Dr. Neal O. Hively Connected Draft Map of The Manor of Springettsbury

Southernmost Region in what is now Springettsbury Township; from Shearer’s 1860 Map of York County, PA & Penn Pilot Aerial Photo, from March 19, 1938, of Same Area with Dr. Neal O. Hively MAP 20 Overlay (Annotations by S. H. Smith, 2015)

Southernmost Region in what is now Springettsbury Township; from Shearer’s 1860 Map of York County, PA & Penn Pilot Aerial Photo, from March 19, 1938, of Same Area with Dr. Neal O. Hively MAP 20 Overlay (Annotations by S. H. Smith, 2015)

This is the same illustration that began yesterdays post 1860 Buildings 21-30 in South Region of Springettsbury Township; with one exception. A partly transparent overlay of the corresponding section of Neal Otto Hively’s Connected Draft Warrant MAP 20 of The Manor of Springettsbury is shown over the 1938 Aerial Photo.

This small section of MAP 20 is used with the permission of Dr. Neal O. Hively. When creating this type of overlay, make sure both the aerial photo and the map are to the same scale; and with the same north orientation. As you will see later in this post; streams and creeks can be used to position MAP 20, however also many fence/hedge lines on late 1930s aerial photos will line up pretty closely with many of the Draft Warrant survey property boundaries from the 1700s.

Rev’d Dr. Neal Otto Hively has plotted all these earliest surveys, covering all of York and Adams Counties, to create connected property maps, for the earliest settlers. His books on original land records and accompanying connected draft warrant maps are based on his original research. In a phenomenal effort, Neal Otto Hively secured copies of original land records from multiple locations, then collated, organized and indexed volumes of information to publish the results in a series of books and to create the maps from original surveys.

His books contain details associated with each numbered map parcel. These details include: who the settlers were, when they arrived in that area, where they settled and a host of other facts. Check out Hively’s web site here.  The York County Heritage Trust is a location that sells Hively’s books and maps.

For Springettsbury Township, Neal Otto Hively’s references are:

  • BOOK: The Manor of Springettsbury, York County, PA, Its History and Early Settlers, York County Original Land Records, Volume 6.
  • MAP: Connected Draft Warrant MAP 20, The Manor of Springettsbury.

In tracing deeds of property ownership from the present owner back to the Penn Proprietors, one occasionally hits a deed that has not been recorded, especially during earlier times; causing a break in the research chain. The utilization of Neal Otto Hively’s books and maps often allows one to complete the property ownership chain. In many instances, overlaying Hively’s maps on late 1930s aerial photos shows that some roads were located on early property lines and that some property lines have not changed from the time of the earliest settlers through the 1930s.

In the following illustration, I’ve slid the 1838 aerial photo out from under Hively’s Connected Draft Warrant MAP 20 of The Manor of Springettsbury.

Side by Side Comparison of 1938 Aerial Photo of Southernmost Region in Springettsbury Township and Neal Otto Hively MAP 20 (Annotations by S. H. Smith, 2015)

Side by Side Comparison of 1938 Aerial Photo of Southernmost Region in Springettsbury Township and Neal Otto Hively MAP 20 (Annotations by S. H. Smith, 2015)

Thomas Brenner shared some of his research in commenting on post The Missing Gravestones of Springettsbury Township; Erb Burial Plot. In that post I noted that on August 21, 1812, John Erb purchased 96-acres in the area surrounding the eventual location of the Erb Burial Plot. That information comes from page 119 of Dr. Hively’s above referenced book; providing information on the circled-(154) survey on MAP 20. Survey circled-(154) was from an October 30, 1736, Blunston License to Ulrich Wissler; warranted for 250 acres, although eventually surveyed as 418-acres. Roughly two-thirds of that property was on the west side of Mill Creek, however it was from the acreage on the east side of Mill Creek that John Erb eventually purchased his 96-acres on May 4, 1807 (Deed 2X-110); it was in 1812 that he settled up with the Penn Proprietaries (Deed 2X-112).

Thomas Brenner noted that John Erb had an earlier purchase in the area, and that it came from within the October 30, 1736, Blunston License to Nicholas Bougher, warranted for 300-acres, although eventually surveyed as 170-acres, when his 6th great grandfather, Herman Miller owned the property. The survey for that property is plotted and identified as circled-(173) on the Hively Connect Draft Map.

On August 6, 1792, John Erb purchased 165.5-acres, the greater part of Nicholas Bougher identified property circled-(173). Erb’s purchase was all except a few acres in the extreme northwest section of the original 170-acres (Deed 2H-232). That deed also answers the question where John Erb came from; the deed notes, “John Erb of Warwick Township in the County of Lancaster” is making the purchase. The same day, John Erb purchased smaller adjoining properties of 10-acres and 5.75-acres along the Windsor/York Township line (respectively Deeds 2H-230 & 2H-231); these appear to be wood lots.

In reading several deeds from when Solomon Emig descendants owned the property purchased by John Erb in 1807, the metes and bounds for the northern part of the property line notes it passes “by the Burial Lot.” Thus the Erb Burial Plot is right on the boundary between the circled-(154) and circled-(173) properties, with the lot actually falling within the circled-(173) property. This agrees with Hively’s plotted surveys, with this property boundary falling right over the Erb Burial Plot on the aerial photo.

I’ve pointed out the modern day Haines Road; it was roadway that followed the eastern boundary of the circled-(173) property with another October 30, 1736, Blunston License; this one to Andrew Flickaeker. I read that after the Monocacy Road (presently Route 462 in eastern York County) was initially surveyed in 1739/40, some landowners managed to get it adjusted slightly at several locations so that it straddled property boundaries. I think that is what Neal Hively plotted between the circled-(155) and circled-(156) properties. However before the Monocacy Road was built, these few property line minor adjusted kinks in the road were disallowed. The final straighter, and as originally surveyed, road can be seen by observing the placement of East Market Street in the upper left background aerial photo of Hively MAP 20, where the road is shown running through the property circled-(156).

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About Stephen H. Smith

Stephen H. Smith is a design engineer who worked at York International Corp. for 33 years before retiring several years ago to research and write books full time; his second career. The initial emphasis was on family history when he won a national award during 2002 for his first book “Barshingers in America.” Positive feedback and that award were influential in his decision to retire early from engineering and start a retirement career.

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