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Locating original landowners in maps has never been an easy task-until now. This volume in the Family Maps series contains newly created maps of original landowners (patent maps) in what is now LaGrange County, Indiana, gleaned from the indexes of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. But it offers much more than that. For each township in the county, there are two additional maps accompanying the patent map: a road map and a map showing waterways, railroads, and both modern and many historical city-centers and cemeteries.
Included are indexes to help you locate what you are looking for, whether you know a person's name, a last name, a place-name, or a cemetery. The combination of maps and indexes are designed to aid researchers of American history or genealogy to explore frontier neighborhoods, examine family migrations, locate hard-to-find cemeteries and towns, as well as locate land based on legal descriptions found in old documents or deeds.
The patent-maps are essentially plat maps but instead of depicting owners for a particular year, these maps show original landowners, no matter when the transfer from the federal government was completed. Dates of patents typically begin near the time of statehood and run into the early 1900s.
What's Mapped in this book (that you'll not likely find elsewhere) . . .
2610 Parcels of Land (with original landowner names and patent-dates labeled in the relevant map)
Roads, and existing Rivers, Creeks, Streams, Railroads, and Small-towns (including some historical), etc.
What is the relevant time-frame (years) for this book?
Whenever the land was first sold or transferred to the public by the United States government. But the truth is that most counties took decades to settle and it is not unusual to find counties where the first patent might date in the 1820s and the last one may be in the 1920s. The important thing to remember is that these are FIRST landowners---not for just a single date---but each parcel is labeled using the first landowner.
You can answer this question with total accuracy by searching the patents in the county you are interested in at www.glorecords.blm.gov. This is, after all, our source for the patents that we map.
SURNAMES found in this Book:
ABER, ACKERMAN, ADAIR, ADAMS, ADDERLEY, AINSWORTH, ALCOTT, ALLEN, ALLERTON, ALVORD, ANDERSON, ANDREWS, ANSLEY, ANTHONY, ANTWERP, APPLEMAN, ARBEGAST, ARNOLD, ASHBAUGH, ASHLEY, ASPINWALL, ATHEY, ATTWOOD, ATWOOD, AUGENSTINE, AUSTIN, AVERILL, AVIS, BABCOCK, BACON, BAILEY, BAKER, BALDWIN, BALL, BARBER, BARKS, BARNEY, BARON, BARR, BARROWS, BARRY, BARTHOLOMEW, BARTLETT, BAXTER, BEACH, BEAN, BEATY, BEECH, BELOTE, BENEDICT, BENHAM, BERRY, BERTHOLF, BEST, BIDWELL, BIGELOW, BISHOP, BITCHER, BITLER, BLACKMAN, BLAIR, BLAISDELL, BLAKE, BLANSHAN, BLISS, BLOSS, BOGGESS, BOLE, BOOTH, BOSLEY, BOURIE, BOWERS, BOYER, BOYLE, BOYLES, BRACKENRIDGE, BRADFORD, BREWSTER, BRINE, BRINKERHOFF, BRISCO, BRISTOL, BRITTON, BROOKS, BROTHWELL, BROWN, BROWNELL, BRUMLEY, BRUNSON, BUCKNER, BUELL, BULL, BULLMER, BUNET, BUNTZ, BURBANK, BURCARD, BURNELL, BURNS, BURNSIDE, BURNSIDES, BURROUGHS, BURROWS, BUSLY, BUSSARD, BUTT, BUTTS, BYRAM, BYRNS, CAIN, CALAHAN, CALIHAN, CALVIN, CAMPBELL, CANE, CANES, CARL, CARLEN, CARNEY, CARPENTER, CARR, CARY, CASE, CASH, CASWELL, CHAMPION, CHAMPLIN, CHANDLER, CHAPIN, CHAPMAN, CHASE, CLARK, CLARKE, COCHRAN, CODDING, COEN, COLDREN, COLEMAN, COLERICK, COLLET, COLLETT, COLWELL, COMINGS, COMPTON, CONINGS, CONNELLEY, CONNELLY, CONOVEN, CONSTABLE, COOK, COOKS, COOPER, COPE, COPP, COQUILLARD, CORWIN, CORY, COTTEN, COTTON, COURLEY, COWAN, CRAFT, CRAIG, CRAIGLOW, CRANE, CRANKER, CRISWELL, CRITTENTON, CROSBY, CROTHERS, CROY, CULLISON, CULVER, CUMMINGS, CUMMINS, CURL, CURRY, DALLAS, DAVIDSON, DAVIS, DAWSON, DAYTON, DE GROPH, DEAL, DEBOLT, DEFENBAUGH, DEGROFF, DENNIS, DENNY, DEWEY, DICKINSON, DODGE, DONALDSON, DOTY, DUDLEY, DUERS, DUNAFIN, DURAN, DURAND, DUTCHER, EARLL, EATON, EDGEL, EGNEW, EIMAN, ELDERKIN, ELDRIDGE, ELLIS, ELLISON, EMERSON, ENDERS, ENO, ENOCH, ENOCHS, ESMEY, EWING, FAILE, FALLS, FAUGHT, FAXON, FELL, FERDINAND, FERGUSON, FERRY, FFITCH, FIELD, FILKINS, FINCH, FISH, FISHER, FITCH, FLEMING, FLETCHER, FLINT, FOBES, FOOR, FOOS, FORD, FORRESTER, FOTHERGILL, FOUGHT, FOWLER, FOWLES, FOX, FRANCISCO, FRANKLIN, FRAZEE, FREDERICK, FREEMAN, FREY, FRINK, FUNK, FURY, GAGE, GALE, GANES, GARDINEAR, GARDNER, GARRET, GATES, GAWTHROP, GAWTHROUP, GERST, GIBSON, GILBERT, GILES, GILHAMS, GILMORE, GOBLE, GOETCHINS, GOETSCHIUS, GOODENOW, GOODSELL, GORDON, GRANNIS, GREELEY, GREEN, GREENE, GREENFIELD, GREENMAN, GREENO, GRINNELL, GRISWOLD, GROVES, HAISEN, HALL, HALSEY, HAMILTON, HAMMON, HAMMOND, HANLEY, HANNA, HANSON, HARDIN, HARDING, HARRIS, HART, HASKINS, HATHAWAY, HAUGHTEN, HAUGHTON, HAVILAND, HAYES, HAYS, HEARN, HEISTER, HENDRIXON, HENLY, HERBERT, HERN, HERRIMAN, HERVY, HEWINS, HEWITT, HICKS, HIGBY, HILL, HILTON, HITCHCOCK, HOBBS, HODDY, HODGES, HOLBROOK, HOLLY, HOLMES, HOLSINGER, HOOD, HOPKINS, HORD, HORKINS, HORNER, HOSKINS, HOWARD, HOWE, HOWES, HOWLAND, HUBBARD, HUGHES, HULL, HUME, HUMINGSTON, HUMISTION, HUMPHREY, HUMPHREYS, HUNT, HUNTER, HUNTSMAN, HUTCHINSON, INGRAHAM, INMAN, IRISH, IRWIN, JACKMAN, JACKSON, JAMES, JEFFERIES, JENKINS, JENKS, JEWETT, JEWITT, JOHN, JOHNSON, JOHNSTON, JONES, KARN, KEASEY, KEIGHTLEY, KEITH, KELLAM, KELLEY, KENNISON, KENT, KENYON, KERN, KERR, KERSHNER, KILBURY, KILLAM, KIMBALL, KINNEY, KINNISON, KITCHEN, KIZER, KLINGMAN, KNAPP, KNOOP, KNOTT, KROMER, KYTE, LACKEY, LAMPSON, LANE, LARIMER, LATIMER, LATTA, LAWRENCE, LAYTON, LEAK, LEE, LEEPER, LEGG, LEGGOT, LEONARDSON, LEPIRD, LEVERICH, LEVERICK, LEWIS, LITTLEFIELD, LOCK, LONGCOR, LOTTERER, LOW, LUNTIUS, LUTZ, LYMAN, LYON, MAECK, MAJORS, MALLERY, MALLORY, MALONEY, MANOR, MARSHALL, MARTIN, MARVIN, MASON, MATTOON, MCCARTY, MCCLURE, MCCONNEL, MCCONNELL, MCCOY, MCCUNE, MCDEVITT, MCDUFFIE, MCELVAIN, MCKEEVER, MCKIBBIN, MCLAUGHLIN, MCNEAL, MCNEIL, MCVICKAR, MEACHAM, MEEKER, MERRIMAN, MERRITT, MICHAEL, MICHAELS, MIDDLESWORTH, MILLER, MILLINGTON, MILLS, MINTURN, MOAK, MODIE, MOLTER, MOORE, MOTLER, MOTT, MOULTON, MUNGER, MURRAY, MURRY, NELSON, NEVILL, NEWELL, NEWHALL, NEWHOUSE, NEWMAN, NEWNAM, NEWTON, NICHOLS, NISBIT, NIX, NORTON, OFERRALL, OLIVER, OLLIVER, OLMSTEAD, OLNEY, OMSTEAD, ORMSTEAD, OSBORN, PALFREYMAN, PALMER, PARDY, PARKER, PARKS, PARMENTER, PATTERSON, PAULL, PAYNE, PEARSON, PECK, PEIRCE, PELL, PELLS, PENNELL, PERKINS, PETERS, PETTIT, PHILIPS, PIERCE, PIERSON, PIKE, PILBEAN, PIRKINS, PIXLEY, PONTIUS, POPE, PORTER, POST, POTTER, POTTS, POUND, POUTINS, POYNTER, POYSER, PRENTISS, PRESTISS, PRESTON, PRICE, PRITCHARD, PROTZMAN, PROUGH, PUTNAM, RALSTON, RAMSBY, RANDELL, RANDOL, RANK, REACE, READ, REDFEARN, REED, REID, REYNOLDS, RHEA, RHOADS, RHODES, RIAL, RICE, RICHARDS, RIGBY, RILEY, RIPLEY, RIVER, ROBB, ROBBE, ROBBINS, ROBERTS, ROBINS, ROBINSON, ROCKWELL, RODEHAFER, RODGERS, ROGERS, ROLLINS, ROOP, ROOT, ROUNELS, ROW, ROWLAND, ROYS, RUEBUSH, RUNNELS, RUTLEDGE, RYASON, SACKETT, SAFLEY, SALISBURY, SALYER, SAMS, SANDERS, SANFORD, SATTERLEE, SAWYER, SAYER, SCHERMERHORN, SCIDMORE, SCOTT, SEBRING, SEELEY, SEELY, SEIDMORE, SELBY, SESSIONS, SETFORD, SEVERICH, SEYMOUR, SHANK, SHARMAN, SHARP, SHARPE, SHEHAN, SHELDON, SHEPARD, SHEPARDSON, SHEPHERD, SHERMAN, SHERMERHORN, SHERWOOD, SHINGLE, SHIRTLEFF, SHOEMAKER, SHOFF, SHOROCK, SHORT, SHRECK, SHULTZ, SIDENER, SILVEY, SITFORD, SIXBEY, SKINNER, SLATER, SMALLEY, SMART, SMELSOR, SMITH, SNODGRASS, SOCKRITER, SOMERS, SOTTERER, SPARKS, SPAULDING, SPAWLDING, SPEARS, SPENCER, SPERRY, SPRAGUE, SPRAIG, SPROUTE, SQUIRES, STAGE, STARR, STEAD, STEAL, STEEL, STEELE, STEHR, STEINBARGER, STEPHENS, STEPHENSON, STETFORD, STEVENS, STEVENSON, STEVES, STEWART, STILES, STIVERSON, STODDARD, STOEHR, STONEMAN, STOVER, STRICKLAND, STURGIS, SUMMER, SUMMERS, SUYDAM, SWANK, SWART, SWEALT, SWEAT, SWEENEY, SWEET, SWEITZER, SWIFT, TALMAGE, TAYLOR, TEDERICK, TEETERS, THARP, THOMAS, THOMPSON, THOMSON, THRAILKILL, THRALL, TIBBLES, TIFT, TILLIPAUGH, TILLMAN, TINKELPAUGH, TITSWORTH, TODD, TOWNSEND, TRASK, TRUESDELL, TUCKER, TULL, TUMBLESON, TURNBULL, TURNER, TUTTLE, TWITCHELL, TYREL, UNDERHILL, UNDERWOOD, UPDEGRAFF, UPSON, VANCE, VANDERVANTER, VANDERVENTER, VANDEVANTER, VANDIKE, VANGILDER, VAUGHAN, VAUGHN, VOLENTINE, VOORHEES, VOSBURGH, WADE, WAGNER, WALES, WALKER, WALLACE, WALRATH, WARD, WARNER, WARREN, WATERS, WEBB, WEBSTER, WEED, WEIR, WELCH, WELKER, WELLS, WEST, WESTCOTT, WETMORE, WHEATON, WHITAKER, WHITE, WHITNEY, WICKS, WILCOX, WILKINSON, WILLIAMS, WILMETH, WILSON, WILT, WINNEY, WINTERROW, WINTERS, WITTER, WOLCOTT, WOLGAMOTT, WOOD, WOODRUFF, WOODWARD, WOODWORTH, WOOLEN, WORK, WRIGHT, WYATT, WYBRIGHT, WYRICK, YATES, YODER