DeAnna, James Moses Cloninger is my 2nd great grandfather. His brother, according to my granny, was Adam Alonzo. She said they came over from Germany without their parents and bought farms in Strawplains, TN. They were supposed to go back for their parents. I do not know if this is true. James M. married Nancy Ellen Shields in Knoxville and they had about a dozen kids. I found a Moses Cloninger and wife (Margaret?) who died paupers and were buried in the paupers cemetery in 1859 in Knoxville. I have always thought that Moses Cloninger and Margeret Wilson may have been parents of James and Adam but have found no proof. What information do you have that substantiates this? I sure would like to know after umpteen years searching. We are kin to the Lincoln Co. NC Cloningers and I have some info on these folks. I also have a picture of James Moses Cloninger. How are you kin?I believe Moses and his wife died in an epedemic. Lots of bastardy cases to be found in the Knox County archives.