Re: Revisiting Ashbaugh early homestead 1738-1765
I have most of Duermyer's finished works.The following is from:
Ashbaugh Research Guide
An Interim Study of the Family of
Johann Heinrich Eshbach (Henry Ashbaugh)
by Louis Duermyer, Staten Island, New York, March 1963
"By about 1747 to 1748 he had established a farmstead in an area under dispute between Pennsylvania and Maryland. Probably his first land titles were granted under Maryland authority, for the owner of the entire tract comprising his lands, his son Andrew's lands, and the Sells family's lands, had come on an original grant under Maryland colonial officials; the Sells lands were definitely recorded in Maryland.
"The actual location of the farmstead was in present Mount Joy township, Adams Co., PA; but was earlier under York County, at the time Johann Heinrich made his home there. The Maryland claims were originally as "Baltimore County" and then "Frederick County".
"In 1751, the Sells family, relatives of the Ashbaughs, had secured their titles to adjoining lands, and Heinrich and his son Andrew went to the courts as early as 1765 for a "caveat" or warning order, to protect title to the Ashbaugh improvements.
"Heinrich is mentioned as "Henry Ashbaugh" in the "Historical Collections of Pennsylvania", and is said to have been one of the first settlers -around 1766 to 1776 - of Huntingdon, PA, where he purchased a town lot in 1786. Huntingdon was then in Bedford County, and is now in Huntingdon County."