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

Title Legend for Whiteside-Melish Map of Washington County PA


Map Title Area

Washington County

Constructed by virtue of an Act of the Legislature directing the formation of a Map of Pennsylvania, by 
Johnathan Knight
2 mo. 19. 1817
Hand-drawn Seal.

On the right side, and sideways on the map

Copied from the original under the instruction of the Secretary General. 
March 26th, 1817
Jno. Whiteside
Hand-drawn Seal.

Note: The "cuts" are not perfect. I deliberately included an overlap so I wouldn't miss anything.

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
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