For the collector of things relating to the history of Missouri, here is an early survey map drawn completely by hand, titled at top "Estate of Jos. Hickam decd. in 1848...", signed at bottom right by the surveyor, one W.W. Trent of Cooper County. Cooper County is near today's I-70, roughly between Boonville, Missouri and Columbia, Missouri. I googled these names and found considerable information on the surveyor, who apparently was in the records until at least 1889 from what I have seen, (having come originally from Virginia), and the name Hickam appears in old legal documents, one particularly interesting one pertaining to a man by that name who retained a slave against her will after Emancipation. I'm not sure if that be the same Hickam, if we are to interpret THIS Hickam as having died in 1848............so this piece is definitely a prize for the researcher and history buff. It measures 17 1/2" by 17" in a simple wood frame. There are folds and ripples but the writing in old sepia ink, with a little faint blue color for water added in, is clear. The map is not on typical paper; this has some kind of shine to it, almost as if it were an early wax paper. More research will lead to fascinating discoveries. Allow for reflections in some images. Photos are intentionally darker than reality so as to show the relatively faint writing more clearly. .
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