township maps and images

Chester County Townships in 1712

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  1. Map of Chester County Townships in 1712: From the Chester County Archives, online at https://www.chesco.org/1573/Atlases-and-Maps

Properties now in E New London and W Franklin Townships, 1720s

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  2. Properties now in E New London and W Franklin townships, 1720s. North on this map is to the right, West is up. From the archives of the New London Area Historical Society.

New London Properties c. 1720

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3. New London Properties with the Lands of Susanna McCane, c. 1720. Or Susanna McKean, grandmother of Thomas McKean. In the archives of the New London Area Historical Society.

New London Properties, Continued

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  4. New London Properties with the Lands of Susanna McCane and her sons Thomas and William McKean. In the archives of the New London Area Historical Society.

Lands of the London Company, surveyed 1709

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5. Lands of the London Company, surveyed 1709. North is to the right, West is up. From the Pennsylvania Archives and Fold3.com: “London Land Company Survey of 5,000 Acres, Chester County. Surveyed by Thomas Fairman, August 19, [1709]. Printed, in color. Laminated, 1 section. From: Published Pennsylvania Archives, 3rd Series, "Appendix I-X," No. 16.

Chillas Map of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware in 1739

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  6. Chillas Map of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware in 1739, showing the London Company lands and the Nottingham Lots. In the original, North is to the right and West is up, but this image has been rotated so that North is up. Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. "A map of part of the Province of Pennsylvania and of the counties of Newcastle, Kent and Sussex on Delaware: showing the temporary limits of the jurisdiction of Pennsylvania and Maryland, fixed according to an order of his Majesty in Council, dated the 25 day of May in the year 1738 : surveyed in the year 1739" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1852. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/556949a0-c476-0134-f71f-00505686a51c

London Tract and other London Company lands

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7. London Tract and other London Company lands plotted on a modern relief map of SE Chester Co. Prepared by the Franklin Township Historical Commission.

New Munster and the Society Tract, 1763

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8. New Munster and the Society Tract, 1763. North is to the left, East is up. New Munster is now largely in Maryland, but part of it extended into S Franklin Township. From the Pennsylvania Archives and Fold3.com: “Tracts of Land called New Munster and Society, December 13, 1763. Shows: mill, dwelling house, Rankin's field. Printed, in color. Laminated, 1 section. From: Published Pennsylvania Archives, 3rd Series, "Appendix I-X," No. 12.”

Modern-day Franklin Township showing London Company lands and New Munster

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9. Modern-day Franklin Township showing London Company lands and New Munster. Prepared by the Franklin Township Historical Commission.

The Lands of George McCleave, later of Benjamin Franklin, 1760s and 1770s

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10. The Lands of George McCleave, later of Benjamin Franklin, 1760s and 1770s. Plotted on a modern-day map of Franklin Township by the Franklin Township Historical Commission, based on information in the Chester County Historical Society archives.

A Map of Chester County as Constituted in 1780

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11. A Map of Chester County as Constituted in 1780. Published by Gilbert Cope in 1914. 

New London Township, which then included Franklin Township, detail from the 1847 Painter-Bowen map of Chester County

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 12. New London Township, which then included Franklin Township, detail from the 1847 Painter-Bowen map of Chester County, available from the Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/item/2012592159/ 

Franklin Township, detail from the 1856 T. J. Kennedy map of Chester County

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13. Franklin Township, detail from the 1856 T. J. Kennedy map of Chester County, available from the Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/item/2012590186/

Franklin Township, detail from the 1860 T. J. Kennedy map of Chester County

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  14. Franklin Township, detail from the 1860 T. J. Kennedy map of Chester County, available from the Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/item/2003627062/

Franklin and London Britain, 1873

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15. Franklin and London Britain, 1873. Plate 25 from the Atlas of Chester County, Pennsylvania, 1873. Scan of a map in belonging to a resident of the township.

Detail of Kemblesville

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16. Detail of Kemblesville from Breou’s Official Series of Farm Maps of Chester County, 1883. Scan of a map in belonging to a resident of the township.

Franklin and London Britain

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17. Franklin and London Britain from Breou’s Official Series of Farm Maps of Chester County, 1883. Scan of a map in belonging to a local resident.

Composite map topographical map of 1896 and 1906

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18. Composite map topographical map of 1896 and 1906, prepared of by the Franklin Township Historical Commission, from the U. S. Geological Survey maps. The northern portion of the map is from 1906, the southern from 1896, with the suture of the two maps occurring east to west in the vicinity of Kemblesville (which is why the village is labeled twice).