February 26, 1938, Auction of Farm and Household Goods

As WWII loomed on the horizon it would seem that my great grandparents Charles and Maud Young were getting out of the farming business and selling everything that wasn’t nailed down. On the back of this photo it says “Earl’s home on Rt. 3.” DSCN0615Earl, my grandfather, was the son of Charles and Maude, and I believe this to be the farmhouse associated with this sale.  The farm was situated in the corner of East Goshen and Willistown Township.  The Donohue Funeral Home on Rt. 3 now occupies a portion of this land.  Charles only lived 4 more years after this sale.

There are 17 sales sheets and one sheet labeled “Cash.” On the sales sheets it lists the item that was sold, the price and the buyer. Many of the buyers were neighbors like Restore Smedley, John Blosenski, John Stratton, James Wilson.

The sale made less than $1000, but in 1938 $1000 was a lot of money.  Here’s just a small sample of the items and their prices:DSCN0617

Item                                          Price                            Buyer

Manure Spreader                    $90                               P. Merri–

Weathervane                            $5                                 Smedley

Iron Plow                                  $7.50                            Palmer

Corn Planter                             $11                               Norris Jefferis

Cultivator                                 $15                                John Loether

Iron Bath Tub                        $ .35                                E. Nider

Copper Ketter                         $7                                    J. David

Roan Horse                           $52.50                             Blosenski

3 pc Parlor Suite                   $2                                    Smedley

Waffle Iron                            $ .40                                 Dallett

Sewing Machine                  $1.                                     Dallett

Other items include harness, hay forks, barn shovel, hinges, a farm wagon, butter tubs, cuspidor, coffee mill, skates, screen doors, oil stove, coal stove, Rocker, basket of dishes, and the lists goes on and on.  They even sold the porch swing!


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.