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Ebenezer Reed land survey

Identifier: MSS 9050

Scope and Contents

Handwritten description of land in Palmyra, New York, sold to Ebenezer Reed on 9 November 1816. Includes a separate diagram and photocopies of plot maps showing the relation of this land to the Joseph Smith residence and later farm, and the Durfee farm. Dated 9 November 1816.


  • 1816 November 9


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Ebenezer Reed land survey must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical history

Ebenezer Reed (1760-1845) was a Revolutionary war veteran.

Ebenezer Reed was born October 2, 1760 in Norwalk, Connecticut. He served as a private in the Revolutionary War. He married twice, first to Hannah Jones, and later to Polly Dickinson. He and his family came to Olean, New York around 1811, where he built a tavern and a boathouse. Ebenezer Reed died in January of 1845 in Olean, New York.


2 folders (0.04 linear ft)

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Arrangement of Materials

The collection is arranged into two series: 1) Original land survey and diagram, 1816 November 9 and 2) Photocopies of maps, 1816 November 9.

Custodial History

This land survey of Palmyra was taken by Ebenezer Reed in 1816. Rick Grunder, a book collector, sold them to Special Collections in 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Rick Grunder; 2017.


LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1, November 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Maddi Stanley, student manuscript processor and Ryan K. Lee, curator; October 2017.

Register of Ebenezer Reed land survey
Maddi Stanley
11 October 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States