Where did they Go?
  • Where did they come Go?
  • Why did they go? Why did we our ancestors leave Fauquier County, Virginia?

    This page is maintained by Sylvia Gidley. Please send Sylvia the following information on your family and we will post the updated information the first of each month. Sylvia Gidley

  • USGENWEB MIGRATIONVirginia Migration
  • Name of ancestor
  • Year of birth of ancestor
  • Married to
  • Arrived/Left Fauquier County
  • Date of arrival or departure
  • County and State ancestor came from or went to

    The following is a summary of where our Ancestors came from and where they went! Sylvia Gidley

  • Arrived from
  • 1 Germany
  • 1 Ireland
  • 23 US: 2 MD
  • 21 VA
  • Went to:
  • 1 AL
  • 1 GA
  • 3 IL
  • 5 IN
  • 1 KS
  • 25 KY
  • 1 MD
  • 6 MO
  • 1 NC
  • 21 OH
  • 7 SC
  • 2 TN
  • 22 VA
  • 39 WV

    Thanks to Sylvia Gidley for maintaining the migrations page. Jim

    Thanks to Harvey Bottoms for formatting the HTML

    Left Fauquier County

    NameBornMarried toLeft Went toSubmittere-mail
    CountyState
    ?, Nancy.Rogers, Stephenbef 1820SwitzerlandINSandra Stephenstwssls@flash.net
    Adams, Theophilus P.1765Lear, Mary (Molly)1790-1793MadisonKYL. Comstock-TeelLComstockt@cs.com
    Bartlett, Benjamin1764Carroll, Mary Ann H.abt 1785HarrisonVAJim Bartlettbartlett@maxinter.net
    Bartlett, Elizabethabt 1753Asbury, Thomasabt 1785HarrisonVAJim Bartlettbartlett@maxinter.net
    Bartlett, James1771Phillips, Sarahabt 1790HarrisonVAJim Bartlettbartlett@maxinter.net
    Bartlett, Johnabt 1760Barkley, Anneabt 1785HarrisonVAJim Bartlettbartlett@maxinter.net
    Bartlett, Sarahabt 1770Fowkes, George1780-1794 KYJim Bartlettbartlett@maxinter.net
    Bartlett, Thomasabt 1730Carroll, Sarahabt 1785HarrisonVAJim Bartlettbartlett@maxinter.net
    Bartlett, Thomasabt 1760?, Sarahabt 1785HarrisonVAJim Bartlettbartlett@maxinter.net
    Bartlett, William1756Hathaway, Sarahabt 1790HarrisonVAJim Bartlettbartlett@maxinter.net
    Basye, Elizabethabt 1740James, Johnabt 1780YorkSCGrover Popegcapope@usit.net
    Blundell, William C.1800Massie, Maryabt 1819?OHMike Stovermsks2@prodigy.net
    Boggess, Hannah R.1753Watts, Thomas1753-1795GreeneGACyndipathoscafe@aol.com
    Brady, Carolineabt 1812Burgess, Moses1875GreenbrierWVJim Burgessjim@promobiz.biz
    Bramblett, Reubenabt 1735?, Margaret1795/6BourbonKYGale Bramlettgmbp44@aol.com
    Bramlett, John1764Peak, Mary1784/5Laurens/GreenvilleSCGale Bramlettgmbp44@aol.com
    Cinnamond, John A.1768Herndon, Francesbef 1806ShelbyKYMary CinnamonCinnfull@email.msn.com
    Cockrell, Jane1813Francis, Reuben A.abt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Cockrell, Sarah1791Francis, Patrickabt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Cockrell, Sarah Ann1820Francis, Joseph W.abt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Cockrill, Johnson J.abt 1788Raines, Lucy (1st mar.)1828HardinKYJim Burgessjim@promobiz.biz
    Cockrill, Williamabt 1750Jones, Frances1814AllenKYJim Burgessjim@promobiz.biz
    Creel, Sylvester H.1830Jeffries, Sarah L.abt 1850DouglasKSGlenn A. Knighthsknight@uswest.net
    Cross, Richard1772Lake, Mary 1799TaylorWVJean W. Moorejwmoore@ruralnet.org
