When could you own land without truely owning your land? When you were an alien resident of the province of Pennsylvania. Read the act the granted the Lancaster Mennonites/Palatines all the privileges of a “natural-born subject of His Majesty’s said province.”
I’ve been working on the Philadelphia Hocker branch of the family for my book A Hacker/Hocker Family recently. Learning about “Mapping West Philadelphia: Landowners in October 1777″ was a fantastic find!