Morton Montgomery Project Index

Name Montgomery Page
Hess, ? 1700
Hess, ? 964
Hess, August 1322
Hess, Casper 591
Hess, Charles H. (Rev.) 1678
Hess, David 1274
Hess, David R. 1707
Hess, David S. 1707
Hess, Elizabeth Barbara 603
Hess, Emma R. 1274
Hess, Fianna 1707
Hess, George 1564
Hess, Hiram W. 478
Hess, Isaac 891
Hess, James 1593
Hess, John 609
Hess, Leo J. 1616
Hess, Rebecca 1547
Hess, Reuben 1700
Hess, S. M. 752
Hess, Sarah 591
Hess, Sarah 671
Hess, Susan 1306
Hess, William 1543
Hesser, George 799
Hesser, Mary 799
Hesser, Mary A. 1598
Hessler, Isaac 1159
Hessley, Louisa 1153
Heston, Augustus 815
Heston, Charles 815
Heston, William 815
Hetrech, ? 908
Hetrech, ? 926
Hetrich, Benjamin 962
Hetrich, Catharine 1598
Hetrich, Catharine E. 954
Hetrich, John 963
Hetrich, Mary, Mrs. 536
Hetrich, Mildred 647
Hetrich, William 541
Hetrick, Henry A. 693
Hetrick, John 693
Hetrick, Matilda 1434
Hetting, Jacob 1245
Hettinger, 855
Hettinger, ? 721
Hettinger, Adam 721
Hettinger, Annie 1245
Hettinger, Aquilla 1245
Hettinger, Barnhart 1624
Hettinger, Bernard 721
Hettinger, Calvin 1245
Hettinger, Charles 721
Hettinger, Christian 721
Hettinger, Christina Eva 721
Hettinger, Cora 1245
Hettinger, Edwin L. 721
Hettinger, Edwin S. 721
Hettinger, Eloise S. 721
Hettinger, Emily C. 627
Hettinger, Eveline S. 721
Hettinger, Evelyn G. 627
Hettinger, Francis K. 627
Hettinger, Harrison 721
Hettinger, Heinrich 721
Hettinger, Henry 721
Hettinger, Henry 1096
Hettinger, Henry 1245
Hettinger, Henry 713
Hettinger, Henry 1528
Hettinger, Herman S. 721
Hettinger, Howard 1245
Hettinger, Isaac 627
Hettinger, James 721
Hettinger, John 721
Hettinger, Jonathan 721
Hettinger, Jonathan 1481
Hettinger, Julia 721
Hettinger, Kate 721
Hettinger, Levi 721
Hettinger, Lillie J. 721
Hettinger, Lizzie 721
Hettinger, Lorenz 721
Hettinger, Lydia 721
Hettinger, Mary Ann 961
Hettinger, Mary Ann 721
Hettinger, Mathias 721
Hettinger, Matthias 776
Hettinger, Reuben 721
Hettinger, Reuben 1471
Hettinger, Richard W. 721
Hettinger, Rosanna, 721
Hettinger, Susan 721
Hettinger, Susan 1235
Hettinger, Willliam 721
Hettrick, Henry 1681
Hettrick, Susan 1681
Heupel, Elizabeth 681
Heuser, J. P. 1201
Heveiling, Lydia 1678
Heverling, Elizabeth 1469
Heverling, Susan 948
Heydrick, Anna 1367
Heydrick, George 1367
Heydt Family, 1596
Heydt, ? 1596
Heydt, Abby 1596
Heydt, Abraham 1596
Heydt, Abraham M. 1596
Heydt, Adam 903
Heydt, Andora 1596
Heydt, Annie 1596
Heydt, Benjamin 1710
Heydt, Benjamin 1596
Heydt, Benjamin 1421
Heydt, Benneville 1596
Heydt, Betzy 1596
Heydt, Carl 1596
Heydt, Catharine 1596
Heydt, Catharine 1596
Heydt, Clara V. 1596
Heydt, Clyde 1407
Heydt, Daniel 1596
Heydt, David 1407
Heydt, David 1596
Heydt, Edwin 1211
Heydt, Elijah 1596
Heydt, Eliza 1596
Heydt, Elizabeth 1407
Heydt, Elizabeth 1596
Heydt, Emma 1596
Heydt, Fianna 1596
