Descendants And Related Families

Migration To Texas

What Was Their Goal?....

What Brought Them To East Texas?...Where Did They Come From?...Where Did Their Ancestors Come From?... What Hardships Did They Endure On Their Journey?... How Did The Civil War Affect Their Lives, Family and Property?... How Long Did It Take For Them To Get To Their Destination?... Did They Already Have Family Members Here... or At Least In Some Part of Texas?...

So many questions, with few answers, but as I've track my family's ancestors from North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and some from Missouri and Arkansas,  and now tracking my husbands families from Kentucky, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Arkansas, we are able to find some facts through census, land and court records, and a few personal letters and diaries that have been passed down through the years.

We can look at local cemeteries and see many tombstones showing early deaths, many tombstones for their babies and young children, and sad to say many with no grave markers at all, leaving us to only wonder where they are buried.

Most were farmers, and the land as we know it now, was certainly not what they found when they arrived here. One letter was written back to where he’d come from telling the family to stay there, that it wasn’t at all what he’d expected. It took many years of hard work, clearing the land, plowing with mules and horses, building terraces to stop erosion, getting a source of water for the home, by digging wells, cisterns, or finding a spring fed creek.

Travel was by wagon and horses or mules on dirt trails and roads. One family member said that when they went to a relative’s home only a few miles away, they’d stay for several days. They rarely went to town, and when they did, it was a big treat.

To help provide for their families, some would travel to other parts of the state to pick cotton, and it was on one of those occasions, about 1900, that one of my great grandmothers died and was buried there and as of this date we’ve found no record of her death or burial.

As I’ve tracked these families through census, land, and marriage records, I’ve been totally amazed at all the connections. Some of the family members have moved to other areas of the country, but many descendants have remained in or near the area of the early settlers in the mid to late 1800’s.

If you find your ancestor here, I would welcome any corrections or additions.

I would like to thank many  researchers that have so graciously given their time and information to help with this project for my families, but a special thanks to my mother’s sister Odell, who began research in the 1960’s.... my sister, Claudie who was determined to find the tombstone of our great grandfather... my brother, Robert that was DNA tested to confirm our Cline line...and

Sandra Ratledge, by her website Tennessee Ties and e-mails helped me confirm, my great grandfather’s family... and

George B. Cline, author of "The Cline Families of North Carolina 1750-1860 and Their European Ancestry, 1580-1750" who through his dedication in finding his David Cline researched each Cline in North Carolina up to 1860. In this process, he helped me identify my Cline line. We Klein/Kline/Cline family researchers are much indebted to him for this well documented book. For more information, he can be contacted at <>... and

To Harley Dakin, from the Ohio Clines, who through the DNA project has confirmed the connection between the descendants of the North Carolina Clines and the Ohio Clines.  For more information on the DNA project, he can be contacted at <>....and

To Derick Hartshorn, III, who is the web master for the Catawba Valley of Western North Carolina Klein/Kline/Cline Family website. This is the link to that website.

To Ted Newton, now deceased, author of "The Way of the Leaf", thanks to him we know many connections to our Newton families... and

To James Daniel for allowing us to copy many photos and information that he'd spent years collecting, who can talk about these Daniel ancestors like he personally knew them, James, without your research, I would have very little on the Daniel family line. He can be contacted at <>...  and

To Helen Mahoney who is dedicated to documenting the Fleming family line, with a goal of publishing a book. She can be contacted at <> There are many Fleming family researchers that have contributed, and continue to share information on this family, and I thank them for this.

 Of course to my husband's family, who so graciously shared what they knew and photos that are so important.  Mary Seamster, a seasoned researcher shared much on the Virginia families with me .  Later Sandra Nobles was of much help for his maternal line, so a special thanks to all of these. Thanks to those who've taken the DNA test to further prove the family lines.

It is my desire that these ancestors and connections to our family would be honored by this, and that this would help others as they research their own family line.