Connecting the Dots – or rather Deeds

This week I’ve been able to connect the dots and make some sense out of several deeds that found their way into the Copper Wash Tub throughout the 19th to 20th centuries.

Dot #1 – This poster for an auction on Monday, November 11, 1870.
Going to auction are two parcels. One contains 102 acres and a “Two-StoriedDSCN0636 Stone House” located on the West Chester and Philadelphia Road. The second tract is 10 acres and 36 perches which is a located about ½ mile from the first tract and is a woodlot.

Dot # 2 – The property listed in the poster is part of the Chalkley Minster Estate.   Minister died intestate. His wife Edith was still alive (as noted on the deed), but Passmore was appointed Guardian of the two minor children William and Laura.

Dot #3 – A deed dated March 18, 1871, Joseph Passmore, Guardian and Edith Minster to John Young, E. Goshen for 10 acres 36 perches of Woodland in East Goshen Township for sum of $2811.87    DSCN0637 In the deed description this property was bounded “by the lands of Benjamin Smedley, John Young and others.”

Dot #4 – This is the same 10 acres 36 perches of woodland deeded by Lehman A. Watson and wife to Chalkley G. Minster on January 2, 1860 for the sum of $2,556.25DSCN0638




DSCN0639Dot# 5 – This same parcel, is the second tract noted in an April 15, 1913 deed from John Young and Mary J. his wife, and Catherine Young to Charles Young. From this deed’s property description it appears that this woodlot is at the corner of East Goshen, Willistown and Westtown Township.


So that explains, in a convoluted sort of way why all these deeds were in the copper wash tub but there is one more connection to another deed, hold on to your hat . . .

Chalkley Minster was the son of Jacob Minster (1792-1825) and Sidney Hoopes (1783-1857). Sidney was the daughter of Amos Hoopes (1745- 1805). Amos is one of the children of Joshua Hoopes from the 1774 Deed “Amos Hoopes et Ux to James Black.


See my posting for February 23, 2016 for more information about this Deed.



Thanks Grandma Young!

Since March is Women’s History Month this week I am featuring my Grandmother, Marie Louise Titter Young (1907-1996).  I believe it is thanks to her tdscn0628hat my family has all the wonderful documents that have led to this Blog. I am beginning to think she was the family history nerd before me.  If only she had given me her crumb topping and green tomato pickle  recipes . . . . .

This week I’ve diverted to going through photographs that she saved (many do not have any identification on them, why didn’t I do this before my father died?) and newspaper clippings (if she knew you or parents she saved your birth, death, engagement, wedding or any other clipping in which your name might have appeared).

Grandma was born in the Lima/Tanguy area of Delaware County, PA to John and Mary Titter.  John was a farmer and her mother, well her mother was apparently not a very nice person.  As is stated in an undated newspaper clipping at the time of her parents divorce – yes she saved this too.  “In affirming the lower court, Judge Stadtfeld said in part: The record shows the respondent was of a cruel disposition and nature.  Her hostile manner was directed particularly against her husband and daughter and epileptic son . . . .”  Yikes!!!!

I can remedscn0618mber how she used to tell me that her father would often send her on errands to get her away from her mother.  Her favorite errand was riding the horses to the Blacksmith Shop.  I credit her with my love for horses and riding.


She had two brothers, Gordon and Vincent (who I believe she called Tucker). Her father and her brothers are buried at Cumberland Cemetery in Lima, PA.  As are quite a few of the Youngs.

One of her childhood friends was Joe Lownes.


Maire Titter Young and Joe Lownes

They remained friends until their respect deaths. Joe, and his wife Grace, ran a successful nursery operation in Springfield Township Delaware County from 1936 to 1986.  Grandma herself always had a way with plants and gardens. When I think of her I think of zinnias, red geraniums, rhubarb, picking and pitting cherries and making cherry pies,  and half frozen strawberries on the Thanksgiving table which my brother, sister and I ate in short order more or less an an appetizer while waiting for the turkey to be carved.

She met my Grandfather C. Earl Young when on his way home from work he would pick her up in his wagon and give her a lift home from school.  Speaking of school – here’s one of the photos – no date – no location of course.  I’m thinking it might be Tanguy School.  And while it could be that it’s my father’s class picture there is a little girl in the center of the back row that looks a lot like my sister when she was little. dscn0633

My children and I were blessed to have her live with us for several years before a series of strokes required that she be placed into nursing care.  I will always be very grateful for that time we had together.