Papers Read Before the Lancaster County Historical Society Volume 20

Papers Read Before the Lancaster County Historical Society Volume 20

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ... because they are in docket form. But the old Common Pleas dockets are very frail. The first Commissioners' minute_book is in fine condition. Returning to the documents relating to our county before 1729, we may note that the record of laying out the roads (which began in 1719) are well preseved in book form in the Quarer Sessions Court of Chester county as to common roads. The future will owe a great debt of gratitude to Gilbert Cope for the collecting and binding of those records. There were several roads laid out, reaching into what is now our county, from 1719 to 1726. I have made drafts of some of them. The records of the King's Highways are preserved in the Colonial Records, now in print. The original drafts and petitions and surveyor's notes before 1729 are very rare. The original petition for the erection of Lancaster county has long since been lost; but a certified copy of it, made 175 years ago by John Wright, was found some years ago at Harrisburg, and it is printed in our proceedings and a copy also hangs in our Commissioners' oflice. Two petitions filed against the erection of the coun ty, noticed in the votes of assembly, are not in known existence. They were numerously signed by Germans. The drafts and surveys of land here, ) containing much data, as to roads, woods, etc.; and the warrants for and returns of the same, are found by hundreds in the library of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, in the Taylor Papers. They include practically the whole county. Those ante-dating 1729 themselves make a good-sized list. In many cases five or ten, or even twenty-five separate tracts, are found in one connected draft. One who had the leisure and application could construct from them a map more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236783158
  • 9781236783158