At the LeMoyne House, home to the Washington County Historical Society, the librarian, Janet, was able to show us maps of the original warrant for the property the Stone House sits. The warrant was issued 8-31-1784, the survey was done 12-15-1784 with the patent issued 8-29-1785 to Joseph Allen. (See information on September 27th entry – 1916 article)
Janet explained to Bob and me that, “Pennsylvania belonged to the Indians (now referred to as Native American) and after the 1780s was able to issue parcels of land.” Because we had the name of the person who was issued the patent from an article from the Roscoe Ledger – January 28, 1916 – we were able to spot the land where the Latta Stone House would be built.
Close up of land where the Stone house would be built
Update: According to Janet, the librarian at the Washinton County Historical Society there are two answers as to which tribe owned the land prior to the Penn Trust purchase. In an email she writes, “The short answer is The Six Nations – Iriquios. The event was the Treaty of Fort Stanwix in 1768.
She also writes, “The long answer is that is was much more complicated because settlers were moving in this area without a treaty, and both Virginia and Pennsylvania laid claim to the territory until 1780. Also, there were more tribes using this area than the Six Nations, so some historians claim they had no right to sell the lands to the Penns in 1768.”¹
¹ Email correspondence, 11/15/11.
Images from W. F. Horn, ed., The Horn Papers: Early Western Movement on the Monongahela and Upper Ohio, 1765-1795, 3 vols. New York, NY: Hagstrom Co., 1945.