Monday, August 20, 2012

1895 Cooke County Map

A comment left on the Bus Tour post reminded me that sometime ago I started to try locating the land owned by the men who were hanged.  I never finished the project, but will post a map showing a few of the land surveys belonging to victims of the hanging. 
Below is a copy of a 1895 plat map for Cooke county showing land owned by several of the men who were killed during the hangings.  Texas land surveys are known by the name of the person who was originally authorized to purchase the land.  So if your ancestor was not the original owner of the land, you would need the land deed for your ancestor to find out the name of the survey in order to find it on a map.  According to the Texas General Land Office:  "for the purposes of reference the name of the original certificate holder is retained as a means of identifying the surveyed tract."

1895 Cooke County Survey Map

The Texas General Land Office has an excellent website.  Another helpful website is Arphax Publishing.  The Arphax Publishing Texas Land Survey Maps series and Family Maps series are very helpful in finding the land your ancestor owned. 
I will be glad to add names to the map, if information is left in comments showing which survey was owned by your 'Great Hanging' ancestor.:) 
The above map can be found on Ancestry.com. It is in their map collection called Historic Land Ownership and Reference Atlases, 1507-2000.  Ancestry.com is available free in most major libraries and in LDS Family History Centers across the U.S. 

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for map. Would like to know where you got it. Is it online somewhere? Would like a copy with only my ancestor on it.

P2 said...

Did you ever find out where we could get a copy of this map? My ancestors are on it for sure.

TexasRoots said...

The map can be found on Ancestry.com. It is in their map collection called Historic Land Ownership and Reference Atlases, 1507-2000.
Ancestry.com is available free in major libraries and in LDS Family History Centers across the U.S. Google to find location.