Great Wagon Road Project

Amazing Discoveries Of The Great Wagon Road

As the Great Wagon Road Project continues to research the old road, the volunteers are organizing the vast amount of materials. The facts and the stories present themselves in many different formats. The historical data is fascinating as we discover the actual route. The communities along the trail proclaim the legacy and we continue to discover civilization that emerged from the wilderness. The most amazing artifact to date has not been the remnants of a long ago highway. Nor has it been the discovery of an 18th century wagon decaying in an open field. The antiquity of this artifact isn’t measured by currency value either. In fact, this treasure trove would be proclaimed as forever priceless, invaluable, incomparable. Something so rich that if lost, it would be irreplaceable, never to be found again.

The Travelers of The Great Wagon Road

If you could reach back into time and stand in the middle of the Great Wagon Road you would see a vast amount of wagons heading south. You would hear the bells ringing from the iron between the horses’ shoulders. At times these bells would ring out so loudly that their echo would linger through the valleys and the hills for what seemed like hours. 15 to 20 miles a day of wagon wheels turning, air filled with dust so thick that the sun would hide from the day. One of the favorite sayings of the day was, “You’ll see me with all my bells on.” This meant much more than just arriving with the bells on the horses. This saying meant that the traveler would have no troubles on the road and not one bell would be lost along the way.

The people of the Great Wagon Road are the most important artifact of the old road. Their names are forever sketched in the wilderness that later transformed into towns and cities across Virginia and the Carolinas. Their stories deserve a rightful place in history alongside the road. If the project is successful with national recognition, the members will also request recognition of each and every person who crossed the land by way of this road.

In honor of those travelers, Piedmont Trails is happy to release the following surnames of the Great Wagon Road. These names have surfaced through the project’s research and does not represent in anyway a complete listing of all surnames who traveled this historic route. If you have more information about your family and the Great Wagon Road, we would love to hear from you. The project will be meeting in January to put together the proposal of the final presentation. Also, if you would like to join the project as a volunteer, simply contact Carol on the Contact page of Piedmont Trails.

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Great Wagon Road Surnames From Project

Adams, Alexander, Allison, Andrew, Archibald, Armstrong, Ardnt, Baker, Bailey, Barclay, Barry, Barth, Barton, Bashford, Beard, Behringer, Bell, Berry, Best, Beverly, Biefel, Biehler, Birrer, Black, Blythe, Boggan, Bohm, Boise, Bonacher, Boone, Borden, Bower, Bowman, Brack, Braley, Brandon, Braun, Brevard, Biggs, Brookshire, Bruninger, Bryan, Buhe, Bunting, Burk, Burnett, Butner, Cadogan, Campbell, Carruth, Carson, Carter, Cartledge, Cathey, Cavin, Chambers, Clark, Clingman, Cochran, Cogdell, Coles, Cook, Corbin, Cowan, Coward, Craig, Cramps, Cranston, Crawford, Cresson, Cuningham, Davidson, Davis, Dean, Denny, Dickson, Dill, Dixon, Dobbin, Docharty, Dobbs, Douglas, Dry, Dunn, Early, Eaton, Edwards, Eller, Ellis, Ernhardt, Erwin, Evans, Fanning, Feltmatt, Feree, Fincher, Fischer, Fleming, Fletcher, Forbush, Forster, Francis, Franck, Frick, Frohock, Frost, Fullerton, Furly, gamble, Gardiner, Giles, Gillespie, Gist, Given, Glen, Gracy, Graham, Grant, Gray, Grob, Gullick, hall, Hamilton, Hardin, Harford, Harmon, Harnett, Harris, Harrison, Hartmann, Heath, Heller, Hendricks, Hendry, Henkel, Henley, Henry, Hill, Holdman, Holmes, Houston, Howard, Huey, Huggen, Hughes, Hunt, Hunter, Innes, Irwin, Jenkins, Johnston, Jones, Jordan, Keith, Kennedy, Kerr, Kilpatrick, KIng, Kirkland, Kirkpatrick, Knox, Kuhn, Kurr, Lacewell, Lafferty, Lagle, Lambert, Lawrence, Lawson, Lederer, Leech, Lewis, Lindsay, Lingel, Linville, Little, Lock, Logan, Long, Luckey, Lynn, McAden, McConnell, McCorkle, McCulloch, McDonald, McDowell, McElwrath, McFeeters, McGuire, McHenry, McKee, McKnight, McMachan, McManus, McPherson, McQuown, McWhorter, Mackey, Magoune, Marlin, Marsh, Martin, Matthews, Matzinger, Mertz, Miller, Minshall, Mitchell, Montgomery, Mordah, Morgan, Morrison, Muller, Murray, Neill, Nichols, Nussmann, Oglethorpe, Oliphant, Osborne, Paine, Parker, Parks, Parsons, Patten, Patterson, Patton, Pelham, Pendry, Phillips, Pickens, Porter, Potts, Rankin, Reed, Reese, Reid, Riddle, Rigby, Reads, Roberts, Robinson, Ross, Rothwell, Ruddle, Russell, Rutherford, Ryle, Satterwaite, Salz, Schiles, Schmidt, Schor, Scott, Sherrill, Sill, Simonton, Sloan, Smith, Sparks, Steel, Steigner, Stevenson, Stewart, Story, Strayhorn, Strain, Stroher, Tate, Templeton, Thomas, Thomason, Thompson, Thornton, Todd, Turner, Underhill, Veit, Verrell, Vigers, Vogeli, Volenweider, Volker, Waddell, Waggoner, Wainwright, Wallock, Walton, Watt, Whitaker, White, Whiteside, Wilcockson, Williams, Wilson, Winsley, Witherspoon, Woods, Wright and Young.

