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Gone To Texas
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Tennessee-Texas Ancestral Ties
Gone To Texas, GTT
As a lad in elementary school in Dallas, Texas, I learned that immigration from Tennessee to Texas was so common that the acronym 'GTT', for Gone To Texas, can routinely be found in 1800s county records and was found on abandon homesteads in the 1800s. My ancestors are true to form.

Great Great-Grandparent
Ten of my 16 great great-grandparents immigrated to Texas. 08 of the 10 [80%] came from Tennessee; more specifically:

  • 08 came to Texas from Tennessee
        - Alpheus ELLIOTT
        - Mary Elizabeth [nee Barbee] ELLIOTT
        - Samuel HIGH
        - Permelia 'Millie' [nee CURETON] HIGH
        - Alexander Andrew 'Andy' NORMAN
        - Cynthia Tunnel [nee HILL] NORMAN
        - Edward Caroll SWEATT
        - Elizabeth Ann [nee WILLIAMS] SWEATT

  • 01 came from Alabama
        - Salina Sue [nee JONES] BOX, born in Georgia, married in Tennessee

  • 01 came from Missouri
        - Serena Paton [nee ESTES] WILLIAMS

  • 01 was born in Coahuila y Tejas, Mexico [present day Texas]
        - Russell Bean WILLIAMS, 1833

  • 05 of my great-great grandparents did not immigrate to Texas
        - George BOX; born in South Carolina [alt. Tennessee] died in Alabama
        - Benjamin DeKalb FRANKLIN, born in Georgia, died in Mississippi
        - Sara Bell [nee MCCLOUD] FRANKLIN, born in Georgia, died in Mississippi
        - Felix W. PATTERSON; born in South Carolina; died in Mississippi
        - Frances Elizabeth [nee MURPHY] PATTERSON; born in Tennessee; died in Mississippi

  • Great Grandparent
    Of my 08 great-grandparents, 03 of the 06 who immigrated to Texas [50%] came from Tennessee; more specifically:

  • 03 came from Tennessee to Texas
        - Sarah Margret ELLIOTT
        - Henry Harrison HIGH
        - Sarah Elizabeth NORMAN

  • 01 came from Alabama, to Texas
        - James 'Jim' Robert BOX

  • 02 came from Mississippi; to Texas
        - Francis Marion FRANKLIN
        - Frances 'Fanny' Parlee PATTERSON

  • 02 were born in Texas
        - William Green SWEATT, 1853
        - Marry Lucinda Cinderella WILLIAMS, 1856

  • Other Tennessee Connections
    There are numerous other connections between my ancestors and Tennessee.
    This is demonstrating by highlighting the name of The State of Tennessee in the biographical sketches below in bold font.
    BOX/JONES => BOX
    George BOX
  • 2nd great grandfather
  • born circa 1790 in Laurens County, South Carolina
  • married Salina Sue JONES in Tennessee on 10 Feb 1822
  • died and buried in 1840 in Benton County, Alabama

    Salina Sue [nee JONES] BOX
  • 2nd great grandmother
  • born in 1800-1802 in Franklin County, Georgia
  • married George BOX in Tennessee on 10 Feb 1822
  • first 4 of 6 children were born in Tennessee [1822 - 1834]
  • last 2 of 6 children were born in Alabama [1835 - 1839]
  • arrived Texas Dec 1845, widow with 6 children;
        James 'Jim' Robert BOX, about 10 years of age, was among these children
  • died and buried in Rusk County, Texas

    James 'Jim' Robert BOX
  • great grandfather
  • born on 28 July 1835 in Benton County, Alabama
  • arrived Texas Dec 1845, about 10 years of age
  • served in the Confederate Army of Tennessee; participated in the
        - Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 31 Dec 1862 - 03 Jan 1863
        - in reserve at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, 30 Nov 1864
        - Battle of Nashville, Tennessee, 15-16 Dec 1864
  • married Sarah Margret ELLIOTT on 23 Dec 1866 in Rusk County, Texas
  • died and buried in Van Zandt County, Texas
  • ELLIOTT/BARBEE => ELLIOTT
    Alpheus ELLIOTT
  • 2nd great grandfather
  • born on 30 Aug 1820 in Tennessee

