People move–sometimes further than one really expects. Emma Cawiezell was a native of Davenport, Iowa, who went to New York City to become an actress around 1892.
She died there a year later. There were no family stories about her travelling to New York City and it took me a while to find her.
People sometimes leave their comfort zone searching a new career, a new life, or greener pastures?
Is it possible that your relative “up and moved” in some atypical fashion? Most of the Cawiezells were farmers in rural Scott County, Iowa.
I never dreamed one of them ended up in New York.