Clinton County Resources
Ancestor Tracks is committed to becoming a one-stop resource for researchers of early Pennsylvania landowners. In addition to publishing our own books, we are posting images of 19th century maps and atlases that we personally took in the Library of Congress. Our goal is to post landowner maps, or links to other websites with landowner maps, for every county in the state.
Original Land Owners: The state of Pennsylvania began platting the exact metes-and-bounds tracts of the earliest landowners, township-by-township, starting in 1907, but they did not do a project for Clinton County. However, we are indeed fortunate that a private individual has given researchers a gift of his talent. Over many years, Edward J. Heary has painstakingly created connected draft maps of the original owners of land in three counties (Centre, Clinton and Clearfield) in central Pennsylvania, thus performing a priceless service for genealogists. These maps show the boundaries of the tracts on topographic maps, warrantees of the tracts, and the survey number of each, so that the original surveys can be obtained from the Pennsylvania Archives in Harrisburg. See our explanation of how land was transferred from the government to individual owners from the earliest days of settlement.
The Clinton County Genealogical Society has published Clinton County, Pensylvania, Land Warrant Maps containing the connected survey drafts of land warrants by Mr. Heary (item #MP01). It is fully indexed, and contains 50 pages. Price: $18.00 for members, $20.00 for nonmembers.
Keep in mind that Clinton County was originally part of Cumberland County (1750-1771), then parts it were included in Bedford, Northumberland, Mifflin, Lycoming, and Centre Counties.
If your ancestor was actually a first landowner, purchasing his or her property directly from the colony or state of Pennsylvania, further information about these tracts may be gleaned from the Clinton County and its parent counties’ Warrant Registers and Patent Registers on file at the Pennsylvania Archives in Harrisburg. The only way to find the date, book and page of the original warrant, survey, and patent for your ancestor is to search through those county Warrant Registers on the Pennsylvania State Archives website where each page of each county’s ledger is a separate pdf file, or download and save to your computer the entire set of 67 county Warrant Registers plus 3 pre-1733 ledgers called First Landowners of PA: Colonial and State Warrant Registers in the PA Archives, Harrisburg, 1682-ca 1940 ($35). Once you have found the information, you can access the free online surveys, and you can order copies of the original documents from the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg using their order form.
Please note that these land transfers predate the deed books located in each county because they deal with the first transfer of land to private individuals at the state level. Once the land passed into the hands of a private owner, any subsequent transfer of the land was recorded as deeds in the county courthouse as it existed at that time.
19th-Century Residents: For researchers using the 1850-1880 census, we are posting images from the 1862 Map of Clinton County, Pennsylvania from Actual Surveys under the Direction of H. F. Walling drawn by F. W. Beers which is located in the Map Room of the Library of Congress. Be sure to refer to these maps as you consult these downloadable county histories: (1) Daniel Rupp’s 1847 History and Topography of Northumberland, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Centre, Union, Columbia, Juniata and Clinton Counties; (2) D.S. Maynard’s 1875 Historical View of Clinton County: From its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time; (3) John Blair Linn’s 1883 History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania; and (4) J. Milton Furey’s 1892 Historical and Biographical Work: or, Past and Present of Clinton County.
Note that several townships have changed shapes or names since this map was published in 1862. The 1883 map above is an intermediate map drawn between the 1862 landowner map and today’s township maps.
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While the map in the Library of Congress, is in the public domain the images we have taken belong to us and are not to be used for commercial use. For those wishing to use them for personal use (including illustrating a family history you are working on), we give permission to use them, but we would appreciate attribution to Ancestor Tracks. It takes much time and effort to locate, process, edit, and post these and the many other county images we have posted, so we appreciate this courtesy.
1862 Township Maps
Bald Eagle Township
Beech Creek Township
Castanea (created from Dunnstable in 1877)
Chapman Township (including Noyes Township)
Colebrook Township (part, now Grugan)
East Keating Township (formerly Grove Township)
Gallagher Township (Gollauher/Ballaher)
Grove Township (now East Keating Township)
Keating Township (now West Keating Township)
Noyes Township (see Chapman Twp.)
Pine Creek Township
West Keating Township (formerly Keating Township)