1824 - 1871 (47 years)
||William Jasper "Bill" Cloud |
||Apr 09, 1824
||? Mount Meigs, Montgomery county, Alabama, USA 
- Birth date calculated from gravestone would be JUL 2 1826. But some show his birth date as April 29, 1825, and his eldest daughter's Bible gives his dob as April 9, 1824. This researcher has chosen the only written record we have -- that of Becky Cloud Fergerson Springer's family Bible.
||Aug 23, 1870
||Millerton, Milam county, Texas, USA 
||Sandy Creek Cemetery, Rockdale, Milam county, Texas, USA 
- Gravestone reads: "William J. Cloud, died Sept 9 1871, aged 45 yrs 2 mos 7 ds"
||Sep 09, 1871
||Milam county, Texas, USA
- He lived on his father's farm in Pike county Alabama, married Elizabeth Boyd, the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Boyd and traveled with her parents and family when they came to Texas in 1852.
On AUG 5 2000, Ron Head wrote: "they went to Texas with her family, the BOYD's. I cannot determine whether Eliz. Jane's grandfather William BOYD was still living or not when his widow Rebecca (SELLERS) BOYD (E.J.'s step grandmother) and several of their children struck out for TX in the early 1850's, but a large family group did go together, and I have no reason to believe that Wm. J. and Eliz. Jane (BOYD) CLOUD didn't accompany them. The fact that Wm. J. already had close relatives in TX probably made the move even more attractive to them."
From the book "Milano Texas; A History, 1873-1965" by Basil McGregor, comes the following quote ** (note that the first reference to "Robert S. Cloud" is actually a reference to William J. CLOUD and his wife Elizabeth Jane Boyd).
"Robert S. Cloud (sic -- this is William J. CLOUD) and wife Jane were Old Settlers in the Sandy Creek Community. They built a log cabin and raised their family of eight children (sic -- they had 10 children, 11 if counting the infant daughter that died at birth). Mr. Cloud served in the Civil War; he died when his youngest child was small. Mrs Claud (sic) raised her family the hard way, their work animals were oxen and she used the spinning wheel. All of their children grew up and moved away except Robert S. Cloud Jr. He married Ada Talbot. His family consisted of seven children: Robert S. Cloud Jr. and wife Ada: Albert, Alma (twins), Pearl, Maggie, Ida, Willie, (daughter died in infancy)."
On 1840 Pike county Alabama census he is living with his parents.
They came to Texas with the Boyd family (his wife's people) in 1852 and their son, Christopher Columbus Cloud, was born in Texas in 1853. When he arrived in Milam County is unknown (we don't know where in Texas Christopher was born), though Margaret was born in Milam County in 1855.
From "A History of Rockdale, Texas 1874 - 1974"; Edited by Mrs. Ida Jo Marshall and Printed by The Rockdale Reporter comes this description of the Millerton community:
(Researched by Mrs. Robert N. Baker)
"Millerton-Sandow community is located in the southwest part of Milam County. A schoolhouse was built there before 1900. The building of the school house was of prime interest to the local residents. It was built of bricks made by hand. The location of the school was just north of the present Alcoa Administration building. The school building stood until the Alcoa plant construction was well under way."
"Also, this community has always been known as "Freeze-Out" but no knowledge of the origin of the name has been found. The school was paid for by money donated by Mr. Beardy Miller who was a bachelor from Georgia. He died as a result of injuries sustained from a bull. He is remembered for his generosity, thoughtfulness of others, and willingness to furnish what he could for a future generation."
"There are two cemeteries in the vicinity, the Garner Cemetery and the Miller Cemetery."
Dorothy Brannon Brademan recalls the Minerva school house was a mile or so up the road that traveled by the Sandy Creek Church and Cemetery, and that the road eventually came out at their house in Minerva.
More information was obtained with the inclusion of data from Ron Head (Montgomery, AL) ronhead-at-knology.net who is a cousin through William Jasper Cloud's wife, Elizabeth Jane BOYD.
