Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A New Old Map of Bovina

During a review of some of the map files at the Delaware County Historical Association, where I work two days a week as the archivist, I stumbled upon a never before seen (at least by yours truly) map of Bovina that appears to date from the 1820s.  The map was "purchased and given to the Town of Bovina by Robert Hamilton, John Hume and John Erkson as assessors.  Price eight dollars."

I've dated the map from the 1820s for two reasons.  First, on the back of the map is an old newspaper from 1826.  The newspaper could have been put on several years after the map was made - or someone may have made the map after the paper was published and put it on to provide stability.  Second, in the town board minutes for Bovina from May 25, 1821, the board, which included the three aforementioned gentlemen whose names appear on the map, passed the following resolution:  "Resolved that the assessors take the said census for the said town if was agreed by the said assessors to take the said census gratis to the town, and the said persons taking the census to have their Accounts audited by the board of supervisors and the money applied for a map of said Town of Bovina and if any over plus money to be paid over by the supervisors of Town as poor fund."

The map, unfortunately, does not provide a lot of detail about roads and who owned what lots, but it's still an interesting curiosity.  The map unusually is oriented south to north.

Here's a version of the map rotated with the town lines more clearly marked.

Note:  The newspaper attached to the back of this map dates from July 1826 and reports the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who both died on July 4, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. 


  1. Thought you might find this interesting:,+Hobart/

  2. Thank you for sharing this. I have a copy and put the scan of the main map on the Delaware County Genealogy website at: The map of Brushland (in b&w) is at