Maps and Plats
Thomas Milam Land Survey with Plat
Based on a Warrant for land obtained by Mylum, George Hume performed a Survey on June 15, 1749. Richard Mazey and Francis Tidwell were the Chain Carriers. Survey (image)
Thomas Milam, William Rush IV and Benjamin Rush Sr. Surveys on Map
This topographic map was prepared by Robert Vernon of Charlottesville, Virginia. Please note Finley McCollester's plat at the top right. McCollester was a brother-in-law of Milam since he married Elizabeth Rush, an older sister of Milam's wife, Mary Rush. Map (image)
Thomas Milam and John Bramham Plats
Thomas Milam and John Bramham jointly held a warrant for 400 acres on the northern side of Double Top mountain. When Bramham had his half surveyed in October 1747, "Thomas Mylum refooses running of his back line that adjoins this warrrant." On this map, one can see the dividing line which they "bickered" over. Having visited the property, Mylam definitely obtained the more farmable land - his half lying on both sides of present day Rose River. Map (image)
Milam's Neighborhood Based on Early Plats
This topographic map was also prepared by Robert Vernon of Charlottesville, Virginia. One can see the various survey lines which are mentioned when land adjacent to Milam's was surveyed. Although Finley McCollester's plat is not included, one can find John Kelley's plat at the upper left. Kelley was another brother-in-law of Milam's since he married Ann Margaret "Nanny" Rush, a younger sister of Mary Rush. Map (image)
County Photo Album
New counties were designated when the population of an area was large enough, around 1000 tithables, and when it required more than one day's horseback ride to reach the county courthouse for several Gentlemen. One could travel 20 to 25 miles a day on horseback. The County Justices would then petition the General Assembly in Williamsburg for division of the county.
Often counties were simply divided. But on the western frontier, the western boundaries were undefined and extended as far West as the Colony of Virginia was believed to extend: to the Pacific Ocean and a route to the East Indies, to the Great Mountains, to the Ohio River Valley, to the Mississippi River. On the frontier new counties were added much like states were added to the Union: Ohio, then Indiana, then Illinois, etc. These five maps of the Colony of Virginia from 1691 to 1650 show the progressive addition of new counties. County Photo Album (image) - click to enlarge a photo and view album.