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A Book of Records of the Ear Marks and Brands of Cattle &c. Belonging to the Inhabitants of the Township of Cortsville County of Trumbull [Ohio]. [manuscript caption title]
Cortsville, Trumbull County, Ohio, 1807-1824 and 1844. [10]pp. 6 x 7¼ inches. Five loose leaves; wove paper. Illustrations. Loss at lower corner of first leaf, not affecting text; though there is no evidence of any stitching or binding, there are some minor losses (not affecting sense) along spine edge suggesting leaves may have been bound. Good. Unusually early, nineteenth-century manuscript cattle earmark record from Ohio. The manuscript describes and illustrates 40 earmarks, notches or slits cut into the ears of farm animals to mark ownership, used in Cortsville Township, Trumbull County, Ohio. With only two outlying exceptions, the earmarks date from 1807 to 1824. Despite the manuscript's title, no brands or branding marks are shown or described. The records and likely the earmarking were typically accomplished in March, April, and May. All, with one exception described below, are accompanied by a stylized cattle head illustration depicting the individual ear marks for each farmer. These are typical entries: "May 29 [1807] Joseph Beggs Half Crop under Side of the Right Ear May 6 1816 Sam'l McBride A Square crop of the left Ear and a slit in the right with a halfpenny out of the under side April 7th 1817 Jas. Stewart a swallow fork in the left Ear Jan 20 1823 J. L. Allerton A square crop off the end of each ear and two half pennys under side of the the [sic] right" The manuscript likely served as a quasi-official township record to prevent disputes between neighbors or to identify ownership of wandering cattle or cattle driven to a public market or sale. A nineteenth … [Click Below for Full Description]
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