Search billions of records on

Washington County PAGenWeb 
Genealogy Project

About the Washington County PAGenWeb Project

Search ALL my Sites.

Full Map RG-17 Records of the Land Office
MELISH-WHITESIDE MAPS, 1816-1821. {series #17.534}
Washington County PA Map drawn in 1817

Record Group 17 (RG-17) of Land Maps were produced by John Melish.  See source information below.

If your ancestor is not on this early map but you know they resided in the county between 1816-1821, your only option is to use Land Deeds to prove that they owned land here. Remember, one could own land but reside elsewhere.  Look in Deeds and Land Warrants to find ownership.

The maps would have been on oversized paper to show one full county.  The originals are housed at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission which created the scanned images online in PDF format.

Cropping the full image to a size that can be displayed on a webpage makes the items shown be unreadable.  Here is a copy of the reduced size, full map.

Scanned and cropped image of the 1817 Melish-Whiteside Map of Washington County PA

To assist researchers, I copied the map from PDF to JPG format.  BUT to read the item I had to enlarge the PDF image, then split the enlargement into multiple images.  I started in the left-top corner of Washington County (NW corner) through to the SW corner; then there are 4 sets, each going from north to south to cover far-left-center, left-center, right-center, and far-right-center; and lastly, one set going from the top-right (NEN) to bottom-right (NES).  I will do my best to display these smaller pieces here; they are not 'perfect' cuts.  To make sure I got every item shown, sometimes I made overlapping images. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger version of that section.

 Or, use the table below to go to a specific "grid" cut from the 1817 Map.

NOTE:  I marked most names as "House".  You can let me know which are Taverns, Mills, etc.  It's just too difficult to do this kind of matching independently when the info is in separate files.  Also note how many churches are marked Seceder. 

Source information:  Record Group 17 (RG-17) of Land Maps were produced by John Melish a geographer, traveler, and entrepeneur who convinced the Pennsylvania legislature to pay him to produce the first set of official land maps.   Duputy surveyors spread out across PA counties between 1816 and 1821 to compile the works, then sent them to Mr. Melish to construct one larger Pennsylvania Land Map.  The smaller county maps, however, were copied by clerks before sending them on to Mr. Melish. The first clerk to execute copies was John Whitesides, and the maps became known as The Whiteside Maps, or Melish-Whiteside. The maps were submitted to the legislature in March 1822 and were deemed detailed and accurate. Scanned images online include county maps from forty-four of the Commonwealth's sixty-seven counties.

From Pennsylvania Historical and Musuem, RG-17, Records of the Land Office, MELISH-WHITESIDE MAPS, 1816-1821. {series #17.534}

Each panel was cut from the larger image, then enlarged, and presented on it's own page. 

Legend for 1817 Whiteside-Melish map of Washington County PA from RG-17 Records of the Land Office Longitude Statement for 1817 Whitesides-Melish map of Washington County PA from RG-17 Records of the Land Office Latitude Statement for 1817 Whitesides-Melish map of Washington County PA from RG-17 Records of the Land Office
Column 1 Grid 1 North Column 2 Grid 1 North Column 3 Grid 1 North Column 4 Grid 1 North Column 5 Grid 1 North
Column 1 Grid 2 Column 2 Grid 2 Column 3 Grid 2 Column 4 Grid 2 Column 5 Grid 2
Column 1 Grid 3 Column 2 Grid 3 Column 3 Grid 3 Column 4 Grid 3 Column 5 Grid 3
Column 1 Grid 4 South Column 2 Grid 4 South Column 3 Grid 4 South Column 4 Grid 4 South Column 5 Grid 4 South
Column 1 Grid 5 Column 2 Grid 5 Column 3 Grid 5 Column 4 Grid 5 Column 5 Grid 5
Column 1 Grid 6 Column 2 Grid 6 Column 3 Grid 6 Column 4 Grid 6 Column 5 Grid 6
  Column 2 Grid 7 Column 3 Grid 7 Column 4 Grid 7 Column 5 Grid 7
    Column 3 Grid 8   Column 5 Grid 8



Blue mottled Spacer Line

Return to Home Page

This is the Washington County PAGenWeb Genealogy Project

Site Map

Submission Guidelines and Privacy Rights


Website updated by current webmaster from 2005 continuously through current year ; See Site History

To submit material for the website or to report a broken link, start your subject line with "WCPA" followed by specific subject and email me at:  Washington.Co.Pa.Webmaster AT     ( "AT" ).   I spend most of my time adding new material so please allow at least 14 days for a reply.

Notice: Links the webmaster gives to outside websites are provided to enhance your research and understanding of history and genealogy. However, The USGenWeb Project does not offer any endorsement of any outside sites or their contents.  This notice applies to all pages within the "Washington County PAGenWeb".

2006 to 2012 ;  2013 Judith Ann Florian, all rights reserved.  Website is updated weekly or monthly, as I receive submissions or when I complete a transcribing project. The materials (files) located on this website are the property of the webmaster and the contributors. Material is for personal research and may NOT  be included in any for-fee collection or publication.

History of this website - The first PAGenWeb Washington County coordinator was Jean Suplick Matuson [who developed She was followed by Georgeann Malowney [who took over], then Peggy Tebbetts, and lastly, Christina Hunt who each held prior copyrights over this website.  Each coordinator has contributed much to the preservation of Washington County genealogical information/history.

This Washington County PA website is a current member of PAGenWeb and the USGenWeb.

This page last updated Thursday, February 04, 2016

New Page 1


2005 Judith Florian, all rights reserved.