Heydt, Fietta 1596
Heydt, Frank 1596
Heydt, Geroge 1596
Heydt, Harriet 1596
Heydt, Harvey 1407
Heydt, Helena 1407
Heydt, Helena 1596
Heydt, Henry 1407
Heydt, Henry 1596
Heydt, Henry B. 1596
Heydt, Hettie 1407
Heydt, HIram 1407
Heydt, Horace 1407
Heydt, Horace 1596
Heydt, Isaac F. 1407
Heydt, Jacob 489
Heydt, Jacob 1407
Heydt, Jacob 1596
Heydt, Jacob 1402
Heydt, Jefferson 1596
Heydt, Jerome 1596
Heydt, John 1407
Heydt, John 1596
Heydt, Jonas 1596
Heydt, Joseph 1407
Heydt, Joseph 1596
Heydt, Joshua 1596
Heydt, Judith 1596
Heydt, Katie 1596
Heydt, Katie S. 1596
Heydt, Lavina 1710
Heydt, Lavina 1596
Heydt, Leah 489
Heydt, Leah 1596
Heydt, Lewis 1596
Heydt, Lydia 1407
Heydt, Lydia 1596
Heydt, Magdalena 1195
Heydt, Maria 1407
Heydt, Maria 1596
Heydt, Mary 1407
Heydt, Mary 1596
Heydt, Mary 1596
Heydt, Mary 1421
Heydt, Mathias 1596
Heydt, Matthias 1596
Heydt, Nathan 1710
Heydt, Nathan 1596
Heydt, Oliver 1407
Heydt, Olivia 1407
Heydt, Pearl 1407
Heydt, Peggy 1596
Heydt, Percival 489
Heydt, Percivil 1407
Heydt, Peter 1407
Heydt, Priscilla 1407
Heydt, Rebecca 1596
Heydt, Rebecca 1402
Heydt, Sally 1596
Heydt, Sarah 1407
Heydt, Sarah 1596
Heydt, Sophia 1596
Heydt, Thomas 1596
Heydt, William 1407
Heydt, William 1596
Heyer Family, 1410
Heyl, Jane W. 424
Heyl, Philip 424
Heyn, Piet 572
Heyn, Piet Peterson 572
Heyt, Kate 851
Hibshman, Hannah 1442
Hibshman, John 902
Hibshman, Lizzie 902
Hibshman, Maggie 1467
Hick, Margaret 836
Hickman, Benjamin 534
Hickman, Catherine 1703
Hickman, Glyndeur (D.D.S.) 534
Hickman, J. Earl 534
Hickman, John W. 534
Hickman, Roy L. 534
Hicks, Angelia 796
Hicks, Rebecca 1072
Hide, Catherine 1597
Hieser, Maria Catherine 824
Hiestand, Abraham 1183
Hiestand, Harvey 804
Hiestand, Maria 513
Hiestand, Verna 804
Hiester, Cyrus 1711
Hiester Family, 352
Hiester Family, 755
Hiester, (Capt.) 1249
Hiester, (Captain) 1416
Hiester, (Gov) 1118
Hiester, (Major) 356
Hiester, ? 375
Hiester, ? 466
Hiester, ? 352
Hiester, ? 352
Hiester, ? 518
Hiester, ? (Capt.) 1481
Hiester, ? (Capt.) 853
Hiester, ? (Capt.) 932
Hiester, ? (Gov.) 328
Hiester, Abner 352
Hiester, Adam 352
Hiester, Adam W. 1692
Hiester, Adam W. 1692
Hiester, Adeline 1692
Hiester, Alice 1692
Hiester, Alma 1692
Hiester, Amanda 510
Hiester, Amanda 1585
Hiester, Amelia 1692
Hiester, Ann Eliza 352
Hiester, Ann Elizabeth 681
Hiester, Anna M. 755
Hiester, Annie 1061
Hiester, Annie 352
Hiester, Annie 327
Hiester, Arthur 510
Hiester, Belle 1692
Hiester, Benjamin 1692
Hiester, Benjamin 1692
Hiester, Benjamin Franklin 1692
Hiester, Benneville 1061
Hiester, Benneville 352
Hiester, Benneville 510
Hiester, Benneville 977
Hiester, Benneville 1585
Hiester, Bertha 352
Hiester, Carrie 1061
Hiester, Catharine 326
Hiester, Catharine 326
Hiester, Catharine 352
Hiester, Catharine 340
Hiester, Catharine E. 327
Hiester, Catherine 352