    Mary Ellen BARBEE
  • 2nd great grandmother
  • born about 1823-1824 in Tennessee

    Alpheus and Mary Ellen [nee BARBEE] ELLIOTT
  • married on 28 OCT 1839 in Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee,
        Mary Ellen BARBEE was Alpheus' second wife
  • their first 6 of their 8 children were born in Tennessee [1842 - 1853];
  • arrived Texas in 1854 with 6 children;
        Sarah Margret ELLIOTT, about 10 years of age, was among those children
  • died and buried in Rusk County, Texas

    Sarah Margret ELLIOTT
  • great grandmother
  • born on 13 Nov 1844 in Williamson County, Tennessee
  • arrived Texas Dec 1845, about 10 years of age
  • married James Robert BOX on 23 Dec 1866 in Rusk County, Texas
  • died and buried in Van Zandt County, Texas
  • HIGH/CURETON => HIGH
    Samuel HIGH
  • 2nd great grandfather
  • born on 13 Mar 1809 in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • moved with his parent and family to Greene County, Tennessee, about 1820

    Permelia 'Millie' CURETON
  • 2nd great grandmother
  • born on 17 Feb 1810 in Greene County, Tennessee

    Samuel and Permelia 'Millie' [nee CURETON] HIGH
  • married on 03 Jan 1828 in Greene County, Tennessee
  • their first 04 of their 10 children were born in Cocke County, Tennessee [1829 - 1835]
  • the next 05 of their 10 children were born Laconia, Fayette County, Tennessee [1837 - 1849]
  • arrived Texas in 1851 with 8 children;
        Henry Harrison HIGH, about 9 years of age, was among those children
  • died and buried in Van Zandt County, Texas

    Henry Harrison HIGH
  • great grandfather
  • born on 22 June 1842 in Somerville, Fayette County, Tennessee
  • arrived Texas in 1851, about 9 years of age
  • married Sarah Elizabeth Norman on 16 Jun 1861 in Van Zandt County, Texas
  • served in the Confederate Army of Tennessee; participated in the
        - Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, 30 Nov 1864
        - Battle of Nashville, Tennessee, 15-16 Dec 1864
  • died and buried in Van Zandt County, Texas
  • NORMAN/HIGH => NORMAN
    Alexander Andrew 'Andy' NORMAN
  • 2nd great grandfather
  • born on 24 Dec 1797 in Cross Keys, Union County, South Carolina

    Cynthia Tunnel HILL
  • 2nd great grandmother
  • born on 21 Jan 1803 in Williamson County, Tennessee

    Alexander Andrew and Cynthia Tunnel [nee HILL] NORMAN
  • married on 10 Jan 1819 in Lauderdale County, Alabama
  • last 9 of 12 children born in Tennessee [Aug 1827 - 1848]
  • arrived Texas about 1858 with as many as 3 children;
        Sarah Elizabeth NORMAN, about 16 years of age, was among those children

    Sarah Elizabeth NORMAN
  • great grandmother
  • born in 01 May 1842 in Lincoln, Tennessee
  • arrived Texas about 1858, about 16 years of age
  • married Henry Harrison HIGH on 16 Jun 1861 in Van Zandt County, Texas
  • died and buried in Van Zandt County, Texas
  • FRANKLIN/McCLOUD => FRANKLIN
    Benjamin DeKalb FRANKLIN
  • 2nd great grandfather
  • born on 08 May 1818 in Baldwin County, Georgia
  • died about 1894 in Longview, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi
  • burial place unknown

    Sara Bell McCLOUD
  • 2nd great grandmother
  • born in 1826 in Baldwin County, Georgia
  • died on 15 Apr 1898 in Cascilla, Tallahatchie County, Mississippi
  • buried in Ashland Cemetery, Ashland, Benton County, Mississippi

