United States Census shows the Exodus from the State of Virginia by 1850
The Federal Census of 1850 found more than 388,000 native Virginians living in other states - 85,000 had migrated to Ohio alone as the map below illustrates. For comparison, the remaining population of Virginia was about 950,000. The 388, 000 does not include a much larger number of emigrant Virginians who were no longer living in 1850. Nor does it include their children and grandchildren who were estimated in the millions by 1850.