Hiester, Catherine 510
Hiester, Catherine Susanna 1276
Hiester, Charles 1061
Hiester, Charles 1692
Hiester, Charles 510
Hiester, Charles 977
Hiester, Charles 977
Hiester, Charles H. 1692
Hiester, Corinna M. 977
Hiester, Cyrenius 1692
Hiester, Cyrus 1692
Hiester, Daniel 1403
Hiester, Daniel 1692
Hiester, Daniel 1692
Hiester, Daniel 326
Hiester, Daniel 352
Hiester, Daniel 352
Hiester, Daniel 352
Hiester, Daniel 755
Hiester, Daniel 977
Hiester, Daniel 977
Hiester, Daniel 1056
Hiester, Daniel F. 510
Hiester, Daniel F. 977
Hiester, David 1692
Hiester, Devilla D. 1692
Hiester, Earl 352
Hiester, Edward F. 977
Hiester, Edward J. 352
Hiester, Edward K. 1061
Hiester, Edward K. 352
Hiester, Edwin 1692
Hiester, Eleanor 510
Hiester, Elenora 620
Hiester, Eli E. (Rev.) 1403
Hiester, Elizabeth 326
Hiester, Elizabeth 977
Hiester, Elizabeth 1482
Hiester, Elizabeth 367
Hiester, Elizabeth 440
Hiester, Ellen 1061
Hiester, Ellen 326
Hiester, Ellen 352
Hiester, Emanuel 1692
Hiester, Emma 1692
Hiester, Emma 510
Hiester, Emma 977
Hiester, Emma 1222
Hiester, Emma J. 977
Hiester, Eva 1313
Hiester, Evan 884
Hiester, Evan 1222
Hiester, Florinda 1692
Hiester, Frank 1692
Hiester, Frank M. 755
Hiester, Gabriel 1692
Hiester, Gabriel 326
Hiester, Gabriel 326
Hiester, Gabriel 352
Hiester, Gabriel 755
Hiester, Gabriel (Hon.) 326
Hiester, Gabriel O. 1318
Hiester, George 977
Hiester, George A. 1692
Hiester, George A. 977
Hiester, Hannah 1692
Hiester, Harriet 326
Hiester, Harrison K. 1061
Hiester, Harrison K. 352
Hiester, Harrison K. 699
Hiester, Harrison K. 867
Hiester, Harry 1031
Hiester, Harry 1692
Hiester, Harry 352
Hiester, Harry 977
Hiester, Harry K. 1061
Hiester, Harry K. 1061
Hiester, Henry 1503
Hiester, Henry 1615
Hiester, Henry 1692
Hiester, Henry 1692
Hiester, Henry 1692
Hiester, Henry 326
Hiester, Henry 510
Hiester, Henry, Elizabeth 326
Hiester, Herbert 510
Hiester, Hettie D. 1692
Hiester, Howard 977
Hiester, Isaac 847
Hiester, Isaac 346
Hiester, Isaac 546
Hiester, Isaac 434
Hiester, Isaac 1299
Hiester, Isaac 1175
Hiester, Isaac 1276
Hiester, Isaac 134
Hiester, Isaac 806
Hiester, Isaac (Dr.) 331
Hiester, Isaac (Dr.) 755
Hiester, Isaac (Dr.) 327
Hiester, Isaac (Esq) 1319
Hiester, Isaac (Esq) 755
Hiester, Isaac (Esq.) 542
Hiester, Isabella 1692
Hiester, Ivy 977
Hiester, J. Robert 1692
Hiester, Jacob 1403
Hiester, Jacob 352
Hiester, Jacob E. 1692
Hiester, James 326
Hiester, James D. 510
Hiester, James Gregory 977
Hiester, James M. 1692
Hiester, James W. 1692
Hiester, Jared 1061
Hiester, Jared 352
Hiester, Jemima 352
Hiester, Jennie 1061
Hiester, Johannes 1692
Hiester, Johannes 352
Hiester, John 1612
Hiester, John 1692
Hiester, John 326
Hiester, John 352
Hiester, John 352
Hiester, John 352
Hiester, John 352
Hiester, John 510
Hiester, John 977
Hiester, John 1168
Hiester, John 1313
Hiester, John (Col.) 755