    Crupper, Amanda1858Jones, James A.bef 1876AlleghanyMDTina McKieTMM0427@aol.com
    Crupper, Nancy1778McClanahan, Jamesabt 1817BrackenKYTina McKieTMM0427@aol.com
    Crupper, Nancyabt 1776McClanahan, James1817BrackenKYMary Southmarysouth@mediaone.net
    Efaugh, David1765Climan/Clyman, Catherineaft 1782HardyWVRobert K. Efawrefaw@hhs.net
    Flynn, Zachary T.1885Patton, Mollyaft 1928Prince William VAS. Büttner-Gidleyjsgidley@interquest.de
    Foster, Johnabt 1780?, Ameliaearly 1800NelsonKYJack FosterOohjack@aol.com
    Francis, Andrew Jackson1819Reed, Sarahabt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Francis, Anna M1845.abt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Francis, Hannah Jane1813.abt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Francis, Harriet C.1822Owens, Thomasabt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Francis, Henry Patrick1817Gordon, Margaretabt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Francis, James Henry1848.abt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Francis, John Robinson1828.abt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Francis, Joseph W.1821Cockrell, Sarah Annabt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Francis, Margaret1814.abt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Francis, Mary Jerrfies1809Reed, Andrewabt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Francis, Owen Thomas1824.abt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Francis, Nancy Elizabeth1843.abt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Francis, Patrick1775Cockrell, Sarahabt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Francis, Reuben A.1811Cockrell, Janeabt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Francis, Sarah Ann1826.abt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Francis, Thomas A.1814Jackson, Elgivaabt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Francis, William Alexandria1821Francis, Henry Patrick abt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Gladstone, Anzelana1804Hitt, Garret T.mid 1830SenecaOHCindy Taylorjetj@bright.net
    Gladstone, Mahala H.1812Hitt, William R.mid 1830LickingOHCindy Taylorjetj@bright.net
    Glascock, Peter1714Rector, Maryabt 1782RowanNCTony CollierAECOLLIER@aol.com
    Gordon, Margaret1819Reed, Sarahabt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Green, Isaac N.1824Stigler, Sarah Ann1844HarrisonWVWayne Greenewgreen19@aol.com
    Green, Jesse1788Power, Sarah Ann1844HarrisonWVWayne Greenewgreen19@aol.com
    Green, John M.1822Turner, Martha E.1844HarrisonWVWayne Greenewgreen19@aol.com
    Harper, Thomas1789Kinsel, Elizabeth1826PerryOHRon TragerRONTRAGER@prodigy.net
    Harris, Elishaabt 1760McCormick, Margaretearly 1800Morgan/NobleOHSharyl Ferrallferrall@mtaonline.net
    Hefflin, William E.1814Martin, Adaline1850CulpeperVAPhyllis A. Farmerhfarmer@ccpl.carr.org
    Hefflin, William T.1844Bayne, Mary T.1850 & 1881CulpeperVAPhyllis A. Farmerhfarmer@ccpl.carr.org
    Herndon, Frances1781Cinnamond, John A.bef 1806ShelbyKYMary CinnamonCinnfull@email.msn.com
    Hitt, Garret T.1807Gladstone, Anzelanamid 1830SenecaOHCindy Taylorjetj@bright.net
    Hitt, William R.abt 1806Gladstone, Mahala H.mid 1830LickingOHCindy Taylorjetj@bright.net
