Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Moran, Irvine, Ferguson, Little Connection

On the back is written Richard M. Little "Dr. Ted", age 16 yrs.
I came across the picture of Richard M. Little a few months ago but he was set aside as my focus was on the main family of Morans.  But a few days ago I picked up a box of pictures and letters to take another look at them and there was Richard, again.  Since all of the material I work with is not related to my family I had to ask my husband, hey, you ever heard of a Richard M. Little?  He said the only "Little" he knew was his Aunt Tommie Little who was married to his Uncle Ferg.

*blinks*  A few months ago that information would've meant nothing to me.  I had no idea how a Ferguson was related to the Moran's, much less how a Little was related to a Ferguson.  Fast forward a few months of researching and the prospect of connecting the Little leaf to the Moran tree wasn't as daunting.

Flashback to 1987, that's when my husband and I started dating.  I never had the pleasure of meeting Uncle Ferg but I do remember the name.  When Kent and I first started seeing each other his Uncle Ferg was still alive and living in Greenfield, TN.  He was one of the extended family who would come to Thanksgiving every year at the Moran home in Dresden.  Thanksgiving was a large affair for the Morans.  Dresden was the family home and the center of Moran life, family would gather there for get togethers but the large gathering was at Thanksgiving.  By the time I met Kent a lot of his family had died off, moved away, or were too elderly to make the trip each year.  Sadly, Uncle Ferg passed away in December 1990.  

Moran Place, Dresden, TN, circa 1910
I don't have all of the dates and will fill those in later but for now I can add the leaves to the family tree! Let's begin.

Richard M. Little was born about 1879 in Tennessee, probably Dyer or Weakley County.  He was the second born in a family of seven children and his parents were Thomas and Sarah Little.  Richard attended medical school and by the time he married Ina Allen Bobbitt (b 1883) on November 12, 1902 in Weakley County, he was already a doctor. The wedding announcement appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association, volume 39 pt 2, 1902.  Richard was also known as "Ted", hence the notation "Dr. Ted" on the back of his picture.

Richard and Ina Little had three daughters: Sarah E. Little (b. 1906), Thomas (Tommie) R. Little (b. 1908) and Mary H. Little (b. 1910).  Please note that their child Thomas R. Little is a girl and is the very same Aunt Tommie that Kent talks about.  

Tommie Little grows up and meets Forrest Ferguson.  They are married July 30, 1935.  

Marriage record of Forrest Ferguson and Thomas (Tommie) Little.
Also, Albert G. Ferguson, Forrest's brother, is listed on the record as well.

Now it's time to connect the leaves of the Ferguson family to that of the Moran tree.

Forrest Ferguson was born April 17, 1899, most likely in Dyer or Weakley County.  He was the son of Charles A. Ferguson (born abt 1876, probably Dyer County) and Sophia A Irvine (born abt 1876 Weakley County).  Charles and Sophia were married November 28, 1895 in Dresden, TN.  They had two other children in addition to Forrest:  Albert Granville Ferguson (b. 1903) and Harry Ferguson (b. 1906).  Note that Albert G Ferguson's name appears under Forrest's name on the marriage record above.

Sophia A. Irvine was the daughter of Benjamin D. Irvine (1832-1916) and his wife Agnes Moran (1838-1932).  You may remember that I blogged about another child of Agnes and B.D. Irvine, Florence Irvine, who died tragically from severe burns she received in a fire in the Irvine home.  Florence is buried in the Moran Family cemetery while her parents are buried in Sunset Cemetery in Dresden.



Agnes Moran was the daughter of James Henderson Moran (1796-1843) and Harriet Harris (1813-1848).  She was also the sister of John Williamson Moran (1840-1912) who was responsible for building the Moran home in Dresden; James Henderson Moran Jr (1843-1864) who died at Bryce's Crossroads Fight during the Civil War as well as Martha Helen Moran (1833-1901), Eliza Jane Moran (1835-1852), and Marion Miller Moran (1842-1861).  

No slight is intended toward Martha, Eliza and Marion.  I just haven't had a chance to do much research or blog about their individual stories.  I do know that Martha married Rufus Franklin Scott and they moved to Gainesville, Texas founding a rather large Scott family dynasty in the Lonestar State.  Eliza Jane Moran never married and despite having the name Marion, Marion Miller Moran was a boy.  More information will come later.

And now you know who Richard M. Little was and his connection to the Moran family. 








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