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. Can
someone give me the gentleman's name and address or telephone number who
bought the Jay Gould map.
I believe someone said it was an 1800 map. I know Jay did a lot of mapping
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 a
relative who was the grandson to my 4th ggrandfather, Timothy Beach. Jay
edited the Josiah Priest manuscript saying that Timothy Beach's property in
Unadilla in 1784 was later that of the Honorable John M Betts' farm. We
have never found Timothy's deed, but know he did settle on land where Betts
owned and have a Beers map showing Betts' place in 1868. The Betts family
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 taken
by the state after Gen. Washington arrested Wallace. The state issued the
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 Ferry.
Sluman sold several lots to Timothy's sons, but were at a later date and
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