Cool! I think we'll just start calling it that, and people will pick up the habit from us. I haven't thought about any kind of designation or registry for the house because the neighborhood already is a state, local and national district, and there's not really anything thrilling about it architecturally or in terms of people.
Let me run my case for T.W. Bayless by you. Of course my notes are at home, so I'll have to wing it.* Here's the chain of title:
Miami nation --> U.S. government --> William Rockhill, who platted the area --> Jacob Kamm purchases our lot for $450 and sells it to Thaddeus W. Bayless 6 months later, in July 1863, for $700. (Kamm was a local wheeler-dealer type who later served as postmaster)
Thaddeus Bayless dies without a will in January or February 1865. Our lot is directed by the probate court to be sold for "not less than the full assessed value," and about a year later it goes to Philip Harter for $2400. Going by the sale prices, the house must have appeared by then.
I know the Harters lived here. The city directory was biennial then, and the 1864 property tax records are missing, so I can't tell whether the Baylesses did. After the property was sold, Mrs. Bayless moved her three young children back East and remarried. I imagine that she and her husband built a spacious but not fancy house (which it was) for their growing family, and when he died almost as soon as their dream was realized, she just couldn't stay.
outta time for today
*Edited to correct dollar amounts.
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