Our family immigrated to US from Ireland and England.
SEARS, REYNOLDS, PATTON, HOGAN, PYLANT, PEACH, RHODES, COKER, HOGAN, CARNEY, REED, MARTIN, MILLS, THORNBRUGH, PEACH, HOWELL, CHANDLER, WATTS,
Many of the relatives born 1870 through 1890 were living in TN around Nashville. We have researched the Sears line back to Henry SEARS, b. May 19, 1717, in VA; died 1774 Orange Co. NC; m. Jane WATTS; Children: Green Henry SEARS b. 1830, my ggg grandfather. Henry Sears married Elizabeth CHANDLER and had son, Starks B. SEARS abt. 1804 who married Mary Ann PEACH. They had David Sears in 1850. David Sears married Bourbin RHODES, b. 1853, and they had a son, Robert Hardin SEARS, b. 1883 who married Mary Ann REYNOLDS in Whitt, Parker County, TX. Robert Hardin SEARS and Mary Ann Reynolds (my grandparents) had 6 Children; Alton, Vernon, Inez, R.H., Grace and Edward Sears.Grace Arlene Sears, b. 1917 d. 1966 (my mother). She married Clycie Clarence PATTON, b. 1919 in Whitt, Parker Co, TX (my father).
We have traced the Patton side back to 1770 when Robert PATTON was born in NC. He married Welmet THORNBROUGH in 1804 in Jefferson TN. Robert and Welmet were my gggg Grandparents. My line follows: Son: Thomas Cunningham PATTON b. 1811, New Market, Jefferson, TN; Son of Thomas C: David PATTON b. 1837, TN; Son of David: William T. (Billy) PATTON, b. 1860 AK: son of William T.; Joseph Otis PATTON, b. 1895 in Parker County, TX. Joseph Otis Patton married Mary Ellen COKER (my grandparents) and they had 4 sons and 5 daughters. Clyde N. Patton, Clycie Clarence PATTON, B.DEC 1,1919, AND D. March 24, 2006 (my father), Opal Patton, Delois Patton, Charlene Patton, Bernice Patton, Don Patton and Lula Mae Patton. Jimmy Patton, their youngest, died in childhood.
I have interviewed my father and his siblings about their recollections of family history. They were blacksmiths, masons, preachers and farmers. Some have maintained those trades through many generations. Some were red headed and some were "black Irish" with green eyes and dark black hair. My father had black hair and green eyes, dark complection and a sparkle in his eyes as did his brother Don, but Clyde, his oldest brother had red hair and fair complexion.
They came to Texas through the Carolinas, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas. Settled in Parker, Palo Pinto, and Jack Counties west of Ft. Worth, TX.
Several ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War, and have also found Patriots who fought in the War of 1812, The Civil War, World War I, World War II, The Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
Submitted and edited by Janna K Brimer January, 2012