Underground Railroad routes – western PA

Here’s a map of the routes supposedly taken by fugitive slave in western Pennsylvania. I found this at the California Area Historical Society.

Routes in western PA - Underground Railroad

Routes in western PA - Underground Railroad

A close up version shows the proximity of where the Latta Stone House is located – Roscoe –  and the city of Washington where the LeMoyne House is located.

Close up of routes - Roscoe to Washington, PA

Close up of routes - Roscoe to Washington, PA

Images from California Area Historical Society, The Gallagher House California, Pennsylvania 15419.

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1876 Centennial Map

The following map, found in a book created for the centennial celebration, shows where the Latta Stone house is located. It shows that O.D. Latta, my great, great grandfather, had 60 acres and where the house is located.

Allen Township map circa 1876

Allen Township map circa 1876

Here is a closeup of where the Latta Stone House is located.

Close up of OD Latta property

Close up of OD Latta property

Maps from Calwell’s Illustrated Combination Centennial Atlas of Washington County. Published by J.A. Caldwell, condition 1876, Library of Congress 76-40594 reprint

Published in: on September 30, 2009 at 8:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Latta Stone House land was originally owned by Joseph Allen

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.

map-JAllenpropoutline

Close up of land where the 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.

Published in: on September 30, 2009 at 7:37 pm  Leave a Comment