Clark County, Ohio

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"Preemption" Lots


From 20th Century History of Springfield and Clark County, Ohio by Hon. William A. Rockel
Chicago: Biographical Publishing Co., 1908


"Preemption" lots are small parcels of land scattered here and there through the entire tract known as the Symmes' Purchase. The history of these lots seem to be this: During the time the surveyors were running out the public lands, if any member of the party, for himself or his principal, desired to select and secure a choice lot of land, he did so, and the lines and corners were immediately established by the surveyors in the field, and the 'field notes" of these special surveyors were incorporated with the notes of the general survey, thus enabling the would-be owner to locate and describe his chosen tract at the Government Land office. Nearly all of the old preemption lines and corners have disappeared, and are known only to the professional surveyor, who prizes them as monuments and reference data.

The surveyed townships are not identical with the civil townships; for instance, the civil township of Springfield is composed of thirty-six sections (one entire township) known as "Town 5, Range 9," and fourteen whole and three fractional sections in Town 4, Range 9.







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