When I was just a little girl, I asked my father.... That song just popped into my head.... When I first started researching my family history, I asked my father, where did his grandfather come from? His answer was "He came across the Mississippi River and he lost his wife and child while crossing. My mother never talked about it." I was also led to believe they were from Oklahoma, but that's for another post.
I searched and finally found the true story of Charles Gildon Jr. It was not my dad's grandfather rather his great grandfather who had come across the Mississippi River. He had lost his wife but it had been apparently in childbirth and not in the river an it was in 1841. In 1842, a man called Charles Gildon Jr was advertised for in the Macon Telegraph and presumed murdered. That was about the time Charles showed in Texas. Two newspaper articles proved to be my treasure chest and provided me with more mysteries. I had only transcibed copies until I searched the newspapers on GenealogyBank.com and there were my articles. It is great to have the 'Real McCoy' and not hope that it had been abstracted well