Barbara Breedlove Rollins' Family Files


  1. Early McFerron and McFerrin Presence in America.
  2. Christopher HAYS and his wife Eve, the adoptive parents of Eva TYLER.
  3. Joseph McFERRON and wife Eva TYLER.
  4. Oliver ENGLISH
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A.)   Early McFERRON and McFERRIN Presence in America.

There are three McFERRONS who came to America in 1795. They are David McFERRON, who listed his destination as America; John McFERRON, who also listed his destination as America; and Joseph McFERRON, who listed his destination as Pennsylvania. [Source] Our ancestor, Joseph McFERRON, was perhaps the same Joseph McFERRON, since he was born in Ireland in 1780 and came to this country in his youth. One report has him in the territory that was the Louisiana Purchase before 1803; others indicate he came to America in 1805 or 1806.

A family with strongly suggestive ties (although the date of coming to America predates that by sixty five years and calling their surname "McFERRIN" rather than McFERRON), is described in a biography of Dr. John B. McFERRIN, a Methodist Minister, in Prominent Tennesseans. That book reports that Dr. McFERRIN's great grandfather William McFERRIN, Sr., was one of three brothers who came from Ireland about 1730 and resided for some time in York County, Pennsylvania. The grandfather, also named William, was a patriot soldier in the Revolution. The father of Dr. John B. McFERRIN was James McFERRIN who married Jane Campbell BERRY, both born in Washington County, Virginia, and settled in Rutherford County, Tennessee in 1804, one year after the county was organized. This McFERRIN family were originally Presbyterians, but became a family of Methodist preachers.

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B.)   Christopher HAYS and his wife Eve, the adoptive parents of Eva TYLER.

Christopher HAYS was one of the justices of the Court of Quarter Sessions at Cape Girardeau, a court at which Joseph McFERRON was the court clerk. His wife was Eve ___, and their adopted daughter was Eve/Eva TYLER, the wife of Joseph McFERRON. The HAYS family lived north of Jackson, Missouri, the county seat of Cape Girardeau County, on a large plantation, a social gathering place. While Eve TYLER is reported to be the adopted daughter of the family, I can't help but wonder if she was not a niece or in some other way related to Mrs. Christopher HAYS, whose name was Eve. Another possibility, of course, is that there was no family tie but that the parents of Eve TYLER were quite close to the HAYS family and named the daughter for Mrs. HAYS. I don't know much about the HAYS family; the following quoted piece may be about the father of this Christopher HAYS, but I don't know:

Christopher HAYES (HAYS), Revolutionary soldier, crossed the Delaware with WASHINGTON.

Rebecca HAYS, daughter of Christopher and Mary CLYMER HAYS, married Thomas NEELY (her 2nd husband)

Jacob NEELY, son of Thomas and Rebecca NEELY, married Elizabeth WALLS. Their daughter, Lactitia NEELY, married Edward COTTER (Edward COTTER was born in Ireland Dec. 25, 1813)

Agnes Clare COTTER, daughter of Edward and Lactitia COTTER, married Sterling Price BRAY (son of James and Levicy HOOD BRAY)

Mary CLYMER (wife of Christopher HAYS) was the daughter of George CLYMER, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Thomas NEELY's mother was the daughter of Caeser RODNEY, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. [Source]
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C.)   Joseph McFERRON and wife Eva TYLER.

Joseph McFERRON was born in 1780 in Ireland and died February 5, 1821, in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. He married Eva/Eve TYLER, adopted daughter of Judge Christopher HAYS and wife Eve, February 6, 1810, at the HAYS plantation fifteen miles north of Jackson in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. Eva (Eve/Effa/Effie) TYLER McFERRON was born in 1793 in Pennsylvania and died May 30, 1857, in Red River County, Texas, buried in ENGLISH Cemetery. She was 64 years of age at her death; her husband was 41 when he died many years earlier. Joseph McFERRON was instrumental in the organization of the town of Cape Girardeau (he was elected one of the first five trustees for the town August 13, 1808), in settin gup the court system in the Cape Girardeau area, in establishing the postal system there, and in writing the constitution of the new state of Missouri, but he is best known for having fought the first duel in Missouri.

