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Where they lived?

Where they lived?

This week I buried myself in the world of land warrants, attempting to determine approximately where those tenacious Will’s Creek settlers lived. The picture above, with the help of Google Earth, is my best guess. I created a table (found at the end of the post) briefly explaining each number on the map.

Many known settlers who appeared on tax records did not appear in land warrants. Numerous pioneers of the time, especially those on the colonial frontiers, rejected any expectation to warrant and/or pay for land, considering it an infringement on their free right of settlement.

For me, it is time to move on. This time I travel, virtually, to Northeastern Ohio. As the century turned a page, so did our nation’s history. The Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War opened lands to settlement north of the Ohio River. Go to this recent and outstanding Library of Congress blog by Erin Allen outlining early efforts to inform local tribes as well as British outposts of this land transfer to the newly formed United States.

You can also access the journal by George McCully at this site. A member of the expedition charged with sharing the outcome of the treaty, he documents the trek from Pittsburg, PA to Detroit. His detailed account of the excursion gives insight into the journey many in the Will’s Creek community were about to undertake. As always, original source documents are the best way to learn about the past. So, please, access his journal and read Erin Allen’s excellent explanation of the period! While you are at it subscribe to the blog. It is very good.

Land Warrant and Deed Information (As a disclaimer, I am not a resident of the area so lack the “inside track” regarding historical tidbits useful in explaining some references in the warrants. So, please, if you are out there, I appreciate any clarification.)


Warrant Applicant Date Detail
#1 Andrew Huston Sr. From3/1/1763App. 12/2/1784 50 ac bound on W John Hawthorns Tract; NW George Cook; N Nicolas Liberger; E Alex. Ross; S Wills-Town-Tract Mouth of Gladens Run
#2 Cornelius Devore Esq 9/16/1792 150 ac W side Wills Creek joining his 200 and lands surveyed for Andrew Huston
#3CastbarFosholt/Philip Devore 5/20/1793 surveyed for Jacob Oswalt Jr; Oct. 26/ 1795 transferred to Alex. Huston; 5/26/1803 transferred to Castbar Fosholt; 5/10/1830 sold to Philip Devore $300 100 acres adjoining Nicholas Lybarger, Jacob Oswalt Sr. and on W by a Mt. on a small branch of Gladwens Run part of Wills Creek
#4 Benjamin Tomlinson From 3/1/1765 app. 3/29/1790 60 ac E side joining Wills Creek opposite mouth of Gladdens Run joining Wills-Town-Tract
#5 George Cook 4/23/1793 100 ac on Laurel Run both sides of rd from Simon Hays mill
#6 Andrew Huston Jr. 5/9/1815 A weaver applis for 25 ac joining Wills Mountain on E; W Cornilias Devere, Benjamin Tomblingson; S Andrew Huston

So far I have not located any land warrants for Laurence Lamb, Jacob Croy, Jacob Neimyer, Anthony Asher, John Hains, John Albright, Valentine Baker, George Amrine, Martin Fait, Godfrey Woolback, John Blyew, or John Porter to name a few.

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The author, a writer of history and historical fiction, always yearned to go back in time.

9 responses »

  1. I know I’m several years late in this thread. But there is a very good link here ( It is map 1359.

    My paternal Lowery line is buried at Porters Cemetery near Landis Road and Rte 96.

    Is there any evidence that the Tomlinsons, Hustons, Henthorns, etc had tenant farmers? William Lowery was in Cumberland in 1800 and 1810 Census. He lived near John Tomlinson. But, by 1820, William’s wife Mary Lowery lived with their children in this area. William’s daughter Rebecca Lowery (1799-1877) married Isaac Oswalt (1778-1855) about 1820. William’s grandson Nicholas Lowery (1817-1884) married his first cousin Sarah Oswalt (1813-1867). Sarah was a daughter of the same Isaac and Rebecca.

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  2. Glad the comment helped. You asked about a time period. The old road I studied is marked on surveys that are primarily from the mid-1780s. I suspect, with reason, that it was originally cut in 1755 in support of Braddock’s campaign. One of the deeds for property near Cook’s mentions Burd’s old road. Burd was assigned the task of cutting a road from Raystown (Bedford) to Turkey Foot and one to Fort Cumberland in 1755. The order for the one to Cumberland was cancelled, but it appears that he did cut it, because it is illustrated on a 1755 map as a continuation of the road that was being cut to Turkey Foot in 1755, that Burd abandoned atop the Allegheny Mountain upon hearing of Braddock’s defeat. I think this explains the breastworks fort at the White Oak churches–I think it was a redoubt on what I believe is Burd’s road to Fort Cumberland. The research is published in “In Search of the Turkey Foot Road”, fourth edition.

  3. George Cook (Book C-20, Page 261) on Laurel Run is in Larimer Township, Somerset County, PA, see the Larimer Township Warrant survey map. If memory serves, this is on Shirley Hollow Road. Anyway, I did a detailed study of the road his tract was along, which is why I know where the property is located.

  4. Patricia Oswalt McHenry

    Hi Donna, I am still researching the land warrant on Jacob II. My guess is an error and it is Jacob Sr not the Joseph listed. I will let you know when I here from Bedford County people. Thank you for all you do.

  5. Dwight Huston

    I would like to talk to you about your research. I have my 5 great grandfather David Huston being born in 1796 in Maryland and his Father was Andrew/ Ellinore Devore mother. Do you have any information about the property or where in Maryland he was born?

    • Thank you so much for your interest in my blog. In the process of thinking of my response to your question, I have gone on an interesting deductive journey, found some new, cool information, and gotten more intimate with my data. (Only a history lover would connect the words intimate and data.) I have sent you an e-mail, but you have inspired a post which will appear in the next few days. Thanks!


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