John Jacob Mickley (b. December 17, 1737, d. December 12, 1808)
Deed John Jacob to son Peter
John Jacob Mickley (son of John Jacob Mickley and Elizabeth Barbara Burkhalter) was born December 17, 1737, and died December 12, 1808 in Homestead, Mickleys, PA (possibly Egypt?).He married Susanne Miller, daughter of Abraham Miller. Notes for John Jacob Mickley: Helped transport and hide the Liberty Bell in Allentown Zion Reformed Church in 1777.His son rode the wagon at age 11. by Pat Centner | Journal Staff Writer, AFAJournal.org , July, 2003 The rattle of wagon wheels and a horse’s soft whinny broke the silence of the cool September night in 1777. The wagon’s passengers, John J. Mickley and Frederick Leaser, rode resolutely toward the Zion Reformed United Church of Christ in the small village of Northampton, Pennsylvania (today’s Allentown). The Revolutionary War was under way, and General George Washington had just lost the Battle of Brandywine to British General Sir William Howe. The devastating defeat had cleared the way for the British to invade Philadelphia, site of the Continental Congress. But before Howe’s troops swarmed the town, Philadelphia’s Executive Council had made a wise decision. Several of Philadelphia’s bells would be hidden to prevent the British from melting them down for cannon. Thus, Mickley and Leaser became part of the intrigue when they secretly delivered to Zion Church the massive bell that had hung in Philadelphia’s State House (now called Independence Hall). Zion’s pastor, Reverend Abraham Blumer, hid the bell, along with 10 others, beneath the church’s floor. There it remained until late 1778, when it was returned to Philadelphia. There are many fascinating historical accounts surrounding Philadelphia’s State House bell – the beloved symbol of freedom that came to be known as the Liberty Bell. Partially mistaken identity Phil Sheridan, public affairs officer with the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, says people often associate the Liberty Bell with America’s first Independence Day, July 4, 1776. “But it didn’t ring on the fourth of July, although there were a bunch of guys beneath it (in the State House) committing treason on that day,” chuckles Sheridan. “Some historians believe the bell was rung on July 8, 1776 to summon Philadelphians to hear John Nixon read the Declaration of Independence in public for the first time,” he adds. “But it wasn’t called the Liberty Bell back then. It was the State House Bell, and it was used to summon townspeople for important news. It wasn’t until 1839 that it was given the name Liberty Bell.” Celebrating religious freedom The bell’s creation and purpose date back to 1751, a quarter century before the first Independence Day. Because Philadelphia was growing in population and land area, a large bell to alert citizens was needed for the State House bell tower. That need coincided with an important anniversary. David Kimball in The Story of Liberty, says the bell was ordered by the Pennsylvania Assembly to commemorate the 50th anniversary of William Penn’s 1701 “Charter of Priviledges” [sic]. Penn, then governor of the Province of Pennsylvania, had written the Charter to assure religious and civic freedoms for the people living there. In the Charter’s first declaration, Penn acknowledges “… Almighty God being the only Lord of Conscience, Father of Lights and Spirits; and the Author as well as Object of all divine Knowledge, Faith and Worship.” He continues by declaring that “no Person … who shall confess and acknowledge One almighty God, … shall be in any Case molested or prejudiced … because of his … Persuasion or Practice, nor be compelled to frequent or maintain any religious Worship … contrary to [his] religious Persuasion.” Fifty years later, Philadelphia Assembly Speaker Isaac Norris promoted a particular inscription for the commemorative State House bell. Ironically, the inscription is one that those who today downplay the role of God and religion in our nation’s birth will be chagrined to acknowledge as a Bible verse – Leviticus 25:10. “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof.” An examination of the text surrounding this verse reveals God’s instructions to Moses that the Israelites honor their 50th year in the Promised Land as a year of Jubilee, a year to celebrate God’s blessings. So, was the Leviticus scripture suggested by Norris to further validate Penn’s declaration of religious freedom? Or was it, as some say, a prediction of the Declaration of Independence and the religious and political freedoms that would be fought for in the upcoming bloody war? Likely, it was both. But whatever the purpose, the prophetic words resonating through history from the bell’s weather-beaten side have come to embody the unquenchable spirit of America’s patriots as they have repeatedly fought for, and won, the priceless treasure – freedom. Casting and cracks After being cast and engraved in England, the bell was shipped to America and arrived in Philadelphia on September 1, 1752. The following March 10, it was hung in the State House belfry, but cracked