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The map below shows the plots of land purchased by Patrick Biggins in 1848 and 1866 in DuPage Township, Will County, Illinois. The map is from an 1873 plat map of DuPage Township showing six of its 36 sections. (Townships have six tiers of six sections. Section 1 is in the northeast corner. The rest of the sections are numbered in snake-like order down through the tiers.)

The table below the map shows transactions and listings from plat maps and other sources from 1827 to 2007 for the plots of land purchased by Patrick Biggins.

DuPage Township, 1873
Six Sections from the DuPage Township plat map for 1873. The Patrict Biggins land is outline in red: the 1848 plot to the south, the 1866 plot to the north. The road running east-west between the two Patrick Biggins plots is Normantown Road. The road on the east side of the 1866 plot is now called Luther Road. The Sprague school is east of the 1866 plot on Joliet Road. The road running diagonally north of the 1866 Biggins plot is Naperville Road. The James and Owen Biggins land is outlined in blue. The road running diagonally through the James Biggins land is now Interstate 55, which runs between Chicago and St. Louis.
Year Western 80 Acres of 1848 Plot
Western Half of Northwest Quadrant of Section 33
Eastern 80 Acres of 1848 Plot
Eastern Half of Northwest Quadrant of Section 33
Western 80 Acres of 1866 Plot
Western Half of Southeast Quadrant of Section 28
Eastern 80 Acres of 1866 Plot
Eastern Half of Southeast Quadrant of Section 28
1827 U.S. Congress gives Illinois & Michigan Canal odd-numbered sections of land five miles on either side of proposed Canal U.S. Congress gives Illinois & Michigan Canal odd-numbered sections of land five miles on either side of proposed Canal Owned by Federal Government Owned by Federal Government
1835 Owned by Illinois & Michigan Canal Owned by Illinois & Michigan Canal Samuel Anderson purchases from Federal Government on June 22; source: Initial Land Sales Samuel Anderson purchases from Federal Government on June 22; source: Initial Land Sales
1848 Patrick Biggins purchases from Illinois & Michigan Canal on September 11; source: Initial Land Sales Patrick Biggins purchases from Illinois & Michigan Canal on September 11; source: Initial Land Sales    
1862     Owned by A. Amsden based on Rural Historic Structure Survey by Will County Land Use Department in 2001, PIN 02-28-400-003 Owned by A. Amsden based on Rural Historic Structure Survey by Will County Land Use Department in 2001 (original farmstead at east end of quarter-section), PIN 02-28-400-003
1866     Patrick Biggins purchases from Charles E. Boyer on June 23 for $6,500 Patrick Biggins purchases from Charles E. Boyer on June 23, included in sale of western half
1872 Directory: resident Patrick Bagan, farmer Directory: resident Patrick Bagan, farmer Directory: resident Patrick Bagan sr, farmer Directory: resident Patrick Bagan sr, farmer
1873 Plat map: owned by P. Biggins Plat map: owned by P. Biggins Plat map: owned by P. Biggins Plat map: owned by P. Biggins (original farmstead at east end of quarter-section)
1873-1874 Philip Biggins purchases from Patrick Biggins for $2,600 on March 18, 1874

Warranty Deed

Francis Biggins purchases from Patrick Biggins for $4,000 on January 11, 1873 James A. Biggins purchases from Patrick Biggins for $3,100 on March 18, 1874 Catherine Biggins purchases from Patrick Biggins for $4,000 on March 18, 1874
1875 Philip Biggins marries Sarah McNally in Bridgeport area of Chicago on August 26   James A. Biggins marries Elizabeth Healy in Chicago on April 22  
1876   Catherine Biggins purchases from Francis Biggins for $4,000 on December 18    
1880 Census: Philip Biggins, farmer, living with his own family in DuPage Township Census: Francis Biggins living with Benjamin Barrett family in DuPage Township Census: James A. Biggins, farmer, living with his own family in DuPage Township Census: Catherine Biggins living with her father Patrick in DuPage Township
1885 Philip Biggins family moves to Naperville Francis Biggins moves to Joliet   Catherine Biggins moves to Joliet
1889 Will County Circuit Court orders Sheriff to sell Philip Biggins' 80 acres to Fithian & Cowing to settle debt to estate of Barrett B. Clark Will County Circuit Court orders Sheriff to sell Francis Biggins' 40 acres to Fithian & Cowing to settle debt to estate George J. Munroe    
1890     James A. Biggins dies on March 16, and his wife Elizabeth Healy Biggins continues farming  
1891   Will County Coronerís Record of September 24 reports that Francis Biggins was run over by a Chicago & Alton railroad train in Lockport while trying to board it under influence of liquor    
1893 Plat map: owned by Michael Kelly Plat map: owned by Harris & Donnell et al. Plat map: owned by Jas. A. Biggins Plat map: owned by Margaret Reardon
1904     Elizabeth Biggins moves to Joliet  
1909 Plat map: owned by Michael Kelly Estate Plat map: owned by E. Biggins Plat map: owned by E. Biggins Plat map: owned by J. J. Lehy
1920 or 1925 Plat map: owned by Edward Blum Plat map: owned by E. Biggins Plat map: owned by E. Biggins Plat map: owned by J. J. Lehy
1930 or 1933 Plat map: owned by Albert Hassert Plat map: owned by H. R. Phelps Plat map: owned by H. R. Phelps Plat map: owned by J. J. Leahy
1963 Plat map: owned by Albert Hassert Plat map: owned by George Mathers Plat map: owned by George Mathers Plat map: residential-Hampton Park 2 West
1966 Plat map: owned by Albert Hassert Plat map: owned by George Mathers Plat map: owned by George Mathers Plat map: residential-Hampton Park 2 West
1972 Plat map: owned by Roy F. Hassert Plat map: owned by George Mathers Plat map: owned by George Mathers Plat map: residential-Hampton Park 2 West
1982 Plat map: owned by Roy F. Hassert Plat map: owned by George Mathers Plat map: owned by George Mathers Plat map: residential-Hampton Park 2 West
1988 Plat map: owned by Irene T. Schindel Plat map: owned by George Mather Plat map: owned by George Mather Plat map: residential-Hampton Park 2 West
1991 Annexed to Romeoville; Lakewood Estates Partners, developer; Midwest Bank & Trust Company Trust No. 88-09-5599 dated 9-10-88, owner      
1992 Plat map: owned by Midwest Bank & Trust Co. Plat map: owned by George L. Mather Plat map: owned by George L. Mather Plat map: residential-Hampton Park 2 West
1994 Plat map: residential-Lakewood Estates Plat map: owned by George L. Mather Plat map: owned by George L. Mather Plat map: residential-Hampton Park 2 West
2002 Plat map: residential-Lakewood Estates Plat map: owned by George L. Mather; George L. Mather dies on February 20 Plat map: owned by George L. Mather; George L. Mather dies on February 20 Plat map: residential-Hampton Park 2 West
2005   Opening of the Beverly Skoff Elementary School and the John J. Lukancic Middle School    
2007     Opening of Misty Ridge, a new community of 166 homes, built by Beechen & Dill Builders, Inc.  

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