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Viewing a Street Guide - Map 7425

posted Oct 12, 2013, 1:08 PM by Patricia Armstrong   [ updated Nov 11, 2013, 12:31 PM ]
It's time to revisit some of the charts we found at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center in Pennsburg, PA. We were fortunate that the Center was virtually empty the day we visited, allowing my son-in-law to carefully arrange documents and maps to more easily capture images with his camera. Our goal, as well as examining the hand-written sketch of Christian's land, was to search for familiar names of other family members and neighbors. 

In my book, I talk quite a bit about developing chronologies of our ancestors, and trying to recreate their lives and surroundings by researching the places where they lived. This is a perfect example of how it can help us to know and understand our families. For example, in studying the land records we photographed at the Schwenkfelder Library, I saw many familiar names.

One of the most significant pages is Plate No. 3 for Marlborough Twp. The Schwenkfelder researcher who created these charts years ago, numbered three land tracts on this plate: #36, #42, and #61, in the name of Christian Snyder. The largest tracts adjacent to his, were those of Thomas Maybury. Several were marked "Green Lane Forge." Please note the drawing near Green Lane. We superimposed the sketch of the three Christian Snyder tracts onto Street Guide - Map 7425. Click on the map to enlarge it or use Zoom for greater detail, and here's where Google Earth is helpful. Upper Salford Township appears in the lower right corner of the map, and that's where Old Goshenhoppen Reformed Church is located. You can ask Google Earth to find it for you. Thanks for your suggestion, Scott Snider!

My thoughts leapt back to one of the first messages I encountered in my Goshenhoppen research: "Nov. 1, 1748 - Christian Schneider, Goshenhoppen at Mayberry's iron works." In the custom of the day, Christian had posted this announcement in Sower's newspaper and it was also reproduced in Settlers of Pennsylvania."

Not only that, on July 16, 1747, The Pennsylvania Gazette announced an auction in Rockhill Twp., and one of the locations where plans could be viewed was at "Christian Snyder's near Thomas Maybury's."  Not so different from our era with its social media!

There are other familiar names on Plate 3: George Michael Reiter, Andrew Ohl, Christian Sheid, Henry Smith, Isaac Sumney, and of course, several large areas belonging to Thomas Maybury and his Green Lane Forge.

Accompanying this and other copies of Marlborough Twp. land maps, are three pages of typed records: Names of Warrant and Patent holders, and some family relationships, with dates of documents and acreages, including property names such as Spring Mount, Wales, Goose Farm, Edenand even Crooked Billet.

Now, we switch back to the booklet I mentioned before: Jerry A. Chiccarine's Along the Perkiomen. I turn to Chapter Six, "Salford, Perkiomenville, Green Lane, and Sumneytown," and find several postcards of the area, circa 1906, 1907, 1917. They show Green Lane, the site of the original Green Lane Forge, with the comment that " ... Centuries ago, the forge had been the earliest industry in the area .... " I wonder which of the settlers it employed?. "Christian Schneÿder, Goshenhoppen," perhaps?