Monday, January 10, 2011

Mappy Monday: Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana

Source: B.N. Griffin, Atlas of Jay County, Indiana (Philadelpha, Pennsylvania: Griffing, Gordon & Co., 1887)

This portion of the map of Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana shows the Salamonia area where my paternal ancestors lived.  Though spelled Salamonie on this atlas, the town was originally known as Lancaster.  

My Lemasters ancestors bought land as early as 1854, settling in Section 8.  On this map, you can see Luman Walker Lemasters 80 acres in the northwest corner of the section, along with an additional 77 acre tract on the far west side.  This is where the "Lookout Hill farm" mentioned in the 1887 county history was located.  His son, Luman Walker Jr., had 3 acres carved out.  To the northwest in Section 6, Luman Sr.'s brother Phillip had an 80 acre tract.  To the northwest of Salamonia in Sections 6 and 5, John P. Wehrly had two tracts of land.  John was married to Catherine Lemasters, sister of Phillip and Luman Sr.

Mappy Monday – do maps, deeds and land records factor in to your family history? Join us for Mappy Monday where you can post map images and how they relate to your research or discuss other aspects of land ownership and your ancestors. Several members of GeneaBloggers suggested this type of theme and in fact Holly Spencer of Ravenna Area Historical Society Blog has been using this theme since March 2009.

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