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  1. Land records in Maryland and South Carolina tell the tale of members of the Lamar family (which is shown to be in Maryland by 1663), who moved south in the 1750’s. After the death of their father, six brothers (with at least fourteen sons) and at least one daughter, sold their lands near Frederick in the 1750’s. They soon show up obtaining land grants in South Carolina and nearby Georgia. While no written record has been discovered which documents their route, South Carolina historians indicate that their arrival in Edgefield County is strong indication that they most likely traveled from Maryland on the Great Wagon Road. The Lamar family had nine cousins who were Lt. Colonels or Colonels in the Confederate army, and two cousins became U. S. Supreme Court justices. If anyone knows of any information about the Lamar family and their travel on the Great Wagon Road, I would love to learn about it.

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    • Hi Tom Thanks for sharing your family history with Piedmont Trails. As far as the Lamar surname, nothing rings a bell for me right at the moment. But, I will take a look at the files on hand and see what I can come up with for you. The Great Wagon Road traveled over 800 miles from Pennsylvania to Augusta, Georgia.


  2. May I add the following family names? Ikerd (Icard, Eigert) from Bucks Co PA to Rowan/Lincoln Co NC ca 1762and Cline (Klein) from Bucks Co PA to Cabarrus Co NC Thank you

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  3. My original ancestor, Thomas Feland b. 1730 in Ulster, Northern Ireland (likely Presbyterian) emigrated abt. 1750. I postulated he may have served a period of indenture in Talbot County, MD. I believe he was a road overseer, m. Catherine Quinton 1754 in Lincoln, Loudoun, VA (daughter of William Quinton, a road overseer originally from Talbot, MD). Thomas worked his way down towards Campbell County/Lynchburg, then Hanging Fork Dix River, Lincoln, KY. One of his sons and my ancestor, Samuel Feland (b.1771) migrated over to Davidson, TN, appearing in court records in 1783.

    I provided this synopsis because there’s so much I don’t know about my ancestors’ narrative. A timeline that aligns with the early pioneers to these new counties. They didn’t get a lot of mentions in historical references, but they did marry into families that were more conspicuous in the annals of pioneer history.

    The formal structure of genealogical reference has its value, but my objective is to write this Feland (Fielding) narrative for current and future generations whose knowledge extends only a few generations back from present day. In the absence of direct narratives, historical context of people, time and place in the areas they lived provides more engaging narrative than names and dates on the bare branches of my ancestry tree.

    This blog is a lot closer to my objective, although my purpose is more self-centered. I got people, dates and places, but I’d like to know what their lives were like, how and why they migrated, the locales and communities they lived in. With the branching mostly built out, I feel I’m just beginning the journey toward that goal.

    Thanks for this excellent blog. Keep it up.

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