Paternal and Maternal Line Homeplaces

There are several key locations where family members either spent more time or where important events occurred. On the western end of Long Island and the nearby counties of New Jersey, several families had their origins and resided there for some time - the Simpson, Sayre and Winget families are in this group. Members of these three families migrated to Washington County, Pennsylvania, both during and after the Revolutionary War. In western New Jersey the Stoy family lived in Gloucester County (which split into Camden County in 1844) and some of the family are still in the area. The Caylor family lived in Loudoun County, Virginia, since the late 1700s, as did the Oatyar/Etcher family. Both the Caylor and Stoy families, on my direct line, moved to Fairfax County in the late 1800s and members of both families still live in Northern Virginia.

This map shows the paternal families and their primary or original places of residence listed in the chart below.

The table below describes the paternal locations, the families involved, the time period they were associated with, the location and the number of years spent in the area. This information applies only to people on the direct paternal line - many of the non-direct family members remained in some of these areas well into the 20th Century. One easy way to trace people is to go to the Database page and click on the Master Place Index to see what people are associated with which place.

Paternal Family
State County Surname Time Period # Years
Maryland St Mary's Edwards 1710-1810 100
New Jersey Essex/Union Sayre 1670-1760 90
Simpson 1720-1780 60
Gloucester/Camden Stoy 1770-1870 100
Morris Winget 1740-1780 140
Somerset Sayre 1760-1790 30
New York Kings Sayre 1790-1820 30
Simpson 1660-1720 60
Pennsylvania Washington Sayre 1790-1820 30
Simpson 1780-1820 40
Winget 1780-1820 40
Virginia Fairfax Caylor 1870-1940 70
Stoy 1870-2000 130
Loudoun Caylor 1770-1870 100
Edwards 1800-1900 100
Oatyar 1770-1840 70
Stafford Primm 1740-1800 60

Families on the maternal line were from the South or the border state of West Virginia. The Alley family began in Virginia before the Revolutionary War, moved briefly to North Carolina, then to Habersham County, Georgia - many of this family remained in North Carolina. The Rudd family also began in Virginia then migrated to McMinn County, Tennessee, then to Hamilton County (Chattanooga, where many Rudds still live). The Young family had its beginnings in Virginia, then migrated to Tennessee and then further to north Georgia in the early 1800s, then to Hamilton County, Tennessee, then to Washington, DC. Both the Fleming and Morrison families came from Scotland and Ireland, respectively, in the early- to mid-1800s and settled in Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia) with some of the family still living in the area.

Maternal Family
State County Surname Time Period # Years
District of Columbia Young 1920-1960 40
Georgia Chattooga Simmons 1840-1880 40
Habersham Alley 1820-1870 50
Murray Young 1850-1870 20
Walker Young 1880-1890 10
Tennessee Washington Young 1770-1850 80
McMinn Rudd 1790-1870 80
Hamilton Rudd 1890-1920 30
Young 1890-1920 30
Virginia Augusta Young 1740-1770 30
Brunswick Alley 1740-1780 40
Mecklenburg Rudd 1740-1790 50
West Virginia Ohio Fleming 1850-1920 70
Morrison 1840-1920 80

Comparing the two direct family lines, the maternal families seemed to move around more, staying in one place for less time than the paternal families. There appear to be several reasons; for example, my maternal grandfather left north Georgia about 1900 with his siblings because of the death of his mother in the 1890s and the apparent death of his father a bit later. They moved to Chattanooga, the nearest large city where employment was easy to find (it was a significant rail center) and where other family members had moved earlier. He followed railroad employment opportunities for the rest of his life. The movement of some of the Rudd family from McMinn County, where they had lived for many years, to Chattanooga was likely driven by employment opportunities for Milton Rudd, a telegraph operator for most of his life.