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John Parthemore in Virginia
Posted by: GARY ARGABRIGHT (ID *****2872) Date: December 17, 2010 at 07:08:45
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My gggggggrandfather Hans Jacob Argenbright (Erkenbrecht) married Susannah Pardemer (Parthemore) on March 29, 1746, at the First Reformed Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Hans Jacob and Susannah moved from Pennsylvania into the Shenandoah Valley in the late 1750s and soon acquired property along Cub Run at the foot of Mt. Massanutten (in that part of Augusta County which became Rockingham County in 1789). They became members of the Peaked Mt. Church and lived out their lives there. In 1770 their eldest son John acquired property in the Middle River District of Virginia in Augusta County and raised his family there. However, sometime in 1807 John and many of his children moved to Ross County, Ohio.
While researching the old county archives in Chillicothe (county seat of Ross County), I discovered a promisory note between John and his father Jacob dated February 19, 1802, and can see that the witness to this note was named John Parthemore. I have transcribed it below:
"I promis to pay or cause to be pait
unto John Argenbritht on his orders
the Just and full sum of five pounds
twelfe Shillings in good and lawfull
Mon(e)y of Virginia at or upon the first day
of November Next Enscri(bi)ng the dat herof
it bing for vallue Recevid as Witness
My hand and Seal this Nintee day of
February in the J Yeare one thousand
Eight hundret and two
Witness pressents                            ***
John Parthemore Jacob Ergebright"

I know that Hans Jacob's wife Susannah had a brother named John and I am wondering if he might be the same John Parthemore who signed as a witness for this note. For some reason this note was brought to Ross County when John moved there some five years later in 1807; perhaps it was still an outstanding obligation between John and Jacob? Nonetheless, it must have been originally prepared in Augusta or Rockingham County, Virginia, since John would have been still living in Augusta County when the note was written in 1802. If this is correct, John Parthemore must have been visiting or living in Rockingham or Augusta County at the time that this note was prepared.
All of the Parthemore information that I have seen indicates that John Parthemore lived out his life in Pennsylvania and died there in Dauphin Co. in 1812. Please help me figure out if this could have been Hans Jacob's brother-in-law or possibly a nephew with the same name.


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