    Benjamin DeKalb and Sara Bell [nee McCLOUD] FRANKLIN
  • married; date and place unknown
  • 1 of 8 children born in Georgia in 1839
  • 5 of 8 children born in Alabama in 1843 - 1860; including: Francis Marion Franklin
  • date / birthplace of 2 of 8 children unknown
  • no [repeat NO] connection to Tennessee is apparent

    Francis Marion Franklin
  • great grandfather
  • born on 13 Mar 1850 in Coosa County, Alabama
  • married Frances 'Fanny' Parlee PATTERSON on 16 Mar 1871 in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi
  • first 07 of 11 children born in Mississippi
  • arrived Texas 1887 - 1889, based on date and birthplace of 7th and 8th child
  • PATTERSON/MURPHY => PATTERSON
    Felix W. PATTERSON
  • 2nd great grandfather
  • born on 02 May 1818 in South Carolina

    Frances Elizabeth MURPHY
  • 2nd great grandmother
  • born on 10 Sep 1820-21 in Tennessee

    Felix W. and Frances Elizabeth [nee MURPHY] PATTERSON
  • married on 31 Mar 1842 in Tennessee
        probably, in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi
  • all known children [06] were born in Mississippi; including Frances Elizabeth MURPHY
  • Felix and Frances died and are buried in in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi

    Frances 'Fanny' Parlee PATTERSON
  • great grandmother
  • born on 04 July 1855 in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi
  • married Francis Marion FRANKLIN on 16 Mar 1871 in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi
  • first 07 of 11 children born in Mississippi
  • arrived Texas 1887 - 1889, based on date and birthplace of 7th and 8th child
  • SWEATT/WILLIAMS => SWEATT
    Edward Caroll SWEATT
  • 2nd great grandfather
  • born on 02 Feb 1815 in Tennessee or North Carolina

    Elizabeth Ann WILLIAMS
  • 2nd great grandmother
  • born on 22 May 1826 in Buchanan, Henry County, Tennessee

    Edward Caroll and Elizabeth Ann [nee WILLIAMS] SWEATT
  • married on 18 DEC 1845 in Buchanan, Henry County, Tennessee
  • arrived Texas from Tennessee in/before 1846
  • 13 children born in Texas; including William Green SWEATT

    William Green SWEATT
  • great grandfather
  • born on 27 Nov 1853 in McLennan County, Texas
  • married Marry Lucinda Cinderella Williams on 03 June 1872 in Decatur, Wise County,Texas
  • WILLIAMS/ESTES => WILLIAMS
    Russell Bean WILLIAMS
  • 2nd great grandfather
  • born on 12 July 1833 in Nacogdoches, Coahuila y Tejas, Mexico
  • his father, William WILLIAMS, was born on 25 Oct 1803 in Weakley County, Tennessee;
        arrived in Texas in 1819 with his parent and siblings
  • his mother, Lucinda Cinderella BEAN, was born on 19 Apr 1809 in Tennessee;
        the date of her arrival in Texas is To Be Determined. For reference,
        her purported uncle, Peter Ellis Bean, 1783-1846, arrived Texas 1800-1801
  • served as Private, Company I, 19th Texas [Dismounted] Cavalry, Parson's Brigade,
        Trans-Mississippi Department
  • killed in the American Civil War, presumably in Louisiana

    Serena Paton ESTES
  • 2nd great grandmother
  • born in 1839 in Newton County, Missouri
  • arrival 1843, about 4 years of age

    Russell Bean and Serena Paton [nee ESTES] WILLIAMS
  • married on 22 Apr 1855 in McLennan County, Texas
  • 4 children born in Texas; including, Marry Lucinda Cinderella Williams

    Marry Lucinda Cinderella Williams
  • great grandmother
  • born on 25 Jan 1856 in Hill or McLennan County, Texas
  • married William Green Sweatt on 03 June 1872 in Decatur, Wise County,Texas
  • Compiler Notes
    From research on the Wide World Web, the acronym GTT was found to have been used in other southern states; eg, Mississippi, South Carolina.
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