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From: " Mike Wood" <>
Subject: [SATTERFIELD] Another reason why they went
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2000 04:11:07 -0400


Cousins,

The following item appeared on another list. I am forwarding same to
the SATTERFIELD-L list as it is an interesting article.....

Mike
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-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Wood


As we wander in the archives and wonder about our ancestors, here is
another item of interest about our past. It is another aspect of the our
ancestor quest. I am going to pass on a tidbit of Info 1816: The year
without a summer

As a result of the eruption of MT. Tambour Volcano in Java 1815, 12,000
island residents lost their lives. The Volcano is also to blame for an
unusual weather pattern the following year in North America, resulting in
mass migrations of people trying to avoid the ensuing climatic changes.

The summer of 1816 was unusually cold, with killing frosts and even
snowfall destroying crops throughout the United States. June and July were
the coldest months, 19 states had snowfall in June! There were no fall
harvests; animals and people starved; wild animals ravaged the frontier.
Not understanding the meteorological causes, people blamed the wrath of God
for their hardships. Some, destitute and despondent, committed suicide.

By 1817 the climate had returned to normal. However, many had moved to
warmer parts of the country and numerous farmers left for the cities to go
into industrial work.

If you have no explanation for why your ancestor may have migrated or you
can not determine exactly when it happened just sometime around 1815-1820
consider that this event may have been the cause.

>From the Jefferson Co. Genealogical Society Newsletter, Jefferson City, TN.
Feb. 1995


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