a. The date the first European settled in the town
b. The date the town was founded
c. The date when the first lots were sold
d. None of the above
The answer is “d.”
In fact, the question of who settled Madison—and which date could be considered its bicentennial—get tricky because there are different dates for when the first settlers reached modern Madison, which includes the hilltop, and old Madison, which didn’t.
Who first settled
The first settlers in the area comprised by modern
Then, there were settlers on the
If the earlier dates are right, it was here the first building was constructed along the river. This was also the site of the first reported burial, in a graveyard near on the bank near the corner of
The first house built within the boundaries of Old
Paul, of course, acquired the property in the honored year, 1809, but the first sale of lots didn’t occur until February 1811, according to Jesse Vawter’s son John, who “cried out” the first sale.
At this time,
In fact, there’s a “but” to be attached to the 1809 date. That was the year Paul, Lewis Davis and Jonathan Lyon first laid claim to the land. But they did not receive the actual patent for fractional sections 2 and 3 in
And through some error, the actual patent document wasn’t issued until 1952, part of a long process in the 1900s as the