In the mid-1970s, a number of Clouds who were corresponding and attempting
to answer questions about common ancestors began to talk about getting together
in more than a casual visit. They decided on a time and place to gather and invited
a number of other Clouds to join them. It started with about five families, and
it has grown as others have found it to be worthwhile to join forces in chasing
Cloud genealogical information. It has been called a "family reunion" by those
not familiar with the nature of its membership, and it has indeed become a reunion
of sorts as members reminisce about earlier gatherings and experiences in addition
to discussing genealogy; but in fact few of the many dozen families involved
in the CFA knew each other before getting involved in genealogy. Some are clearly
related, some think that they are probably related, and others don't know.
Pat Cloud, one of the founders, wrote: "In
1978 Bob and I, with his lst cousin Bill Cloud and his wife, Gayle, went to Kentucky
(Logan Co.) to see if we could find any old records pertaining to our Cloud line.
We found a courthouse FULL, plus a plaque on the courthouse lawn dedicated to
Daniel William Cloud and 4 other
men from Logan Co. who died at the Alamo. We almost fainted, also found
a very elderly man who was a "cousin" (his grandmother and Bob & Bill's gr.grandfather
were brother & sister). He loved family history and we met with he and
his wife and had dinner with them.
During this trip, we decided it would be fun to see if we could find
other cousins. We knew the gr. grandfather had 7 brothers & sisters and
knew about 2 or them. Anyway, we sent postcards to every Cloud in the Texas
phone books and I spent 3 months of my lunch hours copying names & addresses.
We ended up with 153 people here in Austin at the old American Legion Hall.
People had contacted their families in other states, etc. Had 7 states
represented. During the meeting, it was decided to form an organization
and have a newsletter. Bill Cloud was elected pres., I can't remember who
was Vice-Pres but am sure it's in the old journal, I was appt. Sec/Treas. and
Gayle was appt. Historian. All voted on and official.
The next meeting was held at DeGray State Park in Arkadelphia, Ark.
Ural Cloud and his wife, Ruth.
So it continues, year after year.
Oh, yes, we now know descendants from all 8 brothers & sisters and
have a great deal of information about the family, before and after."