An article copied in the Collage of Cape County recounts the events leading up to the duel, as well as the duel:

The first tavern, or house of public entertainment, to be licensed west of the Mississippi river was in Cape Girardeau, the license being issued to Captain William OGLE, December 17, 1806, by the Court of General Quarter Sessions, of which Christopher HAYS was chief justice. The license was made out by Joseph McFERRON, clerk of the first court held in Cape Girardeau. Just 4 months later, McFERRON killed OGLE in a duel, probably the first duel between Missourians. It was fought on a sandbar just across the river from the village.

It is said that there had been enmity of long standing between the men and this fact seems to be indicated in the writing of the license. In the... original license... it can be seen that several lines have been stricken out by pen strokes, with this notation by Clerk McFERRON: "These words stricken out by order of the court."

The words ordered eliminated were considered, by the court, to be insulting to a man of Captain OGLE's high standing, as they demanded that he should conduct an orderly and respectable house.

Clerk McFERRON obeyed the court, but instead of erasing the objectionable words he drew his pen through them, with a notation that it was the order of the court, thereby obeying the court's mandate and still leaving evidence that he had a poor opinion of Captain OGLE. It is said that this is the only legal instrument on record of McFERRON that shows an erasion or alteration, he having been a very efficient and caretaking official.... [Source]

The following is the only account of the duel between Joseph McFERRON and William OGLE that I've seen that paints McFERRON as the villain. It is also by far the most detailed account of the incident I've seen:

In a letter to her parents, dated March 29, 1807, Mrs. [Charles G.] ELLIS tells of a tragedy that cast sorrow over her small circle of friends. It was the killing of Captain William OGLE, landlord of Cape Girardeau's first hotel, by Joseph McFERRON, clerk of the first American court established in Cape Girardeau.

Mention of this first duel between Missourians has already been made in these stories, but as Mrs. ELLIS gives the details of the duel in her letter it will be told again. In writing about the duel she said: "He caused his own death by the fighting of a duel. I will also inform you what induced the fight. He and the clerk of the court and two or three other gentlemen were talking about one Mr. BLANK, a Presbyterian preacher who now lives near Pittsburg on the Ohio.

"It was reported that he had taken away another man's wife and the clerk of the court, whose name is Joseph McFERRON, who had come from Pittsburgh about two years ago, and Captain OGLE asked him if he was acquainted with him.

"He said that he was, and the report was true respecting his taking away another man's wife and he began to abuse him very much and said it was not the first man's wife he had been intimate with.

"Captain OGLE then said he was an old and intimate friend of Mrs. OGLE and he believed she had a high opinion of him, for she always spoke very much in his favor. And he said the preacher had been to his home several times and always behaved himself like a gentleman.

"Then Mr. McFERRON hinted as much as if he thought the preacher had been intimate with Mrs. OGLE, too, as it was a common thing with him. And from that it got worse and on Sunday, the 8th ultimo (February 8) he sent Captain OGLE a challenge. He accepted it and in the morning (February 9) they and their seconds crossed the river for the purpose of fighting.

"The first shot Captain OGLE wounded Mr. McFERRON through the thick part of the thigh. The second shot, nothing done. Then McFERRON offered to beg pardon and the seconds left them to themselves. But it was not long before Captain OGLE called for the pistols to be loaded again. The seconds tried to get him to quit but he said that one or the other must fall before they left the ground.

"The pistols were then loaded and before the word was given McFERRON shot and his ball struck Captain OGLE, who fell mortally wounded." The death of Captain OGLE added a heavier burden to Mrs. ELLIS who had the care of her family and the additional responsibility for the tavern left without a landlord by OGLE's death. She does not mention whether Mrs. OGLE had died prior to the duel, nor why she had the responsibility of operating the tavern but in a letter to her parents under date of January 20, but not mailed until January 31, 1808, she writes: "I have a great deal of trouble on my hands. I have six children with me and we are keeping public house, which is a thing I always despised and that you know. But I was partly obligated to do it after Mr. OGLE's death."

No doubt Mrs. ELLIS was a bit prejudiced against McFERRON and her report of the duel unfair to him, as McFERRON was held justified by the citizens of Cape Girardeau.

