Erie County (PA) Genealogy

Land Records - Moravian Land Grant

Contributed by Evelyn Baker


The information below was researched, compiled and provided by Evelyn Baker. Most of the material is a transcription of original handwritten papers of land transactions and journal notes of Nathan Blickensderfer, who was the Real Estate Agent for the 'Hospitality' tract. These original documents were loaned to Evelyn for transcribing on this PAGenWeb site by Robert William Blickensderfer (Bob) of Conneaut, Ohio, who is a great grandson of Nathan. The end of the article below contains a brief family history of the Blickensderfer family. Other sources for this article included the book Blackcoats Among the Delaware by Earl P. Olmstead (available in the Erie County Blasco Library), Erie County Springfield Township tax records of 1823, and various Pennsylvania maps before 1800 through 1855 from Evelyn's personal collection. Anyone wishing to comment on this article or provide additional information should contact Evelyn Baker directly.


Moravian Land Grant †

Pennsylvania / Ohio Frontier

... Before there was a Springfield Township ...

... Before there was a Pennsylvania / Ohio state line ...

The Moravian Missionaries came ... to live among the native American Indians.

... They came to establish schools to teach the Gospel ...

And to promote peace between the white man & the natives.

During the mid 9th Century, in two small European countries of Bohema and Moravia, 2 missionaries, CYRIL and METHODIOUS, were translating the Bible into a common language. Reformation was strengthening against doctrines of the Roman clergy.

1415 - John HUS, burned at stake, accused of heresy. He was a Rector of the University of Prague, Professor of Philosphy, and a spirited leader of the protestant reformation, and the evolution of the Moravian Society.

1457 - The Moravian Church became officially known as Unitas Fratrum, often called the United Brethern.

1547 - Bitter religious persecution led to their movement through Europe.

1735 - The Moravians fled to America.

1740 - They settled on the estate of George WHITEFIELD in Pennsylvania.

1741 - They purchased 500 acres to establish Bethleham, Pennsylvania, and paid all their own expenses.

1742 - Soon after the first land purchase, they bought 5,000 acres from of the Barony of Nazareth. Bethleham & Nazareth became closely linked in agriculture and industry. Other mission settlements were purchased, all were frontier centers to spread the Gospel to the Native American Indians.

1781 - April 17, Pennsylvania State granted 2 tracts of land, 2,500 acres each, to " The Society of the United Brethren" ( known as the Moravians ). They selected 2,875 acres within the limits of LeBoeuf township, and 2,797 in Springfield and Conneaut, extending into what is now Ohio, paying for the extra 672 acres in money.

The LeBoeuf land was called "Good Luck"

The Springfield, Conneaut Creek, & Ohio land was called "Hospitality".

For the next 69 years, the missionaries were often the first white settlers on the frontier. They embraced all tribes, but most of their work was with the Delawares. They baptised, bestowed Christian names, and performed marriages among the Indians. Natives called them "Blackcoats" and readily accepted their humble ways. The Indians taught the Blackcoats the skill of the hunt, communial planting of crops, baking food in hot ashes, and their migratory techniques. Indians were fond of the fatty meat of wild white swans, found in this area, and tasted like that of the bear.

From Europe, the Moravians brought with them, honeybees, valued for their honey and polination of crops. They kept voluminous daily diaries, mostly written in German script, that are esteemed today as some of the earliest written records of the American wilderness.

Genealogists should be watchful of new documents still being translated and not yet completed for release.

1804 - JOHN DeVORE to BENIJAN LLOYD ....................... 1 acres

1815 - HARM JAN HUIDEKOPER to JOHN DeVORE ..........................

1816 - JOHN DeVORE to ISAAC PERRIN .. Conneaut Twsp. .. 9 acres

ELISHA BINGHAM to HENRY & HANNAH BALL ..... 2 acres

1818 - THOMAS D. MILLER to JOHN DeVORE ...................................

1823 - Tax records of Springfield Township lists 829 acres of the Moravian

Grant Tract A was valued at $4906 and paid $9.81 in taxes .......

