.
She is survived by six daughters; Mrs. Alice Mathews, Mrs. J. W. Gary of Petersburg; Mrs. H. R. turner, Tice; Mrs. Robert Brakebill, Mrs. Louis Bushong, Athens; Mrs. L. A. Thompson, New Holland; four sons; Irvin Ferguson, Athens; J. W. Ferguson, near Tice; Lester, Petersburg, also fifty-four grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and numerous relatives.
Her husband preceded her in death three years ago. She joined the Baptist church when a girl and ever remained a faithful member.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church, Friday afternoon, December 28, Rev. J. C. Ewing officiating. Interment was made in West cemetery.
Athens Free Press, March 5, 1926
William Louis Ferguson was born in Henry County, Missouri and died at his residence in North Athens, February 25, 1926 at the age of 83 years and 11 months.
At the age of one year he came with his parents to this country where he has since resided. In 1872 he was united in marriage to Louisa Nation. To this union twelve children were born, two sons; William Rufus and Arthur preceded their father in death.
Those surviving are his wife, four sons, John W., Richard and Irvin of Petersburg and Lester of Athens, six daughters; Flora Brakebill and Grace Bushong of Athens, Alice Ferguson and Louisa McGary of Petersburg, Mary E. Turner of Tice and Viola Thompson of Pekin.
Funeral services were held at the M. E. church at 2:00 o'clock last Saturday afternoon, Rev. Ewing, pastor, officiating. Interment in West cemetery.
Submitted by: Carole Martin