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(Page Last Updated:  2008-03-04 )

Versailles Area Maps
(Including Some Related Locations in Southern Erie County)

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Since these pages are based upon the Brown family history, I have pegged the location of Versailles to Lat: 42.519467 & Long: -78.987700 (NAD83 Datum) (see MapBlast - Free Registration Required), which was the location of the front entrance to Will and Elisha Brown's store. This location has an altitude of approximately 215 meters AMSL.  The Universal Transverse Mercator target for the store entrance is UTM 17 665277E 4709202N (NAD27 CONUS Datum) (see TopoZone.com). The Quad is North Collins, USGS Quad Code: o42078e8, NYS DOT Quad Code: T7.  The 1:24000 topographical map is ISBN No. 0607416475 The location of Versailles is listed by the USGS as somewhat west of the Brown's store coordinates that I have chosen to represent Versailles. The FCC's Community Atlas Interface shows the location of Versailles with a blue star and gives the community coordinates as: N 42 31' 8" and W 78 59' 45" (NAD83).  The magnetic declination for Versailles as of Jan 1, 2002 is 10 26' West.  In 1900 it was 5 26' West (See chart below).

This table provides various representations of the coordinates for the front entrance to the store that was owned by Elisha Brown and subsequently by Will Brown:
Format WGS84 NAD27 (CONUS)
 DD.ddddddd 42.519467 -78.987700 42.519467 -78.987977
 DD mm.mmm 42 31.168' -78 59.262' 42 31.168' -78 59.279'
 DD mm ss 42 31' 10.1" -78 59' 15.7" 42 31' 10.1" -78 59' 16.7"
UTM  (Zone 17) 665294 E 4709416 N 665277 E 4709202 N

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  1. Location of Versailles
  2. 1841 Map by W. L. Stork of the Village of Versailles
  3. D.G. Beers & Co. 1869 Atlas - Versailles 
  4. Orthophotograph from NYS GIS Clearinghouse
  5. Planimetric Map from the NYS DOT
  6. EPA Map
  7. Versailles location via MapBlast!
  8. Store Location of Elisah & Will Lincoln Brown via MapBlast!
  9. Magnetic Declination Values Over Time
  10. Lawton Station shown on Tunison's 1898 railroad map of New York
  11. 1856 Map of Railroads - David Vaughan
  12. Part of an 1825 map of Western NY by Vance and Dey
  13. 1839 Map by David Burr
  14. 1875 Map of Geneva & Hornellsville Railroad
  15. Map of the 1802 Holland Land Company cession to the Seneca Nation
  16. 1869 D.G. Beers & Co. Map of Perrysburg
  17. 1866 Map of Evans Twp, Erie County
  18. 1880 Map of Evans Twp. Erie County
  19. 1880 Map of Brant Twp. Erie County - Beers & Co.
  20. 1909 Atlas Map of North Collins, Erie County
  21. Other Map Links

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Located in Western New York state, USA, Versailles is about a 30 minute drive from Buffalo.  The maps below use a red circle to indicate the location of Versailles.  These maps are from the USGS National Mapping Information service.

Location within the in United States
Versailles Location Within The U.S.

Location within New York
Versailles Location Within New York State
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1841 Map of the Village of Versailles by W. L. Stork. This map is referenced in the 1854 Deed from Levi & Simeon Brown to their brother Elisha. This map is available as 2 reverse image (that is white on black) prints kept at the Deeds Records office in the Cattaraugus County court house at Little Valley, NY.  The image presented here is a composite created from multiple photocopies of individual map sections. It is interesting to note that this map shows a "Machinery Canal" along Front Street.  A canal is also shown in the same general area on the 1869 Beers Map (below).
1841 Map by W. L. Stork of the Village of Versailles
(Note that the above image links to a large file - 1.5 MB)

