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the history of Pax tang church. ]

THIS INDENTURE made the Eighth
day June in the year ot Our Lord One
Thousand Seven Hundred and fifty four,
Between Henry Foster of the Township
of Paxtang, in the county of Lancaster,
in the province of Pennsylvania, Yeo-
man, Eldest son of John Foster, late of
the said county, Yeoman, Deceased, and
Ann his Wife, of the one part, ana the
Congregation that now belongs to the
Reverend John Elder of the Township in
the said county and province, Jointly, of
the other part; Whereas, the said John
Foster was in his life time, by virtue of a
certain patent bearing date the fifteenth
day of October, One Thousand Seven
Hundred and forty-four, seized in his
Demesn as of Fee, of and in a certain
Tract of Land containing three Hundred
and twenty one acres and allowance, and
Dyed so thereof Seized, Intestate, Where-
upon, according to Law of this Province,
the same descended and came to and
amongst all his children in Equal propor-
tions, the said Henry as Eldest Son tak-
ing a double share to the rest of
the Children; And Whereas, the
said Henry Foster, by bis petition
to the Orphens Court Held at Lancaster
for the county Aforesaid, the fifth day of
December, One thousand Seven Hundred
and Fifty two, setting forth that his said
Father so dyed seized of the said Tract
of Land as Aforesaid, and that it wo'd
be inconvenient 10 divide the same, and
that he was willing and desirous to hold
the same and pay the younger Children
their Respective shares thereof, accord*
ing to a valuation to be made by indiffer-
ent pei sons, pursuant to the Direction of
Act of Assembly in that case made and
provided, and praying that proper per-
ons might be appointed to make valua-

tion accordingly, obtained an order of
the same Court, That James Galbraith,
Esquire, Thomas Forster. Esquire,
Thomas Simpson and James Reed should
value the said Tract of Land and make a
Return of such Valuation to the same
Court; Whereupon they, the said James
Galbraith, Thomas Forster, Thomas Simp*'
son and James Reed, returned to the said
Court that they had by virtue of the above
mentioned order valued and appraised
the said Tract of Land at the sum
of Three Hundred and Eight pounds ;.
And thereupon it was ordered by the
court, that the said Henry Foster do hold
the said Tract of Land on giving security
for the payment of the respective shares
of the other Children of the said John
Foster, Deceased, which amounted to
forty-seven pounds ten shillings each, as
by the records and proceedings of the
same Court. Relation being thereunto
had will more fully and at large appear;
And Whereas, He, the said Henry
Foster, hath now satisfied and paid or
given security for the payment of the
Respective Shares of the Other Children,
and therefore is now by virtue of the Act
Assembly in that case made and provided,
become seized and possessed of the said
Tract of Land to hold to him, his Heira
and Assigns, for Ever; Now, Thu Inden*
tare Witrmuth, that the said Henry
Foster and Ann his Wife, for and In
consideration of the sum of Ten pounds
lawful money of Pensylvania to them
or one of them in hand well and truly
paid by the said congregation, at or before
the Execution hereof, the Receipt and
payment whereof are hereby acknowl-
edged, Have and each ot them
Hath Granted, Bargained, Sold, Re*
leased and Confirmed, and by these
Presents Do and each of them Doth*
Grant, Bargain, Sell, Release, Confirm
unto the said Congregation, Jointly, their
Heirs and Assigns, All that tract, piece or
parcel of land situate, lying and being in
the Township of Paxtang aforesaid, in
the County ot Lancaster, Beginning at a
Black Oak, thence South Eleven Degree*
West Ninty-Three perches to a Black
Oak, thence North Eighty Degrees West
Thirty-Six perches to a post, thence
South Eleven Degrees East Ninty-three
perches to a Black Oak, thence South

