As you might have seen, the map was sold for $700 or above according to Ms.
Snyder who was at the auction. Now and then I have seen one for sale, but
have not lateley.
The Jay Gould map was dated 1856, and as far as known, this was the only one
he did. It was of the entire county. According to family stories and his
own information, he used a kind of wheelbarrow with a calibrated wheel which
he walked and took note to show the length and direction of roads. At night
he would put information together and perhaps sketch out the roads he had
walked that day. He also had a couple of helpers, and they worked with him,
names escape me right now.
I will admit to having a copy of this map like others and will try to do a
look up for you if you can narrow down the search to a specific area. I
have to get the map out and the living room is big enough to put the map
down and search for a person or area. Mine has some ragged corners but is
in good condition when you consider the age, and the purchase price from a
dealer years ago was $18 as remembered. The Jay Gould book is also in my
library but the online version at the Delaware site is so much easier to
read or search.
Now if someone could just help me find the original Palmer (who I think is
Solomon) that lived at Palmer Hollow (Hill) near Andes.......
----- Original Message -----
From: "John H. Beach" <John_H_Beach(a)compuserve.com>
Sent: Tuesday, August 13, 2002 9:59 AM
Subject: [NYDELAWA-L] Jay Gould Map sold at auction
I saw discussion about the auction in Delaware recently and heard that an
old Jay Gould map was sold. Tis may hold some important clues for me.
someone give me the gentleman's name and address or telephone
bought the Jay Gould map.
I believe someone said it was an 1800 map. I know Jay did a lot of
in the Delaware Co. region. Jay also was an historian and wrote the
history of the early settlers of Delaware Co. and used a piece written by
relative who was the grandson to my 4th ggrandfather, Timothy Beach.
edited the Josiah Priest manuscript saying that Timothy Beach's property
Unadilla in 1784 was later that of the Honorable John M Betts'
have never found Timothy's deed, but know he did settle on land where
owned and have a Beers map showing Betts' place in 1868. The
was on this land back in 1814 according to his deed, but three ownerships
before that seem to stop short of the of the Wallace Patent which was
by the state after Gen. Washington arrested Wallace. The state
land to various land compamies to survey and divide up into lots for sale.
Sluman Wattles was the first in the area to do the survey at Wattles
Sluman sold several lots to Timothy's sons, but were at a later
nearer West Franklin. We stil beleive Sluman made some deal to Timothy in
the form a Quick deed or pocket deed that was never recorded.
Josiah Priest said it was later the land of Ketchum, but searching for him
we only found this name in a few areas, but not near Wattles Ferry at that
period. I am interested in knowing why or how Jay Gould knew JM Betts was
the owner of the property of where Timothy first settled, who was the
second white family to settle at Wattles Ferry in 1784. Possibly when
Gould was surveying the land near there he found something that verified
this. This map might have a clue on it. I have searched the records in 4
county offices all of which were counties of that area and found nothing.
Today this is a dairy farm and is run by the Johnson family.
John H. beach
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