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From: "Judy Whipple" <>
Subject: [Q-R] Summary of NC to IN Journey
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2007 20:24:38 -0700
I usually don't have trouble with messages to lists, but yesterday one of my messages did not appear and the second appeared twice. Below is the first message I sent to the list which included a summary of the longer "Journey from NC to IN" message.
In the __Illiana Genealogist,__ vol.12, no. 4, (Fall 1976) p. 121-124 is an
article from a diary entitled "Journey from N. Carolina to Indiana in 34
days in the Year 1815."
Below is my 1989 abstract of it. I will look for the original.
Also, from reading the original MM minutes (on film from LDS - I HIGHLY
recommend this) I learned that when several families were considering a
move, a group of men usually made a visit to the new place to look it over
and sometimes if they liked it they bought land for others back home.
With all of their possessions loaded into their tarpaulin-covered farm
wagons pulled by oxen or horses, the trip took the Coxes and their large
group about a month. One account of a similar trip made by North Carolina
Quakers to Indiana showed that the travelers covered between 10 and 20 miles
each day, stopping near settlements or with acquaintances for the night. The
route through the Blue Ridge Mountains and over the Cumberland Gap was the
the most frequented trail to Louisville, where travelers crossed the Ohio
River into southern Indiana or boarded rafts or flatboats bound for Illinois
and the west. Although the trip was rigorous travelers paused for
sight-seeing at well-known features such as caves or iron furnaces. Time
also was spent in small settlements having horses shod and wagon wheels
Each traveler had to have cash available, for tolls were charged for some
roads, turnpikes, bridges and ferries. A typical charge on the Cumberland
Turnpike was $2.87. At Louisville the cost was $2 for each wagon to cross
the Ohio River and it took one group two hours. Total cost for one trip from
North Carolina to southern Indiana was $81 including ferriage, bridge
tolls, turnpike fees, etc. [__A Cox Family History__, c1989, p61]