Migration Patterns of a Growing Colonial Family
The four 2nd-generation Macklendon sons lived their lives in the same area, Chowan and Bertie Counties. Chawan County is adjacent to Pequimans County to the west. Of the second generation, Francis and his family settled in Chowan County. Dennis and Thomas settled with their families in Bertie Precinct near the frontier, on the other side of the Chowan River, west of Chowan County. Bryan settled in Bertie County as well. It appears that Bryan neither married nor had children. To this day, Bertie County is sparsely populated. The largest town in Bertie County is Windsor, the county seat, with a population of under 4,000. On April 6, 1722, Thomas bought 438 acres in Bertie County, NC on the east side of Canaan Swamp. About five years later, in 1726/7 his wife Elizabeth is thought to have died in childbirth with their sixth child. Thomas eventually ventured the farthest afield to Cumberland County, almost 200 miles southwest of his brother’s homes. Here, two years after Thomas’ death in 1760, the settlement of Fayetteville would be established.
In summary, after a few generations along what is now the coastal plain of North Carolina, the McClendons started moving inland. In the early- to mid-1700s, three family branches moved along three primary routes, having minimal contact between the branches after the migrations were under way.