The speaker is a 65-year-old White woman with a high school education from Waveland, Indiana; she was recorded in 1968.
|Inf: Those of you who are interested in folklore or in American heritage would probably like to know about Montgomery County, Indiana. It is located about fifty mile uh, straight west of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Crawfordsville is the county seat. The northern portion of this county is more of a hilly nature, while the southern portion is practically level. Montgomery County was entered by William Offield in the year 1820. And it was not until about a year or two later that Crawfordsville was located where it is located.
The settlers who came here were from Ohio and Kentucky and Tennessee and Pennsylvania. The land in this county was sold in tiers of townships, beginning at the southern part. And it was sold off until the north boundary of the county was reached. The settlers who did not hold land grants, they earned these land grants for having served in one of the wars, Revolutionary War or the War of 1812. The others paid one dollar and twenty-five cents an acre for the land. If you had served in the wars, you received your land free and your land grant was signed by the President of the United States of America. Our family still has our old land grant which has the signature of the president on it.