Hi Mary.....Where in TN. were your ancestors located?
I had some in Knox, Marion, Smith, and DeKalb Co., TN.
One left TN., went to Christian Co., KY., then MO.
One left TN. went to Indiana, then Red River Co., TX.
Two went from TN. to MO.
All I know is that Mr. BALEW/BALLOU died 1825-1830 TN., then his widow Jane (?) BALEW is found in the 1830 Knox Co., TN. census. She later moved to Marion Co., TN. Jane was born 1790 KY., so she said in the 1850 census.
As far as I know, the children of Mr. BALEW & Jane were John born abt. 1810 NC., Elizabeth "Eliza" Ann born 1821, Robert Solomon born 1822, Joseph born 1825-1827 TN.
Just thought I would check with you and see if anything about the migration of these folks is similar to yours in TN.