when it was tested for tone and resonance. When its weight and size thwarted attempts to return it to England for repair, Philadelphia foundry workers John Pass and John Stow were given the task of melting, recasting and re-inscribing the bell. The pair increased the copper in the bell’s ingredients to make it less brittle, and 19 days later, hung and tested it again. Unfortunately, the additional copper deadened the bell’s tone, making it sound worse than before. Pass and Stow were teased unmercifully and vowed to try again. The second casting was successful, and for the next 86 years, the bell rang for occasions great and small. Legend has it that a hairline crack appeared in the bell when it was tolled to mourn the death of Supreme Court Justice John Marshall on July 8, 1835. Years later, the crack was repaired in time for George Washington’s birthday on February 22, 1846. The bell rang beautifully that February day – until noon – when it suffered a “compound fracture” that ruined its tone. No further attempts were made to repair the bell, and it has forever since been recognized by its “dog leg” crack. First called Liberty Bell in 1839 More than a quarter century before the Civil War, many American citizens were deeply opposed to slavery. Abolitionists such as Henry David Thoreau, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Barrett Browning questioned the idea of slavery in a country that had fought for its own freedom from tyranny and oppression. In 1839, William Lloyd Garrison, a particularly passionate abolitionist, featured a poem in his publication, “The Liberator,” that said liberty should be for all people, and called the State House bell the “Liberty Bell.” The name stuck, and the bell later became known by that name exclusively. Following the Civil War, the bell was used as a unifying force when it was secured to a railroad car and exhibited across the nation. In later years, the bell was also adopted as the symbol for suffragettes, when women struggled for the freedom to vote, and by Civil Rights advocates who marched for integration and equal rights. Liberty Bell present and future Today, the Liberty Bell resides in a pavilion near Independence Hall in Philadelphia where it has been on display since 1976. Phil Sheridan has a barrel full of interesting tidbits about the bell. For example, it’s dusted every day, and is polished twice a year with a special wax to protect its finish. Dignitaries, celebrities and ordinary folk from around the world come to gaze upon the Liberty Bell and to ponder its symbolism and significance, says Sheridan. In the past year, Colin Powell and John Ashcroft have both visited the bell. “It would be easier to name the senators and congressmen who haven’t been here” says Sheridan. “We have a photo of Shimon Peres with the bell, and one of the Dalai Lama, standing beside it with a big smile on his face, flashing the peace sign. The bell is loved by the entire world.” This fall, the bell will be moved to the Liberty Bell Center, a new glass structure where visitors will be able to gain an understanding of its history and its inspiring stories. “The Liberty Bell means different things to different people,” remarks Sheridan. “It’s a symbol of our country, of the freedom our country stands for. Independence Hall is the closest thing Americans have to a sacred ‘site,’ and the Liberty Bell is the closest thing we have to a sacred ‘relic.’ “The bell is not perfect; it’s fragile, it’s flawed. But in spite of its weaknesses, it has endured. And you could say the same about our country. It’s not perfect, it’s flawed, but it has endured.” Frederick Loeser, Patriot The hero of our story is Frederick Loeser, whose name is recorded with several spellings, such as Liesser, Leiser, Leaser and other variants. He was born in 1738 and was the second child of Jacob. His wife was named Catherine and they had seven children. Frederick was a farmer in Lynn Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania and enlisted in the Colonial Army on June 6, 1757 at the age of 19 during the French and Indian War (1754-63). There is a Frederick Leiser of Northampton County identified as a private, 7th Class, 6th Company, 6th Battalion in 1782 during the Revolutionary War,10 most likely one in the same. The reported birth date for Frederick gives rise to a problem. Johann Jacob Löser was listed as 18 years old when he arrived in Philadelphia in 1741. Unless his age was recorded in error, he would have been a father in 1738 at the age of 15 if Frederick was indeed born that year. It's possible that the English captain of the Europa entered Jacob's age incorrectly on his list of passengers. This would also mean that Frederick was born in Germany and arrived in Philadelphia with his father as a child of 3. Frederick was reported as unmarried on the tax list made during the assessment of Lynn Township in 1762. His name is found on the assessment of Lynn Township made December 27, 1781.11 He is listed with the surname "Liser" in the first federal census of 1790 in Lynn Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. His