Hey Hal I was not trying to argue with you, I was just stating my view and trying to add a lil to your post.
Louisiana purchase, several of my maternal ancestors (some from Quebec & one from Spain) where here (Florissant MO area) before 1780 and where in New Orleans & Randolph Co ILL before that.
Franklin MO, yeah I know it`s history but many of my paternal ancestors came out of NC to Howard Co in 1825, they came up MO River to Glasgow thence North to what later became Randolph Co.
Others coming later (1837-1850), out of KY, came up Miss River to Hannibal then up Salt River to Monroe Co.
I only mentioned slavery because I know lots of folks think all slaveholders were secess and that most nonslaveholders were Union...just ain`t true.
Please forgive me if I insulted you, it was NOT intended.