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More about Marlborough Twp. Land Tracts

posted Nov 8, 2013, 1:24 PM by Patricia Armstrong   [ updated Nov 12, 2013, 7:58 AM ]
Red Hill church stained glass window.jpg

Early in the research of our Snyder/Snider/Schneider families in Pennsylvania, Sandra and Richard Thorne [NB] and I [ON] decided it was important to examine the records at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Red Hill, Montgomery Co. PA. We had received significant information from a Michigan colleague, Marsha Senyk, who told us that St. Paul's records included some Snyder/Schneider and Lang/Long family data.  We enlisted the help of professional researcher, Richard Musselman [Northampton Co. Pa.] who specializes in Pennsylvania Dutch genealogy.

It was 2002, and Dick Musselman had hand-copied eight pages of records from St. Paul's. He began with the first record in the register, the baptism of Anna Maria, daughter of Henrich Schmidt and wife Anna Maria, June 6, 1741, altered by hand to read 1742. [I later verified the correction with St. Paul's staff.] The sponsors were Christian Schneider and his wife, Anna Maria. Several years later, this record would have even more significance, but for now, it was exciting to see the name of our possible ancestor.


One of several stained-glass windows at St. Paul's
Lutheran Church, Red Hill.

Fast forward to 2008 and our visit to the Schwenkfelder Heritage Center & Museum. As I examined the three-page list of Twp. warrantees and patentees, I noticed the three-part holdings of Christian Snyder, 1749. Nearby were several tracts in the name of Thomas Maybury and his Green Lane Forge. Three tracts to the left, and there was Henry Smith, Patentee, Apr. 21, 1774. Was it Henry Smith/Schmidt's daughter Anna Maria, who was baptized on June 6, 1742, with Christian Schneider and his wife, Anna Maria as sponsors? Of course, this was not the only familiar name I would spot.


An interesting series of family names appeared on a typewritten list for Plate 1:

1. Michael Hyder, Warrantee, Dec. 16, 1734
George Hoyce, Warrantee, 1743
Elias Long & Mary Catharine, wife Patentee, 1760 - 112 A. [acres]

2. George Hoyce, by name of John George Hess, Warrantee, 1743
Elias Long & Mary Catharine, wife Patentee, 1760 - 99 A. 45 P. [perches]

3. George Hoyce, by name of John George Hess, Warrantee, devised 1743
to wife who devised to her daughter, Mary Catharine & her husband, Elias Long.
Elias Long & Mary Catharine, wife, Patentee, 28 A. 114 P.

Other familiar names on the Plate 1 list are: Conrad Zimmerman, Philip LeBar, Peter Beissel, Philip Reed, and Adam Hillegas. Bartel Cooker [sometimes spelled Gucker] is among the landholders for Plate 3, along with Andrew Ohl, Michael Reiter, George Reiter, his son; Thomas Mayberry and Christian Sneider, Warrantee, Jan. 4,  1743. Plate 4 mentions Jacob Dasht, Patentee, May 22, 1772, 58 A. Dashtburg; Jacob Dasht, Patentee, Feb. 10, 1772, Christians Lan [illegible].
54 A. 135 P. Brunheim. I recognized these as neighbors, and some were members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Red Hill, or the Lutheran Congregation at Old Goshenhoppen in Upper Salford Twp.

We copied three typewritten pages of land records, numbering 1 - 81. I do not know the significance of the numbering system, although the pages were bracketed in pencil according to Plate Numbers. I have checked the records for Christian Sneider/Snyder and they agree with data I received from the Land Records of the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg, Pa. Someone has spent untold hours gathering and sorting these records and sketching the land holdings in relation to each other. For this, we owe a debt of gratitude to the Schwenkfelder Heritage Center & Museum.