Thursday, 06 February 2014 07:22

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Patentee NameResidenceAssignees / Other namesQrtrSecTwpRSurveyLocatedLinks…

Jeremiah CoxDearborn Co. NW¼12141West of 1st Principal MeridianWayne, Ind.More…

Benjamin BooneN. C. NW¼13122West of 1st Principal MeridianUnion, Ind.More…

James BrownChampaign Co.John TaylorSE¼13512Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

David HanesGreene Co. NW¼1329Between the MiamisMiami, Oh.More…

John AddingtonDearborn Co. NW¼17141West of 1st Principal MeridianWayne, Ind.More…

John R. LemanChampaign Co. NE¼2510Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

Moses FullerChampaign Co.James MorehouseSW¼2839Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

John Samuel MowHamilton Co. NW¼2044West of the Great Miami RiverMontgomery, Oh.More…

Owen SenyN. C. SW¼3121West of 1st Principal MeridianWayne, Ind.More…

Michael FritzWarren Co. NE¼2363West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

Jesse HuntMiami Co.John HelveySW¼3210Between the MiamisMiami, Oh.More…

Armstrong Brandon (dec.)Miami Co.Harriet Judah, formerly Harriet Brandon NW¼2485West of the Great Miami RiverMiami, Oh.More…

William BirtWarren Co. SW¼269Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

Isaac BearMontgomery Co. NW¼3144West of the Great Miami RiverMontgomery, Oh.More…

Henry HallButler Co. NW¼141West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

Jacob KingeryDearborn Co. SW¼25121West of 1st Principal MeridianUnion, Ind.More…

William MossDearborn Co. SE¼24121West of 1st Principal MeridianUnion, Ind.More…

Edward BarkleyWarren Co.Jacob SwisherNW¼25610Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

John MellingerMiami Co. NW¼2976West of the Great Miami RiverShelby, Oh.More…

Robert MitchellGreene Co.John EwingSW¼2468Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

Zebulon BairdN. C. SW¼1849Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

Elmore WilliamsCincinnati NE¼822Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Joseph FerrisHamilton Co.Joseph, Eliphalet & Andrew Ferris 842Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

John RiddleHamilton Co. SE¼1132Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

Samuel MuchmoreHamilton Co.Thomas Henderson, Isaac Flinnfr. SE¼1142Between the MiamisWarren, Oh.More…

Christian Waldsmith  NE¼1532West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

Leonard SayresCincinnati NW¼1532West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

John HendershotMiami Co. NE¼2976West of the Great Miami RiverShelby, Oh.More…

Henry WhitesellPreble Co. SE¼1281West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

Benjamin PearsonMiami Co. NW¼3046West of the Great Miami RiverMiami, Oh.More…

Gasper KoonsDearborn Co. SW¼10131West of 1st Principal MeridianWayne, Ind.More…

Isaac LindleyWarren Co. NE¼1241West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

Aaron StoutHamilton Co.heirs ofSE¼1121Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

Joseph JenkinsonHamilton Co.Jacob WhiteSE¼831Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

Joseph HarrisHamilton Co. SE¼1131Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

Alexander D. Hamilton Joseph HarrisNE¼1131Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

John KellerHamilton Co. SW¼841Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

Patrick LongHamilton Co. SE¼2641Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

William HallHamilton Co. NW¼2622Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

John McCormickHamilton Co. SW¼822Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

John McCormickHamilton Co. SE¼822Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Aaron TibbetHamilton Co. NE¼2632Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Jacob LineButler Co. SW¼2623Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Thomas StoneHamilton Co. SE¼2623Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

David Beatty (Jr.) John Martin, then Aaron ShraderNE¼2623Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Peter WilliamsonButler Co. SE¼1133Between the MiamisWarren, Oh.More…

Esther ThomasButler Co. SW¼1133Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Ebenezer WilsonWarren Co.Joseph Curtis (Balt., Md.)SW¼2633Between the MiamisWarren, Oh.More…

Aaron TibbetWarren Co.David RandolphNW¼843Between the MiamisWarren, Oh.More…

William GrayHamilton Co.Robert GraySE¼812Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Nathaniel Cartmill & Henry Van MeterChampaign Co. SE¼29610Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

Ezekiel ThomasChampaign Co.James DallisSW¼26511Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

Nathan FitchChampaign Co.Abraham PowellSW¼29511Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

Joseph McMurrayCincinnati NE¼1132Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Robert BenhamWarren Co.David FoxSW¼843Between the MiamisWarren, Oh.More…

Hugh MooreHamilton Co.Robert Warwick, then James Alexander WarwickNE¼822Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Elmore WilliamsOhio fr. NE¼822Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

John O. FerrillCincinnati 1149Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

Miles Williams & Peter Mills Isaac Sturgis & Samuel RedenbaughNE¼831Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Adam MooreCincinnati SW¼82fr. 2Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Thomas ScottWarren Co. SW¼2643Between the MiamisWarren, Oh.More…

