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  1. Donna Causey,………… My maiden name is Morrison and my paternal grandmother’s maiden name was Causey!!

    1. If your Causey’s are from around the Montgomery, Alabama area, then we might be related.

  2. Many of my ancestors on my father’s side are listed in “Early Settlers of Alabama.” On my mother’s side, some Henry and Skinner ancestors were in Perry County, having migrated from Elbert Co., GA, and who then moved on ending up in northern Texas.

  3. Law’s Landing , a short distance from John Gunter’s Landing, was in operation at a very early date. Michael Ditto married one of the Law daughters- see Ditto Landing. Many of our Marshall County families have Law family connections. Law’s Landing saw action during the War Between the States as well. Roman’s Landing also was in the same area early. Both landings contributed to the settling of Gunter Mountain (Grant). Old Union Cemetery at Grant is the final resting place for many of the Law and Romans families. Great article! I assumed our Law families were of German ancestory in this area. I will see if I can find a connection with John Law! Thanks!

    1. I believe one of my ancestors was married to a Ditto. Stephen Duke married Sarah Ditto. I am interested in learning more about these Dukes. Their older children were born in Kentucky; younger ones in Alabama. It was an aha moment when I realized that “Ditto” didn’t mean the surname was the same as the one above it!

  4. My relatives were Maddox’s on my father’s side, Dean’s on my mothers side. I understand they traveled down the eastern coast from North Carolina on to Georgia then to Alabama. This is great, interesting information about Alabama’s history regardless. Enjoying reading Alabama Pioneers!

  5. many of my ancestors are from and still are in alabama. jenkins, chadwick, green, fuller, dr. james briscoe dunn. all around the seale, ala. area, phenix city, too. my first cousin was the infamous policeman from the phenix city story, albert fuller.

  6. Tiffani Chanel

    I have more cousins in Texas than any other state. 🙂

  7. Phyllis Miller

    This is so true I have found kin at one time or another in 20 different states.New Mexico I guess was a surprise

    1. I was surprised when my mother told me one of her uncles lived in New Mexico. I guess Texas to New Mexico isn’t such a surprising move, though. The rest of the family went to Oklahoma, but he went to New Mexico.

  8. Donald Mullins

    We have ancestors that settled in Texas, Okla. and NM. Some were Texas Rangers and 1 was a sheriff in NM. shot in the back in the 1870’s .

  9. Katherine Clayton Knox
  10. Most all of my relatives came from Alabama. Daddy’s father’s side (Likely/Golikely & Thigpen) from Covington & Coffee Counties. They traveled West to Texas in the 1870s along with several other related families including the Baileys. His mother’s side (Ridley & Dame) came from Jackson County up near TN/GA boarder. Always interesting to see information on how they lived their lives.

    1. I have a cousin married to a Thigpen,they live inTyler, TX. James Thigpen I am Kathleen Jasmin

  11. Kenneth H. Haughton

    I think these dear folks have just learned the NASCAR races are on a TV channel that’s not in their cable package.

  12. Charles Moore

    Almost every branch that we have researched in our family’s genealogy has had at least one person to migrate to Texas.

  13. Phyllis Miller

    One of my Ancestors left Tallapoosa Co on wagon train going to Texas she met a man on train she married.She wrote home I left Al a Indian now I’m a white woman.This has puzzled me.

  14. Joshua Brunson, my ancestor, came to Alabama from SC through Georgia. Last child, Abdullah, was born in GA. They were in AL by 1807 in the Madison Co area (somewhere near where present day Huntsville now is). Would appreciate information on his son Matthew and wife who died before 1837. Their son, Joshua, born 1820 left AL in 1837 and took 10 years to migrate to Texas. The “Matthew” generation leaves a lot of unanswered questions for me. The 1837 recession may explain why the younger Joshua and his bride left for Texas. Any information or leads you may be able to provide will be greatly appreciated.

  15. I was born and raised in Alabama……would like to find my Dad”s people as he was orphaned at an early age….his last name is Dotson…..

  16. All my Great Grandparnts on my father’s side (Leftwich and Drake) came from the area around Huntsville and Russellville and my Great Grandfather (Farris) came from around Guntersville (Red Hill). My wife and I work on the Drake Cemetery in Franklin County when we come to Alabama.

