This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
Date


Oct. 2, 1732 Sept. 21, 1734 Aug. 21, 1734 Oct. 13, 1734 Apr. 16, 1741


Seller


Thomas Shepherd James Spurgeon James Spurgeon James Spurgeon Israel Friend


Buyer


John Shepherd John Shepherd Nathan Forster Thomas Mills John Moore


Acres 50 50 50 50 50


The 50 acres Israel Friend purchased on 16 April 1741 at Antietam Bottom he renamed Friend’s Purchase but shortly after, sold it to John Moore. Antietam Bottom was a 300-acre tract just upriver from where Antietam Creek enters the Potomac River, southwest of present Sharpsburg. Much history is associated with this tract because of the intersection of the old Philadelphia wagon road through it at Pack Horse Ford. The description of this land in the deed to Israel Friend is quite interesting (spelling as found):


Att the request of George Beall the Following Deed was Enrolled November the Twenty Seventh Anno DM. Seventeen hundred and thirty where-as be it known to all Manner of persons to whom it may concern That We, Cunnaw cha ha la, Taw, we Maw, Capt. Siviliti, Toile Flangee, She Hays, Callakahahatt, being Kings and rulers of the Five nations for naturall Love and we b(e)ar to our Brothers Israel Friend we give unto him and Heirs Executors Administrators and Assign’s a certain piece of Land lying and being upon potomock River beginning at the mouth of Andietum Creek at Box Elder marked with three notches on every side and to run up the said river two hundred shoots as fur as an arrow can be slung out of a bow and yn. to be one hundred shoots right Back from the river so containing its square till it intercedes with the said Creek again, with a I’land against the mouth of the Creek which said Land we the said Indians and our heirs Doe warrant and for Ever Defend unto the said Israel Friend … with all the appertenences thereunto belonging, as fishing, hawking, Hunting and all other privileges thereunto belonging with paying unto some of us two [eares] of Indian Corn for ever, this tenth day of January One thousand seven hundred and twenty seven. Signed, Sealed, and Delivered in the presence of Humberston Lyon, g.h. Margalith. 51


Further describing this area is found written: “Early 18th century travelers on the


Maryland and Virginia frontiers were frequently confronted with the inconvenience of either fording the rivers and creeks or locating a boat and boatman to carry them across. Neither method was reliable. The Potomac River was no exception to these conditions. Centuries before the arrival of Europeans, roaming bands of Indians faced the same problem. Through years of experience, these Indians located the most convenient and best fords on the Potomac. In southern Washington County is one of the most noted such fords—the ‘old Pack Horse Ford.’ … As early as 1730, Jost Hite led an immigrant train of sixteen families across the Potomac headed for the Colony of Virginia. Some of these immigrants stayed at or near the Virginia end of Pack Horse Ford for approximately a year while their homes were being prepared near Winchester, Virginia. At this time a small village of unknown description evidently existed near the Virginia end of the ford. The village, formally laid out by Thomas Shepherd during the French and Indian Was and


51“Spurgeon Quarterly,” Issue 33, June 1993 [Prince Georges County, Maryland Land Records, Liber Q, Folio 169]. Note by Tom Neel, “Spurgeon Quarterly” Editor - Lord Baltimore did not recognize the transfer of land from Indians to individuals, and there is some uncertainty as to whether this deed was fully recognized.


© 1993 Spurgeon Family History by Dr. Gary Alan Dickey, 1546 Devonshire Avenue, Westlake Village, CA 91361 • p. 20


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75
Produced with Yudu - www.yudu.com