My latest endeavor—An Index to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Online Deeds, Book A-D, 1729-1760— has gone live at Amazon as a Kindle book.
I’ve been working on an index of the online Lancaster County deed books for a while now. And it’s taken significantly longer than I’d expected. Compiling the index didn’t take long. Formatting it, however, has taken ages.
The next installment of the Along the Pequea series features Henry Line’s 218-acre tract on the Pequea in Conestoga and Martic townships.
In my last post, I reported that based on deed research Michael Frantz of Londonderry and Lower Paxton townships was the son of Hans and Catharina Frantz of Manor Township. When Michael died two men—Jacob Frantz of Manor and Christian Frantz of Manheim—were the administrators of his estate and guardians of his underage children. Were they Michael’s brothers?
I wrote about Michael Frantz of Lower Paxton Township in an earlier post, regarding his estate in 1797. Based on that research, I posited that Michael possibly had two brothers—Jacob Frantz of Manor Township and Christian Frantz of Manheim Township. So, I set out to learn more about Michael, Jacob and Christian to see if I could prove a family connection.
On 21 September 1745, Hans Hoober sold 200 acres to his son Jacob in “Martick” Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Here’s a transcription of the deed.
Here’s a new addition to my series “Along the Pequea,” tracing land ownership of the earliest settled tracts in Lancaster County. This entry features the Abraham Smith tract.
Trying to find the descendants of a target person can sometimes feel like a game of “six points of separation” when you have to widen your scope to research family and friends. However, the indirect path can sometimes yield results—as in a series of deeds I found for John Funk of Strasburg Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania which gave me the names of the grand-children of his sister Anna Maria (Funk) Hoover. This deed is one example.
Samuel Boyer’s 115-acre tract in Conestoga Township on Pequea Creek was warranted to Martin Kendig and John Herr as part of a larger 5,000 acre warrant. This post traces it as it changes hands through the late 1780s.
On 22 November 1717, Martin Kendig (Kendick, Kendrick, Cundigg) and John Herr (Heer) were warranted 5,000 acres in Lancaster County by the Proprietaries of Pennsylvania.1 On 10 October 1731, John […]