Sunday, June 5, 2016

Land Sales in Hocking County

Painting by Gerhard Munthe, "At the Farm, Ulvin" dated 1889.

The Hocking County, Ohio Recorder has sent me a set of records, including land deeds involving my 3rd & 4th-great-grandparents. On 25 May 1864, Jonathan and Deborah Martin sold John Armstrong 160 acres in Salt Creek Township, Hocking County, Ohio for $625. John Armstrong and wife Sarah Sally Martin Armstrong were living in Montgomery County, Indiana at the time. The sale involved land in the northeast quarter of Section One, Township Eleven, Range 19.

In June 1858, William K. Martin sold the south half of the northeast quarter (75 acres) for $200 to his father Jonathan Martin. The land deed indicates that William K. Martin was living in Montgomery County, Indiana at the time. William moved to Indiana with the family of his sister Sarah Sally Martin and her husband (my 3rd-great-grandparents).

So the land John Armstrong purchased in 1864 had previously belonged to his brother-in-law. Before it was owned by William, it had belonged to Jonathan Martin. He acquired the land on 1 November 1846.

In 1850, Jonathan Martin bought 40 acres in the southwest quarter of the southeast quarter of section 36, township 12, range 19.

Jonathan Martin appears the US Federal Census Non-Population Schedules for 1850 in Salt Creek Township, Hocking County, Ohio. He had 3 horses, 6 cows, 11 sheep, 3 pigs. The farm was producing wheat, corn and oats.

I will have more on Jonathan and Deborah Martin and their time in Ohio.


  1. Wow, that's quite the piece of history you have there! How did you get the land deeds? Did you have to prove that you were related to the people involved in that deed? For instance, if I was simply curious about an old house in that region, would a simple request to the Hocking County Ohio Recorder be enough?


    1. You just have to write to the Recorders Office and ask them for copies. There will be a small charge per page. It helped that I knew the names to look up in the index. If you only know the location of the house, it may be difficult to track this backward. You will have to follow the chain of title from person to person. The Recorders Office should have the information though.


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