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For the Loy family I'm not sure if it was land or religion or both. They came to NC with other families from the same area and these families were the core of an early church in the county.
As for Joseph Greenwood I think it was completely economics and perhaps some adventure. His father died shortly before the American Revolution and appears to have left enough debt that all of his lands were sold. Joseph served in units from both DE and MD during the Revolution and left for NC soon after the war ended. He bought land in Rowan County on which he lived for 12 years and then sold it. I'm not sure why he once again moved, but he appears to have moved just behind the early frontier. He moved to Davidson County, KY where he lived for 7 years and then Wilson County, TN for 7 years. By 1809 he had land near Huntsville in the Mississippi Territory where he stayed for 20 years. When he was in mid-70s he moved to Calloway County, KY where he again bought land, although it appears his daughter and her husband were living with him.
I'll check with my contacts and see if they know anyone familiar with the towns you mentioned.
I have some contacts in Germany, if you know the areas you are looking at I would be glad to see if I have contacts in that area.
My Loy/Laye family left the Berks County, PA area around the time it was formed from Bucks in 1752. They settled in Orange (now Alamance County), NC.
Joseph Greenwood (1755-1835) left Kent County, DE in 1782 and settled in Rowan County, NC. He stayed there 12 years and then moved west into Kentucky.
If I can ever be of help to you, just ask.
For example Neckargartach started 1627 and I decided to check Bockingen and their records started 1581 and I found the people there...
Good Luck... If you need help let me know
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