Not at all. One aspect of the 18th century little appreciated by us moderns is the havoc that hostile Indian incursions worked on white settlement not merely on the far frontier but also in areas that had been considered secure. Consequently, sometimes you find people moving east or southeast during unsettled times.
1754 was such a time, considering the surrender of Ft. Necessity that year, and the crushing defeat of Gen. Braddock near the Monongahela the following year. You may be interested in a webpage that tells the story from the British (as opposed to American) point of view: http://www.britishbattles.com/braddock.htm.
The conclusion of the French & Indian War (really a series of wars) in 1763 allowed greater security in settlements nearer the mountains, for a time, though Americans were not supposed to venture over the "proclamation line" of the Appalachian ridge to establish new settlements. This put the colonies in an impossible situation, being taxed heavily for the cost of the war that won the Ohio Valley for Britain, yet at the same time being forbidden to settle there. Little over a decade later, Indian raids even east of the Proclamation line were renewed, this time with the sponsorship of the British, during the Revolution, and once again thousands of pioneers came eastward for refuge.
I have no proof that such motives played a role in Thomas Sale's migratioss, if indeed the Granville County resident was who I surmise he was. It's just that his temporary location in eastern NC would not be inconsistent with the movements of many others in the same period.
I doubt that Mrs. Goodman's book is still in print. The DAR Library and Library of Congress here have it. I'm pretty sure that it's available through any LDS Family History Center in the form of a microfilm of the printed volume.
It was well written, and served to preserve the earlier research of F. B. Sale. If I have a complaint, it's that Mrs. Goodman did not move beyond that to extract what could have been found from more documents contemporaneous to the first Cornelius Sale and his children. In this regard, unfortunately she did not benefit from either the original wills & court records, or the transcriptions of Caroline and especially Essex County records that are available today. (Caroline County, as you no doubt know, is a "dark glass" because of the loss of the will books; it's saved from being a complete black hole only by the survival of the order books.) But I applaud her courage in pulling the family data together to the extent she did, and her energy and courage in getting it published.
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