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Topography and Migration Patterns


Geographically, Carroll County is ideally situated with beautiful forest land, lakes and streams.  The climate affords all four seasons of nature's beauty.

7 counties border Carroll: Benton on the East, Henderson on the South, Madison on the Southwest, Gibson on the West, Weakley on the Northwest, Decatur to the Southeast and Henry on the North.

District Changes: District #1 and 2 from Atwood south to the Madison County line became District #1, 2, 20, and 21 by 1880, Atwood being in District 21 by the time the 1880 census was taken.

Migration: Surveyors arrived in the area by 1795.  They poled up the South Fork of the Obion River to what is now known as Christmasville which became post number two.  Other posts in the area caused these surveyors to use Indian trails to get to Jackson, Trenton and Union City.  The Christmasville Road is still known in these other cities.
Settlers from Virginia and North Carolina came through the Cumberland Gap and used the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers to get to Middle Tennessee.  Later, many came to Reynoldsburg to ferry the Tennessee River.  Settlers from South Carolina often came by land to Muscle Shoals, Alabama and crossed the wide and flat Tennessee River to filter into the lower counties.  Eventually they drifted north to Reynoldsburg and ferried into Carroll County.  Many settlers were Revolutionary and War of 1812 veterans who moved to receive land grants.  Some grants were in Kentucky and families that had split in North and South Carolina were reunited in the Western District of Tennessee.

                                                               submitted by Jere R Cox