|SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS .,||
Friday, July 9, 1982
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|ADMIRING THE name of their heroic ancestor Daniel William Cloud, chiseled into the white marble of the Alamo||Cenotaph, Bob, left, and Bill Cloud are among Cloud family members gathering at annual reunion.|
STAFF PHOTO by STEVE KRAUSS
for San Antonio reunion
|By Brenda Gambrel
Express Staff Writer
Daniel W. Cloud, a young Kentucky lawyer who died defending the Alamo 1836, would be proud.
His memory is in sate hands. So is his mail.
Members of the Cloud Family Assoclation, a far-reaching group of Americans who share the Cloud name, gather in San Antonio this weekend for their annual meeting.
There will be a tour of the Alamo, of course, but also a chance to view an historic letter recently presented by the Clouds to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, curators of the shrine.
The letter was written in 1835 when Daniel Cloud was in Natchitoches, La., and sent to his brother, John, at the family home in Logan County, Ky.
The letter recounts experiences of Daniels journey through Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana as he searched for a place to set up his law practice. He then decided to join the future Republic of Texas in the fight for independence
|Members of the Cloud family, 150 in all, are
proud of his deeds, even though not all can claim kinship to the Texas hero.
But the Clouds behind the organizatlon, Bill and Gayle Cloud of Little Rock, Ark., and Bob and Pat Cloud of Austin, are members of Clouds real family tree.
The wives actually get the credit for starting the organization.
"The wives are the ones really in terested in this thing," Gayle said, laughing "These turkeys havent done anything," she said, pointing to the two husbands who are first cousins.
It was Gayle and Pat who, in 1978 discovered the famlly ties to Daniel Cloud. From there, the Cloud Family Association was formed and grew.
"We had no Idea when we started that this would turn into an organization with 150 members, a newsletter, yearly reunions, and everything." Pat added.
Gayle said the association has more than purely historical goals.
"We dont cal1 it genealogy. We're interested mainly in keeping
|up with the nieces and nephews Daniel had, his brothers and
sisters and their children, and all their descendents, not in seeing how far back in
history we can go, she said.
Membership is not limited to Clouds relatives. Any Cloud can join, though that has made the jqb bigger than Gayle and Pat expected.
"We didnt know any better," said Pat, noting the mailing list has now grown to 900 Clouds.
But they dont mind. "We consider this a sort of ministry, too," Gayle explained.
Besides keeping in touch with the Clouds of America, "Were hoping to Collect as much data as possible in one central location to preserve it for future researchers. Were also headed toward publishing a book" she said.
About 100 Clouds are expected at this weekends reunion.
There isnt a formal agenda, ("We arent that sophistocated," Gayle said), but the tour of the Alamo,
a luncheon, and "lots of time to talk and visit" are planned for the gathering of Clouds."