    Holmes, Josephabt 1786Wheatley/Whitley, Sarah1830-1840LickingOHValerie H. Thomasvthomas@otn.net
    Holmes, Nathanielabt 1790Wheatley/Whitley, Elizabeth1830-1840LickingOHValerie H. Thomasvthomas@otn.net
    Hopper, Margaret1772Stevenson, Johnabt 1794MadisonVAMildred H. Emmittmille4@juno.com
    Hutchison, Armenia S.1825Adams, Mason C.abt 1846LoudounVACarol Adamsdadams55@swbell.net
    Hutchison, Lydia B.1845Adams, Walter H.late 1860ClarkILCarol Adamsdadams55@swbell.net
    Jackson, Elgiva1820Francis, Thomas A.abt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    James, Betsyabt 1770 abt 1780YorkSCGrover Popegcapope@usit.net
    James, Edmundabt 1770 abt 1780YorkSCGrover Popegcapope@usit.net
    James, John1763Sandlin, Elizabethabt 1780YorkSCGrover Popegcapope@usit.net
    James, Johnabt 1740Basye, Elizabethabt 1780YorkSCGrover Popegcapope@usit.net
    James, Sherud/Sherrod1776Sandlin, Laodiciaabt 1780YorkSCGrover Popegcapope@usit.net
    Jett, Frances J..Rogers, Stephen1851-53MarionMOSandra Stephenstwssls@flash.net
    Jett, Hannah.Rogers, Jamesbef 1830BondILSandra Stephenstwssls@flash.net
    Jett, Mary M..Rogers, Gabriel1853-553MarionMOSandra Stephenstwssls@flash.net
    Kinsel, Elizabeth1794Harper, Thomas1826PerryOHRon TragerRONTRAGER@prodigy.net
    Lawrence, Samuelabt 1768Tharp, Mary Ann1812-1828HarrisonWVRobin Lawrentzrobltz@erols.com
    Lickliter, James M.1832Fisher, Sarah V.aft 1860AugustaVAMerrill Reichmreich@rocsoft.net
    Lorentz, Samuelabt 1768Tharp, Mary Ann1812-1828HarrisonWVRobin Lawrentzrobltz@erols.com
    Lotz, Mary  1844ScottVAPat Drake 
    Massie, Mary1797Blundell, William C.abt 1819?OHMike Stovermsks2@prodigy.net
    McCarty, Enoch1801Stigler, Mary1844HarrisonWVWayne Greenewgreen19@aol.com
    McClanahan, Jamesabt 1775Crupper, Nancyabt 1817BrackenKYTina McKieTMM0427@aol.com
    McClanahan, Jamesabt 1776Crupper, Nancy1817BrackenKYMary Southmarysouth@mediaone.net
    McConnaha, James1773Burroughs, Elizabeth1837WayneINWayne Greenewgreen19@aol.com
    McConnaha, James1773Shaw, Ruthy1837WayneINWayne Greenewgreen19@aol.com
    McConnaha, Samuel1776Batson, Nancy Ann1837WayneINWayne Greenewgreen19@aol.com
    McCormick, Margaret1766Harris, Elishaearly 1800Morgan/NobleOHSharyl Ferrallferrall@mtaonline.net
    McCoy, Joseph1776Taylor, Millie1806CoshoctonOHGwen Oliverseeker@netwalk.com
    Murray, James H.1789Norris, Diana1797BrackenKYJack I. Murrayjimurr@aol.com
    Oliver, Walter1781Winn, Mary Cox1821CaldwellKYTrulie Petersonlpeters7@bellsouth.net
    Owens, Albert1792Whittington, Mary A.1798/1799MasonKYJoann L. ConradJLConrad@worldnet.att.net
    Owens, Joshuaabt 1748Powell, Elizabeth B.bef 1777Prince WilliamVAJoann L. ConradJLConrad@worldnet.att.net
    Owens, Nancy1772Owens, William1798/1799MasonKYJoann L. ConradJLConrad@worldnet.att.net
    Owens, Thomas1816Francis, Harriet C.abt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Owens, William1763Owens, Nancy1798/1799MasonKYJoann L. ConradJLConrad@worldnet.att.net
    Patton, Joseph N.1851Lightfoot, Mary V.bef 1900FairfaxVAS. Büttner-Gidleyjsgidley@interquest.de
    Patton, Molly1883Flynn, Zachary T.aft 1928Prince WilliamVAS. Büttner-Gidleyjsgidley@interquest.de
