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.

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

 

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Lease Stephen Girard to John Young 1831

Since Stephen Girard is in the news this week Philadelphia.   FBI Recovers Rare, Local History Stolen From Girard College « CBS …    I thought I would chime in about the relationship between Stephen Girard and my three times great-grandfather John Young.

On October 18, 1830 John Young entered into a lease agreement with Stephen Girard for ALL the messuage and lot of ground situated in the township of Passyunk aforesaid, bounded northwestward by a two perch wide lane, northeastward by land occupied by the widow Hunter, southeastward by the second street road, and southwestward by land occupied by George Sting(er) containing nine acres and three quarters, TOGETHER with all and singular other the buildings, improvements, rights, members and Appurtenances whatsoever, thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining to complete tenantable repair (except the southwest end parlour and the chamber above it) . . .

Rent was set at $200 a year to be paid in four $50 installments. In turn, John Young would adhere to the following provisions of this lease: hauling on the premises a sufficiency of manure for all the purposes of the Garden- attending to the fruit trees, of which there are on the premises, three Pear, eight Plum, besides one old one, sixteen Cherry, fourteen Apple, one Peach, one English Walnut, besides one Horse Chestnut tree – also attending carefully to the Asparagus bed – to sow no grain, and if he should it is to be forfeited – and not to take anythin
g off the premises (except his own private property, at the expiration of the dscn0587lease – and leaving the said premises in good tenantable repair, except the natural and unavoidable decay.  

It appears from this lease that John and his family would be occupying the house on the property with the exception of the “parlour and chamber above it,” as noted in the first excerpt above. Was this the house that is now part of Girard Park at 21st and Shunk Street in Philadelphia ?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Girard_Park

Stephen Girard died in December of 1831 during the first year of the term of this lease. Also contained in my family collection are two lease agreements with the Mayor Alderman and Citizens of Philadelphia. The first is dated 1850 and is between The Mayor Alderman and Citisens [sic] of Philadelphia to John Young /Girard Farm No. 1 for a term of 3 years beginning March 1, 1850. This time the lease is for Thirty-seven acres and Thirty perches, . . .  At a yearly rent of Five Hundred dollars, payable half-yearly, the first payment to me made on the first day of September next. There are very specific provisions to this lease as well:  he [John Young]will put at least three loads of manure to the acre, yearly, on such parts of the demised premises as the said agent of the Girard farm shall designate; that all manure made on the premises shall remain thereon: that they ground shall not be ploughed more than twice in two successive years: that nor more than one fourth of the ground shall be seeded in the last year of the term, the portion of ground to be seeded to be designed by said Agent: that no tree shall be cut or trimmed without consent of the said Agent: that after the grain is seeded the ground shalldscn0593 be sown with good, fresh and clean timothy seed the proper season: and that all grain raised shall be thrashed and the straw remain on the ground: and the Committee of the said farms and the Agents of the Girard Estate shall be authority, at all time, to visit the premises to ascertain whether the herein covenants are complied with.

The subsequent lease is again between The Mayor Alderman and Citisens [sic] of Philadelphia to John Young for the same property as the 1850 lease. The term for this one is to begin on March 1, 1853 and is this time for two years at the rate of $500/year. It is indicated on the document that it is a duplicate, Mayor Charles Gilpin signed the lease but this duplicate copy is not dated beyond the year and does not contain John Young’s signature.

This leads me to ponder just who was this first John Young? Unfortunately, I have no birth or death dates for him or his wife Hannah, my search for that continues. It is his son John who begins our family’s Bible and he is born in 1825. (see first post) At this time I don’t know if John (Jr) had any siblings. What I find in the Copper Wash Tub always leads me to more questions but that’s what makes this fun.