I thought I would post the text of the first land record we have of our immigrant ancestor Christian Hufford. This comes from the Pennsylvania Archives, courtesy of Dr. V. Dean Schwartz of Wichita, Kansas.
By the Proprietaries.
Whereas Christian Hoffard of the county of Philadelphia hath requested that we would grant him to take up twenty five Acres of Land more or less near his other Land and Jacob Collar near Macungie in the said County of Philadelphia for which He agree[s] to pay to our Use at teh rate of Fifteen Pounds Ten Shilling, current Money of this Porvince, for One Hundred Acres --- and the yearly Quit-Rent of One Half-Penny Sterling for every Acre thereof.
These are therefore to authorize and require you to survey and cause to be survey'd unto the Said Christian Hoffard at the Place aforesaid according to the Method of Townships appointed, the said Quantity of twenty five Acres, if not already survey'd or appropriated, and make Return thereof in the Secretaries Offfice, in Order for further Confirmation, for which this shall be your sufficient Warrant; which survey in Case the said Christian Hoffard fulfil the above Agreement within Six Months from the Date hereof, shall be valid, otherwise void. GIVEN under my Hand and Seal of the Land Office, by Virtue of certain Powers from the said Proprietariers, at Philadelphia, this 25th Day of March Anno Domini, 1748.
To William Parsons, Surveyor General
[On the reverse, the document is marked, "Returned etc. 7 Decr. 1760" and at the bottom appears the notation: "No. One hundred forty three, Wm Brigdale"]
This is found in Warrant Book AA, vol. 2, page 333.
As a warrant for a survey, the document gave Christian Hufford good title to the land, Tne ensuing patent was viewed only as a formality, hence the 12 year delay in return of the warrant to the land office. By then, Bernard Feagley had acquired ownership of this farm, so the patent was issued to him.
The references to "Philadelphia County" are to be understood in light of the fact that as of 1748, Philadelphia County extended from the Delaware River northwest to Indian territory. Berks County was not formed until four years later.
The reference in the above warrant to Christian's "other land" could involve either land Christian purchased from another original warrantee, without recording a deed for the transaction, or it could reflect Christian's inheritance of the land for which his father George [Jerg] Hoffert had taken out a warrant in the prior decade.
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