    Pickett, William S.abt 1766Burroughs, Nancyabt 1800MasonKYJoann L. ConradJLConrad@worldnet.att.net
    Powell, Elizabeth B.abt 1730Owens, Joshua1798/1799MasonKYJoann L. ConradJLConrad@worldnet.att.net
    Price, William C.abt 1799Poling, Annabef 1819RandolphWVWayne PricePricewayne@aol.com
    Read, Edmund1813Pulliam, Elizabethbef 1839AllenKYWillis P. Oliverwoliver@hiwaay.net
    Read, Samuel James1808Berry, Elizabeth J.bef 1839AllenKYWillis P. Oliverwoliver@hiwaay.net
    Read, Traverse Arthur1820Cockerel, Mary F.bef 1839AllenKYWillis P. Oliverwoliver@hiwaay.net
    Rector, Charles1776Rust, Sarah R.1814-1820WoodWVBetty Briggsbettyb@flash.net
    Rector, James1754?, Leannahabt 1790GraysonVALa Vera JonesCJones5695@aol.com
    Reed, Andrew1800Francis, Mary Jeffries.abt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Reed, Sarah1821Francis, Andrew Jacksonabt 1848LewisWVLarry Francislfrancis@infionline.net
    Rogers, Gabrielabt 1806Jett, Mary M.1853-55MarionMOSandra Stephenstwssls@flash.net
    Roger, Jamesabt 1794Jett, Hannahbef 1830BondILSandra Stephenstwssls@flash.net
    Rogers, Stephenabt 1760?, Nancybef 1820SwitzerlandINSandra Stephenstwssls@flash.net
    Rogers, Stephenabt 1808Jett, Frances J1851-53MarionMOSandra Stephenstwssls@flash.net
    Rogers, William P.abt 1800Smoot, Arian/Arena1840-42MarionMOSandra Stephenstwssls@flash.net
    Rogers/Rodgers, John H.1790Smith, Lucinda1827-28SmithTNSandra Stephenstwssls@flash.net
    Rust, Sarah R.1786Rector, Charles1814-1820WoodWVBetty Briggsbettyb@flash.net
    Slaughter, Henryabt 1767Taylor, Pemma Ann1806CoshoctonOHGwen Oliverseeker@netwalk.com
    Slaughter, Josephabt 1738?, Nancy1806CoshoctonOHGwen Oliverseeker@netwalk.com
    Smith, Joseph1801Leavell, Maryabt 1830TuscaloosaALBeth MurphyMurChrTrFm@aol.com
    Smith, Lucinda Rogers/Rodgers, John H..Rogers/Rodgers, John H.1827-28SmithTNSandra Stephenstwssls@flash.net
    Smoot, Arian/Arena.Rogers, William P1840-42MarionMOSandra Stephenstwssls@flash.net
    Stevenson, Elizabethabt 1770Herndon, Georgeaft 1837Prince WilliamVAMildred H. Emmittmille4@juno.com
    Stevenson, John1762Hopper, Margaretabt 1794MadisonVAMildred H. Emmittmille4@juno.com
    Stevenson, Leannah1778Martin, Hezekiahaft 1817LincolnMOMildred H. Emmittmille4@juno.com
    Stigler, James1800McCarty, Mary Anna1844HarrisonWVWayne Greenewgreen19@aol.com
    Taylor, Millieabt 1773McCoy, Joseph1806CoshoctonOHGwen Oliverseeker@netwalk.com
    Taylor, Nimro  1801ScottVAPat Drake 
    Taylor, Pemma Ann1778Slaughter, Henry1806CoshoctonOHGwen Oliverseeker@netwalk.com
    Walter, John Thomas1823Haines, Margaret A.aft 1865WarrenVAMerrill Reichmreich@rocsoft.net
    Wheatley/Whitley, Elizabethabt 1794Holmes, Nathaniel1830-1840LickingOHValerie H. Thomasvthomas@otn.net
    Wheatley/Whitley, Sarahabt 1792Holmes, Jospeh1830-1840LickingOHValerie H. Thomasvthomas@otn.net
    Wigfield, Nancy1781Oder, Elwood1830CoshoctonOHGwen Oliverseeker@netwalk.com
    Winn, Minor IV1789Wright, Paulina S.abt 1819HarrisonKYAnita Schmidtanitaschmidt@earthlink.net
    Winn, Robert M.1816Bates, Tabithaabt 1819HarrisonKYAnita Schmidtanitaschmidt@earthlink.net
    Wright, Paulina S.1791Winn, Minor IVabt 1819HarrisonKYAnita Schmidtanitaschmidt@earthlink.net

