I have been doing some genealogy today and was just doing some research on the Darling family so thought I would just post what I wrote about their farm earlier this year.
Tonight I will share information about a farm from my Mother’s side of the family.
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 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
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.
However 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.
Here 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.
I 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.