Archive for the ‘Surveying’ category

Edward Tiffin

March 14, 2008


Commissioner of General Land Office, 1812-1814; Surveyor-General for the Northwest, 1814-1829. 

Tiffin papers in Ohio Historical Society, 1813 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43210 include:

  1. Microfilm of copies of correspondence of the Surveyor General, 1796-1824, from originals in National Archives (2 reels, 36 feet). 
  1. U.S. General land Office Papers, Steubenville and Zanesville, Ohio, and Washington, D.C., 1800-1851 (six boxes).
  1. Ohio land office records loaned by State Auditor’s Office (2 boxes), containing 1815 Tiffin-Meigs correspondence, and 1821 Tiffin-Brown letter. 
  1. Samuel Williams Papers and Autobiography, (Williams was Tiffin’s chief clerk during the entire period).  Tiffin items are to be found in Volume I and in Boxes III and XIV.

Thomas Worthington papers may contain pertinent material among Tiffin’s letters to Worthington, 1793-1828.


Survey-Southern Boundary

March 14, 2008


  1. MHC – Cass Letter Book pages 48, 65, 67, 106-7, 145-7, 159, 168. 
  1. Cons-Lands.  “Plat of state line between Ohio and Territory of Michigan surveyed conformably with the provisions of the Act of the Congress of the United States, 20th May, 1812, Authorizing the President of the United States to ascertain and designate certain boundaries.”  Surveyed October 2, 1818.  Scale two miles to one inch.

See:  Memorial to Senate and H of R, January 9, 1818

Southern Border of Michigan

March 4, 2008

Research Boundaries – See Survey – Southern Boundaries

1. See Tracings and maps Michigan-Wisconsin boundary 1851-1910, B-1723.

2. See Streeter: #7382 (facsimilie of this in MSL vault). “Early Michigan History,” a pamphlet collection in two volumes contains above. 8027, 2028, 2025.

3. Sherman, C.E., Ohio Co-operative Topographical Survey, 1916. 1115 pp. See especially Volume 1 – contains bibliography.

4. Ind. Historical Society Collection – Volume 8 (Indiana)

5. Eirich, C. C. A study in historic geography; the establishing of the Ohio-Michigan boundary line: Journal Geography, v. 12, p.5-8, September 1913.

6. Gannett, Henry, Boundaries of the United States and of the several States and Territories with an outline of the history of all important changes of territory (1st ed.): U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 13, 1885 (135 p.); 2d. ed., Bulletin 171, 1900 (142 p.); 3d. ed., Bulletin 226, 1901. 145 p.

7. Settlement of the boundary dispute between Ohio and Michigan (note): Geographical Review, v. 3, p. 147, February 1917; Engineering News, v. 76, p. 1234-1235, December 28, 1916.

8. Series of articles and editorials concerning Michigan-Ohio boundary dispute; Wisconsin, though favoring Michigan’s position, did not relish the thought of losing the Upper Peninsula. – Wisconsin democrat (Green Bay), September 1, 1836-March 24, 1840 (Positive microfilm, State Historical Society of Wisconsin)

Federal Supreme Court Cases

270 U.S. 295; 70 Law Ed. 596; 42 Sup. Ct. 290 decided March 1, 1926 (concerns entire boundary)

272 U.S. 398; 71 Law Ed. 315; 47 Sup. Ct. 114 dated November 22, 1926 (contains decree based on the March 1926 opinion)

295 U.S. 455; 79 Law Ed. 1541; 55 Sup. Ct. 786, May 20, 1935 (concerns the Green Bay Section of the boundary)

297 U.S. 547; 80 Law Ed. 856; 56 Sup. Ct. 584, March 16, 1936 (fixes and establishes finally the boundary between Wisconsin and Michigan)

Sagana Lands

February 26, 2008

Detroit Gazette                                                                                   SAGANA LANDS.

September 8, 1820.

            In answer to a letter of Messrs. A. Edwards and Ch. Larned, dated the 19th July last, to Josiah Meigs, Esquire stating that surveys in the vicinity of Sagana bay are desirable, they are informed by a letter from that gentleman, dated on the 16th ult. That “the surveyor General was directed to cause to be surveyed thirty townships in that vicinity.”  We are informed that the survey will be commenced immediately. 

            We are in expectation of receiving, in the course of two months, a description of that beautiful tract of country which lies in the vicinity of Sagana Bay and river—it will be published as soon as received. 

John Mullett

July 6, 2007


Exec Acts,

Bond, July 31, 1822, of John Mullett, Surveyor of the Territory.  ALS:  John Mullett, Richard Smyth, Levi Cook.

Mineral lands

July 6, 2007



1.    CHECKLIST  of U.S. Public Documents, 1789-1909…Congress.  See first session, December 3, 1849-September 3, 1850.  Serial #551, Vol. 3.  Report on Mineral Lands in Michigan.  See same session, Serial #571, Vol. 3, (pt. 3, 5)

Land Economic Survey Maps

June 12, 2007

Land Economic Survey Maps

RG 62-16