Peter WilliamsHamilton Co. SW¼1131Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

James ClarkeButler Co.Pierson SayreNW¼1133Between the MiamisWarren, Oh.More…

James StewartButler Co. NE¼1133Between the MiamisWarren, Oh.More…

James StewartButler Co. SE¼833Between the MiamisWarren, Oh.More…

Samuel StewartPennsylvania NE¼833Between the MiamisWarren, Oh.More…

George TroutmanPennsylvania SW¼823Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Daniel MillerHamilton Co. NW¼2622Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Henry HormalWarren Co.George P. TorrenceSW¼231West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

James SilverHamilton Co. SW¼81fr. 2Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

James Joyce (dec.)Hamilton Co.heirs ofSW¼812Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

John AndrewsCincinnatiJacob TitusNW¼532West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

Enos EllemanDarke Co. W½SE¼32104West of the Great Miami RiverDarke, Oh.More…

John RunyanChampaign Co. SW¼32610Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

John Kennedy Beniah PriceNE¼1992West of 1st Principal MeridianFranklin, Ind.More…

George Troutman  NE¼823Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Isaac & Benjamin WilsonDearborn Co.William WilsonNW¼21102West of 1st Principal MeridianFranklin, Ind.More…

John StewartHamilton Co.James StewartSE¼841Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

Levi MorrisPennsylvaniaJohn KnightSE¼13211Between the MiamisMiami, Oh.More…

Benjamin LehmanMontgomery Co.Jacob StutsmanSW¼1545West of the Great Miami RiverMontgomery, Oh.More…

Daniel WilkinsCincinnatipreviously James C. MorrisSW¼622West of the Great Miami RiverHamilton, Oh.More…

John Foley (Jr.) Felix WeltonNW¼9510Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

Jacob WheelerCincinnati NE¼832Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Elijah Chapman to Saul Hinkle, then Daniel McKinnon, then Pierson SpinningNE¼9510Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

J. Baldwin to John Foley, then Felix WeltonSE¼9510Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

Abraham ClarkeHamilton Co. NW¼831Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

William SnodgrassButler Co.Robert JoyceNW¼81fr. 2Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

William ButlerCincinnatiBarnabas NilesSE¼2642Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

William SnodgrassHamilton Co. SE¼2631Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Hugh Abernathy & William RusingDearborn Co. SW¼21102West of 1st Principal MeridianFranklin, Ind.More…

William Irwin & James Richey to Willliam Irwin & Mary RicheySE¼822Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Alexander McCorkleChampaign Co.Henry NevilleSW¼14511Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

Samuel HamiltonKentucky SW¼2491West of 1st Principal MeridianFranklin, Ind.More…

David SmithButler Co.Jacob LingleSW¼232West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

John & James StewartHamilton Co. NE¼841Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

James LowryPennsylvaniaArchibald McGrewSE¼11411Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

Samuel StewartButler Co. NW¼833Between the MiamisWarren, Oh.More…

John StudybakerDarke Co.Mary StudybakerSW¼10112West of the Great Miami RiverDarke, Oh.More…

Philip LongChampaign Co. SE¼2312Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

William JenkinsButler Co. NE¼2131Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Benjamin HuffmanVirginia NW¼2352West of 1st Principal MeridianDearborn, Ind.More…

William PearsonMiami Co. NW¼1885West of the Great Miami RiverMiami, Oh.More…

William CurlWarren Co. NW¼19610Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

John MillerMontgomery Co.Henry Rush, James Rush, William RushSE¼9112West of the Great Miami RiverDarke, Oh.More…

David MillerN. J.Andrew LewisSW¼1341West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

William RicardDearborn Co.or William Read / William RecordSE¼2352West of 1st Principal MeridianDearborn, Ind.More…

William SparksDearborn Co. SE¼34112West of 1st Principal MeridianUnion, Ind.More…

Nicholas Coleman  SE¼463West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

William P. SmithMontgomery Co. SW¼1272West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

Henry BaileyChampaign Co.Peter SintzN½S½2249Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

Henry BaileyChampaign Co.James DemintLot 2 NW of Mad River2749Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

George GresmerHamilton Co. NE¼2641Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

Joseph GastonButler Co. NE¼25(26)22Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

Christopher MillerHamilton Co. NE¼2622Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

James BlackChampaign Co. NE¼3311Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

Eliezar DunhamMassachusetts SW¼641Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Isaac AllenDearborn Co. SE¼3352West of 1st Principal MeridianDearborn, Ind.More…

Deborah InghamPennsylvania SE¼3065West of the Great Miami RiverMiami, Oh.More…

Peter RedenhourButler Co. SE¼3361West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

Jacob CoyGreene Co. NE¼1126Between the MiamisGreene, Oh.More…

John SmithButler Co.Richard MackSW¼741West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

