Lot No. 3, Locke, Cayuga County, New York
Since we had traced the Maynard/Minard/Miner Family to New York prior to 1850, I started looking at land records. While my sweet sister-in-law was in Salt Lake awhile ago she located several deeds in Cayuga County for our Minard/Miner family. While looking at these deeds it appeared they contained the dividing up of John Maynard/Minard land upon his death. Thinking it would be easy, I decided to try and put this family together and locate as many of the siblings of Samuel Minard, my 3-great grandfather. Well it is not easy as I thought, it is becoming rather difficult. Not in locating the later deeds from after John Maynard/Minard died, but rather figuring out how many acres are involved and just how he came to possess it.
Lot No. 3 in Locke, Cayuga County, New York was originally part of the Early Military Land Tract. This was land set aside as payment for service during the Revolutionary War. Ebenezer Burnett was the original soldier that received the land. He sold it to an Evander Childs, so far no problem now is where it gets tricky. Evander Childs sold part of the land to John Maynard and Azariah Ketchum. However, the deeds I have found so far make it hard to figure out how many acres John Maynard actually bought. One deed shows only him buying 150 acres of land from Evander Childs. Another deed shows John Maynard splitting the 300 acres bought from Evander Childs with Azariah Ketchum and the a third deed showing Azariah Ketchum selling back to Evander Childs 150 acres. All of these deeds referring to the same half of the 600 acre Lot 3 in Locke.
I do know at some point John Maynard/Minard ends up with 150 acres of land in Lot 3 of Locke. I just now have to figure out if at the time of his death that was all the land he had in Lot 3. I know he had bought land in Lot 4 and lot 44 or 54 (or both) and a few other places. Thankfully FamilySearch has digitized these land records. They are not indexed, but I can look through them like I would the microfilm housed in Salt Lake.
Wish me luck. I will be posting the deeds I find as I transcribe them over on my website Baker Roots Research Notes The URL for the page for Minard New York deeds is http://bakerrootsresearch.weebly.com/minard-land-records.html