Format Maps
Dates 1795
Language English
Subjects Absentee Ownership
Buffalo Creek (W. Va.)
Dillon, Edward
Eighteenth Century
Engrossment
Ethnography
Farley's Rooting Camp (W. Va.)
Ginseng (Panax Quinquefolia)
Land Grants
Manuscripts
Maps
Surveys
Title
18th century map including the headwaters of the Big Cole River
Created / Published
March 30, 1795
Subject Headings
-  Maps
-  Ginseng (Panax quinquefolia)
-  Absentee ownership
-  Buffalo Creek (W. Va.)
-  Dillon, Edward
-  Eighteenth century
-  Engrossment
-  Farley's Rooting Camp (W. Va.)
-  Land grants
-  Surveys
-  Manuscripts
-  Ethnography
Genre
Manuscripts
Ethnography
Notes
-  This representation of 50,096 acres surveyed for Edward Dillon was entered in Montgomery County Deed Book E, page 158, in the spring of 1795. It includes the headwaters of the "Big Cole" River, as well as the headwaters of Buffalo Creek. At the head of the West Fork of the Little Cole River is "Farley's Rooting Camp," presumably a site where men camped while hunting, trapping, and digging for ginseng. Specifically excluded from the 50,096 acres are 2,500 acres within, which were previously claimed. Appalachian historians term the speculative frenzy of land acquisition during this period "the engrossment." Between the years 1790 and 1810, residents of West Virginia established claim to 324,388 acres, nearly seven percent, while absentee owners claimed 4,525,153, more than ninety-three percent (Dunaway, 1996:57). Dillon's property is adjacent to 272,000 acres deeded at that time to Dewitt Clinton, a lawmaker from New York.
-  Montgomery County Deedbook E, Montgomery County, Virginia.
Call Number
AFC 1999/008: ms0003
Source Collection
Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afccmns.ms0003


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