Surprises in Peter deBarth’s 1825 Deed; 3103 East Market Street
Vinegar’s Ferry Road
In the post 1830 Then & Now for a Stately House in Springettsbury Township, I discovered when Peter deBarth moved, into what is now Springettsbury Township, via the on-line Deed Indexes at the York County Archives. “Peter D. Barthe” purchased property in the township, per Deed Book 3H, page 520, and recorded on September 27th, 1825.
A review of the contents of this deed confirmed the location of the 25-acre plot, fronting what is now 3103 East Market Street. I also confirmed the deed was made the same day that it was recorded. However there were two surprises within the deed.
Michael Schriver sells “Peter D. Barthe” the 25-acres containing a “two Story Brick house” for $1,878. I’ve looked at hundreds of deeds. It is a rare and pleasant surprise when the type of dwelling is spelled out in a deed! This means the brick house at 3103 East Market Street was built by either Michael Schriver, Daniel Schriver, or an earlier landowner. The brick house is definitely older than 1825!
The deed also indicates, that in 1825, “Vinegar’s Ferry Road” branched off the “Turnpike leading from York to Columbia,” along the eastern edge of the property. One hits Vinegar Ferry on the Susquehanna River, just upriver from Wildcat Falls (see Marker 7 on map at this link), by traveling east on Druck Valley Road, Tower Road and River Drive.
Sometime after 1825, road realignment was done, so that the new road (what is now Mt. Zion Road) replaced the original location of Vinegar’s Ferry Road, so as to intersect directly with Longstown Road. In the later 1900s, Mt. Zion Road was realigned slightly to the west to align with the eastern edge road in Yorkshire instead of Longstown Road.
Related posts include:
- 1830 Then & Now for a Stately House in Springettsbury Township
- Matching Historically Minded Buyers with Historic Properties
- 1860 Buildings 11-20 in South Region of Springettsbury Township
I’ve noted that the 25-acre size of the property carries through to Myers Deeds of early 1900s. This can be seen in a post from last year: Meadowbrook Estate in Springettsbury Township, Part 2; Edwin Myers’ 458-Acre Estate nearly stretched to Tilden. Edwin Myers purchases what was Peter deBarth’s 25-acre property in 1910 (less one small house lot). This is indicated by Tract #7 in this illustration of Edwin Myers land holdings.