And then, too, Mrs. ELLIS was very unhappy at that time.... [Source]

An account that sets out the more respectable accomplishments of Joseph McFERRON follows:

Joseph McFERRON was a native of Ireland, came to upper Louisiana before the purchase, [COMMENT] was a highly educated man and taught school at Mt. Tabor school house in the American settlement west of the Cape Girardeau post. After the Louisiana purchase he was appointed first clerk of the court of Common Please of the Cape Girardeau district. He died on the 5th of February, 1821, aged forty one years, near Jackson, Missouri; and at the time of his death was clerk of the Circuit Court of Cape Girardeau and of the Supreme court of the 4th judicial district, having been clerk of the several courts of the county from the time of the Louisiana purchase up to the time of his death. He was elected a member of the constitutional convention and of the first General Assembly, etc. [SOURCE]

Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri reports:

Joseph McFERRON was the first clerk of the courts of Cape Girardeau District. He was an Irishman by birth, and a man of fine sense, and superior education, but in appearance he was unprepossessing. His face bore a hard and stolid expression, and his eyes were overhung by long, projecting eyebrows. He was very reserved in his manner, but by those who knew him best he is said to have been a genial and pleasant companion. His chirography was very peculiar, presenting a beautiful appearance, but being almost indecipherable. In the autumn of 1807 a duel was fought between him and William OGLE. The cause of this duel is not now remembered, but tradition says that OGLE was somewhat of a bully and had repeatedly insulted McFERRON. The latter at last struck OGLE in the face, and at once received a challenge from him. McFERRON was no craven and promptly accepted it. The preliminary arrangements were made, and pistols chosen as the weapons. It is said that McFERRON had never fired a pistol, but at once obtained one, and spent the interval before the duel in constant practice. At the appointed time they met on a sand bar in the Mississippi, not far from Cape Girardeau, and at the first fire OGLE fell dead with a bullet in his brain, while McFERRON remained unhurt. He at once gave up his office, but public sympathy was with him, and he was soon reinstated, and remained in that position until his death in 1821. Upon the removal of the county seat he bought six acres of land adjoining Jackson on the north, where he lived the remainder of his life.

The records of the courts and also the land records in the courthouse show the characteristic goosequill writing of Joseph McFERRON. [SOURCE]

While Joseph McFERRON was a clerk, it may be that he also served as a school teacher. In Cape Girardeau, Biography of a City Felix Eugene SNIDER and Earl Augustus COLLINS state:

According to tradition the earliest school in the vicinity of Cape Girardeau, and the first English school west of the Mississippi River, was Mount Tabor. It was established by Andrew RAMSAY and his neighbors near their homes some time after the first settlement in 1795. Joseph McFERRON may have been the first teacher; later John C. HARBISON, a lawyer, held the position.

The story of the courtship and marriage of Joseph McFERRON and Eve TYLER follows:

At about the time McFERRON was appointed Clerk of the Court of Quarter sessions at Cape Girardeau, Christopher HAYS was one of the justices of that court. Christopher HAYS lived north of Jackson, Mo. and was the owner of a great plantation. Judge HAYS and his wife Eve HAYS had an adopted daughter, Eve TYLER, who was a cherished member of the HAYS household and a special ward of Mrs. HAYS. We can emagine (SIC) how the HAYS plantation was the gathering place of society in those days and how the citizens of Cape Girardeau would journey the fifteen miles of forest roads from cape Girardeau to the home of Judge HAYS to enjoy its hospitality. Here Joseph McFERRON met the lovely Eve TYLER and was smitten by her charms. McFERRONs admiration ripened into love, but, bound by the conventionality of those days he did not dare to speak to Miss TYLER of his love unless he had first asked permission of Mrs. HAYS, the guardian. Descendants of the HAYS family have preserved many of the letter and papers of the family and among them is one which deals with the courtship and marriage of Joseph McFERRON and Miss TYLER. The letter, herewith copied, has been given to the society and has been placed in its archives.
Cape Girardeau 22nd January 1810.

My dear Sir - I received your very friendly letter on the 17th of this instant by which I find that you have made choice of Miss Eve TYLER and say that you know you will be happy with her. My dear Sir, it is also my opinion, if I thought otherwise I assure you I would tell you so.