1828 - JOHN TAGGERT to SCOTT KEITH ... Fairview Twsp. ... 13 acres

1824 - JOHN DeVORE to JOSEPH BELL ..................................... 1 acre

1825 - JOHN DeVORE to ASABEL KIMBALL ............................ 6 acres

JOHN SALSBURY to JOHN DeVORE .............................. 3 acres

1827 - WILLIAM PORTER Heirs to ALLEN MERRIL ........... 100 acres

ALLEN MERRIL to JOHN HALL ................................... 100 acres

1832 - Agreement between HANNAH CUDNEY & HASTING CASE .....

HARM JAN HUIDEKOPER to JESSE DeVORE ............. 50 acres

JOSHUA ANDREWS to SAMUEL BRECHT, Fairview Twsp. 50 acres

1833 - JOHN DeVORE to EDSON HART ....................................... 7 acres

1834 - JOHN VANDERVENTER to WILLIAM CUSTARD ...... 150 acres

JESSE, MARY, ELIZABETH PORTER to JOHN HALL . 100 acres

1836 - ANDREWS TYLER to ZACHARIAS THOMAS ............... 50 acres

1837 - LOYAL ALFORD to ZACHARIAH THOMAS ................ 25 acres

1838 - HORATIO HARTSHORN to ZACHARIAH THOMAS .... 22 acres

1839 - ROBERT PORTER to JOHN HALL ..................................................

DONALD G. WEBBER to AVERY C. TIFFANY ................. 1 acre

1840 - AVERY C. TIFFANY to SCOTT KEITH ................................ 1 acre

HARM JAN HUIDEKOPER to SAMUEL C. GIRARD .. 51 acres

1846 - ASA DeVORE Mortgage to WILLIAM F. COCHRAN ... 50 acres

1849 - QUIT CLAIM, MARVIN LAWRENCE & CATHERINE to J. ROBERT HALL

1849 - WILLIAM MILES, Esq., of Union, is their first active land agent, due to ill health, he was succeeded by his son, Judge JAMES MILES. The Judge became manager of the "Hospitality" tract and NATHAN BLICKENSDERFER became the Real Estate Agent. JOHN WOOD, of Waterford, became manager for the "Good Luck" lands.


1850 MORAVIAN LAND LEASE ENDS 1850


NATHAN BLICKENSDERFER and Judge JAMES MILES buy the total 5,672 acreage. BLICKENSDERFER paid the Society of United Brethern $40,000 plus $8,046.45 interest, and $926.79 for expenses - total $48,973.14

1850 - June 15, WILLIAM BENSON surveys Lots of PERRY G. & S. D. STRANAHAN for a cost of $300.

HOSPITALITY TRACT TRANSACTIONS ( Handwritten )

Lot # 1:

1850 - Hay cut & baled, wheat put in by R. THAYER. Crops believed to have been sold to Old THAYER ( insolvent ).

1851 - Lot sold to HARRIS HARVEY

1852 - Lot sold to NATHAN BLICKENSDERFER

Lot # 2:

1850 - 52 Lot rented to G. WHITE ... paid $130.25 for 3 years.

1853 - Lot taken by N. BLICKENDERFER on Division of Lands.

Lot # 3:

1850 - 52 Lot rented to G. THOMPSON ... $140.00 for 3 years

1853 - Lot taken by BLICKENSDERFER on Division of Lands.

Lot # 4:

1851 - Lot sold to A. BAKER, as soon as Society of United Brethern's lease expires.

Lot # 5:

1850 - 51 Lot rented to L. KAR??ROW ... $80 for 2 years.

1852 - Lot rented to OLIVER WING

1853 - Lot taken by BLICKENSDERFER on Division of Lands.

Lot # 6:

1850 - Lot rented to WILLIAM WARE ... $50 for 1 year.

1851 - Lot rented to OLIVER WING ... $50 plus $10 taxes ... for 1 year.

1852 - Lot sold to A. BAKER or J. ??? ORLY ( these 2 names are handwritted over top of each other ).