Hiester, John A. 510
Hiester, John A. 716
Hiester, John A. (Capt.) 716
Hiester, John C. 510
Hiester, John Christian 1061
Hiester, John Christian 352
Hiester, John K. 352
Hiester, John S. 326
Hiester, John S. 327
Hiester, Jonathan (Rev.) 1403
Hiester, Joseph 534
Hiester, Joseph 1692
Hiester, Joseph 1692
Hiester, Joseph 1692
Hiester, Joseph 326
Hiester, Joseph 352
Hiester, Joseph 352
Hiester, Joseph 352
Hiester, Joseph 681
Hiester, Joseph (Col.) 1299
Hiester, Joseph (Col.) 887
Hiester, Joseph (Col.) 350
Hiester, Joseph (Col.) 884
Hiester, Joseph (Gov) 334
Hiester, Joseph (Gov.) 975
Hiester, Joseph (Gov.) 755
Hiester, Joseph (Gov.) 599
Hiester, Joseph (Gov.) 440
Hiester, Joseph (Gov.) 780
Hiester, Joseph (Gov.) 780
Hiester, Joseph (Gov.) 340
Hiester, Joseph (Governor) 326
Hiester, Joseph (Jr.) 367
Hiester, Joseph (Lt. Col) 878
Hiester, Joseph (Sr.) 367
Hiester, Julia 716
Hiester, Kate 534
Hiester, Kate 1061
Hiester, Kate 1692
Hiester, Kate 352
Hiester, Katherine 977
Hiester, Katie 1695
Hiester, Leroy 977
Hiester, Lester 1061
Hiester, Levi 1692
Hiester, Lizzie 1061
Hiester, Lizzie 1692
Hiester, Lizzie 352
Hiester, Louisa 326
Hiester, Lydia 352
Hiester, Lydia 977
Hiester, M. Minerva 1692
Hiester, Malinda 1692
Hiester, Margaret 1628
Hiester, Margaret H. 443
Hiester, Maria 1061
Hiester, Maria 1692
Hiester, Maria 352
Hiester, Martha 510
Hiester, Martin 1503
Hiester, Mary 1146
Hiester, Mary 1051
Hiester, Mary 633
Hiester, Mary 1061
Hiester, Mary 1692
Hiester, Mary 326
Hiester, Mary 352
Hiester, Mary M. 510
Hiester, Michael 1692
Hiester, Michael 1457
Hiester, Miranda 1692
Hiester, Monroe 1692
Hiester, Morris W. 352
Hiester, Moses 1692
Hiester, Moses 1692
Hiester, Pauline 977
Hiester, Peter M. 755
Hiester, Rebecca 796
Hiester, Rebecca 1692
Hiester, Rebecca 326
Hiester, Rebecca 440
Hiester, Rebecca 780
Hiester, Rebecca 780
Hiester, Rosa 1061
Hiester, Rosa 352
Hiester, S. Adella 352
Hiester, Sallie 1061
Hiester, Sallie 1692
Hiester, Sallie 352
Hiester, Sally 1692
Hiester, Sally 977
Hiester, Salome 1484
Hiester, Samuel 977
Hiester, Sarah 1403
Hiester, Sarah 1692
Hiester, Sarah 510
Hiester, Sarah 716
Hiester, Sarah 1477
Hiester, Selisa 1692
Hiester, Simon 1349
Hiester, Susan 1245
Hiester, Susan 1056
Hiester, Sylvia 977
Hiester, Thomas 1403
Hiester, Thomas K. 1061
Hiester, Thomas K. 352
Hiester, Thomas K. 352
Hiester, Washington 1061
Hiester, Washington 352
Hiester, William 1612
Hiester, William 1692
Hiester, William 352
Hiester, William 716
Hiester, William (Major) 755
Hiester, William L. 352
Hiester, William Muhlenberg 331
Hiester, William Muhlenberg 755
Hiester, Willoughby 1692
Hiester, Yost 352
Hiester, Yost 1298
Hiester/Heister, Gabriel 755
Hiester/Heister, Jacob 755
Hiester/Heister, Jonathan 755
Hiester/Heister, Mary 755
Hiester/Heister, William 755
Hieter, William 492