As to the seriousness of your intentions she need no longer doubt. She made some objections at first, stating that this was a form that she was unacquainted with and that she thought you were only jesting, etc., and that she would rather that you would come and see and talk with her your self, but at the time said that she had always entertained a very favorable opinion of you, as well from her acquaintance with you as from general report, etc. etc. She is now well satisfied and I have fixed on tuesday the sixth day of February for the wedding day at any hour in the day you may chose, therefore you will let me know the time of the day and the form, whether you wish a Company and a dance or not, etc. etc.

I remain, dear Sir, sincerely yours in heart

Cape Girardeau 26th January 1810.

My very dear and respected Madam

To be united with Miss Eve TYLER in the Company of a few friends without any ostentation or parade is the extent of my desire, as to the arrangements of the ceremony, I leave them altogether to yourself and my beloved Miss TYLER. I will be at your house on the 6th day of February between three and four O'Clock in the afternoon to receive the hand of her who is to be the future partner of my life and love. My friend Mr. HENDERSON will impose upon us those commands which will be the pleasing business of my future life to fulfill.

If I can possibly visit you before that much wished for day, I will.

With great anxiety for the happy event, Mrs. Eve HAYS, I am in truth your most obedient friend


The marriage record recorded in Original Marriage Book, page 9 at Cape Girardeau County Courthouse is as follows:

Territory of Louisiana
District of Cape Girardeau

I, George HENDERSON, a Justice of the Peace for the Township of Byrd, District of Cape Girardeau, do hereby certify that on this day the sixth day of February in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Ten, I performed the ceremony of marriage between Joseph McFERRON Esquire and Eve TYLER. Given under my hand (Signed) George HENDERSON, Justice of the Peace. Filed and recorded 7 February 1810. Joseph MCFERRON, Clerk of the Court of Quarter Sessions of the District of Cape Girardeau. [SOURCE]

Joseph McFERRON would have been 30 years old and Eve would have been 17 years old when they married on 6 February, 1810. Joseph McFERRON died February 5, 1821 at age 41 years leaving Eve with a family of 6 children between ages 11 and 1 year of age. The Mason's eulogy for Joseph McFERRON follows:

On the 24th inst. being the anniversary of St. John, the Brethren of Unity Lodge assembled, and, it having been resolved to unite with the usual ceremonies of the day some tribute of respect to our deceased brother, Joseph McFERRON, they wept in procession to his grave, and after the usual solemnities, returned to the Court House, where the following address was made by Worshipful Alexander BUCKNERS who, at the special request of the Brethren, has consented to its publication.

My Brethren,

Our appearance to day, clad as we are in the insignia of our order, engaged in the discharge of the mysterious duties of our profession, cannot fail to produce much inquisitude in the minds of those who have not been initiated into masonry, and I have no doubt, but that many have thought that the great secrets of masonry was in some degree to be unfolded to public view; such is not the object of our assemblage, but none but those who have been regularly introduced through the proper door, and received in due form, can probe the depths of our occult profession. But it is our design to say a few things in illustration of the object of this institution, and the precepts it inculcates, and the principles by which masons should be governed. Masonry is a science embracing all the social, moral, and pious duties of man, inculcating friendship and brotherly love in the strongest terms; and in obedience to those feelings we have this day assembled, in the character of masons, to pay the last tribute of affection to the memory of our deceased, worthy brother, Joseph McFERRON, who slumbers in wakeless silence. He was one who in his time possessed many of the important qualifications of a great and good man: In many of the various duties of life he was highly useful and pre-eminent, both as a public and private citizen. As a public servant of the people his virtuous fidelity to the true interest of his country, enlightened by strong and brilliant mind, many of the good people of this state, and particularly of this county, can bear witness. He was by birth a native of Ireland, and a subject of Great Britain, yet such was his love of liberty and the rights of man, that even in that oppressed, unhappy land, the liberal flight of his noble mind could not be restrained, he viewed the situation of his mother country, and saw that liberty's plant had perished there, he turned his eyes westward and saw the American production, and strongly impressed with the desire to assist in the cultivation of the Republican freedom and to enjoy its blessings in early life, he left his native isle, and adopted the United States as his home and country. After travesing many of the States, he finally settled down in our country, then a Territory of the United States, about fifteen years ago, when liberty's banner was first unfurled in the land of ignorance and superstition, and the American stars gave light to the west. William H. HARRISON, then exercising the Government, soon saw his merit and qualifications, and made him an officer of Government by appointing him clerk, since which time he has generally been in public life; how he discharged his duties there, the public will long tell with extravagant admiration. Cape Girardeau will long feel his loss; like a true sentinel he never deserted his post, call when you would and all was well and in good order. With a perfect knowledge of the mechanical part, he associated a complete knowledge of the scientific branches of his office. Few men possessed a better legal knowledge than himself; the Belles Lettres and historical education, well prepared him for public duties, his perpetual attention to business, and his inflexible and undeviating integrity is almost without parallel. The records, &c. of this county, whilst they are preserved, will be a glorious monument in honor of his name and character. At the time of our ascension from a Territorial to a State Government, he was called, by a large and respectable majority of his fellow citizens, to assist in the formation of our constitution; in obedience to this call, he quit his office and family, and joined in the support of the peoples' rights; for that, look to the journals of that body and see his votes.

