I understand colonists didn’t get title to the land until they occupied their assigned lot for some time. This map may represent Scotch Colony lot ownership after 1884. I’m using that date because Margaret Cocker’s (mapped on lot 34) husband, James, died in 1884. There are several other widows on the map and the records we have show their husbands died before 1884.
We have more detective-work to find a more exact date. I’ll post any additional information in a reply. Please reply with comments or questions.
(this is a new version of the video, uploaded in the fall of 2014, with newer and sharper underlying aerial photos.)
The video is a flyover of the map, overlayed on Google Earth’s recent satellite photos and 3D topography (elevation exaggeration was set to 2 so there is some extreme distortion). To make text legible, change your YouTube Settings to 720P (the little gear symbol that appears after you hit play). Hit pause to make it easier to read the map.
I think seeing the lay of the land and today’s forests and fields really brings the map to life and makes it easier to locate the lots. The map is a little out of alignment but look for the logging clear-cuts and field-edges on the photograph to get a more accurate fix.
Here’s a detail of the same map, showing the Scotch Colony. Click to enlarge.
Can you tell who, what, when or where? If you spot something, leave a reply (note the minutes:seconds). From a 16mm color film. This is from a time before color photographs were widely available. The original film is silent.