Re: Revisiting Ashbaugh early homestead 1738-1765
I have most of Louis Duermyer’s published papers and I used to correspond with him, as he was interested in Frederick and Sophia Sells.I think he visited Frederick’s farm on the Niagara River near Fort Erie in 1946, the year I was born.Louis did not use a computer and kept files in boxes, which were in storage.I have checked with libraries in the area of his residence, as well as, the local historical society.I guess they are gone.
Henry and Andrew had farms beside each other just south of Two Taverns in Mt Joy Twp. Adams Co.This land was warranted by James Semple in 1746.As I have visited all of the Ashbaugh farms in Canada, I want to visit these farms this summer.We don’t know when Henry and Andrew took possession of their farms.We have the warrant for a resurvey by Henry in 1765.This property line dispute was likely caused by a small acreage, next to both of their farms, being purchased by Richard McAllister after the original owner died.It looks like Andrew lost a few perches from his farm after the dust settled.
I hope to order copies of the deeds for these farms from Pennsylvania this winter.I would like to know when Henry arrived and when he left.Andrew didn’t leave but it would be nice to know when he arrived.Louis writes about the Sells having adjacent lands and I haven’t found proof of this.The Sells land, and there seems to be a lot of it, all appear to be farther south and over in Huntingdon Co.
Around the same time that Henry arrived in 1738,there were several Esch’s, Wesch’s, En’s and Er’s that also arrived, as well as another Esh. (Eschbach, Weschbach, Eschenbach, Eschbacher and Eshbach.Henry signed his name Eshbach.I don’t know whether this was an error or on purpose.I don’t think we really know if he could write, or just sign his name.His son Frederick could also sign his name and it looked a great deal like Henry’s signature.This is unusual.So, were they writing or just signing by rote?I have’t found any other documents that they prepared and I didn’t think to ask Louis.
Henry is the only one of the first generation arrivals to use the call name Henry other than a Johann Heinrich Weschbach that arrived about four years earlier.For interest sake, his wife’s name was Maria Elizabeth.His Saint name was Johann and call name Henry, so he used Henry.I found him in tax records in Lebanon Twp, Lancaster up to 1758 and he was still using the “W” and changed the E to an A for Washbach.So we can isolate this couple from our Henry.All the others had different call names.Ed Eshbach has a pretty good record of these people.I know he messed up with Henry and I have corresponded with him several time about the matter.
Most Germans coming to the new world had family or friends to visit upon arrival for assistance or advice.After Henry arrived, where did he go?There was a large German population in Berks Co.Many of the Esch’s, En’s and Er’s went to this area and some were already in this area near Faulker’s Swamp, but none of them were a Henry.
However, in 1742 a Henry Eshbach warranted about 100 acres of land in Greenwich Twp, Berks Co.This would be on the frontier of the time.A couple of years later in 1744 he purchased an smaller parcel next to the original plot.The return on this land did not come back until 1782 and was patented to Frederick Hammon.So the original Henry had left prior to this time, which was common as many farms changed hands several times between the warrant and the patent.For example Andrew did not get his patent until around 1810 and we know he was there in 1765, and both farms were still registered in Lancaster Co records.So, could this be our Henry in Greenwich?
In 1759, it is reported that this Henry and wife Maria, sponsored the baptism of a child by the name of Buss.The Buss farm was a couple farms over from Henry in Greenwich.Also, if Maria Elizabeth was from a typical German family, her call name was Elizabeth and Maria was a Saints’s name.Henry called his wife Mary in his will, husbands do that sort of thing to make their wives special.I have not found the original of this document, however, I hope to visit the area next year to try to find more about this Henry.Did he sell in Greenwich and move to Mt Joy?When land is sold before the return of the survey, do the parties have to sign a document to transfer the land?If so that would be great!I will keep looking.