I think you hit on maybe the bigest fundamental reason right away. (Bigger families, not enough acres to make a living on easily.)
Having had the chance to study this a little more since my my original post, I have found an interesting man named Israel Pickens. He was born in Cabarrus Co. (1780), served in the State Senate (1808-1809), and eventually served as Governor of AL (1821-1825). Prior to his Governorship, he apparently was the "register" for the land office for MS/AL (then the two were one state). (perhaps a federal position he held?)
He won his Governership in AL by votes from "The North Carolina Faction." Apparently, he won principally on issues due to a economic depression in 1819 and regarding the banking system. I do not know the cause of this, but I suspect this resulted in some consolidation of the monetary system, and perhaps finally getting rid of the Brittish monetary system??? It also probably involved the true value of notes held by different banks in different communities/states.
Nevertheless, I see quite a few large "landholders" from the area of Cabarrus and Meck. counties with decendents leaving for AL/MS beginning about 1815. (Some aparently came back, some stayed and thus had similar family members follow close behind in later years. Some also later went into Texas and Arkansas.) Certainly the question of land ownership was again hard tried shortly after the war for independence, since some families had papers only from the King himself and had probably allowed open settlement of such land by other claiments for years.
In fact, it may have been a quest for a good title for new land that was issed and guaranteed by the new government that so pressed these people from the land of their fathers.
I guess the early 1800's also introduced the further settlement of the deep south from the north and later the start of the big pioneer push to the more southern portions towards the west. Also, I believe the native eastern Indian nation was in disaray at this time, having been disorganized by wars early in the century.
However, the pioneer spirit definately had a significant resurgence in our area about 1815. Also there apparently was a big influx of new people into our area about this time as well.
As a amateur geanealogist and a less than amateur historian, I also have been taken by the number of infant or childhood deaths beginning in this time peroid, and also the number of people that re-married. (Many due to the death of a spouse, particularly women that died during or within months of childbirth.) Actually, I have tried to attribute this as a normal and undocumented previous occurance, but now believe this perhaps due to spreads of illnesses because of higher population densities. Or.. perhaps available written records were now just better in regards to documenting actual family relations and the occurance of such events?
I really did not mean to raise addition questions here, or to pose unfounded theories. After all this is about genealogy and not about history.
Additional comments very much welcomed!
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