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Introduction To This Edition - PA-Roots

Introduction To This Edition

INTRODUCTION TO THIS EDITION

YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, established by Legislative procedure on August 19, 1749, from part of Lancaster county, marks the birthday of a great political and civil division in Pennsylvania. This county was the scene of many early conflicts with nature; yet its subsequent triumph and final emergence among the uppermost of all counties in importance to any and all worth-whole achievements, is now a matter of history. Handicapped with poor soil, unwelcome guests, land titles hard to acquire, and many other incidents quite disturbing to a struggling pioneer people, we now see how they cheerfully made the best of their many, many problems.

The present day populace of York county is very much the same type of honest, steady-going, industrious, home-loving, thrifty, intelligent, religious and genuinely patriotic people as those who commenced its first and continued settlements just two hundred years ago (1729).

Dividing the county into smaller divisions, one notes the generous distribution of German, English and Irish towns and townships. This admixture and commingling of the races just mentioned has made York county signally fortunate and rich in her industry, wealth and history. To write a complete history of the past two hundred years of York county would require the life-time efforts of several scholars, to say the least; not to mention the Costs in dollars and cents. So an enlarged history is not our subject at all.

Only too true is it, that every single day, every week, month, year, etc., is making new history. Newspapers, doctors, lawyers, ministers, teachers, businessmen and farmers are the mediums through which the process operates. It is only too true that America, of all important nations in the world, can say with a degree of accuracy that she knows most of her history from the beginning. It is good for us that our active history - American history - does not go back too far. Much that we would like to know of America's early years, however, is buried with the past, and there are but few living today who can read the "signs" which the passing decades are more and more successfully obliterating.

To most persons historically inclined, the 1700's are the years wherein history was made - and of these years we love to read about. So many wars, and other privations were borne by the pioneers in the New Land that all of the 18th Century may be said to have been the "nebular" years, or period when the pioneers were to adjust and adapt themselves to soil, new associations, mode of living and environment generally. Out of those years of struggling for existence have come the men most famous in America's early history.

It was but natural that the continued healthy growth of the New Nation would induce the publishing of innumerable books and pamphlets dealing with every sort of subject conceivable, running the gamut of the alphabet. Historical treatises, quite extensive, were plentiful even before the close of the 1700's. These were, however, usually general in their scope, and included such as Proud's History of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1797, (2 vols.); Franklin's Historical Review of the Constitution,, and Government of Pennsylvania, published in London, 1759; various titles by William Penn on the New Province; Loskiel's History of the Indians of North America London, 1794; Smith's History of Pennsylvania, etc., and other titles, quite numerous,

The 1800's, following closely after the adoption of a permanent Constitution for the government of the United States, saw a great deal of activity in the New World, and the publishing of books, magazines, newspapers and tracts was on in earnest. Many missionaries and travelers had gone up and drawn through the land and their records and diaries commenced to appear as if by magic. Choice lands, tendered patriotic leaders and officers of the Revolution, now made more safe for the whites, were taken up quite rapidly. Industry flourished; frontier towns not long since, were becoming more or less aged, and settled; canals were built; roads rebuilt and others laid out.

