I was just reading your postings last night and I believe this Thomas E. Gerren might be an ancestor of my husbands.This Gerren family has been a hard one to tackle, but I believe I have finally found the parents and siblings of my husbands 2nd great grandmother... and I believe the Thomas E. Gerren you are looking for might be her brother.
Here's what I have.
My husband's 2nd great grandmother is Mary Gerren, b. 1856 in TN.In a bio of her husband, when they lived in Clay Co., TX, in a book called "History of North & West Texas - A Biographical Review, by Buckley B. Paddock 1844-1922, it states in part... "... Mary I. Gearing, a daughter of John and Mary (Allen) Gearing, who settled in Wise county, Texas, from east Tennessee.They died in Wise county, the parents of five children, those living being:Thomas E., of Denton; J. W., of Wise county, and Mrs. Farmer."
In her obit it states "She was born in Meigs County, Tennessee, Oct 10, 1856.She came to Texas with her parents in 1875 and settled in Denton County."She spells her name GERREN, although on the following two censuses it is spelled GEARING & GREEN.I can not find them with any of the various spellings in any other census, only these two.This may not be enough proof, but with the bio, obit and these two censuses it sure looks to me to be her parents & siblings... and possibly the Thomas E. Gerren you are looking for in your posting.
1870 Meigs Co., TN Census:June 31, 1870Decatur??? (town?) J. M. Gearing52TNFarmer(1818) Mary35TN(1835) Thomas18TN(1852) John F.15TN George12TN Mary11TN(1859) Poney06TN
1880 United States Federal CensusJune 01, 1880 Home in 1880: Precinct 1, Wise, Texas Household Members: Name Age John M. Green 61(1819) Mary Green 52(1828) John Green 24 Georje Green 21 Benjamin Green 15
1880 United States Federal Census Name: Thomas E. Gerren Home in 1880: Denton, Denton, Texas Age: 28 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1852 Birthplace: Texas Relation to Head of Household: Something other than a direct relationship (Other) Father's birthplace: Tennessee Mother's birthplace: Tennessee Occupation: Us Marshall Marital Status: Single Race: White Gender: Male
If you have any information at all on this Thomas E. Gerren, or this family could you please send it to me? And also... if you think this is Thomas' family? I would appreciate it very much.Thank you!Carol/CFran66@aol.com