Elisha Ferguson, farmer, stock dealer and miller, was born near New Market, Tenn., April 9, 1844, the son of William and Mary (Bradley) Ferguson, the former of Scotch origin, born in Grainger County about 1811, and deceased at our subject’s home September 1, 1886; and the latter, born in the same county as her husband, in 1821, now living with our subject. Both were Missionary Baptists. Our subject, the fourth of seven children, received a fair education, and in 1862 joined Company F, Third Tennessee Federal Infantry, serving at Nashville, Murfreesboro and other battles, and was discharged in February, 1865. June 20, 1866, he married Margaret J. Bradley, of Jefferson County. Of three sons and four daughters, two of each sex are living. Our subject has always been a successful farmer and is a Mason, a Republican, and a member of the G. A. R., while both are Missionary Baptists.
Source: History of Tennessee Containing Historical and Biographical Sketches of Thirty East Tennessee Counties. Illustrated, pp. 1146-1152. Published: Chicago and Nashville: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1887.