1852 - Lot sold to BLICKENSDERFER, December 1852

Lot # 7:

1850 - 52 Lot rented to J. CALLENDER ... paid $15.00 for 3 years.

Lot # 8:

1850 - Lot rented to A. BECKWITH ... paid $50 for 1 year.

1851 - " " Abscounded in fall of '51 - insolvent.

1852 - Lot rented to S. U. R. KELLY ... paid $ 56.50 for 1 year.

1853 - Lot taken by BLICK on Division of Land, & HUGH MORRELL ?? of KELLY.

Lot # 9:

1850 - Lot rented to D. TURNER

1851 - TURNER died in March - insolvent.

1852 - Possession given to Z. THOMAS, purchaser.

Lots # 10 & 11:

1850 - Lot rented to BENEDICT & WHITNEY for $85 for 1 year.

1851 - Lot rented to WILLIAM CASTLE for $85 - insolvent.

Lots # 12, 13 & 14:

1850 - Lots rented to K. L. HOLBROOK ... paid $116 for 1 year.

1851 - Lot # 12 sold to BENEDICT; part of 12, & lots 13 & 14 sold to HOLBROOK.

Lot # 15:

1850 - 51 In adverse possession of J. Baird ( present tenant )

1852 - " " to keep possession during this year, BAILEY was put on.

1853 - Possession taken by JAMES MILES on Division of Land.

1854 - Rented to GUTHRIE & DODGE

1855 - Rented to THADDEUS HANAN

1856 - Sold to JOSEPH BAILEY

Lot # 16:

1850 - Lot was sold to JOSEPH BAILEY in January.

Lots # 17 & 18:

West side - March 27, THOMAS WARD buys 148 acres bounded, in part, by JOS. BAILEY purchase & Pond Road. As a result of a lawsuit with DAVID A. GOULD, his land was reduced to 137 acres. He paid $4,110.

1850 - Lots sold to T. W. WARD in March.

Lot # 18: East side - 80 acres

1850 - 52 Lot rented to T. W. WARD ... paid $100 for 2 years.

1853 - Lot taken by JAMES MILES on Division of Land.

1854 - Lots 17 & 18 sold to E. KELLOG

Lot # 19:

1850 - Lot on west side sold to CHESTER POTTER in February. Tax refund of $3.00 on east of lot.

1853 - Balance of woodlands lay vacant, taken by JAMES MILES in Division of Land.

Lot # 20:

1850 - Lot rented to .. MAYNARD for $70 .. paid $33 .. Maynard gone to parts unknown.

1851 - Lot sold to JAS. M. FIFIELD

Lot # 21:

1850 - Lot sold to A. M. HANAN - 79 acres partial acreage

1852 - Lot sold to HUGH LAUGHLIN - remainder of lot # 21

Lot # 22:

1850 - Lot rented to Mr. GUTHRIE for $80 & repairs

1851 - Lot sold to F. I. RANDALL - taken back in 1854

1854 - Lot rented to L. HAWKINS for $120, inc. lot # 23, he abscounded to parts unknown.

1855 - Lot sold to H. & A. HAWKINS, OLDS, A. HANAN .. 70 westside acres, occupied by Mr. NEFF.

1856 - Lot occupied by Mr. NEFF for tending stock for MILES & BLICKENSDERFER.

1857 - 58 Lot rented to Mr. NEFF , includes lot 23, for $50.

Lot # 23:

1850 - Lots rented to JAS. MORGAN includes lots 24 & 25. MORGAN died before paying.

1851 - Lot sold to S. MARSH - taken back in 1854.

1853 - Lot taken by J. MILES on Division of Land. In possession of F. I. RANDALL

1854 - Rented to L. HAWKINS - he absquatulated - insolvent

1855 - 58 .. Occupied by Mr. Neff for attention to livestock and creek farms

Lot # 24:

1851 - 52 Lot rented to L. P. JACKSON ... paid $86.

1853 - Lot taken by J. MILES on Division of Land. Rented to GEORGE RAY

1858 - Rented to T. W. WARD

Lot # 25:

1851 - Lot rented by L. W. WELLS, duebill taken by MILES for $35.80 paid in repairs.

