Ms. Carman: I've been researching this for over 25 years.So, some of what I've learned I've gleaned from sources which I've forgotten.However, I'm reconstructing the evidence in order to share it with others who may be able to fill in the gaps.I don't know who the parents of Charles are.He just seems to have dropped into colonial America as a young man who was a freighter by trade. There is reportedly a receipt out there for goods delivered by Charles to the Continental Army in North Caroina during the Revolution. My grandpa, Toba Westerman, told me that every man in our family going back as far as anyone remembered were teamsters and that several of them made their living from hauling freight, including my great grandfather who hauled ore from mines in Missouri and Boulder, Colorado, to smelters using teams of mules and wagons. Eleanor (also known as Polly on census reports)Westerman was the daughter of Michael Clifford and his first wife who I think was named Mary (nee Painter).Eleanor's mother died on the ship from Ireland to America.They landed in Baltimore and eventually found their way to Rowan County, North Carolina.The Cliffords were Baptist and I found where Michael Clifford's brother, a Baptist preacher, was killed by anti protestant forces in Northern Ireland just weeks before our ancestors embarked to America.I do not have any evidence, but I wonder if fear for their lives and religious freedom were the reason the Cliffords moved to America.A few years ago I read where a distant cousin believed that Charles and Eleanor were married in Baltimore, Maryland and they later moved to North Carolina.However, I've read other places where the Westerman's moved into Virginia and North Carolina much earlier. There is a place in West Virginia named Westerman Mill (historical) that was owned by a William Westerman in the 1690's, for example.According to the family tree that lists your branch of the family in more detail than mine, there is evidence that Charles was in North Carolina in the 1750's. He must have been very young in the 1750's because he lived well into the early 1800's dying in Bedford County, TN after migrating from North Carolina to Fayette County, Kentucky before moving to Tennessee. Grandpa seemed very guarded with what he would say about family origins.He said we had Indian ancestry, but the specifics were always scant.He once told me we were "dutch" but I think that may be a reference to the German Trollinger family that William Bedford Westerman, Sr (John and Lydia's son)married into.Adam Trollinger was a German immigrant who founded the first while settlement west of the Allegheny's in 1745.One of his sons moved to Kentucky with the Boones and Westermans and my third great grandmother was descended from him.Interesting enough, the Westerman's and Trollingers moved to Missouri together and Wm. and Margaret's daughter, Ruth Caroline, also married a Trollinger in Iron County, Missouri. I have my suspicions that the Trollingers had married into an Indian or "Black Irish (euphemism)" family.However, I do not think there is any evidence that Charles or Eleanor or John or Lydia Knight were anything other than British/Scots Irish.I could go on and on, but will stop with this for the time being.One other thing--in our family, most of us are either Baptist or members of the Church of Christ.I've found the same is true of the Westerman's in Tennesse and Arkansas who are related to us.Is this also true of the Texas Westermans?Having a background in cultural anthropology I am interested in this type of thing.