So some will understand how a lot of these folks got into eastern NC,
this is how I see it.
There are about half-dozen different areas that are feeding into eastern
NC in the, let's say ~1750 time frame.
1. First and foremost there is migration of folks from IOW and Surry
County, VA into eastern NC.
2. Second, we have migration of folks from the Accomack County, VA into
3. Third, we have the migration of folks from the Delmarva area of MD
and NJ into eastern NC
4. Fourth, we have the migration of New England folks that flowed down
the Atlantic Seaboard through the Delmarva areas and eastern VA into eastern
5. Fifth, we have the migration of SC folks who flowed into eastern NC,
primarily into the counties bordering SC and along the seaboard. This
migration was more, early, than late.
6. We also have the normal migration patterns via the coastal ports of
NC, VA and SC into these same areas.
Of all of these, the folks in IOW, Surry and Brunswick probable make up
the greatest percentages. Martha MARBLE and I have been trading comments
back an forth on several of these families and she told me -- there are lots
more of these folks from New England in these areas than most realize. I
tend to agree.
We also do not know how many of these folks from Accomack and the
Delmarva areas were former IOW or Surry folks who moved north into MD and NJ
and later moved back south into eastern NC.
So if your folks moved into eastern NC in this time frame, one of these
four areas is where they probably came from. There were later migrations
into NC. There were also later migrations through more central areas of NC,
like Granville County, NC, but by then the families of eastern NC were
spreading out, south and west.
John R. Clarke