1852 - 53 Lots rented by GEORGE RAY paid $105

1854 - Lot rented by WILKINSON for crops; RAY's wheat; and pastured by J. MILES cattle.

1857 - Lot rented on north side of road to WHITNEYS for $5.00

1858 - Lot rented to T. W. WARD

Lot # 26:

1850 - Lot sold to R. PRATT on west side - east side is vacant.

1852 - Lot rented to PRATT for $25 which was reckoned in WYMAN purchase.

1857 - 58 Lot taken back, rented to WYMAN for $100

Lot # 27:

1850 - Lot sold to A. B. HAWKINS

Lot # 28:

1850 - Lot sold to WILLIAM IRVINE

Lot # 29:

1850 - Vacant, believe J. MILES had hay cut, can't say how disposed of -

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1850 - JOSEPH & CAROLINE to HARRIET HAMILTON ...... 30 acres

1851 - ELIZABETH HALE to JAMES R. HALE ....................... 100 acres

1852 - LEONARD ELLIS ........... to ALFRED KELLY ............ acre

ABRAHAM EAGLEY ...... to ALFRED KELLY ........... 1 acre

WILLIAM BOND ............ to ALFRED KELLY ............ 11 acres

HARRIET HAMILTON to ALFRED KELLY ............ 30 acres

JOSEPH & JANE HEWITT to ALFRED KELLY ............ 87 acres

LEVI & LUCY GERRED to ALFRED KELLY ........... 16 acres

ALBERT THAYER & WIFE to ALFRED KELLY .........................

HUGH & MARY MORRIEL to ALFRED KELLY ... 62 acres

WILLIAM P. & JANE WARE to ALFRED KELLY ... 51 acres

EDWARD & EDWIN WHITON to ALFRED KELLY ... 100 acres

HARVEY & MARY REYNOLDS to ALFRED KELLY . 7 3/4 acres

ANANIUS & PHOEBE HARRIS to ALFRED KELLY ... 30 acres

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BOND to ALFRED KELLY .. 6 acres

ALONZO & BETSEY DUNNING to ALFRED KELLY ... 100 acres

RANSOM & HULDAH REYNOLDS to ALFRED KELLY . 42 acres

SAMUEL & LUCRETIA GERRED to JOSEPH & JANE HEWITT

HARM JAN HUIDEKOPER to RANSOM REYNOLDS .... 50 acres

1853 - RANSOM & HULDAH REYNOLDS to ALFRED KELLY . 53 acres

MADISON & PERMELLA WHITON to ALFRED KELLY .. 107 acres

FRANKLIN & AMY CARTER ....... to ALFRED KELLY ... 14 acres

GEORGE K. HALL to J. ROBERT HALL ......................... 100 acres

1854 - BLICKENSDERFER corn crop fails

OSCAR WICKS to WILLIAM BANCROFT .. ( ? land in Tract A )

1855 - May 26, ALFRED KELLY'S order on ROBERT HALL given up.

HARRY MALLORY, Guardian of JANE SCOBY

...... " ........ " ............................... to ALFRED KELLY ....... 15 acres

Hay cut by BLICKENSDERFER and fed to his cattle; south of the road is pastured by MILES cattle; one field rented out to A. LAUGHLIN for sheep's pasture.

1856 - Hay cut on share by Mr. NEFF and fed mostly to BLICKENSDERFER'S cattle, balance to Mr. MILES cattle.

JOHN H. HALL to JAMES R. HALL ............................... 100 acres

GILBERT HURD, Executor, SIMON ROYCE .......................................

..... " .......... " .......... to THOMAS J. DeVORE ................ 99 acres

1857 - Society of United Brethern to ALFRED KELLY ... 132 acres

HUGH & MARY MORRIELL to JAMES MILES & J. ROBERT HALL

" .......................................................................................... 59 acres

JACOB R. & JULIA ROBBINS to J. ROBERT HALL .....................