About a hundred years after the first settler had come in to what is now York county, and canals were now proving their value as a means of transportation, the proponents of the steam railroad had triumphed - the steam engine for railroad purposes had proven a success. (In after years the city of York had a large part in the development of the locomotive). Simultaneously with the first demonstration of the value of the railroad, there appeared in Philadelphia, one of the most interesting and valuable periodicals published during the second and third decades of the last century - Samuel Hazard's Weekly Register of Pennsylvania. Containing as it did, information of almost every sort from over the entire State, it is outstanding to this day, as a source periodical for the student. It must have been a source of inspiration to many readers of a century ago, and at this day and age, from a rather professional point of view, it appears to have been a "work of love," for it was rather short-lived, having been issued from 1828 to 1836, when it passed away from a lack of nourishment.

This is a mere pencil point picture of general conditions as they were up to the time of the close of the first hundred years of the history of York, looking toward the time when Mr. W. C. Carter, a student of history, made a number of notes gathered in various parts of the county, and which were, after his death, the basis for publishing the first county history of any county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Mr. Carter may or may not have had an inspiration from such periodicals as Hazard's Registar, or his interests may have been developed locally and naturally. Left, as they were, in a skeleton form on Mr. Carter's death, Mr. A. J. Glossbrenner, a comparative newcomer in York at that time (1831-34), acquired these "notes" and expanded and enlarged on them until they all came into print and subsequently became the History of York County.

As an initial venture let it be said here to the credit of these early writers, that those who followed in their footsteps in writing local York county history, have had nothing but praise for the interesting, concise, accurate, admirable and scholarly accounts. George R. Prowell, the eminent historian of York county, in Gibson and Prowell's History of York County, (1886) says: "The History of York County (1834) contains facts Concerning the early history of the press of York county. It was evidently prepared with great care, and, like other parts of the same work, has much valuable information, which, if the book had not been published, would now be lost to history."

The Carter and Glossbrenner History is credited as being "quite good," etc., by any number of others who have had Occasion to use it for reference and source purposes.

In setting the type for this edition, the first complete reprint, coming, as it does, ninety-six years after the original edition, the undersigned was greatly surprised to note the uniform regularity of its general make-up, and the almost total absence of errors in the spelling of proper names, as well as those we commonly term "typographical errors." A few notable minor exceptions arc that some words are divided in the original edition, different from the accepted way of today. Some few transpositions may be noted in the original edition, which would not necessarily be noticeable to the average student, and in this reprint we have followed closely, word for word, tie entire text of the original edition.

In less than half a dozen instances have we added brackets [] where clarification was desired, Short "and" (&) was used where it appears in the original, which sometimes, it appears to us, was used by the original compositor to save time in filling out a line, rather than that the "&" was "style" and "proper."

While the names of attorneys, and the various State and county officers, etc., appeared in quite large type in the original edition, we deemed it a desirable and justifiable departure from the old arrangement to place these names in smaller type and in two columns to a page, instead of one column. This enables us to produce a more attractive page, and robs no one, at this time, of any "publicity" In the furtherance of our plan to produce a creditable reprint of this pioneer County history, we have employed the use of an old style type, which, we believe you will agree, lends much toward its attractiveness,

The frontispiece of the original edition is herewith reproduced, exactly as it was known to the residents of York in the early 1800's. It was engraved as the artist knew it best, which (since it was engraved in 1833-34) included several notable changes that had been made after Congress held its sessions therein in 1777-78. When Congress met in York the court house had gables at two ends only, none appearing at the front of the structure, such as that part containing the "rainbow" window; nor was all the superstructure, or cupola as depicted in our edition, on the building when Congress met therein - half of it being added some years after Congress returned to Philadelphia. Reference to these facts are made at this time because of some confusion that arises when persons inadvertently are led to believe that Congress met in the court house as pictured in the original edition of 1834, and now again reproduced. Congress met in this building, without question, but some years after that the building was remodeled, probably twice, or so, as we now show. An artist's reconstruction of the original court house, with floor plans, etc., complete in every detail, has been made within the past five years, based on old documents in York and Lancaster, the previous county seat. These reconstructed views have recently appeared in the York directory, and several other reports issued at celebrations in that city.