  17. My Dad’s parents were from the Tri Cities area in Alabama…..Muscle Shoales,Florence and Tuscumbia…..last name of Dotson…..if anyone has information on this family please contact me…..

  18. Doing research of my ancestors, I found that many who migrated from their homes in Alabama
    just deserted them, painted on the outside walls, “GTT”, found out that stood for “Gone To Texas”.

  19. My grandfather, M. A.Melvin (1837-1902), lists Alabama as his place of birth, with his father having been born in Scotland and his mother in Ireland. This was in the 1870 census and the 1900 census I have not been able to find him listed in any census before 1870, at which time he was living in Mississippi. He ended up in Midway Texas, where he died in 1902. I have searched for years, trying to find a record of any kind for him in Alabama, and so far, no luck in that or in finding names for his parents.

  20. I suppose I do not understand moderation.

  21. Lamar Huffstutler

    Mine did in Blount county. for many years.

  22. Wm Flake Joiner

    I’ve never seen one, but I’ve been told that there are memorials in some cemeteries in Alabama that are engraved with a name, date of birth and GTT (Gone to Texas) instead of a date of death.

  23. Lisa Mullican Tucker

    Yes they do Sir name Tyra (among other spellings of this name.)

  24. Charles Moore

    In practically every family branch I’ve researched, people moved to either Texas, Arkansas, or Oklahoma. My own gg-gf went to Smith Co, Texas with other family members in 1892. If his wife hadn’t been so homesick for Marshall Country and the Tennessee Valley, I never would’ve been born!

  25. John James Evans

    I found that each generation moved a little further down the east coast and headed west at end of Appalachian Mtns. Crossing the mountains wasn’t easy in those days and you were isolated from your family. Therefore many came through Ala.

  26. Johnny Penuel

    I understand Lady Bird Johnson’s family robbed the train in Alabama before leaving for Texas….any idea if this is true????

  27. Kayla Davidson

    I found a whole new family both deceased and living in Alabama!! My families the Hurley and Edwards family came from Alabama

  28. Patsi Hudson Carpenter

    My Paternal Grandmother actually came from Paris, Texas to Alabama.

  29. Regina McGinnis

    Came to Texas after the civil war. They lost everything in Alabama.

  30. Kathleen Swanner Walker

    My great great grandfather came to Texas with his family from Pike County Alabama by wagon train in 1864.

  31. Donna Causey, Thank you so much for all of your effort and hard work on the history of Alabama.
    I have ancestors from both sides of my family with deep roots in Alabama that migrated to Texas.
    (GTT)

    Very Early Alabama Pioneer Ancestors
    Fathers side: Adam Harrell my 2nd GGF. Mothers side: David Lindsey my 5th GGF

    Coosa County Alabama Ancestors
    Fathers side: Thomas M. Weaver my GGF. wife: Martha Jane Harrell my GGM.
    My Weaver Ancestors moved to Smith County TX. before the Civil War

    Shelby County Alabama Ancestors
    Mothers side: Amos “Stump” Elliott my 2nd GGF. wife: Nancy Hale my 2nd GGM.
    My Elliott ancestors moved to Kaufman TX after the Civil War.

  32. In Tuscaloosa County and Fayette County they painted o9n the doors of their residence
    “GTT” which stood for “Gone To Texas”.

  33. Mark Clayton

    Mary Ann Clayton look at you great grandmother in the picture.

  34. I was born in Anniston AL 08/31/1940 . May father was Charles Adams Rice from New Hope AL and my mother was Lenore Jane Formby Rice from Anniston. My dad said our heritage was Scotch-Irish.

  35. Thank you for the history!!! I really appreciate “Alabama Pioneers” and the work you do on this site…..The reasons for family moves from one state to
    another is an integral to reserching genealogy. My grgrgrandmother was from Coosa AL.
    Elizabeth Jane Coker. (born 1826, d 1906) Married John M Blalock (from GA) in Autauga , AL, 1847 then they moved to MS, then AR, then OK…She is buried close by and my future grave is close to hers!

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