Original 1818 Town Plan of Alton by Rufus Easton
The Town of Alton in Madison County, Illinois
Memorandum and Condition, This Town is laid out on the express terms and conditions that the exclusive right of Surveying to and from the same is reserved to the undersigned proprietor of said Town his heirs and assigns forever and landing – ground, streets, roads, Commons + ways to and from the river Mississippi are to be used as rights of way in Common only to all persons except as to the right of Ferrying as aforesaid which right and privilege of Ferrying or establishing or keeping of a Ferry or Ferries in said Town cannot be a acquired by any owner or purchaser or grantee of a lot or lots, or by any body politic or corporate or any person whatsoever but by purchase or discent [sic] from the proprietor his heirs or assigns. And it is expressly understood that all the Streets roads, Commons and grounds set apart for landing of vessels or boats or for loading or unloading or other publick use are laid out on the terms and Conditions above expressed of which all persons will take notice. Dated the 1st day of January 1818 –
Signed sealed and delivered
Rufus Easton (seal)
By presence of
Illinois Territory, Madison County
Personally came before me the undersigned one of the Justices of the Peace in and for the county of Madison aforesaid on the twenty sixth day of March one thousand eight hundred and eighteen William Beaty, one of the subscribing witnesses within Named and set to the withier Instrument in writing and being only sworn did depose and say that Rufus Easton did acknowledge in his presence that he signed, sealed, and delivered the said Instrument of writing as his voluntary act and deed and desired that the same might be recorded as such –
Sworn to and subscribed this twenty sixth day of March 1818 – before me J.T. Lusk
Relevant Encyclopedia Article
- Miscellaneous Document
- Alton, Illinois
- History of Madison County, Illinois, Illustrated. With Biographical Sketches of many Prominent Men and Pioneers (Edwardsville: W. R. Brink and Company, 1882), 375.
- W. T. Norton, ed., Centennial History of Madison County, Illinois, and Its People, 1812 to 1912. (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1912), 454.