I hope the info I have shared is the connection you seek? The history is truly tragic! Do you have son(s)? Ask them(him) if he would "desert" you? Reasonably certain the answer will be NO! As a male, I feel protective of my sisters, nieces, granddaughters and other female relatives. The whole point of that is to question James M. and sons leaving a wife! One son was a teen and the other a pre-teen! I'm thinking the first wife died prior to their journey to Texas? Lookup Leonard Singleton born ca. 1836 in Tennessee. You'll find a hand-written account of the legal guardianship of three minor children by their grandfather, Edmund Goff.