Enjoyed your comments. I might also add not only did folks from Cabarrus head west to MS/AL, but a sizable chunk of the German contingent of Cabarrus County migrated to IL, mainly in the 1830's. Several of my Blackwelder kin, as well as people in the Carriker,Cress, Lipe and Bost families. Nearly all of them settled in Montgomery County, IL & they remained there, although some of the Blackwelder group moved on to KS in the 1870's. I was up there in IL last year and that area physically resembles Cabarrrus quite closely. IL was a new state then, and I imagine land was cheap. But it still is a little surprising that this large group went up north, whereas most migration out of NC in this period went west, to AL, MS, AR or TX.