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Many of our earliest settlers either arrived in Morgan County alone or with others, perhaps friends or family members. It was always easier for families to travel together as many of the tasks necessary to build a new home took the work of more then one man.

These migrational patterns, if you will, seemed to take place during certain time frames. Some of the families that migrated into Morgan County remained and other would later migrate to Iowa, Nebraska or Kansas. Much of this "outbound" migration occurred due to the homesteading laws of 1862. Some of the "outbound" would later migrate back to Morgan County- some families never made it any further then Indianapolis and this was normally generated by economic needs.

Please submit to me your surname entries in order for us to formulate some type of survey as to the comings and goings of the different surnames. The necessary information is found in the table below- be certain to include your name so credit may be given. Please include as much information asked for that you can.

"Previous Location" means Where they were just prior to coming to Morgan County. When asking for dates, the "year" is okay.

Surname Previous Location Arrived in County Township Settled in Remained Left County Date Went Where (State) Submitted by
Secrest/Sechrist Rowan County, NC 1843 Ray Township yes n/a buried Lingle Cemetery Debbie Jennings
Warthen Overton County, TN 1831 Ray & Gregg Township no 1833 Missouri-returned 1835 Debbie Jennings
Ratts Washington County, IN 1828 Washington & Ashland yes n/a buried Ratts & Olive Cemeteries Debbie Jennings
Knoy Rowan County, NC 1827-1840 Ray yes n/a buried Lingle Cemetery Debbie Jennings
Lingle Burke County, NC pre 1845 Ray yes n/a buried Lingle Cemetery Debbie Jennings
Mannan Spotsylvania County, VA before 1834 Ashland yes n/a buried Mannan Cemetery Debbie Jennings