1858 - Jan. 21, $58.75 paid to T. W. WARD for 10 head calves Jan. 29, Cash and note of LUKE THAYER to close lawsuit ..... $300

NANCY REED to WILLIAM CUSTARD ........................... 150 acres

ALFRED & MARY KELLY to JAMES MILES & J. ROBERT HALL

" ........................................................................................ 762 acres

ISAAC & LUCY BENEDICT to ALFRED KELLY ........... 72 acres

1859 - January 3, CHARLES WYMAN leases Lot # 26 of the Moravian Land Grant Hospitality Tract, situated in Springfield Township, Erie Co., Pa. He paid $125 for one year. The hand written contract reads in part, " to farm in good workmanlike manner , commit no waste and to render up peaceable possession of the same. May lay up rails necessary to secure crops to an extent not exceeding 500 rails for which he shall be allowed $1 per hundred when laid up in fence. The rails to be made as far as possible out of fallen timber before any standing trees are cut. The said WYMAN also to pay all taxes assessed against said land and payable during the term of this lease".

1860 - M. S. KELLY, M. K. BATES, & Others to J. ROBERT HALL ...........

JOHN H. & JULIA HALL to J. ROBERT HALL ............. 209 acres

1st LT., THOMAS J. FARGO to SARAH RUSSELL ... Fairview .. lot

1862 - JAMES MILES to MICHEAL & FERDENAND HARMON .... 2 acres

" " " " in Girard Township

GEORGE H. & LUCY McINTIRE to DANIEL QUINN ... Girard Twsp.

ROSINA. &. L. C. BALDWIN to JAMES MILES & J. ROBERT HALL

" ......................................................................................... 10 acres

HARRY & EMILY MATTBAY to JAMES MILES & J. ROBERT HALL

" ...................................................................................... 3 acres

1863 - JAMES MILES to S. M. HEWITT ......................................... 40 acres

ISAAC WEBSTER & WIFE to ELECTRA ANDERSON .... Fairview

1866 - JAMES MILES & J. ROBERT HALL to T. C. STARK ............. 98 acres

ZACHARIAH & LOUISA THOMAS to EMILY C. DeVORE .. 34 acres

JAMES MILES & J. ROBERT HALL to G. B. & Wm. H. WEBB

" ......................................................................................... 62 acres

JAMES MILES & J. ROBERT HALL to G. B. WEBB ........... 11 acres

1867 - JAMES MILES & J. ROBERT HALL to HENRY BEST ........ 35 acres

1868 - 1870 - Bridge contracts donated to the HAZEL KIBLER MUSEUM

LYMAN MARTIN to A. G. ELY & J. ROBERT HALL .. Grd ... 23 acres

SARAH H. SMITH & NELSON KING to J. ROBERT HALL 68 acres

1869 - THOMAS W. WARD to JAMES MILES & J. ROBERT HALL ......

" ..................... Hospitality lands ........................................... 137 acres

Will of ELIZABETH PORTER ........ Girard ..........................................

JAMES MILES & J. ROBERT HALL to ASA & JOHN FULLER 24 acres

Executors of JAMES MILES with E. M. HEWITT ..................... 102 acres

" to MARCUS POTTER & N. B. HILL ... Girard .. 10 acres

SCOTT & SUSAN KEITH to L. W. S ( )GE ............................... 1 acre

1870 - H. C. & ELIZA THOMPSON to JAMES MILES & J. ROBERT HALL

" ............................................................................................. 19 acres

SCOTT & SUSAN KEITH to T. J. DeVORE ............................. 6 acres

MARGARET STEVENSON to FREDERICK STEVENSON farm lease

1871 - JAMES MILES to THOMAS W. WARD ............................... farm lease

1872 - JAMES WEBSTER to A. D. HEWITT .........................................................

