Monday, November 19, 2012

Private Claim I In Detroit

The Brush farm, Private Claim I, was at one time the Eustache Gamelin farm.*  [Lawrence] Eustache Gamelin was one of my grandkids' ancestors.

The tract here granted was one of the characteristic French "ribbon" farms, whose existence has proved such a powerful factor in determining the arrangement of streets and holdings in modern Detroit.  It had a frontage of about 386 feet on the river and extended back into the interior almost a mile and half.  It lay immediately east of the commons and was owned and occupied by John Askin prior to his removal to the south side of the river in 1802, when it was occupied, and subsequently (1806) bought, by Elijah Brush.  It is legally designated as Private Claim I, and is still popularly known as the Brush farm. [See printed version below].

*From the Askin Papers:  Charles Andrew Barthe was the father-in-law of both John Askin and Alexander Grant.  Prior to 1763 he (Charles A. Barthe) bought the Eustache Gamelin farm [in Detroit], known later as Private Claim 1, or the Brush farm.

Gamelin deed:

The deed is in French, signed in Quebec, May 1, 1747; see the source for a translation.  Does it cover what is now known as the Brush Farm area?  

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