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Symmes proceeded to sell sizable portions of land that it was determined he did not own. One disputed land sale involved the community of Dayton. Symmes claimed that the land that is now Dayton was part of the Symmes Purchase. It was not. In 1796, Israel Ludlow platted and laid out the town of Dayton. By the end of that same year, more than forty log cabins and frame houses had been built. Many of these original settlers believed that they had legally acquired their land. But disputes arose over land ownership due to poor surveying. Many residents ended up paying additional sums of money to the federal government to become the official owners of their property.
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