Westfield Township, OH 1856-1858 8vo (18.7 x 14/9 cm). Contemporary quarter calf with marble boards. Title in ink on printed blank label with blue dentelle boarder pasted on front cover. Collation: [25] pp. of records for stray cattle and horses found in open range. These were brought in for recording at the Westfield Township office. This manuscript records numerous strays that were taken up by the subscriber living in Westfield T.P. Morrow Co. Ohio, starting on 13th day of June 1856. In rural communities during the mid-1800s, before the advent of barbed wire fencing, horses, cows, and sheep sometimes moseyed from pasture to pasture and kept moving. Without brands or other identifying marks, there was no way to tell to whom the animal belonged to. Even with brands, the owner might be unknown. Thus livestock became strays. Sooner or later, someone would happen upon a lost cow or horse, and pen them for a while. Strays were reported to the town office where pertinent details were recorded and a notice posted. Very Good Contemporary quarter calf (Item ID: 0000640)


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