Springettsbury Manor is sometimes spelled with one and sometimes with two. The Penn for whom the Manor was named was known as "Springett" Penn, and the 1834 history spells it "Springettsbury." We have followed that spelling in this reprint. This spelling is at variance with that of the Surveyor, Jno. Lukens, who resurveyed the Manor "In pursuance of a warrant of resurvey under the hand of James Hamilton Esqr" etc., "dated 21st day of May 1762." The re-survey was "returned into the Secretary's office," as of "12th day of July Anno Dom: 1768." The original return of this resurvey, which may be seen on file at Harrisburg, bears but one "t." A copy of this resurvey is included in Vol. IV, Third Series, Pennsylvania Archives, part 63. It is therefore fairly safe to assume that the ancient spelling would be "Springetsbury."

Another of the Proprietary Manors laid out by William Penn, was that sometimes spelled "Springgetsbury Manor," of 1840 acres; granted in 1703, at Philadelphia.

Volume III, Colonial Records, pages 184-5, we read under "Copy of Warrant for Surveying the 'Mannor of Springetsbury'," (1722) the return of Messrs. "Cob. John French, Francis 'Worley, & James Mitchell, Esqrs.," that they completed the survey of the "Mannor of Springets-Bury, upon the River Sasquahannah," etc.

Ancient spellings are bound to vary from generation to generation, and while these variations ought to be guarded against, they cannot well be avoided or ignored, since they are ever-present, In other words, the crossing of a "t," or dotting of an "i," are not nearly so important as getting at the meat of the nuts! Facts should not be set aside because of mere fancy!

The reader will note in the present edition the reproduction of an early map of the county of York, which then also included what is now Adams county. This map is copied from one made for the Proprietaries, by William Scull, in 1770. The map appears as it has come to the undersigned, and there can be no doubt but that its reproduction in this edition will be appreciated by many who have never seen its counterpart before. It details many roads, towns and ferries, which may or may not be exactly as the historians of today think they ought to be. So far as we can learn, it has been a faithful reproduction of the county and surrounding Counties, as nearly so as the cartographer knew how to make it,

York county is rich in historical material - much of it lying dormant. Almost without exception, those who have published any histories about the county have always referred to its first history. Thus we note such as Prof. I. D. Rupp, Sherman Day, John Gibson, George R. Prowell, etc.

John Gibson, in his "Introductory" to the History of York County, (1886) has this to say regarding the edition of 1834:

"A complete history to its time, was Written by Glossbrenner and Carter - a work well known to the citizens of the borough of York, but copies of which are now scarce (1886).

 

The great amount of information contained in it, the accuracy of its details of facts, and the pleasing style of its composition, as well as the curious nature of its contents, have made it a literary production." Gibson further states: "The work, therefore, ought to be perpetuated for the benefit of our people."

The preceding statement was made in 1886, by one of York county stock, who was prompted by the most sincere regards and motives, and forty-four years have elapsed since his petition was made, and which, with the publication of this edition, is now come to fruition.

History, being the true account of the lives and accomplishments of a people over a period of years, such as have passed since the first settlement of York county, ought not be left unlearned and unloved. The heritage of a people is that which our forebears have made and left at their going. Without any mental reservation or evasion whatever, it seems but right and proper that there is not a single thing in the world that ought to interest the people of York county more than * * the people of York county!

If the achievements of those of the pioneer days are not worthy of mention and study at this day and age, of how much less value and appreciation will our labors appear to those of a not-far-off-tomorrow?

The men in the shops, in the fields, in the offices; the professional men and the tots in school ought to and must be made more fully acquainted with their coming into the community through a generous and right-thinking ancestry; and there is no more profitable, agreeable and consistent way in which this education of the people can be accomplished, than through an applied study and reading of just such books as local history, in all the schools and homes of the county.

It is because of a firm belief that York county's traditions have always been of an ideal nature, and that Messrs. Carter and Glossbrenner have given to them a type of book second to none for the home, school and office, that this edition of a very scarce book, is again made available to all.

A. MONROE AURAND, JR.

HARRISBURG, PA., May 1930.

Source:  Page(s) vii-xiii  , History of York County From its Erection to the Present Time; [1729-1834]; New Edition; With Additions, Edited by A. Monroe Aujrand, Jr.