I‘ve been going through Lancaster County deeds for the Conestoga/Pequea/Martic/Providence/W. Lampeter/Strasburg townships area for Hoovers, taking notes and trying to attribute them to Hoover family members. Sometimes I can easily figure out who the deed belongs to; sometimes I just don’t have enough information. One deed I’ve been working on helped me catch an error in my database.
In this deed, John Hoover’s heirs were releasing two tracts of his land to his son John Hoover Jr. So, I looked through the database to find a matching family. Unfortunately, I didn’t find one—I found two. Two exact matches—John, his children, even his father’s name! Furthermore, some of the source records matched.
Obviously, I had made a mistake!
So, I pulled the information I had on John and John’s father—Abraham Huber—and started again.
On 26 Mar 1862, John Huber’s heirs—namely, Anna Huber, Mary Huber, Jonas Huber, Susan and Christian Kreider, and Lydia and Jonas Shank—released two tracts of land owned by their father to John Huber Jr.1 These tracts included: 1) a mansion tract of 91 acres 107 perches, adjoining Christian Harnish, Benjamin Bare, and Daniel Good and 2) a woodland tract of 41[?] acres 94[?] perches, adjoining John Huber, John Wilson and others.
In another deed two years later, John Huber’s administrators sold the woodland tract—31 acres 153 perches—to Edward Davis, Henry Potts Jr. and Howard Potts.2 At the end of this deed, Mary Huber, widow of John Huber Sr., released her dower rights to this property to Davis & Potts. Additionally, this deed specifically states that this property was originally part of a larger tract owned by Abraham Huber and bequeathed to John Huber, his son.
Abraham Huber of Conestoga Township died 4 May 1827. He wrote his will 23 Jul 1817 and it was proven 9 Jun 1827.3 In it he stated:
“…Item, It is my will that my son John shall have the plantation
where I now live on, a part in Canastogoe [sic] and a part in Martick [sic]
township, together with thirty eight acres of woodland in said Martick [sic]
This not only reaffirms that John was Abraham’s son, but also helps to identify Abraham’s parentage.
On 30 Apr 1785, Abraham Huber purchased two tracts of land from his father’s estate.4 The first was a tract containing 67 acres; the second was 38 acres 53 perches. Both were in Martic Township. This deed states that the first tract was part of a 105-acre tract patented to John Hoover 2 Oct 1744 by the Proprietaries of Pennsylvania.5 The second tract was part of a 110-acre tract patented to John Hoover 25 Apr 1765.6
Abraham was the son John and Barbara (___) Huber of Martic Township. His brothers Christian and Peter also purchased land from their father’s estate—a 112-acre tract that they partitioned into two 64-acre tracts.7 Their tract sat between Abraham’s two tracts. Abraham’s “mansion tract” sat the north end of John Huber’s 105 acres (see #3 on map). Abraham’s woodland tract was a wedge in the southwest corner of John Huber’s 110 acres (labelled John Hoover on map).
Other children of John and Barbara (___) Huber mentioned in these deeds included:
- Jacob Huber and wife Margaret [possibly Shank??]
- John Huber
- Henry Huber and wife Mary [possibly Neiswanger??]
- Anna Huber Brenneman (widow)
- Frena Huber
- Barbara Huber
Reviewing these documents also allowed me to determine where I made my error. On 3 Oct 1807 Christian Huber and his wife Mary, former widow and relict of Ulrich Huber, sold 95 acres in Martic Township to Abraham Huber.8 Since this land was part of the estate of Ulrich Huber Jr., I had incorrectly attributed the deed to Ulrich and Mary’s son Abraham. He had been underage in 1785 when the estate was settled, but by 1807 would have been old enough to purchase the property, even if he’d been an infant in 1785.
Add the incorrect attribution of this deed to the following from Abraham Huber’s 1827 will and you have an instant family mix-up.
“…Item, And it is my will that my son Abraham shall have the plantation
that I bought of Christian Hoover and where my said son Abraham
now lives on…”
The 1807 deed between Abraham and Christian and Mary (Funk) Huber Huber does not state that Abraham was Ulrich & Mary’s son—unlike the 1785 deed between Abraham Huber and his mother and siblings which states he was “another son of said deceased” [John Huber]. Futhermore, both the 1785 and the 1807 deed were recorded in Lancaster County Deed Book 10 on 13 Nov 1813, one right after the other, strengthening the likelihood that they both refer to the same Abraham Huber.
So, one database error fixed. One family line straightened out. All by following the inheritance of land from one generation to the next.
- John Huber Senr heirs to John Huber Jr. (1862), Lancaster County Deed Book C9:202-203 (online), Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds ↩
- John Huber Sr. Admrs to Davis & Potts (1864), Lancaster County Deed Book E9:271-273 (online), Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds ↩
- Abraham Huber will (1827), Lancaster County Will Book P:43-44, Pennsylvania State Archives, records group 47, roll 2358 ↩
- John Huber dec’d heirs to Abraham Huber (1785), Lancaster County Deed Book 10:43-47 (online), Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds ↩
- John Hoober patent (1744), Pennsylvania Patent Book A11:411 ↩
- John Hoover warrant, 12 Apr 1756, Lancaster County Land Warrant H601, Records of the Land Office, Record Group 17, series 53, Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ↩
- Peter Huber & wife to Christian Huber (1792), Lancaster County Deed Book H7:266-270 (online), Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds ↩
- Christian Huber & wife to Abraham Huber (1807), Lancaster County Deed Book 10:47-51 (online), Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds ↩