Reuben StattonButler Co. SW¼1841West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

Conrad HuffmanDearborn Co. SW¼3051West of 1st Principal MeridianDearborn, Ind.More…

John StarDearborn Co. NW¼9121West of 1st Principal MeridianUnion, ?Ind.More…

Christopher CaryHamilton Co. 2631Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

John WilliamsButler Co. SW¼7121West of 1st Principal MeridianUnion, Ind.More…

William P. SmithMontgomery Co.Philip Sowers, Abraham SowersNE¼1472West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

Joseph WorrellKentuckyto Thomas Worrell, then William WilsonNW¼572West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

Abraham WorrellKentuckyIsaac WestNE¼6721st Mer. LinePreble, Oh.More…

John Brick & William Feer heirs of William Feer fr. 811Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

Samuel RikerHamilton Co. NW¼841Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

Jacob Burnet & Andrew BayleyMiami Co.John BattearelSE¼7211Between the MiamisMiami, Oh.More…

John HarperCincinnati SW¼25101West of 1st Principal MeridianFranklin, Ind.More…

James BaxterHamilton Co. SE¼23101West of 1st Principal MeridianFranklin, Ind.More…

James BaxterHamilton Co. SE¼26101West of 1st Principal MeridianFranklin, Ind.More…

John LongChampaign Co. NW¼2312Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

Joseph HarrisHamilton Co. SW¼2634West of the Great Miami RiverButler & Montgomery, Oh.More…

Nathan SellersPreble Co. SE¼972West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

William StewartMiami Co. SW¼1076West of the Great Miami RiverShelby, Oh.More…

Robert & Richard ScottButler Co. SE¼2152West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

Thomas TownsendHamilton Co. NW¼551West of 1st Principal MeridianDearborn, Ind.More…

Balser SniderPennsylvania NW¼463West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

Jacob PowersButler Co. SE¼2622Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Isaac MartinMiami Co. SE¼31311Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

Joshua Howell  SW¼31311Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

Thomas McIntireVirginia SE¼30412Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

Brook BuxtonButler Co. NE¼2634West of the Great Miami RiverButler & Montgomery, Oh.More…

Henry FreemanHamilton Co. NE¼15112Between the MiamisMiami, Oh.More…

David KizerChampaign Co. SE¼9312Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

Aaron VanScoyckMontgomery Co. NW¼1045West of the Great Miami RiverMontgomery, Oh.More…

Robert RheaKentucky NE¼772West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

Benjamin WoodsButler Co.William HuestonSW¼2622Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Samuel EnyardButler Co. SE¼823Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Simeon BoardmanCincinnatiMicah FrenchNW¼2159Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

Lemuel HopkinsKentucky NW¼972West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

Henry WoodhouseDearborn Co. SW¼3336West of the Great Miami RiverMontgomery, Oh.More…

Alexander RogersPreble Co. NW¼2572West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

John StansberryChampaign Co.to Samuel Clemens, then Ninnian NickellsNE¼4313Between the MiamisLogan, Oh.More…

Samuel BlackChampaign Co. NE¼3313Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

William BacomeChampaign Co. NW¼17411Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

Martin BaumCincinnatiRalph BrownNE¼2652West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

Frederick MillerPreble Co. SW¼1173West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

John NewellChampaign Co.Samuel NewellSE¼28513Between the MiamisLogan, Oh.More…

Moses MaxwellHamilton Co. SW¼19101West of 1st Principal MeridianFranklin, Oh.More…

John MillerVirginia NE¼14101West of 1st Principal MeridianUnion, Ind.More…

Jacob WyrickMontgomery Co. NE¼1444West of the Great Miami RiverMontgomery, Oh.More…

Andrew NoffsingerDarke Co. NE¼20112West of the Great Miami RiverDarke, Oh.More…

Michael SillsChampaign Co. NW¼32311Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

Joseph SillsChampaign Co. SW¼36310Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

Arnold CusterChampaign Co.David LouderbackSW¼5411Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

Nathan MaddockMiami Co. 729Between the MiamisMiami, Oh.More…

Matthew McGrewChampaign Co.Archibald McGrew (Sr.)NE¼11411Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

John WidneyMiami Co. SE¼676West of the Great Miami RiverShelby, Oh.More…

John Davis & Ann Turner Moses DeCampNE¼1441West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

Jacob KeplingerVirginia NW¼1310Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

Andrew LytleWarren Co. NE¼843Between the MiamisWarren, Oh.More…

Simon BrunerMontgomery Co. NE¼1228Between the MiamisMontgomery, Oh.More…

Peter LesourdButler Co. SE¼2633Between the MiamisWarren, Oh.More…

Lewis FoustMontgomery Co. NW¼1444West of the Great Miami RiverMontgomery, Oh.More…

Moses McNairPennsylvaniaJosiah ClawsonSW¼1728Between the MiamisMontgomery, Oh.More…

