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Table AO - Henry Lewis patent

 

Note: in these deed histories distances are quoted in perches (p) of length 16.5 feet. Areas are quoted in acres (a) and square perches (p). There are 160 square perches to an acre. In a few cases roods (a quarter of an acre) are also used.

 

From

To

Date

Area

Cost

Reference

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commissioners of William Penn

Henry Lewis

7/20/1706

352a

 

Patent A-3-325

Henry Lewis

James David

11/10/1711

352a

 

L-42.  East of the Great Valley Baptist Church (Church records)

James David senior

James David or Davies junior (grandson)

6/9/1741

352a & 167a

 

L-43;

James Davis

William George

2/20/1761

352a

 

Mortgage. M-161

James Davis

William Currie

1/25/1762

80a

£150

O-547 see table E.1  Other portion sold to Benjamin Davis

James Davis

James Hamilton

5/23/1771

352a + 167a

£500

R-348 Mortgage.  See also table AU. Repayment acknowledged 1/9/1779

James & Mary Davis

John Duffield

3/30/1777

143.5a 30p

 

V-594 see table AO.1

James & Mary Davis

Dr. John Davis (son)

10/1/1782

100a

£550

E2-183; see table AU

James & Mary Davis

Benjamin Davis (son)

4/23/1801

34a 77p

 

T2-440; see table AO.5

Dr. Elijah Davis

Dr. John Davis

6/26/1815

190a

$8,075

L3-374; no description of property. This was Elijah's inheritance from his father, James Davis

Dr. John Davis

 

2/13/1816

 

 

Died intestate. See article describing deed history and disposition.


American Republican 1816-12-03 (See Newspaper clipping in Document database for commentary

Cadwallader E. Davis, Joshua Jones, Matthew Arnold, admins. of estate of Dr. John Davis

Enoch & Elijah Davis

4/1/1817

156½a & 8a 36p (tract #11, see table OA.4)

$17253 87c

O3-277

Cadwallader Davis et al

Enoch & Elijah Davis & Charles Jones

4/1/1817

7a 122p

$1568 18c

O3-280; lot #15?; see deed plan

Cadwallader Davis et al

Joshua Evans

4/1/1817

6a 105p

$499 81c

C4-170; lot #14; see OA.8 for continuing deed history

Cadwallader Davis et al

Mordecai Davis

4/1/1817

6a 33p

$999

O3-413; Lot #12; see deed plan

O3-413

Enoch & Elijah Davis

Cadwallader Davis et al

 

 

$11,737.50

Mortgage O-80

Enoch & Elijah Davis

Cadwallader Davis et al

 

 

$1,069.25

Mortgage O-87

Cromwell Pearce, sheriff

Joshua Jones & Joshua Evans

10/18/1819

156½a & 7a 122p

$10415.17

Sheriff’s deed

Joshua & Nancy Jones & Joshua Evans

William Harris

4/1/1820

156½a

$9322

R3-293

R3-293

doc 481 not found

Dr. William & Matilda Harris

Isaac Richards

4/3/1834

77a 3p

$6103.73

I4-297; see Samuel Beaver’s plan

William & Matilda Harris

Isaiah Matlack

4/3/1834

 

 

I4-; see table AO.7 below for continuation

Brinton Jacobs, executor of the will of Isaiah Matlack

George Brinton

5/31/1838

79a 113p

$8,767 67c

Q4-59

George & Mary Brinton

Phebe Walker, wife of Dr. Isaac R. Walker

3/10/1852

79a 113p

$8,767 67c

P5-428

Peter & Aleata Richards et al

Mary Ann Richards

4/2/1860

77a 3p

$7,122.50

P6-106

Mary Ann Richards

William Eliason

2/17/1864

77a 3p

$5,692.36

Y6-151

William Eliason

Benjamin Shank

3/28/1870

77a 3p

$9,420.35

W7-140

Benjamin Shank

George R. Hoopes

1/29/1874

 

