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The remainder of the morning would find us driving out of Ohio and across Indiana. Our goal was to end the day in Iowa at Courtney's place, but we wanted to make a quick stop first along the Indiana/Illinois state line to locate the cemetery where our 4th great-grandfather, Cephas Lindley is buried.
As we drove, I couldn't help but think about what it must have been like for our ancestors to make this voyage west. From what I know, our Lindley ancestors settled first in New Jersey, before moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Iowa. What prompted these moves westward? Was it land, opportunity, adventure, or just simply time to move on? Did they have a wandering heart like me?
I also wondered how they made the journey. There weren't automobiles back then, and the drive we would make in a few short hours would have taken them days. Were they able to take their possessions with them? What made them stop where they did?
Did they ever get to go back and see the family they had left behind or were they just left with memories of their loved ones? Living 1,000 miles from my family means that I only get to see them 2-3 times a year, and more days than not, this distance breaks my heart. It also makes me so much more thankful when an opportunity like this road trip comes up, because I wouldn't miss it for the world, and I know it's the same for Courtney. After all, she flew to the east coast to join me for this genealogy road trip knowing very well that our journey would lead us right back to her house a short 72 hours later.