family consisted of two males to age sixteen, one over sixteen and three females. In the census of 1800, he has not been found as a head of a household. To appreciate the story of Frederick Loeser, Patriot, we must set the stage with a review of certain events during the War of Independence. The American Revolution The series of events that led the British colonies in North America from resistance in 1765 to outright rebellion in 1775 cannot be recapped here. But one point serves to summarize the situation. The crisis represented a clash between a mature colonial society and a mother country anxious to assert parental authority. Britain had previously never exercised much direct control over the colonies. Prospering under the "benign neglect", the colonies enjoyed de facto independence and developed a remarkable degree of self-reliance. Colonial aspirations thus collided with England's desire to enforce subordination and diminish colonial autonomy. The actual fighting began April 19, 1775 at Lexington and Concord, where the British were initially defeated. This was followed by the British victory at Bunker Hill. The following year, Washington forced the British to abandon Boston, then the colonial troops were forced out of Canada. William Howe became commander-in-chief of the British army and took New York and Rhode Island. Fort Lee surrendered to the British. Washington retreated to Pennsylvania, trying to stay between the advancing enemy and the rebel capital at Philadelphia. Though in disarray, he began a winter campaign by leading his troops across the Delaware River on Christmas night and defeated the Hessian troops at Trenton. The 1776 campaign ended with the Continental Army small but intact and with the British in control of only New York and Newport, Rhode Island, which were minimal gains for England's maximum effort. In 1777, England made its second greatest effort of the war. Howe left a garrison in New York and took 13,000 troops to capture Philadelphia. Washington rose to defend the capital, but on September 11 was outflanked and defeated at Brandywine Creek, but his army was not destroyed. Washington retreated to Chester, PA. Several days later the Americans suffered another defeat at Paoli, PA. Several hundred Americans were killed under a British bayonet attack. The American Congress fled from Philadelphia to York, PA, and Howe entered Philadelphia without opposition in late September.12 Howe quartered a part of his army at nearby Germantown. On October 4, the Americans attacked this garrison and seemed to have won a victory until the British made a determined stand in the Chew house. British reinforcements came up from Philadelphia while the besieged house still held out, and Washington's little army retreated. The Americans then took up their miserable winter quarters at Valley Forge. Fearing the possibility of capture by the enemy, on June 16, 1777, the Assembly of Pennsylvania meeting in the State House at Philadelphia voted to authorize the removal of all bells belonging to several churches and other public buildings and all copper and brass to a place of safety. The Continental Congress, meeting in Independence Hall, on September 14, 1777 (three days after the Battle of Brandywine) resolved that all public bells in Philadelphia be removed to a place of security upon a near approach of the enemy to the city.13 The order to remove the bells was passed along to Colonel Benjamin Flower, and his instructions read: "Ordered: that Colonel Flower employ James Worrell, Francis Allison and Mr. Evans, Carpenters, or such other workmen as he may think proper to employ, to take down the Bells of all the public Buildings in this city and convey them to safety." They had their work cut out for them. Not only did they have to get the bells down, also to convey them to safety.14 Eleven bells in all had to be removed. Most had to be taken from fairly high steeples, loaded aboard wagons, and spirited out of the city, all under the cover of night. Once they were down, Colonel Flowers had to decide whether or not to move them by Army transport wagons leaving the area with increasing frequency. If they were to be overtaken by the British, they would certainly end up as shot designed for Americans. His reasoning might then have led him to seek out farmers bringing produce into the city from the area where the bells were destined to go Allentown (then Northampton Town). Traditionally, these Pennsylvania German farmers brought their wares into Philadelphia and returned to their farms north of the city with empty wagons. A few of these wagons, with the bells secreted in them and covered with hay or straw, might be a better device. Should the British pass such a convoy, there would be a slightly lesser chance that they would be searched.15 There are two stories recorded about whose wagon was used to haul the Liberty Bell out of Philadelphia. One states that the man chosen was one John Jacob Mickley. The exact date of the bells' departure is unknown, perhaps a tribute to the extent of Flowers' well-kept secret. Some historians give the date