I didn't realize that you had an original historical treasure. Ever considered giving the professionals at the Ohio State Archives a chance to copy it, if they don't have an original or copy? Just a thought. I searched their on-line catalog and notice that they have something called:
Plat maps of land sold, 1834-1859. Author: Ohio. Auditor of State. Description: 1 bundle.
Summary: Each map includes a drawing of the section giving section number, township, and range. Date of sale is written on each quarter section. Some maps also include purchaser's name. OCLC Number: ocm33052311
But I can't tell if that might include a copy of the one you have. I was primarily interested in seeing what the Stroup land(s) looked like in 1854 and checking out a few other land holdings to see who lived next to whom.
(a) Two early land patents tell me that John Stroup obtained two parcels of land in Madison Co. The first, dated 3 August 1813, conveys 100 acres to “John Stroup assignee of Charles A. Stuart, assignee of Nathaniel Massie, assignee of Miles Selden, heir-at-law of Gill
Armistead Selden, devisee of Samuel Selden.” The second patent, dated 6 January 1814, conveys 400 acres to “John Stroup assignee of Charles A. Stuart who was assignee of William H. Puthuff, assignee of Peter Manifold, assignee of the said Matthew Irvine, and likewise assignee of
Elias Langham, assignee of Thomas M. Bayly, assignee of the said Samuel Russell.
The descriptions of the two parcels indicate to me that they were adjoining parcels.
(b) On 30 May 1824, John and Mary Stroup sold four hundred acres to their sons: David, Joseph, Jacob, and John Jr. for $1,600.00 (William Stroup and Justice of the Peace Samuel Harrod) witnessed the sale. I suspect, but don't know for certain, that the brothers held the land as joint-tenants.
(c) From my information, Joseph and Jane (nee Denton) Stroup moved from Stokes Township to Pike County, MO, in 1853; John Jr. died 18 January 1845; and Jacob moved to Cinton Co. Illinois (date of move unknown).
(d) The land that is described as David's in the 1875 plat map posted at the Madison County, OH, History and Genealogy website appears to be a large portion of John and Mary's original 500 acres (or so it seems to me.)
Regarding the copy of the 1865 plat map that you have: is there much difference between David Stroup's land in it and his land in the 1875 plat map? See http://madisonoh.ancestralsites.com/maps.php
It'll be interesting to hear how your exploration of the old Stroup farm turns out. Keep me posted, please.
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