Property Records of the Neel Family of Drumore Twp., 1756-1867

Call Number:  MG-463

1 box     4 folders     .25 cubic ft.

Repository: (Lancaster, Pa.)

Shelving Location:  Archives South, Side 11

Description:  This collection contains documents pertaining to property owned by the Neel family in Drumore Township, Lancaster County. The property along the Susquehanna River was originally deeded to William Mitchell by Thomas and Richard Penn. The land drafts show the property lines and owners of the adjoining tracts.

Creator:  Neel family.

Conditions for Access:  The land drafts in Folder 2 are very fragile and patrons are only allowed to use photocopies of the documents.

Conditions Governing Reproductions:  Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language:  English

Source of Acquisition:  Ms. Akerman of Willow Valley, 28 September 2004.

Administrative History:  Organized and preserved by KR, February 2012.


Folder 1  William Mitchell papers for a tract of land in Drumore Township

Insert 1  Penn family seal from deed of land from Thomas and Richard Penn to William Mitchell, 20 September 1756.

Insert 2  Deed between Thomas Penn and Richard Penn of Philadelphia and William Mitchell of Lancaster County for a tract of land in Drumore Township, Lancaster County. Tract includes 47 acres and is bordered by the Susquehanna River to the west and vacant property to the east and north. Witnessed by William Denny, Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania. Seal originally attached to this document is in Insert 1 of this folder. 20 September 1756.

Insert 3  Copy of a receipt for payment of quit-rents. Paid by William Mitchell on his 47 acres located in the manor of Conestoga in the County of Lancaster. Recorded 7 September 1758.


Folder 2  Land Drafts of Property owned by Thomas Neal in Drumore Township

Insert 1  Restricted Access, please use photocopies in Insert 2.

Survey #1:  Copy of a survey of land in Drumore Township for Thomas Neal by George Churchman for John Churchman, Deputy Surveyor. Property includes 99½ acres, including property originally patented to Thomas Neal; a part of a tract formerly patented to David Mitchell, now possessed by Thomas Neal, and the long strip 2 perches wide used to join the vacancies on each side of the patent in one survey. Bordered by the Susquehanna River to the west, George McCullough to the south, Ann Mitchel to the east, vacant property and Muddy Run to the north. Original survey completed 8 October 1787. Certified copy made 20 September 1811.

Survey #2:  A connected draught of several surveys of the property of Thomas and Hugh Neel, compiled by Jacob Hibshman, D.S. Bordered by the Susquehanna River to the west; John Mitchell, George McCullough, and Daniel Morrison to the south; David Mitchell to the east; and Thomas Robison to the north. Compilation dated 6 April 1839.

Insert 2  Photocopies of the land drafts in Insert 1.

NOTE:  Both land drafts were glued to pages from a ledger. Survey #1 is on one page, while Survey #2 takes up two pages. Part of Survey #2 is found in one of the Mylar envelopes inside Insert 1 and the other part is in the second Mylar envelope.


Folder 3  Deed to divide property between Thomas Neel and Hugh Neel

Deed officially dividing approximately 300 acres of property found in Drumore Township, formerly owned by Thomas Neel (deceased), between his sons and their wives. Signed by Thomas Neel, Margaret Neel, Hugh Neel, and Mary Ann Neel. Witnessed by John McCandle. 6 March 1847.


Folder 4  Land Patents

Insert 1  Land Patent concerning 13 acres along the northern edge of Thomas Neel’s property in Drumore Township. Issued by the Land Dept. of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and signed by John W. Geary, Governor. 11 June 1867.

Insert 2  Certified copy of a land patent issued to William Mitchell from Thomas and Richard Penn for 47 acres located in Drumore Township, Lancaster County. Copy issued by Jacob M. Campbell, Surveyor General. 11 June 1867.