Butler County Landowner Map, 1858
Our goal at Ancestor Tracks is to publish maps and land ownership information allowing genealogy researchers to place more precisely the locations where our ancestors lived. The state of Pennsylvania began platting the exact metes-and-bounds tracts of the earliest landowners, township-by-township, starting in 1907, but the Land Office only completed about 1/3 of the state before the project ended. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania did not plat the tracts of the earliest landowners of Butler County.
In lieu of being able to bring you Township Warrantee Maps of the earliest settlers, we are posting, the Map of Butler Co., Pennsylvania from surveys by Jas. Dunlap, Hugh McKee, David Scott, E. Maurhoff & J.W. Kirker which was published in 1858. This map is located in the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. We hope that it will be a useful tool for locating your Butler County families when coupled with the 1860 census. If your ancestor was actually a first landowner, purchasing his or her property from the colony or state of Pennsylvania, further information about these tracts may be gleaned from the Warrant and Patent Registers of Westmoreland Co. (created in 1773 from Bedford Co.), Washington Co. (created from Westmoreland in 1781), Allegheny Co. (created in 1788 from Westmoreland and Washington) or Butler County (created in 1800 from Allegheny County). These Warrant and Patent Registers are contained on our CD, First Landowners of PA: Colonial and State Warrant Registers in the PA Archives, Harrisburg, 1682-ca 1940. Many settlers arrived in this area before 1802 when the Butler County Warrant Register was set up, so all of these county registers, or ledgers, should be checked for land transactions.
Be sure to go to the excellent site at the USGenWeb Project for Butler County. This is a quality site which has also posted images from the 1858 map which we are posting alternate images of below, as well as the Atlas of 1874. Also see their "Land Warrants & Patents" page for Warrants prior to 1802, and their wonderful transcriptions of both the 1883 History of Butler County Pennsylvania and the 1895 History of Butler Co.,PA. Kudos to the many volunteers who participated in these tasks!
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