My Wood ancestors (Charles & Margaret Lindsey Wood) traveled from Louisville, Winston Co., MS in 1866, with 4 children, aged 6-12). My Parker ancestors (Peyton & Nancy Ann Elizabeth Hobbs Parker) traveled from Leake Co., MS in 1866, with 3 children, aged 1-7. Winston Co is just northeast of Leake Co.
The Parkers settled in Aquilla, Hill Co. The Woods settled first in Steiner Valley, Hill Co., then moved across the river to Fowler, Bosque Co., TX
In 1888, Columbus Campbell Parker, age 26, married Ella Wood, age 18. Did their parents become friends while traveling in the same wagon train? Did Columbus fall in love with Ella when she was but a wee girl, and wait for her to get old enough to marry?
We do know that none of Charles Wood's many siblings, nor Margaret's siblings traveled from Mississippi. We know that none of Nancy Hobbs family traveled from Mississippi. We know nothing about Peyton Parker... no parents or sibs... so we DON"T know if he had any relatives that made the trip.
But, we DO know that in those days, you didn't just up and move to Texas all by yourself, with a wagon load of young'uns. Both families MUST have made the trip as part of a wagon train.
Now, I'm thinking that there was a good possibility that they came on the same wagon train.
Are there any of you out there, that feel like your ancestors might have arrived in Hill/Bosque Co (or anywhere in the vicinity) in 1866, on a wagon train that had come through the counties of Winston & Leake Co., Mississippi?