So I went to the library on Thursday for a short little stint after school and was possibly going to meet up with my friend Amy. She was, however, waylaid by the Catholic cemeteries and couldn’t make it. No fear, I had plenty of my own research to do.
One thing I was really hoping to accomplish was discovering the location where Andrew’s Heaton branch had property throughout Marion County, and how early did they get here.
Well, using the deed records I was able to find out a couple of locations. Andrew’s gggg grandfather, Eli Heaton, had about 80 acres up in the Nora area (which is now a shopping center that runs right along the Monon Trail) that he bought for $300 in 1835. I’m currently trying to somehow prove that we are entitled to that land now, and all the subsequent improvements to that land.
I also discovered that Andrew’s gggg-uncle purchased land on the south side of town, not far from where we live now. Asa Heaton owned a chunk of land that now lies adjacent to the Eli Lilly Recreation Area off Raymond Street in Indianapolis. He paid $100 for this in 1823. I’m not quite as excited about this chunk of land as it is now being used for industrial uses. Sneh.
I also decided it was finally time to stop by the old family cemetery (since we were driving by it anyway) and see where the Indy old-timers are resting. It’s a lovely little cemetery really, just 1 mile north from where Andrew’s parents reside today.
But isn’t it insane? They’ve been here since at least 1823! Indiana wasn’t even a state till 1816. Good job, Heatons. Now, why aren’t there any streets named after you?