Saturday, April 29, 2023

To and from New England

TL;DR -- In 1794, Sam Dunn published a map of the territory of what was to be the U.S. The whole of the middle is empty. Taos NM and New Orleans LA are exceptions. These were of other cultures, namely New Spain. This map can be used to look at the period up to about 50 years ago (perhaps more); since then technology has been the focus as we can see with the current involvement with releases of what are called AIs (artificial intelligences). Too, early on people went west and south. The former got attention. We have a book, now, to start study of those going south. 


Earlier, we looked at a map of North America from 1794. It is fairly sparse in terms of information as the mapmaker was in London going on second-hand information. See post on Sam Dunn. But, too, travel was hard. The space was wide-open in a sense. 

So, this 1794 map will feature as we research the carving of the land and the participation of such by New Englanders. At the same time, the map will get involved with our discussions of technology. The U.S. grew from a small footprint to cover a wide expanse in 200 years or so. In the last 50 years, the focus has been technology of types. At the same time, the infrastructure decayed. 

Now, we knew of movement south from northern New England. This was an early18th Century phenomenon that halted with the advent of the Revolutionary War. In particular, known families left and went south and west. 

Movement picked up apace after the Lewis & Clark expedition. An example is the excursion sponsored by Ipswich of Essex County of MA. Veterans were restless; a good use of their energy was starting Ohio and other points west. 

Getting back to families, Melissa Davenport Berry, a writer on the history of New England, discovered a book that gives details about the movement of families from Nantucket to the south. It has the title of "Our Quaker Friends of Ye Olden Time" and is available on-line in the PDF format. The author was Edward Henry Hall, of the 1851 class of Harvard. The book's first part is "a transcript of the minute books of Cedar Creek Meeting, Hanover County, and the South River Meeting, Campbell County, VA" and includes births and deaths, marriages, and more. 

Then, an Appendix (pages 171-277) provides a "Historical Sketch" that is quite detailed plus some information on the Quaker views. Then, there are brief looks at prominent families and the publication of a diary.  

Remarks: Modified: 04/29/2023

04/29/2023 -- 

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