Original Landowners of WashingtonThe land which became the City of Washington was acquired by the following eighteen people between 1663 and 1703.
|ATCHESON, WILLIAM||UNNAMED TRACT OF LAND|
|BEALL, NINIAN||INCLOSURE, BEALL'S LEVELS, & ROCK OF DUMBARTON|
|HOUP, WALTER||HOUP YARD|
|HUTCHISON, WILLIAM||THE VINEYARD|
|JOWLES, HENRY||THE GRANGE|
|LANGWORTH, JOHN||WIDOW'S MITE|
|LEWGER, JOHN||LAYTON STONE|
|PEERCE, JOHN||JAMAICA & PORT ROYAL|
|PINNER, RICHARD & WILLIAM||FATHER'S GIFT|
|THOMPSON, GEORGE||DUDDINGTON MANOR, DUDDINGTON PASTURE, & NEW TROY|
|THOMPSON, WALTER||THE NOCK|
|TROOPE, ROBERT||SCOTLAND YARD|
|WADE, ZACHARIAH||BROTHER'S PURCHASE|
From research data of Bessie W. Gahn, 1936.
In the excellent book, The Center: A Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Capital Area, Christina Schaefer cites a work by Suzanne Hilton, published in Heritage Quest, Vol.55, pgs. 67-79, listing the names of owners of original lots auctioned by the Federal Government. This data is abstracted from the Washington Advertiser 1804-06, (available on microfilm). Also, the Office of the Recorder of Deeds, District of Columbia (441 4th St., NW, DC 10001, tel: (202)727-5374) has typed transcript copies of all the early deeds from 1792-1869. These would give geographical descriptions of the land parcels in question. I am unaware as to whether they maintain the original plat books. On this point, it is worth asking the Historical Society of Washington, DC Library tel: (202)785-2064.
Another excellent source for locating old street names of historical Washington City: Maps of the District of Columbia and City of Washington and Plats of the Squares and Lots of the City of Washington, printed in pursuance of a resolution of the Senate of the United States, Washington: Printed by A. Boyd Hamilton, 1852. A copy may be found at the Martin Luther King Library.