That duty finished he returned to his family and friends, and resumed the duties of his office until he was again called, by his countrymen, to represent them in the first State Legislature, and it is worthy of remark, that in all these elections he did not quit his office, or in anywise court popular favor, but confined himself to the duties he was then engaged in, relying on the free choice of the people and his own merit, well knowing, that to deserve the support of the people, was to serve them faithfully, in whatever station he might be placed. The state Government being organized and the Legislature dissolved, he again returned to his family and friends; then a private member of society, (his office expiring with the change of Government) but soon he was again called to the service of his country; for the Honorable Richard S. THOMAS, the Judge of this circuit, and the Judges of the Supreme Court, influenced by a just love of country, soon selected the faithful public servant, as the Clerk of the two Courts, which two offices he held at the time of his death. My brethren, such is the short history of the public life and character of our departed brother.

But alas! honor and probity, talents and erudition, cannot rescue us mortals from the dreamless head. In this man's death the public has lost much, for in McFERRON's grave is buried the Statesman, the Lawyer, the Clerk, the Philosopher, the Poet, the accomplished Scholar, and the virtuous man.[SOURCE]

Joseph McFERRON's estate was filed April 24, 1821 in Box 3, bundle 38 of the Cape Girardeau County records. His wife Eve, was appointed administratrix. The final settlement of his estate was filed in 1849 in Box 5, bundle 59, and at this time the Administratrix's Bond named the following heirs: His wife Eve and children: Erin, Columbus & Pamandandy McFerron. Columbia ANDERSON, late McFERRON and Erina ENGLISH, late McFERRON. Another son, Joseph J. McFERRON, died in 1848, but signed a deed in 1842 pertaining to the sale of his father's land.

The number of children appears to be fairly agreed to between sources, but Melrose TRIMBLE reports that Marjorie Bell SCALES LEE remembered the family as consisting of two sets of fraternal twins, Erin and Erina and Columbus and Columbia. This would appear to be more than reasonable from the names. The information I have from the Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society, while giving inconsistent birth dates, appears to have gotten these from census or from age at death, so they could easily be wrong.

The children of the marriage include the following:

Columbus McFERRON (if twin of Columbia born September 12, 1812, Missouri. CGCGS indicates born September, 1816), he married Nicey Jane KINNISON (who was born January 30, 1820 and died August 6, 1897, the daughter of Abner and Louisa ENGLISH KINNISON. Her mother was a sister to Columbia's first husband and Erina's husband.) Columbus and Nicey were married by the Rev. Thomas W. ANDERSON, Columbia's husband, on November 5, 1843. Their children were:
  • Erina/Erinda Louise McFERRON TAYLOR WELCH, born October 13, 1844, died July 16, 1919, married (1) William TAYLOR and (2) Thomas Caroll WELCH;
  • Abner Jason McFERRON, born March 25, 1846, died February 4, 1921. One source says he married Maria J. FOSTER (April 13, 1851 to March 6, 1881) on November 17, 1869. Another says he married Rosella WILLIAMS June 7, 1885 in Cape Girardeau County;
  • Eve (Effie) Jane McFERRON, born August 17, 1849, died March 4, 1935, married William JEFFORDS;
  • Simeon Joseph McFERRON, born December 1, 1850, married Sarah (Missie) ANCELL;
  • Columbia Elizabeth McFERRON McCALLISTER, born April 27, 1854, died January 12, 1880, married Chelsey D. McCALLISTER; and
  • Margaret Matilda (Maggie) McFERRON JONES, born November 9, 1856, died October 10, 1950 in Morrilton, Arkansas, married William Daniel JONES May 25, 1876. Gordon Neil JONES is a genealogist descended from this line.
The family is living in Scott County, Missouri, page 82, on 1860 census. Columbus is a farmer with realty valued at $3,400 and personalty at $500.) Columbus died in January, 1865.
Columbia Bell McFERRON ENGLISH ANDERSON was born September 12, 1812, in Missouri and died November 27, 1891. She is buried at Williams Chapel, Red River County, Texas. She married (1) Joseph ENGLISH, brother of Simeon ENGLISH who married her sister; Columbia and Joseph were married in Cape Girardeau County March 10, 1829. He died November 4, 1834 after the birth of one child. Columbia married (2) Rev. Thomas Wilson ANDERSON, Sr., on October 4, 1836, and six children were born to the marriage. This family is described in detail in The ANDERSON Family, and she is our ancestor. Her eldest son was Oliver ENGLISH, born about 1831. A fuller account of Oliver ENGLISH follows the listing of the descendants of Joseph McFERRON and wife Eve TYLER.
Erin/Erinus McFERRON, male, born in Missouri either 1811 or July 30, 1814. Married (1) Mira ____, who was born in 1822 in Louisiana and died before his remarriage in 1855; (2) on September 9, 1855 to Sarah Ann KNOTT, widow of Johnson RANNEY. One child was born before the divorce May 27, 1858, but they remarried. (3) On August 20, 1858, they married again, and this time three children being born before the second divorce in June of 1866. Sarah Ann KNOTT was the daughter of John KNOTT and Louisa BARTLES of Maryland. By her first husband, who died March 11, 1855, she was the mother of five children. Erin McFERRON married (4) Matilda Glover BELL on January 22, 1867 in Stoddard County, Missouri. Erinus/Erin McFERRON was a school teacher. He was the father of
  • Columbia McFERRON WELCH, born about 1846, Missouri, married William WELCH who died in a Federal prison in St. Louis.
  • Jane McFERRON, born about 1847, Missouri;
  • Albert McFERRON, born about 1850, Missouri;
  • Mira McFERRON, born about 1853, Missouri; and
  • Epandoras McFERRON, a male born about 1857, Missouri.
The family is living in Scott County, Missouri, page 82, in the 1860 census.
Erina (or Evine) McFERRON ENGLISH was born July 30, 1814, in Missouri, died March 4, 1874 in Red River County, Texas, and is buried in the English Cemetery. She married Simeon Jason ENGLISH, (born July 22, 1798 Macon County, Georgia, died May 14, 1887, Red River County, Texas, where he was a judge) a brother of her sister Columbia's first husband, April 26, 1832, in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. Their children include
  • Thomas McFerron ENGLISH, born March 10, 1833 Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, died there December 28, 1836;
  • Effie Jane ENGLISH KENNEDY, born 1835 in Missouri, Died 1859 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. Married M. D. Dick KENNEDY (born about 1835, died February 27, 1876 in Red River County, Texas) about 1855;
  • Joseph McFerron ENGLISH, born 1837, died 1859 in Fort Worth, Texas;
  • Elizabeth ENGLISH KENNEDY, born August 10, 1839, died December 26, 1875, Red River County, Texas;
  • Louisa (Lou) ENGLISH CLARK , born 1841 in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, married Dr. Pat Benjamin CLARK October 3, 1867. Lou Clark wrote a delightful account of the 1850 move from Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, to Red River County, Texas.
  • John Wicker ENGLISH, born 1843 in Missouri. Genealogy Bill Bush a descendant of this line.
  • Simeon R. ENGLISH, born August 4, 1845, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, died September 11, 1846 there;
  • Margaret (Maggie) ENGLISH BEEDLE, born October 4, 1847, died April 27, 1875, Red River County, Texas;
  • Amelia (Menie) ENGLISH SANSING, born July 21, 1849, married W. Carey SANSING;
  • Martha Adelia ENGLISH, born July 30, 1851, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, died September 4, 1852 there;
  • Adelia (Addie) ENGLISH;
  • Ida ENGLISH BANKS; and
  • Simmie ENGLISH, born about 1853, died about 1858 in Red River County, Texas.
The 1860 Red River County Census shows Simeon owning land worth $15,000, personalty worth $24,000.
Ephanigan/Epaminodas/Epeminandes McFERRON was born in 1819. He married Susannah _______ about 1858 and is last found on the 1860 Stoddard County, Missouri, census with one daughter, Nancy McFERRON, born in 1859. (On 1850 census of Scott County, page 31, as Epeminandes.)
Joseph J. McFERRON was born November 20, 1820 and died November 19, 1848, before the final settlement of his father's estate. He is buried in the English Cemetery in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. He signed an 1842 deed pertaining to his father's estate.