Herman DeldineMiami Co.John DeckerNW¼12112Between the MiamisShelby, Oh.More…

David JohnMontgomery Co.heirs ofNW¼2245West of the Great Miami RiverMontgomery, Oh.More…

Thomas BurkButler Co.Alexis BurkNW¼2241West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

David GrayKentucky NE¼36101West of 1st Principal MeridianFranklin, Ind.More…

Alexander Creagmile Hugh & James MontgomerySE¼1841West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

Moses KellyMontgomery Co. SE¼26551st Mer. Line #Montgomery, Oh.More…

Jesse L. HolemanKentucky NE¼541West of 1st Principal MeridianDearborn, Ind.More…

James McClackenDearborn Co.Samuel PresleySE¼2061West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

David JohnMontgomery Co. NE¼2245West of the Great Miami RiverMontgomery, Oh.More…

James CoppockMiami Co. SW¼2946West of the Great Miami RiverMiami, Oh.More…

Hiram MartinButler Co. NE¼1342West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

Samuel HoggPennsylvania SW¼14412Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

Jonathan ClaytonGreene Co.William HuffmanSE¼728Between the MiamisGreene, Oh.More…

Salam & Daniel Pocock  NE¼2633Between the MiamisWarren, Oh.More…

James FinneyButler Co. 1141Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

William StephensDearborn Co.John MillerNW¼14101West of 1st Principal MeridianUnion, Ind.More…

David PressleyN. C. NW¼1761West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

Aaron BeallGreene Co. SE¼1037Between the MiamisGreene, Oh.More…

George Stoneberger  SE¼28411Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

David McDillPreble Co.Gavin MitchellNE¼3561West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

Robert MorrisonDearborn Co. NW¼1141West of 1st Principal MeridianWayne, Ind.More…

John PenceVirginia SW¼1144West of the Great Miami RiverMontgomery, Oh.More…

Casper BottorfPreble Co. NE¼3472West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

Jacob JudyFranklin Co. SW¼1312Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

William ChenowithChampaign Co. NE¼10510Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

John MillerMontgomery Co. NW¼144West of the Great Miami RiverMontgomery, Oh.More…

Michael BrownPreble Co.John Lock (Jr.)SE¼2173West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

Richard SaddlerPennsylvania NE¼2273West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

Edwin SmithMontgomery Co.Jacob SwadnerNE¼2428Between the MiamisMontgomery, Oh.More…

Henry GephartMontgomery Co. NW¼2235West of the Great Miami RiverMontgomery, Oh.More…

Joel MooreIndianaNicholas DruleyNE¼11121West of 1st Principal MeridianUnion, Ind.More…

Benjamin NewellChampaign Co.to Samuel Newell, assignee of William W. DonnelNW¼22513Between the MiamisLogan, Oh.More…

Daniel UlleryMontgomery Co. SW¼2985West of the Great Miami RiverMiami, Oh.More…

James Crockett (Sr.)Kentuckyheirs ofNE¼19513Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

Jesse JohnstonMontgomery Co. SW¼336West of the Great Miami RiverMontgomery, Oh.More…

John & Christian SaylorPreble Co. SW¼143West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

David BellButler Co.John CravenSE¼931West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

James JonesDearborn Co. NW¼471West of 1st Principal MeridianDearborn, Ind.More…

Thomas HeywoodCincinnatiWilliam ButlerNW¼2642Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

Benjamin HutchinsMontgomery Co. SW¼2936West of the Great Miami RiverMontgomery, Oh.More…

Robert BlackerHamilton Co. NW¼3041West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

Frederick SmyerScioto Co. NE¼1352West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

John GambleButler Co. NE¼361West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

David RailsbackDearborn Co. SW¼35132West of 1st Principal MeridianWayne, Ind.More…

Thomas HeywoodHamilton Co.William ButlerNE¼2642Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

Abraham BurkhalterDearborn Co. NW¼11112West of 1st Principal MeridianUnion, Ind.More…

Adam RedenbaughHamilton Co. NW¼2641Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

John RichardsonIndiana TerritoryThomas HendersonNE¼3392West of 1st Principal MeridianFranklin, Ind.More…

Richard DeweyIndiana Territory NE¼11122West of 1st Principal MeridianUnion, Ind.More…

John ClarkHamilton Co. SW¼2641Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

Thomas WilliamsIndiana Territory NW¼3092West of 1st Principal MeridianFranklin, Ind.More…

John HuntzingerMontgomery Co. SE¼2235West of the Great Miami RiverMontgomery, Oh.More…

Isaac DavidsonChampaign Co.Hezekiah DavidsonSE¼568Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

Jacob ElsworthChampaign Co. NE¼19610Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

Ebenezer PaddockButler Co. SW¼2081West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

George DavisPreble Co. SE¼162West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