as September 16 or 17 when the bells were taken down. Whatever the date, Howe marched into Philadelphia on September 27 but did not send a patrol in pursuit of the fleeing wagon train, undoubtedly because he needed all of his men to secure the city and to repulse Washington's counterattack at Germantown on October 4. The bells were taken via Bethlehem to Allentown. At some point along the way, the bell wagons joined an Army convoy of some 700 other wagons, and they rattled into Bethlehem. As the wagon bearing the heavy Great Bell reached the center of town on September 24, the great weight broke the wagon. As the first story goes, the Bell was transferred to a wagon owned and driven by Frederick Loeser, who then carted the Bell on to Allentown. The Bell's hiding place until 1778 was in the basement of the Zion High German Reformed Church of Allentown, where it arrived early on the morning of September 25. Other bells were hidden in the same basement and the Church above them served as a military hospital until the British evacuated Philadelphia. John Jacob Mickley and Frederick Loeser both have commemorative tablets in Pennsylvania which honor the parts they played in the saving of the Bell. The Loeser tablet stands at Loeser Lake just off Route 143 near Jacksonville, Pennsylvania in upper Lehigh County, not far from Frederick's farm land. The tablet dedicated to Mickley is outside the entrance to the Liberty Bell Shrine located at the Zion Church in Allentown, and also mentions Frederick's role in the transport of the Bell. The shrine is housed in the same basement where the Bell was harbored during its year-long stay in Allentown. When the British completed their evacuation of Philadelphia on June 18, 1777, the bells at Allentown were free to leave their refuge, and they lost no time in doing so. It is recorded that they departed on June 27 and on August 22, the Pennsylvania Packet stated that the bells had been returned safe and hung again. Another version of this story remains. At the dedication of the Loeser tablet at Loeser Lake in 1928 by the Pennsylvania Historical Commission, Frederick's role was recorded as follows:17 "He with his new wagon and fine span of four horses, which were his pride and joy, Frederick Leaser set out from his home in Lynn Township with a load of farm products for Philadelphia. Arriving at his destination, he disposed of his cargo, made some purchases and planned to start his journey home next morning. The whole city was in a state of excitement. Rumors as to the nearness of the British Army were on every tongue. "Early next morning, when he went out to the stables to get his team, he discovered that both his horses and wagon had been commandeered, and that the wagon was laden with military stores, among which was the State House bell. Upon being informed that the destination of the cargo was either Bethlehem or Allentown, he cheerfully offered his services and the use of his team. "The officers in charge of the removal of the bells from the city were pleased with Mr. Leaser's attitude and restored to him his team. Thus did Frederick Leaser and his fine span of horses become a part of the baggage train of the Continental Army. "Going down the hill at the 'platz' in Bethlehem towards the Monocacy Creek, one of the rear wheels broke, due no doubt to the method of braking with chains. After some delay, a wheel was obtained at the local wheelwright shop and the journey was continued to Allentown, where the bells were placed in the cellar of Zion Reformed Church. After which Frederick Leaser was permitted to return to his home with his team. "Meanwhile the family had become alarmed on account of his not returning within the usual time. They feared that he might have been waylaid by a band of Indians or perhaps fallen into the hands of the British soldiers. There was great rejoicing when he finally reached home. In later years he was fond of recounting this outstanding event of his life. "Such is the story of the hauling of the Liberty Bell by Frederick Leaser, as told by his Dorothea Follweiler, his daughter, to her children and grandchildren." Another account was written which supports the version that Frederick hauled the Bell from Philadelphia to Allentown, and that Jacob Mickley played a different role in the episode.18 "It was Frederick Leaser, who in 1777 hauled the famous bell from Philadelphia to Allentown, where it was hidden under the floor of the old Zion's Reformed church. Pioneer Leaser was a farmer and distiller. His grain and apple-jack he hauled to Philadelphia, where it was utilized. "His descendants who are quite numerous love to relate the following interesting story: 'That on a certain Monday morning he started away from home on his accustomed monthly trip to Philadelphia with a number of barrels of apple-jack on his large and strong conestoga wagon, to which were hitched four well kept black horses. The distance from his home was some sixty miles. The trip usually consumed five days and occasionally a day or two longer, depending upon the condition of the roads. Upon this particular occasion