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Versailles Village Map as it existed in 1869. This map is in the "ATLAS OF CATTARAUGUS COUNTY NEW YORK, From actual Surveys & Official Records, COMPLIED & PUBLISHED BY D. G. BEERS & CO., 95 Maiden Lane, New York, 1869., D.G. Beers.  J.H. Goodhue.  E.F. Sanford." The red splats are not on the original map.  They have been added to indicated individuals connected to the Brown and Jeffrey families. This image has been calibrated for use with a GPS (Global Positioning System) device and OziExplorer.  The Ozi MAP file and the JPG image can be downloaded in this ZIP file.
Versailles Village Map as it existed in 1869
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Orthophotograph of Versailles from the Interactive Mapping Gateway of the New York State GIS Clearinghouse. If you click on this image, you download an image of moderate resolution ( file size of 326KB). You can also get a 'high resolution file here' (1.38MB).  This digital orthophotography was enhanced as part of New York State's Y2K emergency preparedness planning effort.  Imagery presents ground conditions within the period 1994 through 1998. 
Orthophotograph of Versailles at 1 Meter Resolution
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Planimetric Map of Versailles from the NYS Department of Transportation.  Additional metadata is available for Cattaraugus County, Code-009 from CUGIR Work Group.
Planimetric Map of Versailles
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U.S. Federal Environmental Protection Agency Map of Versailles from EnviroMapper.
U.S. Federal Environmental Protection Agency Map of Versailles
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Versailles is home to the store owned by Elisha and Will Brown.  The store was located at Lat:42.51947 & Lon:-78.98770(Datum WGS84) from (MapBlast!) and the building remained the last time that I saw it in 2000. 
MapBlast Location of the store owned by Elisha and Will Brown

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Location of the store owned by Elisha and Will Lincoln Brown (via MapBlast!).
MapBlast Location of the Store Owned by Elisha and Will Brown
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The Magnetic Declination for Versailles moved West over the entire 20th century.  This chart was calculated using the program available from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The numerical data used to plot the chart is available as an Excel spreadsheet.  See the NOAA FAQ for for further details on Magnetic Declination. 
Magnetic Declination for Versailles during the 20th century

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Lawton Station on the Erie R.R. in North Collins Twp., is where the Will L. Brown family boarded the train for their move to Ohio in 1906.  The location of Lawton Station was at (approx) N4232.2917 W7856.095 (WGS84 Datum) as shown here on "Tunison's railroad, distance, and township map of New York", The map was published in Brooklyn, N.Y., 1898.  This is a portion of the total map.  This portion shows Versailles.  The complete map shows the entire state, relief by hachures, drainage, cities and towns, counties, and the railroad network. It also includes a directory of business firms below the map and a list of counties in upper left of map. The scale is 1:640,000.   The REPOSITORY for this map is the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650.  CALL NUMBER G3801.P3 1898 .T8 RR 272;  CONTROL NUMBER 98688531; DIGITAL ID g3801p rr002720
  Location of Lawton Station on Tunison's railroad map of New York, 1898

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1856 Map of the rail-roads of the state of New York by David Vaughan prepared under the direction of the Rail Road Commissioners, John S. Clark, William J. McAlpine, James B. Swain.  This is a portion of the total map.  This portion shows the Versailles area.  The map was published in Albany, New York, 1856.  Scale ca. 1:1,000,000.  The REPOSITORY for this map is the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650.  CALL NUMBER G3801.P3 1856 .V3 RR 262; CONTROL NUMBER 98688521; DIGITAL ID g3801p rr002620 urn:hdl:loc.gmd/g3801p.rr002620 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3801p.rr002620 
1856 Map of the rail-roads of the state of New York by David Vaughan

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This 1825 map of the Versailles area is part of a larger map from the David Rumsey Collection.  The Short Title is: Map of the Western Part of the State Of New York.  The author is David H. Vance and J. Ogden Dey.  It was published in 1825 by Albany: John Ogden Dey.  The original map is as a scale of 1: 330,000.  The Publication Reference is: P-Maps 509; cf Streeter 3818.  The Engraver / Printer was Balch, Rawdon & Co.
Part of an 1825 Map of Western NY by Vance & Dey
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1839 Map of New York exhibiting the post offices, post roads, canals, rail roads &c. By David H. Burr; (Late topographer to the Post Office.) Geographer to the House of Representatives of the U.S. This is a portion of the total map.  This portion shows the Versailles area.  The map was published in London, 1839.  Scale ca. 1:650,000.  The REPOSITORY for this map is the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650.  CALL NUMBER G3800 1839 .B8 RR 259; CONTROL NUMBER 98688518; DIGITAL ID g3800 rr002590 urn:hdl:loc.gmd/g3800.rr002590 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3800.rr002590 The image on the right is a copy of the Legend from this map. (As with all the images, Click on it for larger view.)
1839 Map of New York exhibiting the post offices, post roads, canals, rail roads &c. By David H. Burr  Legend of the 1839 Map of New York by David H. Burr
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1875 Map showing the Geneva & Hornellsville Railroad and its connections. This is a portion of the total map.  This portion shows the Versailles area.  The map was published in New York, 1875.  Scale 1:570,240.  The REPOSITORY for this map is the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650.  CALL NUMBER G3801.P3 1875 .G17 RR 415; CONTROL NUMBER 98688666; DIGITAL ID g3801p rr004150 urn:hdl:loc.gmd/g3801p.rr004150 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3801p.rr004150 
1875 Map showing the Geneva & Hornellsville Railroad

