Month: August 2020

That Cause of Death

Death certificates often look abstract and removed from the real world. Originally just a piece of paper completed by a clerk, filed away, and later used to compile health and other statistics. Just ink on a piece of paper that conveys a brief summary of a person’s life and slightly more details about the end […]


Lessons from an 1879 Plat Map

An 1879 plat book for Greene County, Indiana, includes three different members of the Rampley family owning nearby properties in Fairplay Township. One must be care in speculating too much about the Rampley properties as shown. The names and acreages as shown appear to be: R. R. Rampley–20 acres. W. W. Rampley–20 acres and a […]