when the seventh and finally the 8th day had passed and the head of the Leaser household had not yet returned, the family became alarmed and their anxiety became more intense as the hours of subsequent days passed by and the husband and father failed to return. It was feared that Frederick Leaser had met with an accident, or had been killed by roving bands of Indians, or perchance had fallen into the hands of the British. He was strong for the freedom of the colonies. The gloom that had fallen upon his family was happily dispelled on the Saturday morning of the second week when Leaser returned home safe and sound, announcing to his family and neighbors that he had hauled the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia to Allentown, where they hid it under the floor of Zion's Reformed Church.' "The story of how the team of Frederick Leaser was drafted into service is related alike by his many descendants. It reads as follows" 'A committee had been visiting the hotels where farmers stopped with their teams in Philadelphia. That the committee selected Leaser's wagon because it was new and storng; and when the committee passed through the stables to select good horses, they came to a place where four heavy black horses were feeding. They selected them. They next inquired for the owner of the wagon and also the horses and incidentally they belonged to the same man.' "After the loading of the bell, the trip was begun. Soldiers accompanied the team. One John Jacob Mickley from Northampton County, Pennsylvania, held a minor office under the colonies in the Revolutionary war. Well founded tradition tells us that he led the procession and had charge of the soldiers and the guarding of the bell on its journey and assisted in hiding it under the church floor where it remained until after the close of the war." Frederick died in 1810, possibly before the census of that year. He is buried in the family cemetery located in the middle of a soybean field on the farm he once owned in Lynn Township. It is near Jacksonville, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, the same land originally purchased by his father, Jacob. Lehigh County was created from Northampton County in 1812. His son, Daniel Loeser, is identified in the History of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, with his birth and death dates given therein. He was born in 1772 and died in 1814. He is found in the census of 1800 with his surname spelled "Leysor", and with a family of one son and two daughters under ten. Daniel is also buried in the family cemetery near his father.19 Upon Frederick's death, part of the Leaser homestead was left to his daughter, Maria Dorothea, and her husband, Jesse Follweiler, along with the famous wagon. It was still in use in 1833, when it was used to transport a "liberty pole" from a nearby mountain side to Loeser Lake, where it was erected to celebrated the re-election of President Andrew Jackson. When it was no longer fit for use, it was divided and two wheels and a part of the wagon were given by Follweiler to his brother, who lived on the original homestead. In 1855, the barn on the Jesse Follweiler farm was struck by lightning and burned, consuming part of the old wagon. In 1888, the barn on the homestead burned down and the other part of the wagon was destroyed.20 A BID FOR HISTORY PROPERTY, GOODS OWNED BY LIBERTY BELL TRANSPORTER WILL BE AUCTIONED MONDAY. by ELIZABETH BARTOLAI (A free-lance story for The Morning Call) 21 For 2-1/2 centuries, Frederick Leaser, legendary for transporting the Liberty Bell during the Revolutionary War, or his descendants lived at his Lynn Township farm. "This property has been passed down through direct descendants since the 1740s," said Woody Zettlemoyer. That will change at noon Monday, when the 77-acre farm and Leaser's log cabin will be sold at auction. Willis Frey lives next to the Leaser property. He said Mabel Roth, who died in May at age 74, was a descendant of Leaser who lived on the farm with her husband, Ellis. Frey said the Roths had no children. "Both died and the will states everything is to be sold," Frey, an executor of the Roths' will, said. The proceeds are to be divided evenly among several people, including Frey. Zettlemoyer, of the Ralph W. Zettlemoyer Auction Co. Inc. of Fogelsville, is the auctioneer in charge of the sale. "It's gone on for 250 years, (so) it's sad that it comes to an end, but it's an economic reality," Zettlemoyer said. "Even if there were children, by this generation they might have elected not to live here. "There are some more distantly related family in other parts of the country. There aren't any direct descendants of Ellis and Mabel, who were the direct descendants (of Leaser) to pass it on to." Zettlemoyer wouldn't guess what price the property will command. "Because it depends entirely on what the bidders value," he said. "If they value history ... history is priceless." But Zettlemoyer is also practical. He estimates it would cost $100,000 to make the 19th century farmhouse livable by modern standards. As for the legend that Frederick Leaser