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Eighty Degrees Bast Thirty-Six perches
to the place of beginning, Containing
Twenty Acres, without allowance for
Roads, for the use of the Said Congrega-
tion of Paxtang, on which the Stone
Meeting House is Built, It being part and
parcel of the Above mentioned Tract of
Land Containing Three Hundred and
Twenty-one Acres and Allowance, To-
gether with all and Singular the Build-
ings, Gardens, Orchards, Meadows,
Pastures, Feedings, Woods. Under-
woods, Ways, Waters, Watercourses,
Hedges, Ditches, Trees, Fences, Profits,
Privileges, Advantages, Hereditaments,
Improvements, Rights. Members, and
Appurtenances whatsoever thereunto be*
•longing, or in any wise appertaining, and
the Reversion and Reversions, Remain*
der and Remainders thereof, and all the
Estate, Right, Title, Interest, Use, Trust,
Property, Possession, Claim, and De-
mand, whatsoever, both at Law and in
Equity, of them the said Henry Foster
and Ann his wife, of in and to the same.
To Hau and to hold the said Tract or
parcel oi Land, Hereditaments and
Premises, hereby Granted and Released,
with the Appurtenances, unto the said
Congregation, their Heirs and Assigns, To
the only use and behoci of the said Con-
gregation, their Heirs and Assigns, for-
ever, at and under the proportionable
part of the yearly Quit Rent now due,
and hereafter to become due for the same,
to the chief Lord or Lords of the
.Fee thereof; and the said Henry Foster
doth hereby grant for himself and his
Heirs, that he and they, the said Tract of
iJLand, Hereditaments and premises hereby
granted, with the Appurtenances, Unto
the said Congregation, their Heirs and
Assigns, against him the said Henry
Foster and the said Ann his wife, Heirs,
and against all and every other person
and Persons, Whomsoever lawfully
-claiming, or to claim the same, or any
part thereof, by, from, or under him, her,
or them, shall and will warrant, and for-
ever defend, by these presents.

In Witneu, whereof, the said parties to
these presents their hands and seals have
hereunto interchangeably set, the day
•and year above written.

Henby Foster, [l. s ]
Ann Foster, [l. s.l

Sealed and delivered in the presence of
us by the within nan*ed Henry Foster.
Henry Foster.

Thos Fforstbr,

Thos. Simpson.

Sealed and delivered by the within
named Ann Foster in the presence of us.
Ann Foster.

Thos. Fforstrb,

Thos. Simpson.

Received the day and year first within
written of and from the within named
congregation the sum of ten pounds, being
the full consideration money within men-
tioned to be paid to me.

Henry Foster.

Thos Fforsteb,

Thos. Simpson.

The 8th day of June, 1754, before me
the subscribers, one of his Majesty's Jus-
tices of the Peace of the county of Lan-
caster came the within named Henry
Foster and Ann, his wife, and acknowl-
edged the within written indenture to be
their act and deed and desired that the
same shall be recorded as such, the said
Ann voluntarily consenting thereto, she
being of full age and secretly and apart
examined the within, consent being first
made known to ber. Witness my hand
and seal the same day and year above
written. Thos. Fforster, [l. s.]

Entered in the office for Recording of
Deeds in and for the county of Lancaster
in Book C, page 287, on the Eleventh day
of June, Anno Dom., 1770. Witness my
band and seal of my office aforesad.
Edward Shtppen,

[office seal. ] Recorder.


NUtorltAl, Btoffrapbieal aad G«n«*logical.


A Neglected Graveyard.— The fol-
lowing communication, as an advertise-
ment, appeared in one of our Middletown
contemporaries. It shows the fate of
Farm Family Graveyards. At another
time we shall have something to say of
this contemplated vandalism, only repro-
ducing the advertisement in the hope

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it may meet the eye of members of the

families interested:

To whom it may concern:

Notice is hereby given that a grave
vard on the property tf the undersigned
in Londonderry Township, Dauphin Co.,
Pa., is in a disgraceful condition, over-
grown with brashes and weeds, which
spread in the field. This grave yard is
lying nearly in the centre of a twenty-
eight acre field.

No right or deed was given. The
undersigned has paid the taxes of this
plot of land for the past twenty years
and hereby gives notice to all persons
having relatives buried on the above
named plot of ground, to remove them
and their grave stones before the first
day ot March, 1888, as after that date the
same will be cleared and plowed over.
No one has been buried on the above
named ground for the last thirty years.

This tract is sixty-three feet long and
fifty-seven feet wide.

If the headstones are not taken out bes
fore the day above mentioned, they will
be sunk down below plowing reach.

The following is a description ot all the
headstones on the ground with the ex-
ception of a few that are marked with
two letters only:

Samuel Bell, died June 7th, 1849. By
Middletown Council, No. 84, O.of U.
A. M.

Leander Rath, born August 15th, 1830,
died November 17th, 1841.

Mary Ruth, born March 17th, 1798
dUd October 6th, 1841.

Catherine Ruth, boin 27th,
1828, died September 18th, 1841.

John Ruth, born June 10th, 1820, died
August 18th, 1840.

Jacob Reiff.born March 12th, 1775, died
September 5th, 1807.

John Detweiler, born December 8ih,
1790, died December 5th, 1838.

Jacob Detweiler, born December 8th,
1798, died December 6th, 1888.