LOUIS YEAGER to GEORGE H. HALL ......... Girard Twsp. ..... 7 acres

NATHAN & CATHARINE BLICKENSDERFER to G. LOOMIS 39 acres

March 29, Window sash & glass for EATON'S Lot # 15 ............... $2.52

November 8, GEORGE LOOMIS buys part of the Moravian Grant called Hospitality, situated in Springfield Township, Erie Co., Pa. for $1,540. The Indenture reads in part, beginning at a stake in center of Middle Road, the N. E. corner of lands deeded to ALBERT CHILDS, thence 89 north along the middle of said road 77 and 77/100ths perches to lands of HUGH THOMPSON, thence south 80 and 92/100ths perches to the S. E. corner of said BLICKENSDERFER'S land, thence north 89 , etc., containing 39 28/100ths acres, more or less.

Signed and sealed by NATHAN BLICKENSDERFER and his wife CATHARINE MARY BLICKENSDERFER.

Deed book # 46 ... page 162.

GILBERT HURD, Notary Public.

1874 - MARY J. BELL to BENJAMIN HALL .......................................... 8 acres

WILLIAM CUDNEY & DAVID SCHULTZ ............................ Agreement

DAVID SCHULTZ to JAMES SMITH & SYLVANUS BARNEY ..........

" ......................................................... Girard Twsp. ................... 95 acres

NATHANIEL SISSON & WIFE to CHARLES LOOMIS ................................

CHARLES LOOMIS to CYNTHIA EMILY DeVORE ................................

1875 - A. & NANCY TARR to BOYD STEVENSON ............................ 77 1/3 acres

JAMES MILES & J. ROBERT HALL to ALBERT McKENDREE 40 acres

1877 - GEORGE & MARTHA HALL to MATHIAS HESS .... lot ..... Milesgrove

LOUIS YEAGER Bankruptcy sale to GEO. K. HALL .. Girard Twsp. 7 acres

1878 - MIN & ELIZABETH HANNAH to L. B. STEVENSON ................ 36 acres

HENRY & LYDIA TRAUT to A. G. ELY ......................................... Girard

1879 - MATHIAS & ANNA HESS to GEORGE K. HALL ..... lot ..... Milesgrove

JAMES SAMPSON in account with J. ROBERT HALL ............. Milesgrove

GEORGE K. & MARTHA HALL to J. ROBERT HALL ......... 177 acres

" ............................................................................. Girard Twsp. ... 73 acres

L. B. & MARY S. STEVENSON to JOHN H. HALL ..................... 17 acres

COOPER FAMILY to S. H. DAILY & F . D. SHIPMAN ......... Milesgrove

1880 - J. ROBERT HALL to GEORGE J. GRIFFEN .......................... Milesgrove

J. ROBERT HALL to RUSSELL A. WHITE ............................. Milesgrove

GEORGE & CATHERINE LOOMIS to J. ROBERT HALL ......... 39 acres

J. ROBERT HALL to HENRY P. SULLIVAN ........................ Milesgrove

1881 - FRANK W. TANNER mortgage to EMILY C. DeVORE ...........................

" ............................................................................ Dakota Territory 40 acres

JOSEPH J. HUNTINGTON to T. J. DeVORE . Dakota Territory ....... lots

1882 - THOMAS J. DeVORE to CLINTON D. BEUTON, Fargo, Dakota 40 acres

1885 - JOHN & ELIZA DUNN to HATTIE RIBLET .......................... Milesgrove

1891 - J. ROBERT HALL in contract with CASSIUS STEVENSON ....................

1898 - Sheriff to T. J. DeVORE .................................................... land & buildings

1900 - J. ROBERT HALL to J. MILES HALL ....................................... 156 acres

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GOOD LUCK TRACT

The PEARCE Farm

1850 - Rented east half to F. PEARCE for $40 and taxes - paid in February

Sold west half to P. G. STRANHAN

The MOSIER Farm

1850 - Sold east half J. D. STRANHAN

Sold west half to THOS. E. FRARY

The ROYER Farm

1850 - Rented to P. ROYER ... paid $35

1851 - Rented to JNO. NEASE

1851 - Sold to JONATHAN ACKERLY

The NEASE Farm

1850 - Rented to JNO. NEASE ... paid $63

1851 - Sold to WILLIAM P. SHAVER

The GREEN Farm

1850 - Rented to GREEN & SON ... paid $90

1851 - Occupied by N. BLICKENSDERFER for making sales and hay to feed the crowd !

