Lisbon Township: First land Grants
Added January 29, 2016 by Michael R. Reilly
Found at the Waukesha County Museum by Angie Rozinski with research help from John Schoenknecht. See notes below.
"Information from the Waukesha County Museum Research Center"
"Map courtesy of the Waukesha County Historical Society. http://www.waukeshacountymuseum.org/research-center/"
January 29, 2016
John Schoenknecht to:
I scanned the 1839 map for you. Bonnie and I looked into this more carefully today. This map shows the first recorded land recordings in Waukesha County. As far as we can figure out, this means that in 1839, when the land was offered for sale, (probably by a land agency or company) these were the people who purchased the land. The date is by the name of the landowner.
The dates of purchase range from 1839 - the late 1840s. We figured this means that the land company had the land until this purchase was made. We do not know who held the land before the purchases were recorded.
Now, we are not entirely sure if either Milwaukee or Waukesha County would have earlier records or maps. They may, but we just don't know. We do not have anything earlier here.
I found it interesting that the Weavers, Bonhams, etc. are the earliest recorded and that their land was along the river. I will send you a separate document that has each section indexed.
January 28, 2016
The map uses a term for the original settlers -
I think they are called “Patent” owners. But the map should reflect where the
Weaver family and the Bonhams, Smiths, etc. claimed their land.
January 29, 2016 [Editor's note - the pdf document mentioned below will be added later with a link from this page]
Here is the .pdf document I created of the first recorded land purchases in Lisbon Township. This corresponds with the map I previously sent to you. This document is searchable so if you want to find a certain name, you can just search for that name. It is arranged by section number in the township.
This project was organized by the Waukesha County Historian, Edith Tallmadge. in 1947.
Our policy for helping local historical societies is not to charge, but we would ask that you give us credit for any information we gave you that you use in your display.
"Information from the Waukesha County Museum Research Center" would be good.
I know you have limited time, but it might be worth a call or visit to the Register of Deed Office at the county courthouse.
When Waukesha and Milwaukee counties separated, all of the early records were copied by the new Waukesha County. I believe that these records are still at the courthouse. There just may be a map there - it would be in a bound volume. I saw some very early plat maps of the village of Waukesha that are kept there.
I don't know if there would be similar copies of Lisbon township.
I hope this all helps you.