Paul StarbuckWayne Co., Ind. NE¼9141West of 1st Principal MeridianWayne, Ind.More…

John Trinkle & Miles WilliamsHamilton Co.John MurdockNW¼2632Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

John HowardButler Co. SW¼2632Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Cephas CaryMiami Co. SE¼3086West of the Great Miami RiverShelby, Oh.More…

Jacob & Henry KeslingerMontgomery Co. NW¼1244West of the Great Miami RiverMontgomery, Oh.More…

Henry Judy  SW¼463West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

James SmithChampaign Co. NW¼10412Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

John BuffingtonDearborn Co. SW¼3051West of 1st Principal MeridianDearborn, Ind.More…

Abraham ShockeyChampaign Co.William RunkelNE¼14411Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

John MossIndiana Territory SE¼25101West of 1st Principal MeridianFranklin, Ind.More…

Andrew Park John MartinNE¼1122Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Thomas GoldenCincinnatiJohn Ward, then James Roseberry, then Allen BackhouseE½SW¼1382West of 1st Principal MeridianFranklin, Ind.More…

Thomas GoldenCincinnatiJohn Ward, then Allen BackhouseW½SW¼1382West of 1st Principal MeridianFranklin, Ind.More…

Stephen PetersIndiana Territory NW¼242West of 1st Principal MeridianDearborn, Ind.More…

William Van CleveMontgomery Co. SE¼2128Between the MiamisMontgomery, Oh.More…

James FinneyButler Co. NE¼1141Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

Thomas Harper (Sr.)Hamilton Co. 11101West of 1st Principal MeridianUnion, Ind.More…

John DouglassButler Co. SW¼652West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

James Knight (Sr.) & Stephen C. StephensIndiana TerritoryJames McGinnis, then James Brackenridge, then James T. McKinneySW¼1792West of 1st Principal MeridianFranklin, Ind.More…

Samuel Crooks  SW¼541West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

Robert LuceButler Co.Ellis HandSW¼341West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

Jacob Pence  SE¼34511Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

James OrrMiami Co. NW¼756West of the Great Miami RiverMiami, Oh.More…

Jacob DeardorffPreble Co. NE¼1853West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

James J. NesbitPreble Co.heirs of Thomas NesbitSE¼3363West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

Thomas KentonGreene Co. SE¼6411Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

William Barr & William RuffinCincinnati SE¼1792West of 1st Principal MeridianFranklin, Ind.More…

James McGinnisFranklin Co.James NobleNW¼28921st Mer Line WFranklin, Ind.More…

John KennedyIndiana TerritoryJames NobleSW¼2892West of 1st Principal MeridianFranklin, Ind.More…

Thomas RandDearborn Co. NE¼943West of 1st Principal MeridianDearborn, Ind.More…

James McQuireKentucky SW¼943West of 1st Principal MeridianDearborn, Ind.More…

Abraham Runyan & Andrew BumgarnerClinton Co., Oh. SW¼20610Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

John H. PiattCincinnatiJames Hays of Indiana TerritoryNW¼3561West of 1st Principal MeridianDearborn, Ind.More…

John WolfGreene Co. SE¼1237Between the MiamisGreene, Oh.More…

George LambChampaign Co.William Foster & John Snodgrass, then James TaylorNW¼1159Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

Isaac SnodeMiami Co.Nathan MaddockNW¼1865West of the Great Miami RiverMiami, Oh.More…

Robert NoeChampaign Co.Benjamin DoolittleSW¼35511Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

Matthias RollWarren Co. NE¼1341West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

William & John WrightButler SE¼1122Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Philip ComerMiami Co. NW¼8312Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

Isaac HendersonDearborn Co. NE¼1161West of 1st Principal MeridianDearborn, Ind.More…

John HornadayButlerRobert GlidewellSE¼34102West of 1st Principal MeridianFranklin, Ind.More…

Benjamin Hunt & Thomas DonnelButlerDaniel Doty, Jesse Doty, Jacob Doty, Hannah Austin, Hannah Doty, Elizabeth Doty, Elizabeth Davis, William Doty, Samuel Doty, John Doty, Mary Davis, Mary Doty, Prudence Doty, Prudence Moore, Joseph Doty, Daniel J. Doty, Rachel Doty, Rachel McClathy, Stephen Doty, David Doty, Elijah Doty, Benjamin W. Hunt, Thomas DonaldsNW¼823Between the MiamisButler, Oh.More…

Robert HannaIndiana Territory NW¼33102West of 1st Principal MeridianFranklin, Ind.More…

Obediah WelliverButler SE¼2341West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

Peter Swank George SwankNW¼1254West of the Great Miami RiverMontgomery, Oh.More…

Joseph Forbes (Jr.)Butler NW¼741West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

James J. NesbitPreble NE¼2263West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

James J. NesbitPrebleJacob BareSE¼2263West of the Great Miami RiverPreble, Oh.More…

