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Horn Papers Vol. III -- 1700s Maps of Land Patents in Greene, Washington, and Fayette Counties, Pennsylvania


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Horn Papers Vol. III -- 1700s Maps of Land Patents in Greene, Washington, and Fayette Counties, Pennsylvania
Horn Papers Vol. III -- 1700s Maps of Land Patents in Greene, Washington, and Fayette Counties, Pennsylvania
Horn Papers Vol. III -- 1700s Maps of Land Patents in Greene, Washington, and Fayette Counties, Pennsylvania
Horn Papers Vol. III -- 1700s Maps of Land Patents in Greene, Washington, and Fayette Counties, Pennsylvania
Horn Papers Vol. III -- 1700s Maps of Land Patents in Greene, Washington, and Fayette Counties, Pennsylvania

The Horn Papers : Early Westward Movement on the Monongahela and Upper Ohio, 1765-1795 by W. F. Horn, published in 1945 by The Hagstrom Company for the Greene County Historical Society in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. 

This scarce book includes historical maps of three counties, Greene, Washington, and Fayette, along with 81 detailed, fold-out maps of each each township in each county. The detailed township maps indicate each land patent/warrant/survey from the Pennsylvania Land Office, with the original owner's name, the date of the patent or warrant, the patent's name, number of acres, surveying date, and other geographical features.There is also a large historical map folded in a pocket inside the back cover. A wealth of information for historical researchers, genealogists, and many others. 

The first two volumes (not for sale here) of the Horn Papers constitute a well-known, elaborate and unexplained hoax perpetrated by W. F. Horn. He forged a wide variety of historical records and documents purportedly from an ancestor of his, along with a number of artifacts. This third volume, however, is a historically-accurate treasure trove of information on land ownership in early southwestern Pennsylvania.      

The book's interior is crisp and clean and unmarked, a really nice copy. The only flaw we spotted is the glue at the top of the back map pocket is no longer attached. The cover, as you can see from the images, has some wear and some stray paint spots. Clearly the cover did the work of protecting the interior!