 

Assignment for sale; Miscellaneous 15-319

George R. Hoopes

Richard Hecksher

4/1/1875

77a 35p

$9,729.54

P8-435

Richard Hecksher

 

1883

156a

 

Breou’s atlas

Ricard Hecksher

 

1897

   

1897 Atlas

L.L. Hecksher estate

 

1912

   

1912 Atlas

Lucretia Hecksher estate

 

1933

77a

 

1933 Atlas

Clarence K. Bawden

 

1933

8a

 

1933 Atlas; tenant farmhouse; Avonwood Farm

 

L-42 Deed. On 1 Nov 1711 Henry Lewis of Haverford, yeoman, to James David of the Great Valley, husbandman. Whereas there is a tract of land in the Great Valley bounded by land of Joseph Kirk, Thomas Simons, Griffith John & James David containing 352 acres, which said land (together with another tract) confirmed to Henry Lewis by patent dated 20 July 1706 recorded in Philadelphia, Book A, Vol. 8, Page 325 on 12 Oct 1706. Now Henry Lewis for £89 granted to James David all the above described 352 acres. Signed Henry Lewis. Delivered in the presence of William Davies, Mary Davies & Thomas Robinson. Memorandum. Peaceable possession given to James David on 12 Mar 1712/13 in the presences of Lewis Walker & Thomas Walter. On 13 May 1758 Benjamin Hayes of Haverford, yeoman, came before John Mather, Esq. one of the justices of the peace on the County of Chester & the above deed was shown to him, he verily solemnly declares &affirms that he believes the above deed was signed by Henry Lewis, for that Henry Lewis being the Uncle of him, he was well acquainted with his hand. Signed Benjamin Hayes before John Mather. Recorded 22 May 1758. (Lll:42).
Beginning at a post in the line of Joseph Kirk’s land SSE 176p to a post, thence WSW by land reputedly of Thomas Simons 320p to a post, thence NNW 176p to a post, thence by land of Griffith John and James David 320p to the place of beginning.

L-43
Deed. (Indorsed on the backside of the last above deed) On 9 June 1741 James David, Sr. of Tredyffrin, yeoman to his grandson James Davies of Tredyffrin, yeoman. James David for the love, goodwill & affection he bears for his grandson, James Davies, do hereby grant & give to James Davies, also according to the true meaning & intent of his last will & testament, a plantation & tract of land in Tredyffrin as described on the other side of this indenture [the previous deed] containing 352 acres. Signed James David, Sr. Delivered in the presence of John Davis, Owen Philips & John Thomas. Recorded 22 May 1758. (Lll:43).

M-161

Mortgage. On 20 Feb 1761 James Davis of Tredyffrin, yeoman to William George of Upper Merion in the County of Philadelphia, yeoman. James Davis stands bound to William George for £500 conditioned on payment of £150 plus interest in yearly payments to be paid in full on 20 Feb 1767. James Davis to better secure said debt granted to William George a tract of land in Tredyffrin bounded by land of Joseph Kerlin, Thomas Simons, Griffith Jones & James David containing 352 acres. Signed James Davis. Delivered in the presence of Mary Davis, Isaac Thomas & Morris Davis. Recorded 10 Aug 1761.

from the American Republican 
November 19, 1833
A Valley Farm 
FOR SALE,
Will be exposed, at Public Sale, on Wednesday, the 18th of December next, a DAIRY FARM, situate in the Great Valley, Tredyffrin township, Chester county, bounded by lands of George Beaver, Joseph B. Walker, Jacob Massey, Levi Lewis and others, containing 156½ Acres, 40 of which is WOOD LAND, the remainder arable and in a high state of cultivation. The farm is under good fence, and every field is supplied with water, by two brooks, one of which passes through the barn yard. There are on the premises a young bearing apple orchard of well selected fruit, and within an enclosure, near the mansion, a variety of apricot, cherry, pear, peach, green gage, egg plum, pruin, and other fruit trees, in bearing order, as well as a diversity of grape-vines, which afford delicious fruit in their seasons. There are, moreover a lime kiln, a lime quarry and extensive strata of Marble.