Barbara Detweiler, born March 3d,
1796. died October 14th, 1819.

Elizabeth Detweiler. born Aoril 25tb,
1825, died September 17rb, 1825.

Mary Detweiler, born March 10th, 1826,
died 1826, died 10 hours after.

Elizabeth Sellers, born November 10th,
1800, died December 11th, 1849.

Jeremiah Sellers, born September 24th*
1799, died July 8d, 1858.

J. E. Master,
mUiddle, Deamber 1, 1887.

contributions to pennsylvania

Andekson. Captain Patrick.

Patrick Anderson was born February
24th, 1719, and was the first child of Eu-
ropean parentage born within the limits
of the present townships of Charlestown
and Schuylkill and the borough of Phce*
nixville, in Chester county, Pa. His
father was James Anderson, a Scotch-
man, and his mother was Elizabeth,
daughter of Thomas Jerman, a noted 1
Quaker preacher in the Chester Valley.
In his youth he was sent to Philadelphia
to be educated, and for a time he taught
school, but later obtained his father's-
farm, ot 840 acres, on the Picked og
Creek, about two miles from Valley
Forge, and there also built a mill. There
is a Tetter extant from William Moore, of
Moore Hall, to Chief Justice Allen, of
November 5th, 1755, during the French
and Indian war, recommending him for a
captaincy and asking that he be supplied
with powder. He was a man of great
resolution and strength of character, and
was among the first to suggest re*
sistance to British aggression. He
was one ut the Chester County Commit-
tee of which Anthony Wayne was chair-
man, appointed in accordance with the
recommendations of the Congress of 1774|
and in March, 1776, was .made Senior
Captain of the Pennsylvania Battalion of
Musketry, commanded by Col. Samuel J.
Atlee. This battalion may be said to-
have won the only American success at
the battle of Long Island, as it captured
and held against repeated assaults of the
enemy an eminence on the left of the
right wing. Here Lieut Colonel Caleb
Parry, the neighbor and confidential
friend of Anderson, was killed by
his side and he became much enraged.
The capture of Atlee by the British, left
him in command of the battalion, and a
letter from him to Franklin concerning
its condition may be found in the Penn-
sylvania Archives. In the unfortunate
affair at Fort Washington nearly all of his

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men were taken prisoners. He then ap*
piled for a commission as 1 ieutenant
Colonel, bat was unsuccessful, and
March 12, 1777, he was the ranking
Pennsylvania captain in the Continental
army. When the British army passed
through Chester County In September,
1777, knowing of his absence in the
service, they ransacked his house and de-
stroyed property to the value of £808,
$8, 6<L He was elected a member of the
Assembly in the years 1778,1779, 1780 and
1781, and bore an active part in the im-
peachment of Judge Francis Hopkinson.
His influence throughout the country was
•extensive. In April, 1779, he wrote to
the Council of Safety concerning irregu-
larities in the election of militia officers,
and the election was nullified. In 1781
he was appointed one of the Board of
Commissioners having in charge the nav-
igation of the river Schuylkill. He had
three wives, viz: Hannah Martin, Eliza-
beth Morris, a full cousin of Colonels
Edward and Benjamin Bartholomew, and
Ann Beaton, sister of Col. John Beaton,
.and had twelve children. He died in
March, 1798. His son Isaac, who was an
express rider and militia captain in the
Revolutionary war, was a Presidential
elector in the Monroe campaign and a
member of Congress from 1808 to 1807.
In this connection it may be stated that
Hon, Matthew Stanley Quay is a great-
grandson of the brave Captain Patrick
Anderson. 8. w. p.


T*T«rss on Beeond Straet (Oo»clod«d).
The Union Hotel was on the east cor*
ner of Market Square and Blackberry
alley and was kept by John Buffington.
It was one of the best hotels in the bor-
ough, and patronized by the better class
of the community. Among the guests
were the star actors of the theaters who
then played here. On one occasion some
of the young men of the town made ar-
rangements to hold a ball, a very usual
•custom then. Among others were George
W.Harris, John Forster, John Roberts and

John M. Forster, who thought proper to
invite Mrs. Williams, an actress of celeb-
rity who was boarding there. The result
was, the young ladies who bad been in-
vited refused to come if Mrs. WiUiams
would be there, a circumstance which
was much regretted by the gentlemen.
Fortunately Mrs. Judge Todd, of Bed-
ford, concluded to attend, which induced
the rest of the invited ladies to go also,
and the ball passed of pleasantly. Mrs.
Williams, however, did not make her ap-
pearance, having probably beard that her
presence wss objectionable. Col. John
Roberts was considered the finest dancer
in the town. It was when these young
men were students and preparing for
other pursuits. Mr. Buffington left this
house about 1821 or '22. He only occu*

