Little is written concerning the history of wagon trains.

As we are submitted pertinent data and information we will strive to sort the data into usable forms.

Migrations via wagon trains is definitely the most widely used form of transport before the time of modern day  vehicles.  Few family's could afford to move their entire household on a train even if one were available....which few were.  Wagon trains from North Carolina and South Carolina often passed thru Tennessee.  Some originated in Tennessee. 

Don't forget that many of the early migrations were on waterways.  For instance, some of the early migrations into pre-statehood Tennessee was down the Little Tennessee River.  Many also floated down the Tennessee River to St. Louis, Missouri.

This page is an attempt to compile all we can learn concerning them. 

Some data is personal research.  Other is data we have obtained from various sources.

You may need to read thru a lot of this data to learn what you need to know.


Catherine Seahorn Swann (1770-1862), b. in Beckford Parish, VA and d. in
Jefferson Co. TN. Daughter of Nicholas Seahorn, Jr. and Mary Polly
Ponder, m. Samuel Swann in York Co., SC. "She and her sons ran a train
of huge covered wagons pulled by eight mules each. They hauled furs to
Ashville, NC and hauled pig iron on the way back. She had the wagon
wheels grooved so that gold pieces would fit inside them. Bankston, Julian.

Martha Lyle  [email protected]


I have information re/wagon(s) going from TN to OK, by
my g/grandmother (1/2 Cherokee, widowed by my English
g/grandfather Eaton, from the Harriman/Emery Gap area), with
her 5 children (about 1903).

Unfortunately, don't know if my g/great grandmother (Cherokee,
widowed by my Scottish g/great grandfather Little), with her children,
were with a wagon train when they went from S/Carolina through TN
into AR (Kingston), in the early to mid 1800's.

My earliest TN Hightower ancestors were with D/Boone when he went
into Watauga.   In subsequent years more came from VA, NC, SC into
TN & on West (many of them stopping in TX).

Carl Hightower
Santa Barbara, CA
[email protected]


According to my cousin, Allen Hall, his Mother Dora Roberson Hall 
told him that the Rober(t)son, Wright, Sawyer, Harrison and other 
families moved in a wagon train from the areas of what is now Laurens 
and Edgefield Counties, S.C., to the area that is Monroe County, 
Alabama, now about 1814.

Freda Roberson Noble