The buildings are a large stone Dwelling house, nearly new, and constructed in modern style, having a wide hall and four rooms on the first floor, six on the second, and five on the third, with a cellar under the whole building, in five apartments, a large stone barn, wagon-house, carriage-house, hog-house, sheep-house, and other out buildings. Upon another part of the farm there is a good tenant house, having a kitchen and cellar in the basement story, three rooms on the second and two on the third, a cow-house with stalls for twenty cows, having a hay mow above and a rivulet passing through the cow-yard; and a spring house over a strong spring of excellent water, which is unaffected either by draught, or rain, and sufficiently large to hold the milk of thirty cows. The above described farm is situate one mile north of the Pennsylvania rail road, fifteen miles from Philadelphia, fifteen from West Chester and six from Norristown. - At [As?] the road which passes from the Swedesford, through the farm to the Spread Eagle, on the Lancaster turnpike, divides the arable lands, woodland, the streams of water and the the buildings pretty equally, the property will be sold either in two tracts or one as may suit purchasers.
Sale to commence at 1 o'clock, P.M. when conditions will be made known.
WM. HARRIS

Table AO.1

 

From

To

Date

Area

Cost

Reference

 

 

 

 

 

 

James & Mary Davis

John Duffield

3/30/1777

143.5a 30p

£915

V-594 ; see deed plan

John & Mary Duffield

Dennis Whelin

3/1/1796

143.5a 30p

 

O2-320

Dennis  & Mary Whelen

Waters Dewees

4/4/1797

9a

 

R2-358

Dennis  & Mary Whelen

Henry Zook

1797

109a?

 

O2-127

Dennis  & Mary Whelen

John Elliott

4/20/1797

9a

£292

O2-396; see deed plan

Dennis  & Mary Whelen

Isaac Walker

4/20/1797

3a

£67 10s

O2-393; see deed plan

Dennis  & Mary Whelen

Robert Kennedy

4/20/1797

6a

£159

O2-399; see deed plan

Dennis  & Mary Whelen

John Moore

4/20/1797

3a

£75

O2-401; see deed plan

Dennis  & Mary Whelen

Richard Moore

4/20/1797

3a

£67 10s

O2-390; see deed plan

Waters Dewees

 

1798

9a hill land

 

Glass tax

Henry Zook

 

1798

105a

 

Glass tax

Henry Zook

 

1799

106a

 

tax

John Elliott

 

1798

 

 

Not in Glass tax; no sale deed

John Elliott

 

1799

10a

 

tax

Isaac Walker

 

1798

2a hill land

 

Glass tax

Robert Kennedy

 

1798

6a

 

Glass tax not differentiated from other land

John Moore

 

1798

 

 

Not in Glass tax; no sale deed; not in tax list

Robert Moore

 

1798

 

 

Not in Glass tax; no sale deed; not in tax list

Robert Kennedy

John Miller

3/5/1799

6a

£180

S2-64; see deed plan

 

Table AO.2 Farm of 162 acres

 

From

To

Date

Area

Cost

Reference

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doc 420 image not found
See Newspaper clipping in Document database for commentary Doc 427 image not found
See Newspaper clipping in Document database for commentary

Cadwalader E. Davis

 

7/30/1816

162¾a

 

Inheritance?

 

 

 

Lots #3 & #4 sold in 16 pieces.

