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Re: William Heslet Family - Derry Twp - 1790 to 1840's+
Posted by: Fred Meek (ID *****3328) Date: April 19, 2003 at 12:59:24
In Reply to: Re: William Heslet Family - Derry Twp - 1790 to 1840's+ by Marge Rahn of 526

Hi Marge,
I approximately know where Phineas Barber lived but not exactly, not yet, although that is a goal of mine. Like you, I want know where he lived so I can then start to reconstruct his neighborhood, who his kids may have married, neighbors were often relatives, etc.

What I know about where he lived comes from several sources. In History of Columbia County, Pennsylvania by John Freeze, (1883) p.109.
"Phineas Barber came into the township about the year 1788. He settled on the Chillisquaque about one mile and a half south west of Jerseytown."

From deeds, census, and tax records, I know he lived in NE Derry Twp Montour Co. near the boundry with Columbia County.

The best location info comes from the deeds. These are on microfilm at the LDS. Looking at the deeds, Phineas continued to buy property adjoining his farm until he died. He started out with 160 acres and ended up with 400 acres. The deeds describe the lands in question by mettes and bounds. For example, "the land extends from the big rock next to an oak sappling to the chestnut tree by the road to Danville." You can pull out an map of Montour County, but imagine how do you would try to locate these places today? I think it is a good idea to try and locate your William Haslet's home, but it will take a lot of work.

I looked at the census data again for James Donaldson. There are at least 2 James Donaldsons from Danville. The James in the 1820 Census is 26 to 45 years old. The 1830 census has no James Donaldson (was he missed or dead?). The James in the 1840 census is only 20 to 30 years old. He is possibly a son of the older James that you see in the will.

Pat at has the best info on the Donaldsons that married the Blues.

Regards, Fred

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