Ron wrote Friday, 5 Nov 1999: "As to the parentage of Elizabeth Jane and Sarah Ann BOYD, I have photocopies of these records":
Montgomery Co., AL Orphans Court Record "H" pp 473-474:
July 28th, 1851 Petition to Sell Land
To the Honorable the (Judge?) of Probate Court of Montgomery County
Your petitioner who is the administrator of the Estate of Sam'l Boyd dec'd would Respectfully (represent?) to your Honor that the dec'd died seized and possessed of the following lands to wit
NE quarter of SW quarter of Sec 25, T 13, R 20
SE quarter of SW quarter of Sec 25, T 13, R 20
SW quarter of SW quarter of Sec 25, T 13, R 20
NW quarter of SW quarter of Sec 25, T 13, R 20
Your petitioner would respectfully pray that your Honor will have such proceedings had as will enable your petitioner to sell said land for the purpose of making a more equitable division among the heirs at Law of said dec'd, the following is a list of the heirs of said deceased: Elizabeth MERRITT former widow of dec'd and her husband Joshua MERRITT. Sarah A. MERRITT & her husband Giles T. MERRITT of age and resides in Montgomery County. Elizabeth Jane CLOUD & her husband William Jasper CLOUD of age and resides in Pike County. The following are minors and resides in Montgomery County: William E. BOYD 16 years old, Amanda C. BOYD 14 years old, Susan R. BOYD 12 years old, Frederick [should be Frances] H. BOYD 9 years old, Henry Thomas BOYD 6 years old, Sam'l J. M. BOYD 4 years old.
Your petitioner will ever pray & ce. [is this "& ce." the same as "etc."?]
Joseph B. HOPPER, admr. Ordered to be Recorded
H. W. WATSON, Judge
Ron Head wrote again: "I also have photocopies of sheets from the "Loose estate papers" of Montgomery Co., relating to the estate of William C. BOYD, brother of Sarah Ann and Elizabeth Jane, who died unmarried around Feb 1855: "
An Inventory of the effects of Wm. C. BOYD dec'd which has come to the possession of Admr.
To amt. of his destributive share from his father's estate as per decree made in Probate Court 25 Apr '55/ $35.94
The State of Alabama, Montgomery County / Personally appeared before me H. W. WATSON Judge of Probate for Cournty aforesaid Jos. D. HOPPER, Admr., who on oath says the above Inventory is just & true.
Jos. D. HOPPER
Sworn to & subscribed
before me 12th Jany 56 /
H. W. WATSON, JPMC
Ordered to be recorded
H. W. WATSON, JPMC
A List of the heirs at Law of Wm. C. BOYD, dec'd viz:
1. Sarah A. MERRITT & her husband Giles T. MERRITT of full age
2. Elizabeth J. CLOUD wife of W. J. CLOUD of full age
3. Amanda C. FIELDS wife of Jas. T. FIELDS of full age
4. Susan R. BOYD a minor
5. Francis H. BOYD a minor
6. Henry T. BOYD a minor
7. Sam'l J. M. BOYD a minor The residence not known of any of these
The State of Alabama, Montgomery Co. / Personally appeared before me H. W. WATSON Judge of Probate for county aforesaid Jos. D. HOPPER Adntr. who on oath says the above list of heirs in Just & true to the best of his information.
Jos. D. HOPPER
Sworn to & subscribed
before me 12 January 1856
H. W. WATSON JPMC
Estate of Wm. C. BOYD
1855 Feb 14th
To John POWELL, Dra(?)
To 1 Coffin & Hoerse(?) $25.00
Rec'd payment of Jos. D. HOPPER, Admtr. 18 January 1856
The State of Alabama
I, Hugh W. WATSON, Judge of the Probate Court of said County, certify Letters of Administration on the Estate of William C. BOYD, deceased, were on the 25th day of April 1855 granted to Joseph D. HOPPER who has duly qualified and given bond as such, and is authorised to administer such estate.
Dated this 25th day of April 1855
H. W. WATSON, Judge of Probate
On Sunday, July 1, 2001, Ann N Hartzo caddy-ann-at-juno.com> wrote:
Subject: Rebecca Cloud's Bible
this was copied from table paper written in pencil by Ann Nettleton Hartzo's grandmother, Jody Furgeson Merchant Nettleton, dated Rockdale, Texas Feb. 1, 1942/3.
W. L. Cloud was born April 9, 1824
Elizabeth Jane Cloud was born July 23, 1832
Rebecca Elizabeth Cloud was born November 14, 1849
William Lafaet Cloud was born August 23, 1851
Chist Columbia Cloud born November 9, 1853
Margret Jane Cloud was born November 30, 1855
Tomas Newton Cloud was born July 14, 1858
Dawen Alande Cloud was born August 23, 1860
Mary Lwellan Cloud was born September 26, 1862
James Jasper Cloud was born January 31, 1865
Robert Samuel Cloud was born September 30, 1868
Willie Elznie Cloud was born April 9, 1871
Joseph Ann Furgeson was born December 2, 1870 (Becky's daughter)
William Jasper Cloud was born October 21, 1874 (Bill's son)
Thomas Cloud was born January 14, 1877 (Bill's 2nd son)
Note that Ann's grandmother's name was Joseph Ann Furgeson, she changed it as she got older, hence the different spellings at different times: Jodia & Jody.