 

See tables AO.3 and AO.4

Sheriff (Cromwell Pearce), debt of Enoch & Elijah Jones

Joshua Jones & Joshua Evans

10/18/1819

156½a + ⅔ 7a 122p + ¼ 162a

$10,415 17c

Sheriff's Deed 2-160


This attempted sale was not successful

Joshua Jones and Matthew Roberts, surviving administrators of the estate of Dr. John Davis

John Malin, guardian of Mary & Rebecca Davis

1830

162¾a

$6347 25c

D4-2; see deed plan below

D4-2

John Malin

Levi Lewis

4/1/1830

162¾a

$6347 25c

D4-3

Lydia Lewis

 

1883

160a

 

Breou atlas

 

 

 

 

 

O3-450; lot #5

James & Mary Davis

Benjamin Davis (son)

4/23/1801

34a 77p

 

P3-77 lots #6 and 8

 

Table AO.3 - 32¼ acres of woodland split into 8 lots

 

From

To

Date

Area

Cost

Reference

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cadwalader E. Davis, Joshua Jones, and Mathew Roberts, administrators of the estate of Dr. John Davis

Joseph Conard senior

4/1/1817

3a

$642

Q3-134; lot #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrators of the estate of Dr. John Davis

Edward Woodman

4/1/1817

3a

$453

Q3-371; lot #2

Edward Woodman

 

1821

 

 

died intestate

doc 548 image not found

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrators of the estate of Dr. John Davis

Alexander Kennedy

4/1/1817

4a + 4a 52p

$1378 72c

Q3-18; lots #3 and 7

Administrators of the estate of Dr. John Davis

James Barry

4/1/1817

4a

$604

Q3-438; lot #4

Administrators of the estate of Dr. John Davis

Joseph Walker

4/1/1817

4a

$404

O3-450; lot #5

Administrators of the estate of Dr. John Davis

Thomas Mifflin

4/1/1817

5a 22p + 4a 51p

$1,161 87c

P3-77; lots #6 and 8

Heirs of Thomas Mifflin, Sarah L. Mifflin et al

David Wilson

12/3/1847

5a 22p + 4a 51p + 8a 36p

$370

G5-484; lots #6, 8, 11

 

Table AO.4 - 57½ acres of woodland split into 8 lots

 

From

To

Date

Area

Cost

Reference

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cadwalader E. Davis, Joshua Jones, and Mathew Roberts, administrators of the estate of Dr. John Davis

Reese Howell

4/1/1817

7a 52p

$1,377 10 c

N3-542; lot #9

Administrators of the estate of Dr. John Davis

Andrew Crawford and Hugh Long

4/1/1817

8a 12p

$1,639 22c

O3-266

Administrators of the estate of Dr. John Davis

Enoch & Elijah Davis

4/1/1817

8a 36p

 

O3-277 (part); lot #11

Administrators of the estate of Dr. John Davis

Mordecai Davis

4/1/1817

6a 33p

$999 20c

O3-413; lot #12

image O3-413 not found

Administrators of the estate of Dr. John Davis

Thomas Walker

4/1/1817

8a 43p

$1,645 48c

O3-464; lot #13

Administrators of the estate of Dr. John Davis

Joshua Evans junior

4/1/1817

6a 105p

$499 21c

C4-170; lot #14; see OA.4.14 for continuing deed history

Administrators of the estate of Dr. John Davis

Enoch & Elijah Davis, Charles Jones

4/1/1817

7a 122p

$1,568 15c

O3-280; lot #15

O3-280 not found

1825-11-30 document not found

Administrators of the estate of Dr. John Davis

 

4/1/1817

 

 

not sold; lot #16

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cadwalader E. Davis, Joshua Jones, and Mathew Roberts, administrators of the estate of Dr. John Davis

Isaac Zimmerman

4/1/1817

 

 

Deed not found; quoted in I5-92

Isaac Zimmerman

George Shainline

10/2/1830

7a 7p

$387 40c

I5-92

doc 547 image not found

 

Table AO.4.11 Woodlot #11

 

From

To

Date

Area

Cost

Reference

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrators of the estate of Dr. John Davis

Enoch & Elijah Davis

4/1/1817

8a 36p

 

