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Martenet: Surveyor, cartographer & real estate consultant

Monday, July 9, 2018   (0 Comments)
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The Historical Society of Cecil County has an abundance of material at hand to answer queries, but one of the most referred to resources is the 1858 Martenet Map. This map is still sought after by people wanting to frame a copy to hang in their home or office because it is large, colorful and full of information.

Simon Jonas Martenet was born on April 13, 1832. He was the son of Jonas Martenet, who immigrated at a young age to Baltimore from his native Switzerland, and Catherine Johannes Martenet, a native of Germany whose family immigrated to Baltimore in 1800. Simon was only 4 years old when his father died and at the young age of 13 he supported himself by working after school. He worked for Mr. Chiffelle, city surveyor of Baltimore, where he learned the business of surveying and civil engineering.

In 1855 he ran for city surveyor, but was defeated along with the entire Democratic ticket by the American Party. During the financial crisis of 1857, when business was slow and the country was in a general depression, he commenced surveys of several counties in Maryland with the idea of making maps and ultimately making and publishing a complete and detailed map of the state of Maryland. He had completed maps of Cecil, Howard, Kent, Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties when the Civil War broke out.

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