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The shape and size of the Cattaraugus Reservation as it existed at the time of Elisah and Will Brown was determined by an 1802 Cession of land from the Holland Land Company to the Seneca Nation. This map is labeled "Bureau of American Ethnology" and "Eighteenth Annual Report. PL. CLIV"   See the documentation for this land cession on the documents page of this site.  The North boundary of Versailles abuts the Reservation boundary.
Shape and size of the Cattaraugus Reservation as of 1802
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1869 D.G. Beers & Company Atlas of Cattaraugus County New York.  This map is on Page 73 of that Atlas.  This image has been calibrated for use with a GPS (Global Positioning System) device and OziExplorer.  The Ozi MAP file and the JPG image can be downloaded in this ZIP file.
1869 D.G. Beers & Company Atlas of Cattaraugus County New York
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1866 Map of Evans Twp, Erie County shows the farm of Levi Brown in the SW 1/4 of Section 16. This map image is taken from the "New Topographical Atlas of Erie County, N.Y.", published in Philadelphia, by Stone & Stewart, in 1866.  The farm house of Levi & Lydia Brown was located in Sec 16, at approximately N4238.520'  W07858.205' (WGS84).
1866 Map of Evans Twp, Erie County NY, showing the location of the farm of Levi Brown.
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1880 Map of Evans Twp. Erie County, NY from the Beers (F.V.) and Company, "Illustrated historical atlas of Erie County, N.Y." published in 1880. shows the farm of Levi Brown in the SW 1/4 of Section 16.  His home was on what is now the Versailles Plank Road.  One mile to the northwest of Levi's home is the farm of "Mrs. C. Higley", in the NE 1/4 of Sec. 26, .  Her daughter, Nettie Higley, married George Brown, the son of Levi and Lydia Brown.  Her son, Corydon Higley, attended George Brown's funeral. One mile south of Levi's home is the home of "E.B. Train".  Mrs. Emma Train lived here.  She is the person that wrote the poetry tributes for the obituaries of Levi and George Brown.
Evans Twp., Erie County, NY from the Beers Erie County Atlas of 1880
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1880 Map of Brant Twp, Erie County.  The meeting place of the "Friends of Human Progress", known as "Tucker's Grove" is believed to have been located on the property of "N. Tucker" in the North 1/2 of Section 11 of this township.  Its approx location would have been near: N4235.622' W7857.739' (WGS84). This map appears in the Illustrated historical atlas of Erie County, N.Y.", published in 1880 by F. V. Beers & Company, 
Map of Brant Twp,, Erie County, NY in 1880
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This Map of North Collins is from page 102 of the New Century Atlas of Erie County, New York, published in 1909. The building shown on the south side of Sherman Ave., just east of High St., was known as "Forest Temple". It's approximate location was N4235.704' W7855.942' (WGS84). It was the meeting hall of the "Friends of Human Progress".
1909 Map of North Collins showing the "Friends of Human Progress" meeting hall.
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Other Map Links:

  1. Named Places via the Geographical Locator at the University of Montana

  2. Microsoft Terra Server Image Page

  3. Maptech Map Server

  4. North Collins Quad from the Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository (CUGIR)

  5. North Collins Quad from New York State GIS Clearinghouse

  6. Terrafly

  7. Tiger Maps U.S. Census Bureau, NAD83 datum and all maps are public domain

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