O3-277 (part); lot #11

Cromwell Pearce, sheriff (debt of Enoch & Elijah Davis)

Thomas Mifflin

10/18/1819

8a 36p

$468 82c

Sheriff’s deed 2-167

Heirs of Thomas Mifflin, Sarah L. Mifflin et al

David Wilson

12/3/1847

5a 22p + 4a 51p + 8a 36p

$370

G5-484; lots #6, 8, 11

 

Table AO.4.14 Woodlot #14

 

From

To

Date

Area

Cost

Reference

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrators of the estate of Dr. John Davis

Joshua Evans junior

4/1/1817

6a 105p

$499 21c

C4-170; lot #14; see OA.8 for continuing deed history

Joshua Evans

Samuel Priest

11/28/1831

6a 105p

$265

E4-311

Samuel & Sarah Priest

Ralph Davis

12/17/1832

6a 70p + 4a 25p

$190 25c

H4-31

Ralph Davis of Radnor

 

 

 

 

died intestate

Elwood and Benjamin Davis

Owen Davis

6/8/1853

 

 

Miscellaneous 8-157; release

Elizabeth Davis, widow

Owen Davis

6/8/1853

 

 

Miscellaneous 8-158; release

Owen and Elizabeth Davis

William Priest

3/31/1855

6a 70p

$325

X5-346

 

Table AO.5

 

From

To

Date

Area

Cost

Reference

 

 

 

 

 

 

James & Mary Davis

Benjamin Davis (son)

4/23/1801

34a 77p

 

T2-440

Benjamin Davis

Catherine Davis (in her lifetime)

7/15/1814

 

 

Died; Will

Execs of Benjamin Davis (Mishal, Pugh, & James Davis)

James Pugh

4/1/1825

34a 77p

$1379 80c

Y3-143; see deed plan

William Pugh

 

c. 1875

 

 

Deed plan

A. Glass

 

1883

32a

 

Breou atlas

 

Table AO.6 Joseph Thomas nursery

 

From

To

Date

Area

Cost

Reference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry Zook

 

1799

106a

 

tax; see table AO.1 for earlier history

Henry Zook

David Zook

 

 

 

inheritance?

Jesse Sharp, sheriff, debt of David Zook

John Bell

5/3/1825

100a

$905

Sheriff’s deed 3-72

John & Martha Bell

Charles Thomas

3/22/1828

103a 7p

$6,046

A4-211

Elizabeth, Mary, Margaret, & Ann Grover

Thomas J. Grover

3/2/1835

 

 

Miscellaneous 3-47; Release

Thomas J. & Eliza Grover;

Mary Grover

3/3/1835

2a

$100

K4-203

Thomas J. & Eliza Grover

Charles Thomas

5/15/1835

7a 68p

$433 55c

K4-430

Charles & Mary Thomas

Elwood Thomas

4/21/1865

31a 131p + 3a 7p

$3,000

B7-117

Charles & Mary Thomas

Joseph W. Thomas, William West, Elwood Thomas

4/26/1866

7a 68p

$800

H9-206

Charles Thomas

 

1875

 

 

died

Joseph W. Thomas

 

1883

78a 1r 14p

 

Breou’s atlas

Elwood Thomas

 

1883

31a 2r 32p

 

Breou’s atlas

Breou-Thomas map not found

 

Table AO.7 Matlack - Brinton - Walker farm

 

From

To

Date

Area

Cost

Reference

 

 

 

 

 

 

William & Matilda Harris

Isaiah Matlack

4/3/1834

 

 

I4-263; see table AO above for prior history

Brinton Jacobs, executor of the will of Isaiah Matlack

George Brinton

5/31/1838

79a 113p

$8,767 67c

Q4-59

doc 572 image not found

George & Mary Brinton

Phebe Walker, wife of Dr. Isaac R. Walker

3/10/1852

79a 113p

$8,767 67c

P5-428

Breou-WalkerFarm not found