Spanglers in York: Plantation of earliest family member

Caspar was the earliest Spangler to settle in York County, Pennsylvania; doing so in 1729 with his brothers Henry and Baltzer following in 1732.

Several YorksPast readers wanted to see the whole extent of Caspar’s initial plantation via the same methodology I utilized for a small section of the southwest corner of his land in the Post: Discover the Graveyard of earliest Spangler in York County .

Here is such an illustration; the orange outline shows the boundaries of Caspar’s initial land in York County. These boundaries are plotted over the corresponding present location features utilizing a 2017 aerial photo as the base. Click on this LINK for a Full View of the illustrations in this post if details are cut off in the cropping of the illustrations.

In terms of current roads, Caspar’s land extends in a big swath on either side of Memory Lane, from approximately Eastern Boulevard northward just past Route 30 to Whiteford Road.

After Caspar Spengler died in 1760, his son Bernhard Spengler got a northern section of the plantation. Caspar’s youngest son Philip Caspar Spengler got the southern section. However, within the same year, Bernhard sold the northern section to Philip Caspar Spengler, who then continued to own his father’s whole plantation until his death.

Philip Caspar Spengler died in 1786. After some involvement by the courts, the survivors appointed the oldest son, Charles Spangler to sell the whole plantation. The whole property was sold to Elias Meyer in 1792. The April 16, 1792 deed (Book 2H, Page 95) for the sale to Elias Meyer states the size of the plantation is 385-acres.

All the time the Spangler’s owned the property it is mostly referred to as “400-acres or thereabouts” or 385-acres, yet all the corner markers were as originally specified when the plantation was warranted to Caspar Spengler on October 30, 1736.

A little more than a year after Edwin Meyers owns the plantation, the 1736 warranted corner markers are surveyed for the first time on May 15, 1793 with the surveyed size recorded as 359-acres and 152-perches (Note: 160-perches = 1-acre). This survey is filled as Deputy Surveyor’s land record 10698 at the York County History Center.

Elias Meyer died in 1805 and within his Estate File at the York County Archives is the following 1806 Draft for his land in York Township; that land area is renamed Spring Garden Township effective 1821, then Springettsbury Township since 1891.

The Estate of Elias Meyer was divided by a “Jury of twelve honest and lawful men” who decided the location of a partition boundary to create equal value ($5,564) and equal area (179-acres and 156-perches) tracts for Elias’ sons: Tract No. 1 for Jacob Meyer and Tract No. 2 for John Meyer.

It is this Jury of 12-men, in setting the partition boundary, that effectively establish the location of present day Memory Lane in Springettsbury Township.

I’m still researching the next post in this series, which will focus on the Spengler/Spangler, Meyer/Meyers, and Neill family members, plus close neighbors, that were potentially buried in the “Spangler Graveyard.”

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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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