I don't know.I have yet to find anyone named Trexler in the TN census prior to 1880.
The Trexlers on my site fall into 2 groups.
One group left Rowan County on their way to Illinois and stopped somehwere in TN.I feel quite certain that this group has a common ancestor named Peter.I can't tell if it is the Peter who lived on Second Creek or the Peter who lived on Panther Creek:
Second Creek Peter supposedly died in 1838 and that, according to John Trexler Warrnen's book, would be Lawrence Trexler's brother, Peter.
I don't know who Panther Creek Peter was - could be John Peter Trexler's son, Peter.
Another group left North Carolina through Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.They have a common ancestor named John (Joseph) and lived closer to Lexington.They may have left with a group of Peelers as I have found Peelers in the same places.This group became Methodists, the only group of Methodist Trexlers I've run across.
What's really interesting is that when the 1st group arrivied in Southern Illinois and the 2nd group finally arrived in Arkansas, that they traveled back and forth. Joseph A. Trexler lived in Pulaski Co IL, but originally lived in Arkansas, then went back to Arkansas.The grandchildren of the younger Jonathan (descendant of Peter) eventually settled in Lawrence County Arkansas after living in the bootheel of Missouri and they beacame Truxlers.There are still families of Truxlers living in Lawrence County in the foothills of the Ozarks.I suppose they lost their ability to read and write after the civil war and didn't realize their named had changed.Although, I've run across the spelling "Truxler" in PA and in NC.
It's been a mess to figure out.In 1920, 29% of all Trexlers were living in PA and 30% in North Carolina.The NC Trexlers are not well documented.The more I research the families in "The Trexler Family and Related Kin" the more I think that they didn't really have a clue as to what happened to the Trexlers who went to NC or what happened to John Peter's children who left PA.