In 1904, the year this topographical map was drawn, my grandfather Minor, Donald Corbly Minor, was a two year toddler living on the family farm on Ceylon Lane, a tiny road leading out of Whitely, Greene Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania. Today it remains a tiny road, gravel and oiled to keep the dust down. I pass by the old farm house, and remember the trips we made out to these hills when I was just shoulder high to my mom. We walked through cow-nibbled grasses, hunted for old trash pits among the trees, dug up jars to be treasured back home. Topo maps are small snags of information that reflect the part of a community that changes least, its topography. Granddaddy’s hills and streams will remain when the farm’s foundations support vines instead of walls.
2 thoughts on “Mapping My Ancestors: Where’s Donald?”
Thanks for the link to MyTopo! I’d not seen their Virginia maps.
VERY cool site. Also suggest you check out Historic Map Works, if you like maps. Personally I just can’t get enough maps.