William Jasper Cloud's middle name is determined from the probate papers of his father-in-law, Samuel C. BOYD -- Montgomery County, Alabama Orphans Court Record "H" pp 473-474: "Elizabeth Jane Cloud and her husband William Jasper Cloud" .... residents of Pike county.
He was the only one of his siblings who came to Texas. He moved to Texas about 1852 with Elizabeth's family and settled in Washington County. Later moved to Milam County about 1858 or 1859. This move appears to have been shortly after the indictment of an uncle (he and JC posted bond for Alex on a murder indictment). They settled in Millertown, which was Southwest of Rockdale and is now the site of the Alcoa "pot rooms". There was a community there, including a school and a store and other businesses, but the Alcoa plant was built on it. It was on the "Millerton-Taylor Road" which is now county road 462.
He is believed to have served in the Milam Guards of the Confederate Army (pvts W.J. Cloud, J.C. Cloud, F.M. Cloud, Jerry Cloud, and M.F. Cloud were enlisted on 6-16-1861. J.C. and F.M. were brothers -- sons of Jeremiah and W.J. was their nephew -- a grandson of Jeremiah. Though I don't know this for sure, I think it possible both Jerry and M.F. Cloud were JC's sons, Jerry and Marion. I have no other Cloud whose name starts with an "M", in that time frame, who could have served and only one other "Jerry", Jeremiah Cloud II, eldest son of HGW.
Family legend is that William was murdered on the way back from selling a herd of cattle in New Orleans. If so, it must have been near Milano, because of the Grave there.
Whether William was a son or a grandson of Jeremiah CLOUD has been contested, though the evidence from Jeremiah's probate papers are conclusive that he was a grandson -- the son of William CLOUD Sr. (William CLOUD Sr. married Margaret FRIZZLE on DEC 19 1825 in Montgomery County, Alabama.) He was deceased at the time of Jeremiah's death. When the will was contested, Jeremiah's only surviving sons, H.G.W. (Wash) Cloud and Francis M. Cloud applied for administration papers on his estate.
||Apr 1, 2016 |
||William Cloud, b. Abt 1801, Georgia, USA , d. Bef 1850, Alabama, USA (Age ~ 48 years) |
||Margaret Frizzle, b. Abt 1809, Georgia, USA , d. Aug 22, 1865 (Age ~ 56 years) |
||Dec 22, 1825
||Montgomery county, Alabama, USA [6, 7]
- Recorded in Montgomery County, Alabama Marriage Records; Marriage Book C, pg. 342; by Alexander Graham, J.P. "William Cloud & Margaret Frizzle lic. 19 Dec 1825; mar. 22 Dec 1825; by Alex GRAHAM, JP"
||Elizabeth Jane "Jane" Boyd, b. Jun 23, 1832, Montgomery county, Alabama, USA , d. 11 May 1918 OR 15 May 1918, Milam county, Texas, USA (Age 85 years) |
||Jun 24, 1849
||Montgomery county, Alabama, USA [7, 8]
- William CLOUD & Jane BOYD lic. 20 June 1849; mar. 24 June 1849, by Jas. A. McGEE, JP
- This must be him in 1850 sandwiched between his mother-in-law Betsey Boyd and his brother-in-law Julius Merritt who married Elizabeth's sister Sarah.
1850 census, AL, Montgomery cty, 2nd district, Nov 13, series M432, roll 12, p 186
line 7-9, dwelling/household 517/517
William CLOUD, 22, M, farmer, Geo
Jane CLOUD, 17, F, Ala
Martha CLOUD, 1, F, Ala
1870 Census; from Milam County, TX taken on 23 Aug 1870. (Notes from Lura Black.) "The ages don't all match. I find it interesting that the census was taken on the same day that two of this family were celebrating birthdays (based on the dates that have been given to me)."
