This atlas was published three years before Boyd Crumrine published his History of Washington County. Many of the names mentioned in that comprehensive work, as well as those in Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington Countywhich was published in 1893 by J. H. Beers, can be precisely located by using this 1876 atlas.
The atlas has colored maps of all of the townships labeled with the names of thousands of landowners, plus black & white drawings of many towns and boroughs with owners, as well as lithographs of private residences and farms of prominent residents. It also contains a "business directory" of all of the businesspeople in the county in 1876 including, for many of them, the dates they settled in Washington Co. and the place they were born. Sometimes there is surprising information in this business directory; for example, Mrs. N. McQuown is listed in Donegal Twp. as owning 10 sheep and 31 acres, Post Office Atchison, and under "Business" it states: " John L. McQuown was born 1837, April 12th, was married to Miss Nancy M. Martin on the 24th Feb., 1866. Died Dec. 7th, 1873." In addition to the maps showing thousands of residents of the county and the business directory of each township and town, there are illustrations of many farms, residences, and businesses in the county.
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