All of us have brick-wall ancestors, and infrequently they’re the ladies in our household tree. On this 52 ancestors post, I share extra about Clemsy Cline, one among my third great-grandmothers with no well-documented path resulting in her mother and father. Once I first began researching Clemsy, different researchers attributed John Cline and Mrs. John Cline as her mother and father, so I added them to my tree. I’ve checked out Clemsy via the years however not identified precisely the way to sort out this brick wall. Nevertheless, a whole venture analyzing her timeline and doing new analysis opened up some new doorways for analysis. Apparently, a great candidate to probe for her father is John C. Cline!
Like lots of our ancestors, Clemsy was born in both 1817, 1820, or 1825 in response to the three censuses that listing her by title. Since she headed her family as a widow in 1880, I gave the 1817 reporting of her beginning in Alabama probably the most credence. The place Clemsy lived from her beginning in Alabama to her look in Izard County, Arkansas, as a married lady is a thriller.
Izard County, Arkansas
Izard County, positioned within the north of Arkansas, is a part of the world often known as the Ozarks. The map under exhibits the varied physiographic sections of the Ozarks, and Izard County is positioned on the southern tip of the Salem Plateau (inexperienced part). This space of small mountains and rolling hills was largely uninhabited till after the Struggle of 1812. Troopers marching south to New Orleans found the land that was largely the searching floor of the native Osage tribe.
Maybe Clemsy’s father participated within the march south and noticed the land for himself, or like so many others, he heard studies of latest land to patent and moved his household west.
Someway Clemsy made it to Izard County, the place she married Henderson Weatherford about 1839 earlier than the beginning of her first baby, Eliza Jane, in 1840. Henderson paid taxes in Izard County in 1839 – placing the household on this place and time. Sadly, Izard County suffered extreme document loss throughout the Civil Struggle, and no data survive that might present Clemsy and Henderson’s marriage.
Two of Clemsy’s youngest youngsters lived lengthy sufficient to have a Texas dying certificates and each of these named their mom as a Cline. In any other case, we’d don’t have any document of her maiden title.
Morgan County, Missouri
The household’s time in Izard County was restricted. Clemsy had three extra youngsters in Arkansas, however by 1850 the Weatherford family had moved roughly 2 hundred miles north to Morgan County, Missouri – on the northern finish of the Salem Plateau. The family had grown to Henderson, Clemsy, their 4 youngsters, and two Cline youngsters.
Henderson Wetherford 35 Tennessee, farmer, $300 actual property
Clemsy Wetherford 30 Alabama
Eliza Jane Wetherford 10 Arkansas
Mary Ann Wetherford 6 Arkansas
John W Wetherford 4 Arkansas
Clemsy D Wetherford 2 Arkansas
Telitha Cline 10 Arkansas
John Cline 8 Arkansas
If the surname of Cline caught your consideration for the 2 youngsters listed final within the 1850 Weatherford family, Telitha and John, it did mine as effectively! I’ve checked out this census many instances, questioning how they related.
One other fascinating connection on that very same census web page of Morgan County, Missouri, is the household of Jacob and Telitha Cline. At first look, I assumed maybe the Cline youngsters belong to them, however in evaluating the households, the birthplaces didn’t play out. The Jacob Cline family additionally had a Jacob Cline, age 7. It wouldn’t make sense for a household to call two boys Jacob so shut collectively if each lived past infancy. One other fascinating Cline group is Mahala and Robert, who have been listed after the Jacob and Telitha Cline household. These have the identical Alabama/Arkansas birthplaces as Clemsy and her youngsters.
Jacob Cline 39 Virginia, farmer, $300 actual property
Telitha Cline 43 Kentucky
Reuben Cline 13 Kentucky
John M Cline 12 Kentucky
Elizabeth Cline 11 Missouri
Jacob Cline 7 Missouri
Basil Cline 2 Missouri
Mahala Cline 22 Alabama
Robert Cline 5 Arkansas
Discovering a Father Candidate
Transferring the analysis to Izard County, Arkansas, did discover a attainable father for Clemsy (and Mahala and Jacob Cline in the event that they have been her siblings) – John C. Cline, who patented land and was taxed in Izard County, Arkansas, throughout the 1840s. The 1850 census discovered him in neighboring Fulton County, with the figuring out info of age 65 and born in Pennsylvania. He was sufficiently old to be Clemsy’s father, a primary candidate.
The following step within the analysis for locating the origins of Clemsy Cline is working with the DNA to seek out connections via these recognized Clines, who’re her FANs (buddies, household, associates, and neighbors). Study extra concerning the full venture in my 3 half collection: Utilizing the Fan Methodology to Discover a Feminine’s Father. Half 3 – Analysis Logging and Report Writing has hyperlinks to the primary two weblog posts and the total analysis report.
On to Texas
Clemsy and Henderson Weatherford continued their sample of westward migration with their transfer from Morgan County, Missouri, to Dallas County, Texas, the place Henderson labored as a blacksmith. This transfer introduced them nearer to the Weatherford prolonged household. Henderson’s mom and siblings additionally had moved to Dallas County. It seems Clemsy left behind her Cline household in Missouri.
The years following the 1860 census enumeration have been stuffed with warfare and reconstruction. Life in Texas was not simple, and by 1880, Clemsy discovered herself a widow. She headed the family that consisted of solely herself, age 63 and her youngest son, Samuel H. Weatherford. Sam was born in 1862, after the household’s transfer to Texas. He farmed, and Clemsy saved home. As the pinnacle of family, she nearly actually gave the family info and recognized a birthplace for her father as Virginia and her mom as Georgia – the one direct proof now we have of their identities.
Clemez Weatherford 63, head, widowed, conserving home, Alabama, Virginia, Georgia
Samuel H. Weatherford 18 son, farming Texas, Tennessee, Alabama
When did Clemsy die? The place is she buried? These are questions as but unanswered. She stays a brick-wall ancestor, however with every analysis venture, I come one step nearer to discovering her origins.
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