Item #28448 Land Speculation on the Railroad in Kentucky and Tennessee, archive. Kentucky, Tennessee, Edward Railroad Livingston.
Land Speculation on the Railroad in Kentucky and Tennessee, archive.

Land Speculation on the Railroad in Kentucky and Tennessee, archive.

1886. A series of letters to Edward Livingston dating 1836-1887 about land on the Kentucky and Tennessee border in and around the Walker's State Line. Edward Livingston [1834 - 1906] was an American railroad businessman and prominent in New York society and resident of Garrison, NY.

In one letter on letterhead from Cleveland, Mt. Vernon & Delaware Railroad dated 1884 acknowledging that Livingston had purchased three shares of stock. The letter discusses the amount of land the company owns: 14,000 acres in Scott Co. Tenn; 40,000 acres in Terry County Kentucky, 40,000 and 13,500 acres in Leslie County Kentucky. "All the Kentucky lands have never been surveyed." One letter describes that parcels in Kentucky are often cross filed to multiple people.

16 letters, most to Edward Livingston, primarily asking about land surveys plus 6 hand written documents on survey results in and around the Walker's State line between Kentucky and Tennessee. Also information regarding the railway (very faded ink), and questions about a report of Standard Oil Company acquiring large tracts of land in Tennessee with wells dug and producing. Letter writers/receivers include Webb & McClung, Judge Unthank (Pineville Bell Co.), Wm. Holbrook, (?) Schapp.

Two maps, one printed (24 x 21") showing 'Compiled Map of Lands situated in Scott County, Tennessee conveyed to Z.S. Durfee and Charles H. Ladd by Wiliam Gilliss, 1878." and a second map (21 x 17") hand drawn on waxed paper, "Map of C.H. Ladds borders in Kentucky with contiguous tracts, Cheever Patent only surveyed, others relatively placed."

Letters are hand written on cream paper, others onion skin, some ink fading, original folds. Printed map with some splits in folds, otherwise vgc, waxed paper map in fine condition. Good + overall. Item #28448

Price: $550.00

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