Catherine "Kate" (Smith) Ferguson (1854 - 1930)

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Catherine (Smith) Ferguson
1854 - 1930
April 30, 1854
Big Lick, Wayne Co, WVA
February 7, 1930
Cherokee, Lawrence County, Kentucky
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Catherine (Smith) Ferguson was born on April 30, 1854 at Big Lick, Wayne Co, WVA. She was in a relationship with William Worth Ferguson, and had a child George W. Ferguson. Catherine Ferguson died at age 75 years old on February 7, 1930 in Cherokee, Lawrence County, Kentucky, and was buried on February 9, 1930 at Ferguson Cemetery in Webbville.
Updated: June 28, 2021
Biography ID: 453570

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Catherine 'Kate' Smith was born April 30, 1854 to James Washington Smith and Jane R. Garret. She was born in Big Lick, Wayne County, West Virginia.

Kate's father was a Confederate soldier, serving in the Civil War in Company K, VA 8th Cavalry. James, who was called by his middle name of "Washington", was a bugler, and enlisted December 17, 1861. Company K was also called the Big Sandy Rangers. He was wounded in the Battle of Jonesville, Lee County, Virginia. The battle took place on January 3, 1864. Washington Smith died 20 days later from gangrene, complications from his wounded knee. Kate was 10 years old when her father died.

On November 3, 1870 , Kate's mother, Jane R. Garrett Smith, remarried to her neighbor, John Everald Ferguson. Both were widowed and had 7 children at home. And, on May 13, 1871 Kate married her William 'Worth' Ferguson, who was also the son of John Everald Ferguson and step-son to her mother, Jane!

Because Wayne County had families that had sons serving in the Union Army, and some who served in the Confederate Army, the Ferguson family moved across the Big Sandy River from Wayne County, WVA to Lawrence County, KY. They felt this would lessen some of the animosity that was still prevalent after the war was over.

Per Lawrence Co. 1880 US census, household # 249, Voting Precinct #11
Name: Will W. Ferguson
Home in 1880: Twin Branches, Lawrence, Kentucky
Age: 27
Estimated birth year: abt 1853
Birthplace: W. Virginia
Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head)
Father's birthplace: Virginia
Mother's birthplace: Virginia
Occupation: Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Household Members:
Name Age
Will W. Ferguson 27
Catharine Ferguson 26
Sarah J. Ferguson 8
George W. Ferguson 7
Margret Ferguson 4
Nevada Ferguson 1

On August 8, 1882, the family lost their young daughter Nevada. Also, between July 1887 to the end of August, 1887, the family lost 4 more of their children: Charlie, Myrta, Alfred and Elva, to a flu epidemic.

Listed in the 1900 Lawrence Co., KY census as household #221, Cherokee Precinct, page 13B.
Name: Worth Ferguson
Home in 1900: Cherokee, Lawrence, Kentucky
Age: 47
Estimated birth year: abt 1853
Birthplace: West Virginia
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Occupation: farmer
Household Members:
Name Age
Worth Ferguson 47
Catherine Ferguson 46
Della B Ferguson 8
Lucy Ferguson 3

Listed in the 1910 Lawrence Co. census as William W. Ferguson, age 57:
Birthplace: West Virginia
County: Lawrence
Relatives: Wife Catherine 55, West Virginia
Daughter Lucy 13, Kentucky
Enumeration District: 0100

Listed in the 1920 US Census in Cherokee Precinct, household #72...daughter Lucy living 5 doors away from her parents, while Della lives next door..... States Catherine, Worth and parents all born in KY, which isn't true. All were born in Wayne Co., West Virginia.
1920 US Census
Name: William Ferguson
Age: 67
Birth Year: abt 1853
Birthplace: Kentucky
Home in 1920: Cherokee, Lawrence, Kentucky
Relation to Head of House: Head
Household Members:
Name Age
William Ferguson 67
Cathrine Ferguson 65

On Feb. 14, 1929, at the home of Worth Ferguson, there was a double wedding: daughter and granddaughter were marred by Rev. McNeal; Della Ferguson & Harry Alexander, Hester Hylton & James Alfred Green.

