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Pennsylvania Counties miscellaneous records


Held at: Historical Society of Pennsylvania [Contact Us]1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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This collection contains a miscellaneous assortment of records, the bulk of which date from the late 1750s to the 1880s, from several Pennsylvania counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Centre, Clearfield, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Lancaster, Lehigh, Lebanon, Lycoming, Luzerne, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, McKean, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Snyder, Susquehanna, Tioga, Washington, Wayne, and Westmoreland. The amount of records pertaining to each county varies from single documents to several folders worth, and they are primarily official papers, such as deeds, surveys, and patents. However, there are scattered personal papers and correpondence from county residents.

A few highlights from the collection include a narrative by C. Van Horn describing the Connecticut invasion, pioneering, colonial warfare, and incidents during the Revolution, 1772-1837, in Crawford County; a history of Monroe County and of the Indian Walk, 1746; a history of Luzerne County, 1793-1823; a history of Lehigh County townships, n.d., and the journal, 1757, of Lieutenant A. Engel, stationed at Leckley Township; and letters and accounts of David Franks, Bernard Gratz, L. Andrew Levy, Joseph Simon, and others, of Lancaster, relating to provisioning of British and American soldiers and prisoners during the Revolution, 1777-1778. There are also indentures, court records of indictments, penal records, jury lists, muster rolls, among other items.

Box 1, folder 1: Allegheny County, 1788-1849, undated

Box 1, folder 2: Armstrong County, 1812

Box 1, folder 3: Beaver County, 1816-1817

Box 1, folder 4: Bedford County, 1784-1803

Box 1, folders 5-6: Berks County, 1740-1910

Box 1, folders 7-12: Bucks County, 1708-1889, undated

Box 2, folders 1-8: Bucks County, 1731-1863, undated

Flat file 1: Bucks County, undated

Box 3, folder 1: Carbon County, circa 1792-1839

Box 3, folder 2: Centre County, 1811-1823

Box 3, folder 3: Clearfield County, 1785

Box 3, folder 4: Crawford County, 1793-1877

Box 3, folder 5: Cumberland County, 1773-1787

Box 3, folders 6-7: Dauphin County, including papers relating to Middle Paxton Meeting House, 1786-1839

Box 3, folder 8: Delaware County, 1772-1811

Box 3, folder 9: Fayette County, 1790-1874, undated

Box 3, folder 10: Franklin County, 1788-1813, undated

Box 3, folders 11-15: Lancaster County, 1737-1854

Box 4, folders 1-10: Lancaster County, 1733-1859, 1900, 1901

Box 5, folders 1-5: Lebanon County, including Glominger deeds, 1761-1890

Box 5, folders 6-7: Lehigh County, circa 1757-1883

Box 5, folders 8-9: Luzurne County, 1793-1823, undated

Box 5, folder 10: Lycoming County, 1785-1816

Box 6, folder 1: McKean County, 1806

Box 6, folder 2: Mifflin County, 1789

Box 6, folder 3: Monroe County, 1757-1838, undated

Box 6, folders 4-5: Montgomery County, 1787-1844, 1882

Box 6, folders 6-7: Northumberland County, 1772-1825

Box 6, folder 8: Perry County, 1823

Box 6, folder 9: Philadelphia County, 1729-1807

Box 6, folder 10: Snyder County, 1863

Box 6, folder 11: Susquehanna County, undated

Box 6, folder 12: Tioga County, 1792

Box 6, folder 13: Washington County, 1781-1790, undated

Box 6, folder 14: Wayne County, 1801-1814

Box 6, folder 15: Westmoreland County, 1774-1824


According to HSP's printed guide, this collection contains records from Chester County, 1729-1818; taxable property records of Chester County, 1783-1788; and records of Indiana County, 1823. As of December 6, 2010, these materials could not be located and they are therefore not listed in this inventory. Should these materials ever be found, they will be added back to the collection and this finding aid will be updated accordingly.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Cary Majewicz. Collection rehoused by Peter Garavuso.
Finding Aid Date
; 2010
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