Jacob HoffnerHamilton Co. NE¼941West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

Samuel LineHamilton Co. SE¼15112Between the MiamisMiami, Oh.More…

Philip LefflerButler NW¼524West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

Robert DavisGreene Co.George HowardSE¼752West of the Great Miami RiverButler, Oh.More…

John RobinsonKentuckyto Joshua Hill of Champaign Co., then heirs of Charles McClay, then Benjamin Sweet, then Samuel PowellSW¼23512Between the MiamisChampaign, Oh.More…

William Wells Alexander Berryhill 535Between the MiamisWarren, Oh.More…

William RittenhouseHamilton Co. SE¼2612Between the MiamisHamilton, Oh.More…

John FlintIndiana Territory NW¼20101West of 1st Principal MeridianDearborn, Ind.More…

Thomas HaysChampaign Co. NW¼25410Between the MiamisClark, Oh.More…

James PocockButler NW¼2633Between the MiamisWarren, Oh.More…

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Northwest Territory [Click for larger image]Northwest TerritoryAs explained in the Discussion #4 blog entry on this site, the land entry process in the State of Ohio was similar to that of Pennsylvania.  Documenting that statement is difficult as there has not been a compilation, at least that could be freely found online, explaining the process for Ohio.  The material presented here will deal with the Northwest Territory, thus the map to the right.

And before you, the reader, make an attempt to locate this map online, it does not exist.  It is a derivative of “North America, Published the 12th. of August 1804” by R. Wilkinson of London.  The map entire can be viewed online as part of The David Rumsey Map Collection, a site well worth a visit.  The aforementioned map was heavily modified overlaying with imaging techniques that portion germane to the Northwest Territory.

The one book pertaining to the subject of Federal land at the turn of the 19th Century, and differing in the normal low visual quality online at Archive.Org, is the book “Subdivisions of the Public Lands, Described and Illustrated with Diagrams and Maps” by Jerome Silliman Higgins (1843-1905).  The book was printed in 1887 by Higgins & Co. of St. Louis, Missouri.  Unfortunately the book does not offer any clues as to the land acquisition process in Ohio, nor for that matter any other state.

Another book, actually a series of them, is that by Ellen T. ‘Thomas’ Berry (1924-2011), and her husband David A. Berry (1922-2001) offers a plethora of information, but not the process.  Their Early Ohio Settlers books, three in all, are a must have for Ohio researchers.  The primary one to be used in this entrèe is “Early Ohio Settlers: Purchasers of Land in Southwestern Ohio, 1800-1840”, a 372-page compilation covering most of southwestern Ohio and that section of Indiana called “The Gore”, printed in 1986.  The other two books are “Early Ohio Settlers: Purchasers of Land in Southeastern Ohio, 1800-1840” (1984) and “Early Ohio Settlers: Purchasers of Land in East and East Central Ohio, 1800-1840” (1989).

The authors, in the Southwestern Ohio book list in one long table the names of the warrantee, the date of the warrant, where they resided at the time of warrant issuance, and the range, township and section of the entered land.  It is laid out in a similar fashion as what is displayed on the United States Bureau of Land Management web site.  The Federal government site is surely useful, and free, but having a printed book in hand is far more satisfying. A book has warmth and charm permitting easier exploration while an Internet site must be learned and, at times, can be daunting as it forces a correct spelling of a name for the search engine.

That being said, if the user knows how the BLM site works, it can be searched using the range, township and section numbers.  Do not worry about using the east, west, north and south selectors.  Do, if possible, use the meridian (survey) drop down as it will aid in limiting the areas searched.  More later as to the Southwestern Ohio and Eastern Indiana land surveys.

In this, article dealing primarily with the records of the Cincinnati Land Office of Ohio, Mrs. Berry states that after the final payment the Land Office issued a certificate listing the payments along with a certificate number.  This certificate was forwarded to the Federal government who issued a deed.  In Pennsylvania and elsewhere it is called a patent, with the deed needing to be recorded in the county.  It should be noted that not always was this deed recorded as there are exceptions to the rule.

Cincinnati was the terminus of several migration trails and the federal land office there served southwestern Ohio and eastern Indiana. The records, therefore, are particularly valuable to researchers. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the Ohio River was used by pioneers pushing westward across Pennsylvania into the new Northwest Territory. Later, the Ohio River became the dividing line between slavery and non-slavery states. Anti-slavery settlers from the Carolinas and from Tennessee crossed the Ohio River at several points, but Cincinnati was a major gateway to land guaranteed free from slavery by the Ordinance of 1787. In fact, the Cincinnati area represents a microcosm of history, a history so complex that a brief discussion of the situation is necessary to enable the researcher to use these records to the best advantage.

