Misc. Locations > Abingdon to Missouri Migration Map
In the fall of 1836 Ann (Nancy) Craig Mitchell and her second husband, Rev. Stephen Bovell, left their home near Abingdon, Virginia and headed west to Randolph Co., Missouri. Ann kept a diary of this trip which was preserved by her descendants. Ann recorded a detailed list of the towns through which they traveled, allowing us to recreate their route.
Drag the map to center it on Abingdon (#1), then zoom in for a closer look. Click through locations 2-24 to follow the route. At any point along the way you can drag the yellow icon across the map and drop it on a blue-highlighted road. This will switch the map to a street level view. Please read about Street View for more information.
A transcription of the journal is available at Evermore website - Ann Middleton Craig Mitchell Travel Journey, 1836. It contains references to individuals the family stopped to visit along the way, many of whom were probably from Washington County. Ann described the weather, the condition of the roads, and the hospitality of their hosts when they stopped for the night.
The journey took two months, including a visit to Ann's daughter Sarah and her husband John Davis in northern Missouri. Ann and Rev. Bovell eventually settled near Huntsville in Randolph County. Ann died less than a year later.