D.)   Oliver ENGLISH

When Columbia Bell McFERRON ENGLISH ANDERSON's first husband died, he provided in his will that if she remarried, all the money and slaves were to go to the young son Oliver ENGLISH. When Columbia married a penniless Baptist preacher, Oliver moved to Texas with them and opened a store, now the little town of English, Texas. [SOURCE] "When he became of age, Cousin Ol bought a tract of land where the village of English is now located, and moved his Negroes there." [SOURCE] The 1860 Red River County Census shows him single, farmer, land $10,000, personalty $7,500. A. J. TRICKEY, overseer. The 1880 census shows him alone with several servants.

In The Clarksville Times for October 2, 1975, DeWitt MEDFORD quotes from the Handbook of Texas, 'In 1852 Oliver English and his Uncle Simeon ENGLISH brought three families and thirty slaves to open plantations of 2,000 acres' to this area. However, deed records show that it was not until 1867 that Oliver ENGLISH acquired the land on which he built his store and homeplace. This land was acquired in that year by a big land swap between Mr. ENGLISH and A. J. WILLIAMS wherein Mr. ENGLISH received 628 acres for 426 acres (valued at $4,000) located northwest of present day ENGLISH. This was land on which Mr. ENGLISH had resided for a number of years according to the deed.
Mrs. Genevive DeBERRY in her book When Mama Kept the Boarding House (about the English Community in the late 1890's and early 1900's) said, 'Oliver ENGLISH, a bachelor great uncle of Mama's, built a store and house on the same site as the store and STILES residence still stand,' but she gave no dates. She continued, 'From that time the village was called English.'
However Mr. MEDFORD reported that records of the U.S. Post Office at English had been established in March, 1872 under the names of Annona with Oliver ENGLISH as postmaster and that a story handed down says the name was a composite of the names of Bachelor ENGLISH's two sweethearts, Ann and Ona. Mr. MEDFORD also said that a voting box list in 1892 refers to English as Old Annona though he believed the community by this time was called English. A deed dated 1883 mentions a pasture located &#frac14; mile west of English store.
This store became a trading center for a wide area with many people crossing Red River to buy there. Before it burned the day after Christmas in 1983, it was one of the oldest continuously running businesses in the county.
Mrs. DeBERRY said, 'The general store was the hub of the community by the turn of the century. It was owned and operated by Mr. L. C. STILES, who with his wife, "Miss Ronnie," lived in what for that time was considered a mansion. This was just across the road from the store.' [SOURCE]

Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri speaks of Oliver ENGLISH's family thus:

Thomas ENGLISH arrived in Cape Girardeau District about the time the transfer of Upper Louisiana occurred, but one of his sons, Robert, must have come earlier, as there was a Spanish grant confirmed to him. Thomas ENGLISH located in the Ramsay settlement. He had a family of six sons and an equal number of daughters. The sons were Robert; Thomas, who married Elizabeth HOWARD; Joseph, who married Columbia McFERRON; Simeon, who married Erina McFERRON; William, who married Nancy HUNTER, and John. The daughters were Jane, wife of Z. R. HOWARD, Patsey, wife of George CAMSTER, of Perry County; Louisa, wife of Hiram KENNISON; Talitha, wife of John EVANS; Hannay, who married A. JOYCE, and Charity, who became Mrs. MATHEWS. Several of the brothers emigrated to Arkansas.

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