Welcome to this site dedicated to the history and the genealogies of the pioneers who settled the Cumberland highland area of central Appalachia, a region encompassing eastern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia, West Virginia, western North Carolina, and east Tennessee.
Here you will find a collection of information about the hardy folk who forged pathways into the heart of the Southern Appalachians — and chose to stay there. These pioneers did not view the “wilderness” as a barrier to be endured and overcome; rather, they embraced wilderness as a way of life. Theirs was not the story of Boone’s Transylvania Company settlers or of Harrod’s colony — both located in the Bluegrass of central Kentucky. Instead, many of these settlers trod the earliest trails into the outposts of the New or Clinch Rivers and Powell’s Valley, from whence they slowly penetrated the deepest mountain coves of eastern Kentucky a generation after the Bluegrass was settled.