The large migration out of Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and other nearby counties in the 1820's has never been completely explained but many, many families moved west to IL, IN, & TN. The area of Hardeman Co. TN was opened (from Indian lands) for settlement about 1818 and there was probably much publicity about the availability of new lands to the west. Just like the Black's ancestors had migrated from Pennsylvania to NC in the 1700's in search of cheaper land and less government, they probably moved west for some of the same reasons. It is hard to believe, but many people thought it was "too crowded." There is also some info that the Piedmont area of NC where the Blacks lived suffered a severe drought in the early 1820's and many people lost their crops. This would have been a great incentive to move west when told of the new lands. It is interesting to note that one group of the Black family also relocated to Layafette Co. MS sometime around this time.
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