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Southern Migration Trails

Southern Migration Trails

Barbara Stephenson has called our attention to a really great website which contains considerable information about the early migration routes used by folks in moving from the eastern seaboard to points west and south. Although dealing primarily with routes in the southern states, it also includes some information about migration trails in Ohio and other places. The website is:


The map pages are particularly interesting. You can find them at:


Here are some of the examples of connected links:

  • The Avery Trace: This site describes the Avery Trace, also known as the North Carolina Road, which went from NC through north TN to the Cumberland settlements. There is a good description of it and a link to a nice map of the old road. http://www.wwns.com/clay/tourism/avery/avery.html

  • The Great Warrior Path from East Tennessee to Southwest Virginia: A nice description of this road, which some of the earliest settlers used. http://www.tngenweb.usit.com/warpath.htm

  • Transportation in Early Middle Tennessee: This article mentions a number of the early roads and something about the early settlement of the area. http://www.tngenweb.usit.com/sumner/mdtntran.htm

  • Ohio Migration Routes: This site is a map site of several of the land migration routes > through Ohio...the northern ones are a little north for most of our southern migrations, but the southern ones were often used by people going into KY and places south. http://www.infinet.com/~dzimmerm/Gwen/migration.htm

  • Migration Routes from Pennsylvania to Virginia: This site seems to be a collection of messages from a mail list discussing ancestral movements, mainly of Palantine Germans, but also Scots Irish...it discusses both the How and Why their folks moved on. http://www.indwes.edu/Faculty/bcupp/genes/migrate.htm

  • Old Roads in North Arkansas: This is an article about early roads in north Arkansas, presented by the Lawrence County Historical Society, written by W.E. McLeod. If you have ancestors who traveled this way, check it out. http://www.indwes.edu/Faculty/bcupp/genes/migrate.htm

If you have any information about other migration trails, wherever they are, or about the Prentice, Prentis and Prentiss families who used them, please contact us at dewald@prenticenet.com..

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