Ellen T. Berry

It is fortunate for those using land records in Ohio, and westward, that the Northwest Territory was subdivided into a grid system as put forth by the delegate of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson.  A search of the Internet offers a myriad of material on this subject so it will not be part of this dialogue.

In Ohio there were four Federal land offices with some serving multiple “surveys”, or meridians as they are also related as. These offices were located in Chillicothe, Cincinnati, Marietta and Steubenville.  This excludes those that were served by other agencies, such as the Virginia Military District, the Western Reserve, and the Ohio Company grants, and others. As Mrs. Berry states:

Of the four land offices first established, the business of the Cincinnati office was the most complex.  The land to be sold in the Cincinnati District was covered by five different surveys, two of which were for land in the eastern and southeastern part of the present state of Indiana… the First Principal Meridian… Between the Miamis… the Symmes Purchase… the Second Principal Meridian…, and East and North of the Second Principal Meridian.

The problem often occurs in that the terms Mrs. Berry utilizes for the names of the surveys is confusing, with there being other perhaps more commonly known names for the surveys.  The fault is not with her, but more with historical misnomers.

Those familiar with deeds in Montgomery county, Ohio, and likely other counties in this tract, are familiar with the phrase “meridian line drawn from the mouth of the Great Miami River”.  The Bureau of Land Management calls this survey the “West of the Greater Miami” meridian.  Another alliterative term is “East of the First Principal Meridian”. The First Principal Meridian represents the border between Ohio and Indiana, including that strip in Indiana called “The Gore” even though it lies west of the state line. The aforementioned Subdivisions… book makes no mention of the Gore tract by name, except in passing when referring to the First Principal Meridian.

Ohio & Indiana Surveys [Click for larger image]Ohio & Indiana SurveysThe counties involved, north to south are Hamilton (part), Butler (part), Montgomery (part), Preble, Miami (part), Darke, Mercer (part), and Shelby (part), all in Ohio; and Switzerland (part), Dearborn (part), Franklin (part), Union (part), Wayne (part), and Randolph (part), all in Indiana.  It is also possible that a small portion of Jay county, Indiana, may be included.  Again, my thanks are extended to the staff of The David Rumsey Collection for the map to the right, a derivative created by myself for visual display of the surveys, or meridians, administered by the Cincinnati Land Office.

Now to the final comments made in the lengthy Discussion #4 blog entry, and this lengthy article as well.  I have been offering a commentary on the land acquisition process from the government, be it the Penn family or afterwards the State of Pennsylvania, and alluded to the process in the early 1800's, of lands of the Northwest Territory.

After an in-depth effort to locate a clearly described publication giving this information, the search failed miserably.  That is not to say that there is not likely a publication offering insights into the process, only that if so it is not online in a freely available format.  It would be safe to say that the process is as described in the records of Pennsylvania with one over-riding caveat.  The lands of the Northwest Territory as they became available were already surveyed.

Without going into any great detail, the surveyors had already accomplished the task of surveying with markers, theoretically, being in place.  These markers are best described in the above referenced “Subdivisions of the Public Lands, Described and Illustrated with Diagrams and Maps”, beginning on page 41.  However, this is generally for lands west of Ohio and at times even further west.  In this writer's historical travels, having dealt with hundreds of deeds for Montgomery county, Ohio, there has never been mention made of surveyor's markers.  The corners are always referenced as being corner to John Smith's land, witness a white oak 13" diameter bearing so-and-so degrees and so-and-so chains distant.

How the masses would become aware that a specific tract of land was available is this author's pure conjecture.  We know that many future Ohio settlers obtained warrants while still residing in the eastern provinces.  There are only two logical methods by which the availability of a specific tract would be made known: either by word of mouth by someone settled there already or by notice being made in publications in the east.  Since few newspapers exist from this time, and abstracted books dealing mainly with genealogical contents, it would be of interest to see if the latter is true or not.

The Cincinnati Land Office, and one in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was in existence by at least May 18, 1796, as mentioned in Section 4 of “An Act providing for the Sale of the Lands of the United States, in the Territory Northwest of the River Ohio, and above the Mouth of Kentucky River”.  Section 5 of that act sets forth the following, answering the question of how a person would become aware of available lands:

Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, That the Secretary of the Treasury, after receiving the aforesaid plats, shall forthwith give notice, in one newspaper in each of the United States, and of the territories northwest and south of the river Ohio, of the times of sale; which shall, in no case, be less than two months from the date of the notice; and the sales at the different places shall not commence, within less than one month of each other: And when the governor of the western territory, or Secretary of the Treasury, shall find it necessary to adjourn, or suspend the sales under their direction, respectively, for more than three days, at any one time, notice shall be given in the public newspapers, of such suspension, and at what time the sales will re-commence.

Since the text of this act was difficult to locate, it has been reproduced and is available here.  The reader will please note that the Internet page has been created following the same two-column format as in the original book.

