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A Map of Wrightsburg, No. 12 in the 4th range
1811-1827
Maker:Made by Unknown
Drawing; black ink on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (.a image height x with): 5 7/16 x 2 9/16in. (13.8 x 6.5cm) Sheet (.a height x width): 5 7/16 x 2 9/16in. (13.8 x 6.5cm) Primary Dimensions (.b image height x width): 6 x 6 7/16in. (15.2 x 16.4cm) Sheet (.b height x width): 8 x 6 7/16in. (20.3 x 16.4cm) Primary Dimensions (.c image height x width): 6 x 3 3/8in. (15.2 x 8.6cm) Sheet (.c height x width): 8 x 3 3/4in. (20.3 x 9.5cm) Primary Dimensions (.d image height x width): 7 x 11 5/8in. (17.8 x 29.5cm) Sheet (.d height x width): 8 x 12 13/16in. (20.3 x 32.5cm)
Credit Line: Connecticut Historical Society collection
Gallery Copy: The land that became Wrightsburg was originally owned by William Hart, one of the investors in the Connecticut Land Company. In 1811, Hart sold the entire township (with the exception of one lot) to Josiah Wright and his son Samuel Wright of Pownal, Vermont. By this date, Connecticut had relinquished its claims to the former Western Reserve, but Connecticut residents still owned a great of land in the area and continued to play an important role in its development. The community that was first known as Wrightsburg, changed its name to Saybrook in 1827. Not only William Hart, but also the Pownal settlers originally came from the town of Saybrook, Connecticut. Similar Connecticut place names are scattered all across the map of northeastern Ohio.
Description: Map of Wrightsburg, Ohio (now Saybrook, Ohio), which was located in the northeastern part of the state, oriented with south at the top of the page, Geneva and Harpersfield to the west, and Ashtabula to the east. The map is divided into 93 plots of land, with their size in what is presumably acres (denoted with a capital "A") and rods. Houses, roads, creeks, marshes, and pine and willow swamps are drawn in, and many of the lot owners' or occupants' names are provided.
Inscription: Recto, top, handwritten in black ink: "A / map / of / WRIGHTSBURG / No 12 on the 4th Range / Connecticut Western Reserve" Top, handwritten in black ink: "[portion of map missing]urg on the South" Right side, handwritten in black ink: "Geneva & Harpersfield on the West" Bottom, handwritten in black ink: "Gore [?] on the North of Laid Town adjoining Lake Erie Said to be 3 miles wide at the east" Bottom, handwritten in black ink: "North" Bottom, handwritten in black ink: "En[illegible] [illegible]/4 of a mile at the west" Left side, handwritten in black ink: "Asht[illegible] on the East" Left side, handwritten in black ink: "Ashtabula Vilage" Verso, top, handwritten in black ink: "John HA[?]-- NB [underlined] Sir there is a number of Buildings which is not Laid / Down on this map Sutch as [cross symbol] hors [?] Shedes Shops +c +c Likewise / our mistake Whipples House Should stand on the other side / of the Road + his Shed where the House is Laid Down there Should Likewise / be a House directly oppositeT. Stephens Inn. Elder Montgomerys House / Should be Laid down between Esqr Sweets Inn and Wm. Wrights on the South / Side the Road: but his Lot being only 20 Acres I could not Bring it down / It Stands about 20 Rods west of Esqr Sweets Josiah Wright will be / Able to Explain the Sum and Substance of the Map to you I will give / you an Idea of the distance to Some of the most Noted places (Viz / from Saml Wrights to B. Sweets Inn half mile from Sweets to Wm Wrights / half mile from Wm Wrights to Stephens Inn one mile from Stephens to / Whipples one Hundred Rods from Whipples to Blinns half mile from Blins / to the west Line of the Town one mile - East from Saml Wrights to Blackinton / 100 Rods from Blackinton to N. Williams Inn 100 Rods from / Williams Inn to J[illegible] Wrights one and half mile from J[illegible] W. to East / Line one mile from S. Wrights to the saw mill three forths of a mile / from S.W. to Charles Pratts 2 miles from S.W. to Mr. Juiles [?] 2 miles South from / S. Wrights to Sol. Bates three fourths of a mile from S. Bates to Fields Quanter / of mile where half Lots are Sold and where 2 or 3 men owns one Lot / you will Notice the Lot divided by a fine Stroke with the pen / [next line illegible; map in pieces]" Center, handwritten in black ink: "Map.-- [underlined]" Center, handwritten in black ink: "Wrightsburgh, / Map of. -No. 2 ["No. 2" underlined]" Bottom, handwritten in black ink: "[cross symbol] Some Barns Esqr. Sweets has 2 barns / and a Store which is not Laid down / one Barns the Store are not finished off / yet"
Object Number: 2012.312.94a-d
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