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A Plan of the Connecticut Western Reserve
about 1796
Maker:Made by Unknown
Surveyor:Possibly surveyed by Seth Pease , American, 1774 - 1819
Draftsman:Possibly drawn by Seth Pease , American, 1774 - 1819
Drawing; black ink and watercolor on laid paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 20 x 17 7/8in. (50.8 x 45.4cm) Sheet (height x width): 29 7/8 x 21 1/2in. (75.9 x 54.6cm)
Credit Line: Connecticut Historical Society collection
Gallery Copy: The city of Cleveland was named after Moses Cleaveland of Brooklyn, Connecticut, a member of the Connecticut Land Company, which surveyed the Western Reserve and divided it into townships. Cleveland and the neighboring community of Euclid (named after the ancient Greek mathmetician) are both clearly shown on this early manuscript map. Some additional townships are marked with the names of property owners, including G. Granger, William Hart, Jesse Phelps and others, while many sections remain unassigned and available. In 1800, Connecticut's Western Reserve became part of the Northwest Territory. It was named Trumbull County after Connecticut Governor Jonathan Trumbull. In 1803, Trumbull County became part of the new state of Ohio.
Description: Manuscript map of the Connecticut Western Reserve in present-day Ohio, from Lake Erie to the north and the Cuyahoga River to the west. The land is divided into fourteen rows and eleven columns, both called "ranges," and the resulting squares, probably townships, contain numbers that probably refer to land measurements, as well as the owner's name, if known. Some of the squares are further divided into lots. Various unnamed rivers appear on the map, as well as broken solid and dotted lines that might represent paths or roads.
Cartographic Note: No scale
Inscription: Recto, top left, handwritten in black ink: "A PLAN of the / CONNECTICUT / WESTERN RESERVE" Verso, top, handwritten in pencil: "Western Reserve" Top left, handwritten in pencil: "Map of Western / Reserve" Bottom, handwritten in pencil: "Western / Reserve"
Object Number: 2006.114.0
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