Sied the corner bouse, the one adjoining
eiog occupied by the Harrisbnrg Bank,
who purchased it. William Graydon,
Sen., Esq , resided there after the bank
removed, and kept a book store.
The next landlord was George
Nagle, from Berks county, who kept
it until about 1844, when wells Coverly,
of Centre county, succeeded him. Mr.
.Nagle kept a good house. It was the
Democratic headquarters, and most of
the members of the Legislature of that

gtrty boarded there. President Van
uren remained there during his visit
here. Wells Coverly married Mary
Calder, sister of the late WilliamCalder.
As Mr. C's politics was different, the
tavern became the Whig headquarters.
General Zicbary Taylor when a candi-
date for the Presidency stopped here and
received the congratulations of the citi-
zens. The Hon. William F. Johnston,
Speaker o/ the Senate, boarded here at
the time h» was Governor for the unex-
pired term >>f Francis R. Shunk. After
Mr. Coverly retired, the property was
purchased by the Kelker Brothers from
the Harrisburg bank, which had many
years previously bought it. I think these
houses were owned and erected by Chris-
tian Kunkel. They are well built large
three-story brick houses. The lower one
is now the property of the estate of Theo-
dore F. Schefter, used as a printing office
and book store, and the corner oy the
Kelkers as a hardware store. Governor
James Pollock also boarded here during

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his official term. Neither he or Governor
Johnston occupied residences while in

The sign of "Cross Keys." This boose
was built and kept by George Zeigler, on
the east corner of Market square and
Blackberry alley. The building was con-
structed especially lor a tavern and a
place of amusement. It Is yet remain*
ing, and is 21 feet front by 90 feet deep,
with the gable fronting the street. There
was a large room on the second floor
which was used for dancing and also for
a theatre. The house is brick, three
stories. But few are living now when it
was kept as a public house. Mr. Zeigler
quit keeping a tavern at an early day, and
for many years after kept the principal
store of the town. The writer, when a
boy, was often sent there for articles, and
distinctly remembers his appearance. He
was a tall, slender man, with a quiet, re-
ligious countenance, and had the look of
being connected with one of the plain-
dressing religious sects. He wore his
hair rather long. Had a decided German
face. One would not suppose from his
manner and appearance that he had at
one time kept a tavern at which there was
so much amusement allowed. Mr. Zeig-
ler lived to a good old age, and was much
respected. His children were Ann Cath-
arine, wife of George Kunkel; Mary, wife
of the Rev. John P. Hecbt,and Elizabeth
wife of Rev. Fred. Rothrock,all deceased.
The original building yet remains, and
owned by the estate of Jacob Houser.

The* 'Poplar" Tavern was built and
kept by George Hoyer, and was among
the first Inns of the town. His sign was
a poplar tree, on the west side of Market
square, below Market street It was a
log weather boarded two-story house,
with a ten-feet alley on the lower side.
All the wood used In its construction was
poplar. Mr. Hoyer was one of the sue*
cessful men of his time. He possessed
the adjoining lot above, on which be
erected a fine two story brick house, in
which he kept a store after retiring from
the tavern. He also owned several other
properties, on one of which the present
freight depot of the Pennsylvania railroad
is now, and also the Harrisburg gas works.
The old tavern house was partially de-
stroyed by fire, while occupied by George

Felix as a confectionery. It was then
purchased by Joseph Wallace, Esq , who
built the present three-story brick house
for Dr. William McPherson. his son-in-
law. It is now owned and occupied by
Mrs. Eliza D. Klein. After Mr. H oyer's
retirement the tavern was kept by a Mr.
Coover and others. The stabling was on
River alley.

The "Washington House," located on
the east corner of Second and Market
streets, was at one time the most Import-
ant hotel in Harrisburg. Being centrally
located, it commanded a large business,
when properly kept. The "building was
a three story brick double house, fronting
on Second street or the square. Its sign
was a well- painted picture of General
Washington of full size in citizen's dress,
holding a scroll of paper in his right
hand. It has been stated that Washing-
ton stopped here when going to Western
Pennsylvania during the Whiskey Insur-
rection, but the bouse was then occupied
as a store. General William H. Harrison
stopped here in 1840, when a candidate
for the Presidency. The stables were on
Market street, frame and whitewashed,
on the ground now occupied by the
Dauphin Deposit Bank building adjoin-
ing, the pavement being cobbled with
stone. This tavern had various landlords,
among them were Messrs. Nicholas
Schwayer, Hensey, John Smull, William
E. Camp, Joslin, E. P. Hughs, Major
Sanders and his son, Wm. E. Sanders.
The property was afterward purchased
by Andrew J. Jones, who removed the
old house and erected the present build-
ing, since named the Jones House [now
the Leland House].

