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1830 Weathersfield Map of Property
1840 Weathersfield Map of Property
Reveal Early Land Owners Here
(From Centennial Club History)
By use of the early township maps, the ownership of the land now
in Niles can be traced in rough outline through the Heaton period.
The map of 1815 shows James Heaton to be the owner of
all the land north of the Mahoning River for a distance of one
and one-half miles and for at least one-half mile on either side
of the Mosquito Creek, although he apparently shared ownership
of part of the land on the east side of the creek near the river
with Joshua Stow, one of the original members of the
Connecticut land company.
The land on the south side of the river, west
of the point where the Meander Creek joins the river was the property
of Bariah Battles, while that lying east of the confluence
of the two streams and south of the river was owned by Robert
McCombs. At the end of the Heaton period in 1840, few changes
to the land ownership outside the village had taken place. The
original James Heaton possessions were now in the hands of his
son, Warren Heaton; the Joshua Stow land east of the
creek and north of the river had been purchased by Josiah Robbins
Sr., and the Bariah Battles property was recorded in the name
of his heir, John Battles.
Weathersfield Township Map featuring
1840 map of Niles.
Of the 54 lots platted in 1834, they were listed
as follows: 23 lots, James and Warren Heaton, 12 lots
- Heaton and Robbins, Lot 18 - M. Rider, 20
- William McKinley Sr., 22 - Jacob Robinson,
29 - Ambrose Mason, 31 - James Heaton, 37 -
J. Frederick, 42 - David Bowell, 43 and 44 -
A. Kingsley, 45,46 and 47 - Thomas Evans, 49-
school grounds, 48,50,51 and 52- Warren Heaton, 53 -
John Dray, and 54 - James Dempsey. PO1.665
the village plat of 1837, there were fifty-four lots recorded,
twenty-nine of which were owned by James Heaton and his son, Warren,
and twelve more were jointly held by Heaton and Robbins. The remaining
lots were recorded in the names of Thomas Evans, A. Kingsley,
John Dray, James Dempsey, J. Frederick, Ambrose Mason, David Bowell,
Jacob Robeson, M. Rider, and one lot, that is now occupied
by the McKinley Savings and Loan Company, by William McKinley,
That there were fifty-four lots in the first
plat by no means indicates that there were fifty-four dwellings.
Most of the lots were vacant, there being but thirteen recorded
property owners. Outside the village plat, however, there were
probably workmen’s cabins along the creek, and in addition,
farms scattered throughout the vicinity. But with the exception
of the farm clearings, Niles town in 1834 must be imagined as
a diminutive settlement with the forest pressing in on all sides
almost to the present business district, and with pioneer conditions
on living and travel still prevailing.
An 1847 map of Niles showing the
lots platted downtown by James Heaton. PO1.652
1847 map of south Niles.
Note only one of the street names have remained the same. PO1.660
Niles Sandborn Fire Insurance
Niles Sandborn Fire Insurance
Sanborn fire map is a sheet map or atlas map depicting the built
environment of a city. A fire insurance map thoroughly describes
buildings, land use, and transportation infrastructure, unlike
a street map. Fire insurance became an essential thing in the
Historic photographs, city directories,
and birds-eye images (aerial photographs and maps) each reveal
important information about historic buildings. Historic photographs
depict the historic form, construction, and architecture of a
building; city directories document the address, occupancy, and
function of a building; and birds-eye images illustrate the spatial
organization of structures, cityscapes, and landscapes. But is
there a historic document that informs historians with the knowledge
gathered separately from historic photographs, city directories,
and birds-eye images?
While Sanborn Fire Insurance maps
were originally intended to aid the assessment of fire risk by
insurance companies, modern historians study these maps for their
unrivalled documentation of the historical addresses, sizes, functions,
construction materials, and geospatial distribution of structures.
This information together, as demonstrated, is akin to using historic
photographs, city directories, and birds-eye images in tandem.
Viewing the 1898 and 1915 Sandborn
Fire Insurance maps of downtown Niles will show thw additions
to the area's business and industrial growth.
The 1915 map has a red outline indicating
the original plats as laid out by James Heaton in 1834.