John Hall BRITTINGHAM migrated from the eastern shore (Accomack) around 1800 to York County (VA) and later to Elizabeth City County, (VA). I am wondering why he moved his family across the Chesapeake Bay to this part of the country. One explanation I think has merit is that the Loyalists -Tories- had been persecuted throughout the Revolution, particularly if they actually fought for the Crown. During and after the Revolution, the states confiscated the Troy properties and sold them in small parcels at a very low price to pay off the government's debt. The new landowners could settle or sell for quick cash depending on their desires. Where can I find information, sources, (i.e. books, articles, etc.) that dealt with this, particulary in Virginia, (even better in the York and Elizabeth City Counties areas)? Does the above make sense for the migration of BRITTINGHAMs and other families.? Or is there some other causes such as religious beliefs? Are there court records or documents that provide some sort of information? How does the state record the abandonment or confiscated land? What court would this be recorded? What time frame is there between the end of the Revolutionary War and the settlement of most of the Tory properties with new owners? Any help in this area would be greatly appreciated.