I am basing the first three generations on the actual history of my family, then I leave the area and trade with the Seminole & Creek Nation tribes in the Southeast before making my way to Texas around 1830 or so. Here's how we started out; Two brothers from Scotland who were involved in the Border Wars arrived in the Carolinas around 1760 or so it's believed, but sometime after the battle of Culledon, Culloden 1746. It was perhaps Edward's and George's parents that convinced them to leave Scotland and move to the Colonies where at least one them, my 6th great grandfather, George, was a spy during the American Revolution. My 6th great uncle Edward was in Randolph Co., NC in 1782. He sold the farm and moved to South Carolina about 1787. He was scalped and killed in 1793 in Franklin Co., GA. His property was near the Toolgaloo River. George, my direct ancestor was a spy for the South Carolina militia according to D.A.R. records. GEORGE TOWERY married LIDE LEDFORD in Guilford County. Their marriage bond is dated 20 May however the year is not included. It had to have been between 1770, the year Guilford County was formed, and 1776, as the bond is pledged to the King. GEORGE and LIDE lived in Caraway, NC, in the shadow of Shepherd Mountain and are listed in the 1790 Randolph County census as being in the Hillsboro District. Their sons, ADAM - EDWARD - and GEORGE JR., eventually settled in Rutherford, Lincoln, and Cleveland Counties. The only daughter that we have any records of is ELIZABETH. She married JOHN ROBBINS and apparently lived, raised her family, and died in Randolph County. ADAM married NANCY McCURRY and they became the parents of at least 6 children. George &?Lide’s 2nd child, EDWARD TOWERY (my ancestor) was born about 1774 probably in Guilford Co., NC. He died at about the age of 45 (his probate records are dated Dec. 1819). He left a widow, JEMIMA, and at least 4 children: James Micajah (Cage) (also my direct ancestor); John; Lydia; George Stetler; and a daughter who apparently died young. This is where my persona picks up and starts and I assume the identity of James Micajah Towery, whom they call Cage. Born in 1800 he leaves North Carolina on his 18th birthday and takes jobs as a lumberman, felling trees and supplying wood to local saw mills. He makes good wages but looks towards the frontier, wandering ever to the south as long as the forests hold out and provide a place to employ his skills he eventually starts trading with the local tribes, Seminoles and Creek Nation mostly. in 1830 he decides to set out for Texas because everyone who has come come from there tells of vast expanses of land that are there for those who aren't afraid of hard work. So he sells everything he doesn't need, buys a new caplock rifle from some traders who have come down the Mississippi river from Saint Louis to New Orleans along with other supplies and heads west for Texas. Upon arrival in the then virgin pine forests of East Texas he employs his skills as a lumberman supplying wood to local sawmills. Any suggestions, tweaks or rewrites?