|Family of William G. Ferguson & Lucy Willett done by Marie Donovan|
They lived in a beautiful plantation type home and owned acres and acres of apple orchards. They worked hard and were quite wealthy for that time period.
Josephine's exit to Utah broke ties with many of the
Every one of the spouses of the children in the family who had this promise made to them did eventually join the church--- even though many were in their advanced years when they made the decision to get baptized.
unwelcome since no one from Utah has ever visited the reunion before.
|Inside the original log cabin portion of the home|
Jim visited the home with his family around 1957 when he was 9. He and his brothers and sisters have many memories and stories of the trip there and staying in this large old home. Even the spooky stories of an upstairs bedroom in the home matched with the ones the current family told us!
After visiting the home, we drove to a subdivision behind closely. There is a small little fenced cemetery with graves of some of the Ferguson family. Many of the inscriptions on the stones are missing because they are so old and weathered, but we took pictures of what we could and felt a special, peaceful feeling there.
Then we went
to the reunion at a small bowery behind the current schoolhouse. There were about 100 people there and they gave us a warm welcome. They said the reunion is usually much bigger, but one of the larger families weren't there this year. We talked and talked and got to know all that we could.
We attended church the next day at the Back Creek Ward and we found that we had some connection, even though it was distant, to most of the members who were there. We found that we are connected to the Bohon family as well as the Fergusons.
It is a small, but very strong ward in the area with many stake leaders coming from this ward. Even the stake president is a Bohon. Such good people! After church we drove around the William Griffen Ferguson home again and noticed a woman sitting on the porch of a home across the street from the Ferguson home. We were told previously that the old church/schoolhouse was
We also stopped at a Roanoke landmark called Mill Mountain where we saw a beautiful view of the city and the Appalachian mountains. It sure made us want to go hiking there again one day. The Roanoke Star on top of the mountain is lit up every night and can be seen from many miles away.
some of Jim's brothers and sisters to tell them about our experiences. They were all so excited to hear what we had learned. Marie, especially, has put a lot of work and effort into researching the Ferguson family and so it was extra special to talk with her.
On our way home the next day we stopped in Wyethville where our nephew, Ryan, is serving his mission. Wyethville is one of the first places in Virginia where missionaries came to preach the gospel. Ryan received permission for us to take him and his companion out to lunch and it was really wonderful to see how much he has matured and grown in the gospel.
Our trip to Virginia was something that we
|Standing on the Blue Ridge Mountains with the Appalachians in the background|
We are just so grateful and have a lot of family history work to put together when we get home!