Re: old english accent was closer to American southern accent
I think the accents in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia would be closer than general Southern.
The central Appalachian accents generally, but also the Chesapeake island dialects and possibly those found in the more remote corners of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming
that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, journal entry for 8 November 1838.