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Re: [Nationwide] Mapping Migration Patterns

There doesn't appear to be a lot of migration on my father's side. My mother's side, following my grandfather, appeared to move, back and forth, in and out, of areas where family members of the slaveholders were living. I researched the movements of the slaveholders family members and, in checking the areas near them I found some of my family members. I could reasonably conclude that my grandfather's family migrated to areas in the hope of finding members of the family who had been sold, given away, or carried away while they were slaves. I feel this to be one of the multiple reasons for my family's migration.

I researched one of the slaveholding families that owned a saw mill in Natchez and learned that one of the family started a saw mill in TN during the time of slavery. I checked later (after slavery) census records for that area of TN and there were some of my family members living there.

It appears that some of the slave ancestors went with the members of the slaveholding family to TN and AR. Some of the slaves did not return to LA. They stayed in TX near where they were taken by the slaveholder in 1862. I have found by mapping migration patterns and studying the geographical history of areas to be very important to my research.

I am in awe that many of the Louisiana slaveholders moved to Louisiana Territory, bringing their slaves with them, from an area of VA that became Illinois Territory. I wonder, were my ancestors who were slaves in LA and listed as born in VA actually born in Illinois County, Virginia which is the present State of Illinois?

Ed Adams

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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