Heritage, Volume 9, Number 2, Spring 1991 Page: 13
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Uncovered logs and stone reveal names and dates from the past.
The Moore-Hancock Farmstead
Fortunately for posterity, Karen Collins has a passion for historical research and the training and energy to dig out the most remote
clue. Since acquiring what they term. the Moore-Hancock Farmstead in January 1989, Karen and Mike have developed the following
1838 Land patented to George Spear.
1838 Gideon White acquired 1237 acres.
1842 Gideon White killed by Indians.
The land passed to his wife Elizabeth.
1846 521 acres deeded to daughter, Elizabeth White Moore, wife of Martin Moore.
1848 House probably built by Elizabeth and Martin Moore, facing old Upper Georgetown Road.
1866 Elizabeth Moore-widowed when Martin Moore died in 1859-sold 521 acres toJohn Hancock.
1885-92 West porch closed in and fireplace added to make kitchen.
1899 Hancock estate sold 189 acres to Franz Fiset.
1902 Fiset sold sixty-eight acres to J.P. Wallis.
1910 Room and porch added to east side; dog run gets a new floor; all walls inside and out covered with wood siding.
1946 Wallises deeded 1.86 acres to H.F. Nitschke, but retained the right to occupancy.
1952 Nitschke sold two lots to H.G. Newton. Major remodeling is done. The main house and gear shed are connected
by a roof. Porches are enclosed. Parts of two other houses are moved to the property. Asbestos siding was added.
This created three or four rental units.
1953 Newton conveyed title of the two lots to T.E. Fisher.
1954 Fisher sold the two lots to A. Cromeans.
1961 Cromeans sold the two lots to Mabel Ross Huggins.
1960s Carport and other additions and changes
1985 Huggins' son and daughter each inherit one lot.
1989 Huggins heirs sold their lots to the Collinses.
1989 Restoration and archaeological investigation begins.
Here’s what’s next.
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