hauled the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia to safety at Zion's Reformed United Church of Christ in Allentown, Zettlemoyer thinks Leaser may have been a patriot, but it's more likely he was just a practical man. "A lot of people romanticize the thing," he said of the story. "I think he went to Philadelphia to sell corn whiskey to the troops. He was staying there overnight when they needed wagons to haul the bells out of Philadelphia. Naturally he would volunteer ... It was on his way home. "It certainly well may have been (that) he was a patriot. He was in the right place at the right time." There are also claims by descendants of John Jacob Mickley of Whitehall Township that Mickley's wagon hauled the Liberty Bell to the Lehigh Valley. Zettlemoyer said the discrepancy might by explained by records showing that the wagon carrying the Liberty Bell broke down in Bethlehem and the bell was transferred to another wagon. But he said it was possible that the bell started in Mickley's wagon and was transferred to Leaser's wagon or it could have been the other way around. Another version of the story puts Mickley in charge of the wagon train with Leaser's wagon carrying the bell. But Zettlemoyer said that in the early 1900s members of a local church recognized Leaser's role in transporting the Liberty Bell. Frey and Follweiler want the family cemetery where Frederick Leaser is buried to remain on the property. "There was a woman who wanted to move Frederick over to Leaser Lake," Frey said. But the neighbors were totally against that idea. He said the deed restricts moving the cemetery. Frey said Ellis Roth stopped farming about 12 years ago, then leased the land to another farmer, so crops were grown even until this year. The Roths hadn't lived on the farm since February 1997, when they moved into Kutztown Manor, Frey said. Ellis Roth died in July 1997. HISTORIC LEASER PROPERTY BOUGHT BY VINEYARD OWNER LYNN TWP. FARM AUCTIONED FOR $430,000 TO COUPLE WHO OWN NEW TRIPOLI'S BLUE MOUNTAIN. by ELIZABETH BARTOLAI, The Morning Call 22 Joe and Vickie Greff of New Tripoli's Blue Mountain Vineyards bought the historic Leaser farm for $430,000 at auction Monday. The Lynn Township property, which includes a farmhouse and colonial-era log house, had been handed down through generations of Frederick Leaser's family since the 1740s. Leaser is legendary for his role in bringing the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia to Allentown during the Revolutionary War. "I feel broke all of a sudden!" Joe Greff exclaimed shortly after buying the 77-acre farm and log home, which were auctioned separately. Greff plans to put vineyards on the property. "The log home, I'm going to let it stay there and fix it up," he said, adding he'll tear off the addition to make it historically compatible with the time Leaser lived there. Greff also said he plans to approach Lynn Township officials about moving the road that cuts through the property between the stone farmhouse and the wagon shed. But Greff has no plans to move to the farm. "The home may be on hold for a while," he said noting the costly repairs necessary to modernize the 19th-century structure. The property was auctioned because Ellis and Mabel Roth, the Leaser descendants who lived on the property, died and had no children to leave it to. About 1,000 people attended the auction Monday, among them Steve Leaser of Bethlehem Township, who is a seventh-generation descendant of Frederick Leaser. Armed with a video camera, Steve Leaser and his wife, Cathy, trekked through his ancestral home. "It was really neat to see it," said Leaser. He said his family visited the farm when the Roths lived there but did not go inside the buildings. The Leasers were pleased Greff plans to restore the log home. "We were concerned about somebody coming in and tearing it down," said Cathy Leaser. She said she's also glad Greff wants to preserve the family cemetery. Greff said he plans to encourage efforts by the Daughters of the American Revolution, which has expressed interest in helping preserve the Leaser cemetery on the farm. Steve Leaser's father, Earl "Lee" Leaser, 77, a retired Air Force colonel, lives in Whitehall. Earl Leaser has lived in the Lehigh Valley since 1972. Earl's father, Maurice Leaser, worked at Mack Trucks. The last farmer in that branch of the family was Earl's grandfather, Harwin Leaser, who lived in the Fogelsville area. Will More About John Jacob Mickley: Burial: Unknown, Mickleys, PA. Cause of Death (Facts Pg): December 12, 1808, Killed by Tree on Homestead, Mickleys. Property 1: Bet. 1804 - 1808, Sold most of property to children.. Property 2: April 28, 1772, Patented 3 parcels of land (2 at 50 acres, 1 at 25 acres). Property 3: July 06, 1784, Patented150 acres of land in Lehigh County. Property 4: February 04, 1785, Patented 3 parcels of land (1 at 14 1/2 acres, 1 at 61 1/2 acres, 1 at 21 acres). Children of John Jacob Mickley and Susanne Miller are:
+John Jacob Mickley, b. April 13, 1766, Probably at the Homestead, Mickleys, PA, d. April 01, 1857, The Homestead, Mickleys, PA.