Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Scotch-Irish Immigration into North Carolina

Cashiers, NC
If you are researching North Carolina genealogy records, you should consider following the trail of the Scotch-Irish.  It was King James I who encouraged his Scottish subjects to cross the Irish sea and occupy his Ireland for a better way of life. There existed religious persecution fro the Catholics throughout the 17th century, and the Lowland Scots settled in the northeastern region of Ireland, known as Ulster.  Hence, became known in history as Ulster Scots. However, the Irish violently resisted newcomers who dispossessed them of their lands. The conflict led to religious persecution and a Civil War which was so disastrous that the Ulster Scots fled the continent. They traveled in groups into Pennsylvania, eventually going into the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and finally into the mountains of the Carolina.  As one traces the roots, the records reflect that there was a good-size settlement near Cashiers, in Macon County.  To this day, this region of the country appears to shelter descendants of the original immigrants and their old wills and estates are found on North Carolina Pioneers

Looking Glass Rock near Burkesville, NC
Another migration went to Transylvania County, North Carolina, near Burkesville.

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