1851 - Sold to WILLIAM W. ACKERLY

The GILL Farm

1850 - Rented to SAUL GILL, Jr. for $100

1851 - Rented to COOKSON GREEN, Jr. for $125

1851 - Sold to SILAS WHEELER

The REYNOLDS Farm

1850 - Rented to O. H. DOWLER for $20

1851 - Sold to COOKSON GREEN, JR.

The CRAKER Farm

1850 - Rented to WILLIAM CRAKER for $58

1851 - Sold east 1/2 to WILLIAM CRAKER

1851 - Rented to TRUMAN NEMLE for $40 - gone to parts unknown

1851 - Sold to G. W. GILLETT

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1858 - JAMES MILES to G. W. AIKE( N or R) ............ Crawford Co. .. 113 acres

1858 - JAMES MILES to PERRY G. STRANAHAN .. Union Village ... 30 acres

1863 - JAMES HALL to LORENZO SHEPHERD ........ Union Mills ...... 7 acres

1864 - JAMES MILES to MORTIMER SARS .... Columbus Twsp., Warren Co.

JAMES MILES to OLIVER HALEY ................... Union Mills ... 4 acres

JAMES MILES to EVERGREEN CEMETERY .................... 12 - 13 acres

1865 - JAMES MILES to TIMOTHY NULLIGAN ....... Union Mills ....... 2 acres

1869 - JAMES MILES to JOHN H. BENNETT ........... Wattsburg ....... 48 acres

1871 - J. ROBERT HALL, Executor of JAMES MILES to PERRY G. & E. G.

" STRANAHAN & R. D. POOR ... Union Mills ..... 22 acres

1872 - J. ROBERT HALL, Executor of JAMES MILES to Wm. C. JACKSON

" ........................................................................ Union City ....... 4 acres

J. ROBERT HALL, Executor of JAMES MILES to JOHN ROCHE

" ............................................................................ Union Mills ....... 1 acre

J. ROBERT HALL to ENOCH, JUNA, & SIMEON SARGENT .............

" ........................................................................ Union Mills .. 46 acres

JAMES E. & GLEN PETTIBONE to H. C. DAVIS .. Corry ... house & lot

1873 - JAMES MILES, J. ROBERT HALL, & J. W. WETMORE to ...............

" ....... PATRICK CAMPBELL ....................... Union City ........................

1877 - J. ROBERT HALL to J. W. WETMORE ............ Wattsburg ... hotel & land

SHERIFF to J. MILES, J. R. HALL, & J. W. WETMORE ...........................

" ......................................................................... Venango Twsp. 29 acres

1879 - JAMES MILES, J. ROBERT HALL, & J. W. WETMORE to .................

" ROBERT K. LESLIE & JAMES LESLIE .. Wattsburg .. hotel & land

1883 - ELIZA DAVIS to J. ROBERT HALL ................. Corry ......... house & lot

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BLICKENSDERFER / MILES EXPENDITURES

1851 - March, paid $223 to JOSEPH BAILEY for 2 horses

Sept. 19, paid $103.17 to JOS. BAILEY for oxen by Judge MILES

1852 - Sept. 8, paid $110 to T. W. WARD for one mule team by Judge MILES

1852 - (circa) BLICKENSDERFER School was one room, built of timbers with a rough hewn wood floor. It was located near the banks of Lake Erie, on the southwest corner of a bridal path, that became Lake and Rudd Roads until June 1988. Then 3,000 acres in that locale was sold to the Pa. Conservancy, then turned over to the Game Commission, to stock, feed, and manage the wildlife. At the dawn of the 21st century, the land has been returned to its natural state.

