Wagon Trains to Texas

It was recently asked if anyone knew about the wagon trains that left Giles County for Texas during 1879. Although I have not found anything about a specific wagon train that might have left about this time, I have come across several references to people traveling to Texas and Arkansas, either on a excursion trip or to move there during this time frame.

I am posting what I have found so far. Maybe this will be of interest to someone. I will periodically post anything that I find pertaining to migration to Texas or other states if this is acceptable to those on this mailing list. Maybe someone's ancestor's will appear on the list.

Spelling and punctuation are as they appear in the newspapers.

The Pulaski Citizen, July 8, 1880 edition.
Brick Church News

The is some talk of an excursion train in August for points in Arkansas and Texas, giving all who may have friends in either state, and others who may wish to see the country ,a chance to go at a very low rate.

The Pulaski Citizen, August 26, 1880 edition.
Milltown News

Of the number contemplating going to Texas soon, is Mr. Frank Chapman, the successor of Mr. William Hardeman, mail carrier on this route. We have slight attacks of Texas fever, which Pigeon Roost water usually cures.

The Pulaski Citizen, September 16, 1880 edition.
Brick Church News

The Texas-fever is raging in this section to a considerable extent. Mr. Charles Fraley and others are nearly ready to leave for the Lone Star State. He is going overland and will be accompanied by six wagons and about 20 persons. Mr. John Wilkes and family, of Lynnville, left for Ozark, Ark., on an emigrant ticket Wednesday.

The Pulaski Citizen, September 30, 1880 edition.
Brick Church News

We regret very much to see so many of our young men going to Texas. Messrs. W. Hardy and Guy Rutledge intend starting Monday, while G.A. Lee, Will and Robert Anderson have already gone.

The Pulaski Citizen, September 30, 1880 edition.
Lynnville News

Mrs. James Wilson, who had a severe attack of paralysis slightly better. Her son, C-ro--ett will return to Texas Monday night. A party of twenty or more all start for Texas from Cornersville Monday night. ( It was hard to read the name of Mrs. Wilson's son, but I checked the 1870 census for a James Wilson household and he had a son named Carson C. Wilson.) JKS

The Pulaski Citizen, January 6, 1881 edition.
Off for Texas

A party of twenty five persons took the train at Pulaski Monday for Texas. They went by the L. & N. Railroad, procuring excursion rates, from Mr. J.C. Roller, the emigration agent here. They go to near Dallas and Sherman. Mr. Nathan Anthony and family were the only ones from this county.

The others were from Lincoln and consisted of two families of Wrights, two of Lesters and one of Tuckers.

On the same day a large party left the Brick Church neighborhood, going via Lewisburg and Columbia, consisting of Mr. W.D. Fraley and family of seven, Mrs. N.E. Hardy and daughter, two Mr. Crunks and Lee Ham. These go to Ellis county, Texas, and also went through Mr. Roller's agency.

Submitted by: Judy