In my family it has always been passed down that our Fenimore grandparents always moved farther west when the local area became fairly populated. When Ebenezer Fenimore Sr lived in Pittsburgh, he tired of the neighbors and opted for 1690 acres of land in Union Township (near Paint Creek)in Ross Co, Ohio. Ebenezer was a well to do farmer and city commisioner in Chillicothe. When land opened up in Indiana, most of Ebenezers children migrated to the area around Peru, Miami County. Sarah went to Illinois, then to California before settling in Woodburn, Marion Co., Oregon. Both Ebenezer and his son Ebenezer died in 1854 five days apart. Ebenezer Jr's was not well off financialy when he passed away. Nancy took James, Charles and Aaron and moved to Reno County, Kansas to live near her brother Elias Mowbray. Aaron Fenimore did not like Kansas so he and his bride Nancy Sharp moved to Neoshu, Missouri and after surviving the great flood by chopping a hole through the upstairs ceiling to get on the room packed up and moved to Washington. In Washington he took up a homestead near Battle Ground in Clark Co, Washington. When the area once again became too populated Aaron moved his family to the Potlatch Idaho area and then back to a small town in Cherryville, Oregon where Aaron was killed by an accident after digging a water well. Aaron is buried next to his Aunt Sarah Fenimore Bennett in Woodburn, Marion Co. Oregon. Aarons son Edward moved to Battle Ground , Washington and then to Castle Rock, Washington to find land that was secluded. Edwards son Lloyd did not particulary like the country life and lived in Portland, Oregon for 60 years. His son Victor has always prefered to live away from neighbors and lives at the end of a 4 mile long road three properties from the end where State Forest lands and the Mt St Helens National Monument begins. I have the same yearning in my blood to live in the serenity of fairly remote area but dislike the commute so live in a Vancouver. It has been passed down at least through my Fenimore lines that the main reason for always moving west was what I stated at the beginning, to live in less populated areas as there are less problems and better hunting, etc.