However the settler became aware of a specific tract, he would enter into a contract (a warrant) with the Federal Government.  The cost and acreage would vary depending on when the warrant was obtained.  As the surveys of note were, generally speaking, not available prior to 1800, only the information after that shall be discussed.

On May 10, 1800 legislation was introduced by William Henry Harrison (1773-1841), later the ninth president, for lands in the Northwest Territory. It set forth that an “entryman”, normally called a warrantee, could purchase a 320-acre tract at the rate of $2.00 per acre.  Though the legislation stipulated that the payment schedule was to be one-fourth down with three yearly payments, often the payments made would vary with some land being fully paid at the time of the warrant and others being anywhere in between.  This is represented in many, many variants within the Land Entry Books of the Cincinnati Land Office.

On March 26, 1804, the minimum acreage was reduced to 160-acres, same price and payments.  On April 24, 1820 Congress further reduced this to 80-acres at $1.25 per acre but abolished the credit system — the full purchase price being due at the time of the warrant.  In later years, 1830, 1832, 1841, 1855, and 1862, the purchase acreage, cost and fee schedules were further changed.  And there is online, available to one and all, an interesting exposé on the topic.  “A History of the Rectangular Survey System” (1983), penned by C. Albert White and published by the Bureau of Land Management, which offers valuable information.  If one can tread through the entirety of it.

It is only within the content of White's work that, seemingly, the process of warrant, survey and patent is delineated for the Northwest Territory.  Or at least for the area of interest, southwestern Ohio.  Though not clearly spelled out, the wording implies that it was the responsibility of the warrantee to have the survey of his tract made and returned.  This is odd in that the region had already been surveyed by the government when it was laid out in ranges, sections and townships.  Why would a person entering the land also be forced to pay for a survey?  Could it be that this requirement was to reduce the chances of multiple people entering the same land?  This is possible, and it is left to the reader to further explore the possibility.

It has been observed that while the federal surveys do exist, at least for Illinois, these have not been placed online for Ohio. Perhaps in the future they will become available as often there is additional information in them.

Finally, after weeks of diligent work and somewhat soulfully salubrious writing, we come to the purpose of this effort.

Recently while continuing the research of Elder Daniel Miller (1755-1822), and lest the reader may have forgotten about him; the reference is to the German Baptist Brethren church minister and elder. And ancestor and progenitor of many of that faith the land entry for his Darke county, Ohio land, was needed.  He obtained this 160-acre tract from the government in 1816 for $320.00 — in four installments.  His immediate neighbor was another Brethren church member and elder, John Cable (1787-1863).

The original records of the Cincinnati Land Office are in the State Archives at the Ohio Historical Center, Columbus, Ohio.  Thirteen volumes out of a total of one hundred fifty-one volumes were used in compiling this work.  Twelve volumes, labeled Series 395, cover the years 1800 through 1819 and are the original Books of Entries showing the sales of land under the credit system; the thirteenth original volume, Series 409, covers the years 1820 through 1840 and is the Book of Entries for the cash sales of these years.  The remaining volumes in the Cincinnati Land Office group are ledgers and journals, account and sales books, and receipt and survey records, along with relinquishments, letters of inquiry and other extraneous material.  A few of the Books of Entries contain partial indexes, but the collection is virtually unusable unless an exact purchase date is known…

Ellen T. Berry

How is this known?  Because fortunately for those of this computer age the Church of Latter Day Saints filmed the land entry books for the State of Ohio.  The reader should be careful though as the LDS has erroneously mislabeled the series as “Tract Books”.  The proper term is that as used throughout this material, “Land Entry Books”.  As Mrs. Berry states, the books are unusable if you are trying to locate a record for an ancestor.  The text wherein she comments about the survey books has been high-lighted within her words.

The books are not laid out with any rhyme or reason.  Logically one would presume that the books would be laid out with some semblance of order — the reader soon discovers this is not so and will likely give up in frustration.  Additionally, Mrs. Berry was incorrect when she states that there were thirteen volumes.  There are actually thirty volumes.  Some volumes such as Volumes 1 thru 14, have an “additional” volume.  Volumes 15 and 16 are likely the Series 409 she refers to though it was not explored.

So, and with a lot of fortitude, an effort was made to resolve the indexing problem.  The staff here at BrethrenArchives.Com took one volume and took the land entry page and matched it to the corresponding Bureau of Land Management patent.

All-in-all the project involved nearly 600 image and PDF files, a lot of specialized HTML coding paid for by this writer, and text entry.  But the exercise of the mind was worth the effort with the results speaking for themselves.  A word of caution for whomever discovers the online document describing the records in the unnamed Land Entry Book.  You will not be able to access the cross-linked land entry record / patent record.  This content is accessible only to supporters.

Click HereLand Entry BookClick Here

Finalizing this project it can be accessed via the link to the left.