Pennsylvania Counties miscellaneous records
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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.
Overview and metadata sections
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.
- Engel, A.
- Franks, David.
- Gratz, Bernard, 1738-1801.
- Levy, L. Andrew.
- Simon, Joseph, ca. 1712-1804.
- Van Horn, C.
- Allegheny County (Pa.)
- Armstrong County (Pa.)
- Bedford County (Pa.)
- Berks County (Pa.)
- Bucks County (Pa.)
- Carbon County (Pa.)
- Centre County (Pa.)
- Clearfield County (Pa.)
- Crawford County (Pa.)
- Cumberland County (Pa.)
- Dauphin County (Pa.)
- Delaware County (Pa.)
- Fayette County (Pa.)
- Franklin County (Pa.)
- Lancaster County (Pa.)
- Lebanon County (Pa.)
- Lehigh County (Pa.)
- Luzerne County (Pa.)
- Lycoming County (Pa.)
- McKean County (Pa.)
- Mifflin County (Pa.)
- Monroe County (Pa.)
- Montgomery County (Pa.)
- Northumberland County (Pa.)
- Pennsylvania--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Prisoners and prisons.
- Pennsylvania--Politics and government.
- Perry County (Pa.)
- Snyder County (Pa.)
- Susquehanna County (Pa.).
- Tioga County (Pa.)
- Washington County (Pa.)
- Wayne County (Pa.)
- Westmoreland County (Pa.)
- Historical Society of Pennsylvania
- Finding Aid Author
- Finding aid prepared by Cary Majewicz. Collection rehoused by Peter Garavuso.
- Finding Aid Date
- ; 2010
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research.