Tonight I will share information about a farm from my Mother’s side of the family.
My third great-grandfather David Darling lived near Cape Vincent, New York in 1850.
I 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.
The 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
After 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.
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.