    Last Updated on 06/29/2007

    Large numbers of our families emigrated to the following places!

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  • The following information was posted by June Fikac

    Between 1780 and 1800, following the American Revolution, the greatest migration yet, started west. Eastern land was worn out, taxes and land prices were rising, currency was scarce and worth nothing, and new immigrants wanted land. Added to those reasons was the state of the American treasury. Congress had received the western land claimed by the colonies and was land poor. Unable to pay the Continental Army, most soldiers received land certificates, as payment for war service instead of money. Various states also reserved land to pay their own soldiers, and the land everyone sought was over the mountains or across the Ohio River.


    Pioneers soon followed the now well-established trails to the forks of the Ohio and trekked into Kentucky through Cumberland Gap, but these trails were not enough. Every settler tramped to the head of his valley and crossed the mountain into the next valley, each hoping to find a shorter way to the Ohio


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    Thousands of settlers made their way to the thriving town of Pittsburgh at the Ohio forks and were willing to brave the treacherous Ohio River rapids and the stalking Indians along its banks. Other pioneers were far to the South where a hundred miles of Virginia mountains separated eastern Virginia and the Ohio River. South of the Pittsburgh trails, those mountains had only three major trails by 1790 including: the trail into the Greenbrier valley and down the Kanawha River; and the Wilderness Road trail through Cumberland Gap which had opened in the mid 1770's.


    The two trails in central Virginia developed slowly because of the harsh terrain and continuing Indian problems. Although a fort had been erected at the mouth of the Kanawha after the Battle of Point Pleasant, settlement was delayed until 1790 and even then pioneers were forced to abandon their claims and return east for safety. The same story was true about the mouth of the Little Kanawha. The major southern flow of settlers between 1785 and 1795 remained through Cumberland Gap.

    North Carolina granted vast acres in Tennessee to her Revolutionary soldiers and by 1790 those settlers were also moving through Cumberland Gap and down the French Broad, where Knoxville was founded in 1792. In 1788 North Carolina constructed a trail to connect Knoxville to the Cumberland River settlements around Nashville. Nashboro, as it was then called, had connections north to the falls of the Ohio at Louisville and southwest to the Mississippi. Most of Tennessee's settlements were along the western sections of both the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers away from the Indian controlled southeast. These rivers flowed along the northern and southern borders of Tennessee only to empty into the Ohio River about ten miles apart. The Cumberland's mouth has since been changed and forced into the Tennessee River.


    After the American Revolution the pioneer was still looking for his ideal home. He wanted free or low cost land which could be acquired in western Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. He wanted credit for his Revolutionary service which might come from claiming his bounty or from selling to a speculator and using his the money to buy land closer to home. He also wanted lower taxes, a say in his government and a market on the west side of the mountains for his crops. Every land promoter claimed these expectations could be filled in the western lands.

    Still the settlers were not satisfied, they wanted the entire west open to settlement and demanded as much from the government. The vast Northwest Territory had been ceded to the federal government in 1785. The land across the Ohio River beckoned because many Revolutionary claims lay north of the territory was to be surveyed and parcels offered for sale and as well as to provide military grants, but the pioneers wanted access to the new territory long before the surveys were completed.

    Traders and hunters had used the Ohio River as a highway for over fifty years before the settlers reached its banks. Despite Indians, many a raft loaded with families and household goods reached central Kentucky between 1775 and 1785 from western Pennsylvania. Pioneers stayed on the Virginia side of the river for only one reason. Indians. Several military expeditions crossed into Ohio, burning crops and villages, to punish the Indians for frontier raids. Both the military roads they created and the stories the returning soldiers told, guaranteed an interest in the "Ohio Country." Several military campaigns were needed to subdue the tribes. Finally in 1795, the Treaty of Greenville ended Indian occupation of most of the Ohio Territory. The new flood of settlers to "Ohio Country" made earlier migrations seem inconsequential.


    Ohio, as part of the Northwest Territory, was supposed to be surveyed before any land was sold. The first public lands sales for Ohio Territory were made in New York City in 1787 when 108,431 acres were sold. The second public sales were disappointing. The price per acre was only two dollars, but the settler was required to buy in 640 acre sections. In 1796, the Federal Government held two sales. At Pittsburgh, 43,446 acres of Ohio land were sold, while 5,120 acres were sold at Philadelphia.