1870 census, TX, Milam, Millerton P.O., p. 200, (M593-1598, p.312), Aug 23
CLOUD, Wm J, 46, farmer, ALA
CLOUD, Elizabeth, 36, working on farm, ALA
CLOUD, William, 17, ALA
CLOUD, Margaret, 14, TX
CLOUD, Thomas, 11, TX
CLOUD, Dowen, 9, TX
CLOUD, Mary, 7, TX
CLOUD, James, 5, TX
CLOUD, Robert, 1, TX
- William is dead by 1880
1880 census, TX, Milam, pct 5, p 67, sd 5, ed 104, (T9-1320, p.303)
June 28, 1880, HH 497/506
CLOUD, Jane, W, F, 48, keeping house, AL, NC, SC
CLOUD, James, 15, son, farm laborer, TX
CLOUD, Dowen, 18, son, TX
CLOUD, Robert, son, TX
CLOUD, Willie, 9, dau, TX
1900 census, Texas, Milam county, J.P. 4, e.d. 73, 23-A, T623-1657, p.220)
(no enumeration date given), HH 422
CLOUD, Robt, head, W, M, Sept 1866, 33, m 10yrs, TX, AL, AL, farmer
CLOUD, Ada, wife, W, F, Mar 1870, 30, m 10 yrs, 5 children, 4 living, KY, TN, KY
CLOUD, Pearl, dau, Aug 1890, 9, TX, TX, KY
CLOUD, Maggie, dau, Mar 1892, 8, TX, TX, KY
CLOUD, Ida, dau, July 1893, 6, TX, TX, KY
CLOUD, Willie, son, July 1896, 3, TX, TX, KY
lines 13-17, HH 423
CLOUD, D.A., head, W, M, Aug 1860, 39, m 18 yrs, TX, AL, AL, farmer
CLOUD, Mary J, wife, W, F, Mar 1863, 37, m 18 yrs, 4 children, 3 living, TX, TN, TN
CLOUD, Margaret, dau, Feb 1894, 6, TX, TX, TX
CLOUD, Raymond, son, Oct 1895, 4, TX, TX, TX
CLOUD, Annie, dau, Mar 1898, 2, TX, TX, TX
lines 18-19, HH 424
CLOUD, Elizabeth J, head, W, F, July 1830, AL, GA, GA, farmer
LESAY(?), George, lodger, W, M, Apr 1892, 8, TX, TX, TX, at school
1910 census, Texas, Milam county, pct. 4, e.d. 62, 4-A, (T624-1578, p. 28)
April 23, 1910, HH 68
CLOUD, Elizabeth J, head, F, W, 78, widowed, AL, AL, GA
ROE, Margaret, dau, F, W, 45, widowed, 5 children, 4 living, TX, AL, AL
| ||1. infant Cloud, d. |
|+||2. Rebecca Ann Elizabeth "Becky" Cloud, b. Nov 14, 1849, Alabama, USA , d. Sep 09, 1937, Shive, Hamilton county, Texas, USA (Age 87 years)|
|+||3. William Lafayette "Bill" Cloud, b. Aug 23, 1851, Alabama, USA , d. Jan 19, 1917, Oklahoma, USA (Age 65 years)|
| ||4. Christopher Columbus Cloud, b. Nov 09, 1853, Texas, USA , d. Apr 09, 1868 (Age 14 years)|
|+||5. Margaret Jane Cloud, b. Nov 30, 1855, Milam county, Texas, USA , d. Jan 28, 1943 (Age 87 years)|
|+||6. Thomas Newton Cloud, b. Jul 14, 1858, Milano, Milam county, Texas, USA , d. Nov 27, 1914, Cameron, Milam county, Texas, USA (Age 56 years)|
|+||7. Dowing Alexander "D.A." Cloud, b. Aug 23, 1860, Austin county, Texas, USA , d. Dec 05, 1914, Milam county, Texas, USA (Age 54 years)|
|+||8. Mary Lewellan Cloud, b. Sep 26, 1862, Texas, USA , d. 1893 (Age 30 years)|
|+||9. James Jasper "Jim" Cloud, b. Jan 31, 1865, Texas, USA , d. Feb 17, 1948, Spur, Dickens county, Texas, USA (Age 83 years)|
|+||10. Robert Samuel "Bob" Cloud, b. Sep 30, 1868, Rockdale, Milam county, Texas, USA , d. Dec 05, 1946, Rockdale, Milam county, Texas, USA (Age 78 years)|
|+||11. Wilhemina Elzena "Willie" Cloud, b. Apr 09, 1871, Texas, USA , d. Feb 02, 1931, Coady, Harris county, Texas, USA (Age 59 years)|
- [S206] Gedcom - Head, Ron.
- [S14] 1870 US federal census, 1870 census, Milam county, Millerton P.O., p. 200, Aug 23, 1870.
- [S607] Bible, family -- copied by Jodia Ann Ferguson (Reliability: 2).
- [S14] 1870 US federal census, 1870 census, TX, Milam, Millerton P.O., p. 200, (M593-1598, p.312).
- [S15] Sandy Creek Cemetery.
Gravestone reads: "William J. Cloud, died Sept 9 1871, aged 45 yrs 2 mos 7 ds"
- [S184] Montgomery County, Alabama.
Montgomery County, Alabama Marriage Records; Marriage Book C, pg. 342; p. 584
- [S221] Montgomery County Genealogical Society.
- [S210] Montgomery County Alabama records.