Gone to Texas - Family Migrations




When Texas Territory was first opened to settlers by the Mexican government, it would not be a rare thing that a family member, friend or traveler would come upon a homestead or cabin with a simple note posted somewhere on the premises: "GTT" letting people know that they and perhaps their family have "Gone to Texas"

Our families have been it Texas from the early colonization:  there were BYNUM's and MURPHREEs who fought in the Texas Revolution.  But on this page, I am going to concentrate (for now) on the post-revolution ancestors.




Ancestor Date of Emigration Migration, History & Sources
John Burton Craig ca 1837 b. 1796, Asheville, Buncombe Co, NC; graduated from college ca 1822, Raleigh, NC.  Migrated before 1833 to AL and married Unk.  Migrated with his son, John b. 1833 (and possibly others) to Texas ca  1837.
Thomas Young 1837-1838 Our Young family was in TX in 1838 when Nancy Young b Dec 1814, TN married John Burton Craig on  19 Dec 1838 in Clarksville, Red River Co.
James Bynum ca 1840 s/o Asa Bynum and Rebecca Murphree.  His youngest son was born in Shiloh, Houston Co, TX 1841.  His probable father-in-law, Stephen F Box was minister of Shiloh Methodist Church in 1834 (per historical marker)