The "Golden Swan" was located on
the esst side of Market square above
Market street. It was a two-story log
and weather-boarded white house, the
yard and stable being in the rear. It
was kept at an early day by David
Doebler and was a prominent place for
shows and dancing during the
annual "fairs" of that time. It
was destroyed by Are in June, 1828.
A three-story brick house, owned by the
heirs of Oliver Bellman at this date, 1878,
now occupy the site of this old hostelrie.
Mr. Doebler afterward removed to Sec-
ond and Walnut streets. Mr. Wormly

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kept it when tbe fire occurred. Michael
Krehl at one time kept it.

A tavern was once kept in the white
weather boarded two story house oo the
west corner of Market square by John
Norton, and Mr. A. M. Patterson bad a
dancing school there. Mr Norton was a
carpenter by trade, and when repairing a
scow at tbe river it fell down on him and
and broke his leg, and be was taken
home in a cart. It was a serious accident
in those days, prior to railway and ma-
chinery. It would be a trifling accident
now, but it was remembered by one of
our aged citizens from his boyhood.
This house is yet remaining and owned
by the Galder estate. The bar room
was wbero the office is now. Here is
where William Calder, sr , commenced
the livery business in John Norton's old
log stable, which grew into the extensive
stage, packet boat and passenger car
lines. Mr. Calder resided there until his

The ''Pennsylvania Inn* 'was owned and
kept by John Eeiker. It was a two story
log and weatberboarded house, painted
white, situated on the west side of North
Second street, near Waluut, with the
stabling on the corner. Mr. Kelker
lived to an old age, and occupied it until
his death, but discontinued keeping tav*
era some years prior thereto. He was a
brother of Frederick Eeiker, and left
daughters— 8abina, Rosanna and Louisa
The Eelkers were originally from Leb-
anon county.

The "King of Prussia" was located on
the west corner of Second and Walnut
streets. It was a large two story log and
weather boarded house, painted yellow.
The stable was on Second street, the side
being on the street, near Locust, and was
built of stone. The pavement from the
house to the corner of Locust street as
used was made of cobble stone. The
property belonged to Conrad Bombaugh.
It was kept by various landlords, among
the n a ruber were Melchior Rahm and
David Doebler. The "King of Prussia"
was famous for dances and shows. One
of the amusements practiced there by
young men was taking "laughing gas."
It was considered a harmless way of
amusing themselves, some while under
its influence making themselves quite lu-

dicrous and creating great merriment*
This tavern was torn down by George
Heiselv, and the present three-story brick
erected by him. The remainder was sub-
sequently owned by Jacob Buehler, David
and James Fleming. Robert A. Lambert
ton, Esq , and the Young Men's Christian

The "Golden Lamb" was owned and
kept by George Boyer, on the west corner
of Second and Locust streets. It was a
large log and weather-boarded house

Sainted white. The stable was large, of
rick and was on Locust street, the gable
fronting the street. Mr. Boyer did a
large business with people from
the upper part of the county.
He was what was called a portly man,
of a goodly size, and was popular as a
landlord. It was the general stopping
place for circus men, and of course was a
favorite place in the estimation of the
boys. Circuses in those days were not
attached to menageries as at present, but
traveled separate. When a circus com-
pany was at Boyer's the performers,
dressed in their spangled costumes,
left the tavern on horseback and rode
through the streets, with a bugler in
front and a clown in the rear. This wss
done previous to each performance, and
as a consequence Locust street was filled
with boys waiting for the troupe to ride
out of the stable.

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Kelly.— Patrick Kelly, of Derry town-
ship, d. in 1769, leaving a wife Rachel
and children as follows:

u Rachel

ft*. George.

ijk Ann; m. Fitzpatrick.

to. Thomas.

0. James.

trf. Patrick.

ei*\ Mary; m. Duncan.

He mentioned in his will his grandson,
Andrew Kelly. The Rev. John Roan
and John Hay were witnesses to the in -
strument. Patrick Kelly bought 50 acres
of land from Captain Thomas Harris, and
resided at Conewago.

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