A Darling New York Farm

Tonight I will share information about a farm from my Mother’s side of the family.

3rd Great Grandfather, David Darling, Ancestry, Geneaology, Family HistoryMy third great-grandfather David Darling lived near Cape Vincent, New York in 1850.

David Darling, Census, Agriculture Schedule,Cape Vincent, NYI checked to see if I could find an Agriculture Schedule for him and was able to find one.

David had only a small farm of 19 acres with a cash value of $247. He also had $35 of farming implements and machinery.

He had one horse, one milch cow, one other cattle and two swine for a total value of $42.

It was also interesting to see what he grew on the farm. 10 bushels of wheat, 30 bushels of Indian corn and 30 bushels of oats.

David Darling, Census, Agriculture Schedule,Cape Vincent, NYThe second page of the schedule shows 10 bushels of peas and beans and 20 bushels of Irish potatoes.

David produced 50 pounds of butter from his milch cows and the value of his slaughtered animals was $20.

Definitely a much smaller farm than that of Absalom Leeper which I wrote about yesterday. See: Leeper Farm Schedule

David Darling, Census, Agriculture Schedule,Cape Vincent, NYAfter finding the agriculture data I decided to see if I could find out where the farm was.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find a land ownership map from 1850 when the Darling family lived in Cape Vincent Township. By the time of this 1864 map the family had moved on west.

David Darling, Census, Agriculture Schedule,Cape Vincent, NYHowever I still had some information to work with. I decided to look for the names of his neighbors on the 1850 census and found them on the 1864 map. David Darling would have lived in this area near the Delany, Rice and Armstrong families.

David Darling, Census, Agriculture Schedule,Cape Vincent, NYHere you can see the approximate area that he lived in. He would have lived less than two miles away from the St. Lawrence River and near the village of St. Lawrence. Many years ago I visited Cape Vincent and drove down the road along the river. I was that close to where he lived.

David Darling, Census, Agriculture Schedule,Cape Vincent, NYI will share more about Cape Vincent in a future post as it is one of the upcoming destinations for my Virtual Hike. The last post was from Carlisle Township, Ohio so I am getting closer.

It is really cool to add some color to the lives of my ancestors.

Steven

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Leeper Farm Schedule

Earlier this week I wrote a post about the Leeper Land in Henry County, Iowa.

Henry County Iowa, Trenton Township, Absalom Leeper, Iowa, ancestorTonight I will share what Absalom Leeper had on his farm. Another great genealogy resource is the Census Non-Population schedules.

1850, Absalom Leeper, Farm Schedule, AgricultureThis Schedule 4 – Products of Agriculture is from 1850.

1850, Absalom Leeper, Farm Schedule, AgricultureIt was interesting to see what Absalom had on his farm in 1850.

The farm had 80 acres of improved land and 200 acres of unimproved land.

The cash value of the farm was $2,000 and the value of his farm machinery and implements was $100.

Now for the animals. Absalom had 5 horses, 2 milch cows, 3 other cattle, 25 sheep and 70 swine. The value of the animals was $350.

I did notice that on the page Absalom was on that he had the most swine.

For produce, Absalom had a harvest of 150 bushels of wheat, 1,800 bushels of Indian corn and 100 bushels of oats.

1850, Absalom Leeper, Farm Schedule, AgricultureThe schedule covers two pages and here are the headings for the second page.

1850, Absalom Leeper, Farm Schedule, AgricultureAbsalom had 56 pounds of wool from his sheep and produced 200 pounds of butter from the milk of his milch cows.

He also cut 3 tons of hay.

The value of his home-made manufactures was $75 and the slaughtered animals $100.

Quite an interesting mix of animals and products from the farm.

I have seen farm schedules for some of my other ancestors so may have to compare some of them in a future post.

Steven

 

 

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