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.
By Kay Strickland
I am a keeper of my family's lore, chasing after my ancestors' tales in south central New York, southwestern Pennsylvania and Southside Virginia. The stories and photographs that I share on this blog are my intellectual property. While I do my very best to provide well researched posts, I do not pretend to have reached genealogical proof standards. Therefore, much of this work is to generate conversation among interested parties. If you would like to share my work or my records, please contact me: dkaysdays (at) gmail (dot) com.View Archive →