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Chloe Pickwell tells the story of her mother's family migration to the United States from Scottland in the 1600s. The family worked mainly in agriculture.

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My maternal lineage can be traced to Scotland and England, with my 10th great grandparents moving to America during the late 1600s. Because my family’s immigration occurred so long ago, there is not much known information about why those ancestors immigrated. During the late 1600s, thousands of people were immigrating from England so perhaps once they married, they moved to America together.
My family ended up moving to south, eventually ending up in South Carolina and were plantation farmers in the 1800s. Still, not much is known about how successful they were, but farming remained the primary occupation of these ancestors up until the 1900s when my great grandfather moved from South Carolina to Norfolk, Virginia. Shortly after this move, my great grandfather enlisted in the army to fight in World War 2. From what I know about this more recent history, my grandmother and great grandfather were not considered to be successful, and sometimes living on the poverty line. Both of my parents were born to teenage mothers, and while this did not set them up for success, they have become the most successful people in my family, with my mother earning her master’s degree to become a teacher and my father being a network engineer. When my parents married, they moved around a lot throughout North Carolina and Virginia until finally settling right by the border of the two states which I now call home.