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Migration Maps


Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to: 

This SNGF is based on the Migration map that my friend J. Paul Hawthorne made on Facebook on 18 November.  He used Birth dates and Places for his paternal line. 

1)  For this week’s SNGF, make your own migration map for whichever surname or ancestral line you want.  Use a World Map or a country map.  Choose birth, marriage, death, or migration year to put the spots on the map and label them with the year.

To create my maps, I followed Randy’s suggestion and downloaded a map from wiki commons and then used powerpoint to add the lines and labels.


My Crawford research is stuck in the area of Augusta county, Virginia where there are several different CRAWFORD families, each with sons named James. According to records from Ohio, my James Crawford was born in 1772 in Virginia. James married Sally Duggins in 1799 in Garrard county, Kentucky. Records place James in Preble County, Ohio in 1811 where there is another James Crawford who was also born in Virginia about 1770. This James was married in Lincoln County, Kentucky in 1793.

By 1831, James’ son Nelson had migrated to Warren County, Indiana. Nelson either migrated with the other James Crawford and his family or followed them to Indiana.

In 1884, Nelson’s son, Washington Marion Crawford (my ancestor), migrated to Dodge City, Kansas. Washington Marion was following his older brother, James, who had migrated to Dodge City in 1878.


Like my Crawford ancestors, my BRILES ancestors were early Kansas settlers, actually arriving prior to statehood. Alexander Briles and his family migrated from Randolph County, North Carolina to southern Coffey County, Kansas prior to 1858.

The BRILES family has deep roots in Randolph County, North Carolina. Conrad Briles (Broils) filed papers to purchase land in Rowan county, North Carolina in 1763. He is listed on the tax records in Randolph county in 1779. In 1784, his will was probated in Randolph County, North Carolina.

Conrad was a member of the second Germanna colony. He arrived in Virginia with his parents in 1717. The family migrated from Oestisheim, Wuerttemberg, Germany.

In North Carolina, the surname took on the BRILES spelling while those who stayed in Virginia took on the BROYLES spelling.

4 thoughts on “Migration Maps

  1. Your Crawfords followed the same path as some of my husband’s ancestors, even to the same counties. However, when your Crawfords went on to western Kansas, his went to Missouri. Wonder if they knew each other?

    • Looking thru your blog’s list of surnames, I found a few names that I’ve researched in early Kentucky whose descendants may have followed the same path as the Crawfords. The first surname is ADAMS. I actually have one branch of my Crawford research that connects to Feathergill Adams who owned land in Garrard County, KY. Another Kentucky area surname that I recognized was Bryan/Bryant. So far, I don’t have any documents connecting any of the Crawford lines to a Byran/Bryant but the surname is prevalent in the early records.

      And then I found the Kennedy surname. I have Kennedy ancestors in New York. However, my Kentucky research connects to Thomas Kennedy and the other Kennedy family members in early Garrard county. The Thomas Kennedy found in my Crawford records was a prominent land owner in Garrard County.

      Our possible connection along my Crawford migration path is NOT the only way our research overlaps. I found WELLS and WHITE surnames in your list that might connect with my WELLS and WHITE lines. Unfortunately, I haven’t done enough research on those lines to be able to say they connect.

      And then we come to your loyalist research. My HARDING line was in New York prior to the revolutionary war. During the war, they left their homes and eventually ended up in New Brunswick. My ancestor, William G. Harding, moved his family from New Brunswick to Iowa sometime between 1851 and 1860.

  2. I’ve mostly followed your Crawford journey, but don’t you also have some ties to Preble County, OH in the early 1800s? Those are all my husband’s Southerners – who ended up in OH for a bit until they went to KY and TN. As for Wells and White, those are my lines – early New England.

    • Yes, but those ties are mostly Crawford. My ancestor, James Crawford along with his step-sons, Henry Duggins and William Duggins are there. Henry Duggins married Jane Sellers, daughter of Nathan A. Sellers. Nathan’s brother, James, was married to Mary Crawford. Nathan’s brother, William, was married to Sarah Crawford. These Sellers-Crawford marriages occurred in Lincoln County, KY. Mary and Sarah Crawford are thought to be the sisters of the James Crawford who married Martha Knight in Lincoln County, KY. James and Martha and their children are also found in Preble County. I’ve also found Captain Moses Dooley (1748-1822) following the same migration path as these Crawford families. The spouses of James and Martha Crawford have the following surnames: Lincoln, Shankland, Hawk, Snodgrass, Swank, Pugh, Shelby, Lemon, Hatton, French. I only have information on these surnames for after they married into the Crawford family.

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