  • First Federal Land Offices:
  • Marietta 1800 - 1840
  • Steubenville 1800 - 1840
  • Cincinnati 1801 - 1840
  • Chillicothe 1801 - 1876
  • Zanesville 1804 - 1840

    The Virginia Military District covered parts of twenty counties between the Scioto and Little Miami Rivers. Reserved to pay Virginia Revolutionary claims, the District is the only section of Ohio surveyed in the "Metes and Bounds" system. It has been noted that 1,035,408 acres of the Virginia Military District, 25%, was patented by just twenty-five people. June FIKAC


    Migrated to Clarksburg, Virginia Area

    I work the local history and genealogy desk at a public library inClarksburg, West Virginia. That's on US 50 today, but already in themid-1790's it was the western terminus of a route called the State Roadthat led out of the Northern Neck and brought lots of families fromFauquier to this area. Clarksburg is on the West Fork of the MonongahelaRiver and until the completion of the Northwestern Virginia Turnpike toParkersburg in 1838 the route to Pittsburgh and the Ohio and theMississippi was downstream by flatboat from Clarksburg. People weretraveling to St. Louis that way as early as 1808.

    The resettlement of Northern Neck families in Harrison and other WestVirginia counties, from settlement times until circa 1850, is something weought to look at from both sides. The families who came are so numerous I can't list them without going tomy notes.

    More on this later.
  • David Houchin
  • Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library
  • 404 West Pike Street
  • Clarksburg WV 26301

    Great Wagon Road


    When the first traders and hunters entered the Virginia Valley, they discovered the Warrior's Trail, an Indian trading and war trail which extended from northern NY to the Atlantic Ocean in the far away Carolinas. This trail was soon to become one of the major transportation routes east of the major mountains. It followed a natural valley in the Appalachian Mountain Range. It began in upper NY State where the valley was wide, well-defined and forced close to the Atlantic Ocean between NY City and Philadelphia. Further south the valley ran on the western side of the Blue Ridge for over a hundred miles and then splintered into a parallel ridge and valley system south of Roanoke.

    The old Warrior's Trail became the Great Wagon Road which wound through the Valley of Virginia connecting the northern seaports with the Carolina coast and the interior of North America through Cumberland Gap. Like others routes and trails, the Great Wagon Road developed slowly southward then accelerating as immigrants flooded the frontier.

    The first section of the road was the Lancaster Road connecting Philadelphia to York and Lancaster in "western" Pennsylvania. Between 1710 and 1730, approximately 100,000 poverty-stricken peasants from the Palatinate region of Germany entered Philadelphia. The older land owners forced them to the outlying frontier along the Lancaster Road to provide a buffer against the Indian tribes. The immigrants gladly went in hopes of acquiring cheap or free land and soon settled the entire area. When they reached infertile lands along the Juanita River about 1727, the main thrust of settlers turned south into the more fertile Virginia Valley. The first settlement in Virginia's Great Valley was Winchester begun in 1731.

    After 1717 thousands of Scotch-Irish joined the German Palatine pioneers. Coming later, the Scotch-Irish settled beyond the Germans and closest to the Indians. Land title squabbles in Pennsylvania and Maryland sent them south into the Virginia Valley. The Scotch-Irish were often the leading edge of settlement. The lands they cleared were soon sold or left while the pioneer moved on to clear more isolated land which appeared better than what he had just left.

  • [source: Carrie Eldridge, author of Appalachian Trails to the Ohio River]Enjoy... June
  • Re why people left Fauquier County:

    I think the main reason was to acquire land of one's own. When you look at the census records and marvel at the size of some of the families, you can't help thinking there would not be enough acreage in Fauquier for everyone to stay and make a living. Somewhere I read many years ago that much of the County was owned by a few families. I am sorry I cannot quote the reference.

    Besides, just think of the adventure of being able to strike out on your own and go someplace new. Life was so tough for most people anyway, the adventurous ones probably weren't the least bit apprehensive about starting out.

    My grandfather was from the Vermont Islands, another beautiful place, and when he was asked how he could bear to leave, he said,"Waal now, I couldn't eat the scenery!" Happy Hunting, Pat Littlefield

    This page last updated 3 Oct 2012