Kate Smith Ferguson passed away February 7, 1930 in Cherokke, KY. Kate died from breast cancer. Her remaining 5 children were alive at the time of her death.

Death cert, file no. 25451; County of Lawrence, Voting prct. of Cherokee, KY.
Kate and Worth were still married at the time. Kate died at the age of 75 years, 9 months and 7 days. Kate's occupation was listed as a 'housewife'. Cert states that Kate was born in Wayne Co. West VA to Washington Smith and 'Virginia' (mothers actual name was Jane). The person providing info was Harry Montgomery of Houckville, KY. Kate was buried in the Ferguson Cem. on 2/9/1930.
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Cherokee, Lawrence County, Kentucky
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Catherine Ferguson passed away at age 75 years old on February 7, 1930 in Cherokee, Lawrence County, Kentucky, and was buried on February 9, 1930 at Ferguson Cemetery in Webbville. Catherine (Smith) Ferguson was born on April 30, 1854 at Big Lick, Wayne Co, WVA. Catherine Ferguson was in a relationship with William Worth Ferguson, and had a child George W. Ferguson.

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Catherine "Kate" (Smith) Ferguson lived 4 years longer than the average Smith family member when she died at the age of 75.
The average age of a Smith family member is 71.

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Catherine Ferguson, 1932 Horse Club, Galileo High
Catherine Ferguson and others in a photo of the 1932 Riding Club, Galileo High School, San Francisco, CA.
People in photo include: Carolyn Marymont, Lorraine De Martini, Leona Ensign, Beverly Gregory, Cynthia Buckely, Jeane Hawkins, Ann Whitehead, Norajane Gunn, Virginia Costa, Verna Ferrogiaro, Doris Chambers, and Bernice Friedman
William, Kate (Smith), Della & Lucy Ferguson, Kentucky
William Worth Ferguson & wife, Catherine (Smith) Ferguson, with daughters Della & Lucy. Kate's parents were James 'Washington' Smith & Jane R. Garrett, from Wayne, West Virginia.
People in photo include: Lucy Ferguson
This is my family - my 4th gr grandfather was Samuel Ferguson b - 1744, if you have any other pictures or information of the Damron, Ferguson or Sparks families fro Kentucky or W Va please contact me at [contact link] Thank you Karen Ferguson Blanton
Karen, My family too - but then, I hear that everyone in Wayne County is a Ferguson or related to a Ferguson! :)

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In 1854, in the year that Catherine "Kate" (Smith) Ferguson was born, the fashion house Louis Vuitton was founded in Paris by Louis Vuitton Malletier. Beginning with trunks - and soon new ingenious flat topped trunks that could be stacked - the company now produces trunks and leather goods as well as clothing, watches, shoes, jewelry, sunglasses, books and other accessories.

In 1882, when she was 28 years old, on September 4th, the switch to the first commercial electrical power plant in the U.S. - at 255-257 Pearl Street - was flipped by Thomas Edison. It lit one square mile of lower Manhattan and was powered by coal. The "electrical age" had begun.

In 1908, Catherine was 54 years old when the Federal Bureau of Investigation was established as the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States; it simultaneously served as the nation's prime federal law enforcement agency. Stanley Finch was the first Chief (now called Director).

In 1911, she was 57 years old when the first Indianapolis 500 was run in May. Ray Harroun was the winner - he was an engineer and had retired from racing but he came back for this race. After the race, he retired for good. The purse was $27,550 - the largest offered up to that time - and Harroun received $10,000 for first place. His average time was 74.602 mph.

In 1930, in the year of Catherine "Kate" (Smith) Ferguson's passing, on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.


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