Paid to Mrs. FERNAH M. MILES: ( believed to be a teacher )

May 4, cash $1.00 .. May 17, cash 75 .. May 26, cash $1.25

May 27, cash $2.50 .. no date $1.00 ( probably teachers wages )

May 31, Arithmetic 37 Philosphy 75 Dictionary $1.25

Copybooks 13 Slate 25 Prayerbook $1.00

July 18, Grammar 50 Foruch Fables 87

1853 - Jan. 22, $5.00 for a staff head for J. MILES compass

July 16, Braid cloth for shoes 87

June 05, Flannel 9 $1.00 to Mrs. CARTER for needlework

Dec. 15, $2.00 for Christmas presents at home

1854 - Feb. 04, Whale bone hook & eyes 18

Feb. 08, Gloves 25

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BLICKENSDERFER LINEAGE

NATHAN BLICKENSDERFER was born April 13, 1823 in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, son of JACOB and REGINA KREITER BLICKENSDERFER. NATHAN's elementary education was at a Moravian school in Lancaster Co., Pa., then on to the Academy of Beck & Rickert at Lititz, Pa. He studied law at the office of JOSEPH C. HANCE, New Phildelphia, Ohio and was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of Ohio in Madison County on April 23, 1849. In the fall of that year, he removed to Erie Co., Pa. and was devoted to farming and dealing in real estate. In 1844, he married CATHARINE MARY CANFIELD b. March 19, 1826 d. September 22, 1892.

They had 6 children:

1 - ULRIC b. May 1, 1845 m. SUSAN DOWNS HURD b. September 12, 1843. No children. residence: Chicago, Illinois

2 - JAMES CLARK b. March 5, 1847 m. MARY J. McHENRY b. September 6, 1849 d. July 10, 1875 m. EVA WHITE b. July 3, 1858 occupation: surgeon residence: Denver, Colorado children: one son, JAMES CLARK b. September 18, 1882

3 - GEORGE CANFIELD b. October 13, 1850 m. NELLIE IRENE SMITH b. January 29, 1858 occupation: Large manufacturer of typewriters, of his own invention, An 1902 electric model is on display in the British Museum at Bournemouth, England residence: Stamford, Connecticut children: one daughter, ELSIE CANFIELD b. February 26, 1882 d. March 1, 1897

4 - WILLIAM JACOB b. July 5, 1853 residence: Chicago, Illinois

5 - MARY HANNAH b. July 15,1855 m. GWYNNE T. JORDON b. March 17, 1855 residence: Urbana, Ohio children: one daughter, ELIZABETH McCORMICK b. Sept. 22, 1882

6 - CHARLES EDWARD b. November 20, 1858 in Erie Co., Pa. m. ROSA FRANCES ROSS b. November 10, 1867 residence: Erie Co., Pa. occ: farmer Charles Edward and Rose Ross both died in 1932 and they are buried in Erie Cemetery (southeast end near top of hill). See the Find-A-Grave site for a picture of this grave. They had 3 sons:

7 - SUSAN AMELIA b. April 12, 1864 m. HAMMETT B. WILSON residence: Port Angeles, Washington children: 2 sons and 1 daughter DONNEL CANFIELD b. May 9 , 1886 CATHARINE NANCY b. October 6, 1887 HAMMETT BLICKENSDERFER b. July 26, 1896

* ROBERT WILLIAM BLICKENSDERFER (listed above) has the original papers of land transactions listed in this article and has loaned them out for transcription on the PaGenWeb. He is a Charter Member of the Historical Society in Conneaut, Ohio. Bob & Fran would welcome genealogy data on the surnames, SPENCER, ROSS, and CANFIELD at their e-mail address: buzzbait49@webtv.net

[Below added March 18, 2002]

2002 - b. February 12th,  twin grandsons of  ROBERT  &  FRAN BLICKENSDERFER,  MICHAEL  JEFFERY & PAUL SPENCER SIDERS,  sons of PAUL & CHRIS SIDERS, of Leroy Township, Ohio.  


Change History: Original article posted 02/08/02. Minor changes made early March 2002 adding link to Find-A-Grave photo of Charles & Rosa Blickensderfer gravestone in Erie Cemetery. Addition of twins born 2/12/02 added on 3/18/02. Change made on 3/31/02 updating info in lineage on William Nathan Blickensderfer.


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