1776 Barree Township

Tax Assessment ~ Part 7


This image includes the top portion of the fourth page of the original 1776 tax assessment return for Barree Township, within Bedford County, showing the names of the owners of uncultivated land i.e. Non-Residents. Note the entry at the top for "The Proprietrs". The Penn family, i.e. the Proprietors of the Province of Pennsylvania, set aside certain tracts of land throughout the province for their own use, or eventual use. This tract, existing in Barree Township, Bedford County, would have been the tract title "Sinking Valley". The tract was assessed as encompassing 5,336 acres in 1775, but the grant was made out for 9,056 acres of land. It would eventually become the region that was designated as Tyrone Township within Blair County.


Note: This image was scanned from a photocopy of the original 1776 tax assessment for Barree Township, within Bedford County. The originals of the tax assessment returns were stored, for many years, in Vault #1 in the basement of the Bedford County Court House. The webmaster of this site was given permission by the officials of the Bedford County Court system to photocopy the original returns in the 1980s. A year or two after the original returns were photocopied, a pipe burst in the vault in which the returns were stored, causing water damage to many records, and the original tax assessment returns were subsequently transferred to the Pioneer Historical Society of Bedford County for storage.

   The following is a transcription of the names of the owners of uncultivated lands i.e. Non-Residents which appear on the 1776 Barree Township, Bedford County tax assessment return, as shown in the image above. It is as accurate as possible. Certain names are followed by a name in brackets { }. These are included in order to show how the names are spelled in the published Pennsylvania Archives (1897 Edition, Third Series, Volume XXII, Pages 133-137). Apparently, the compilers of the published Pennsylvania Archives decided that the names should be spelled the way they thought proper, rather than how the tax assessors and/or collectors actually spelled them.

The Proprietrs {The Proprietaries}
Wm Petterson {William Patterson}
Rubin Hines {Rubin Hains}
Ditto {Same}
John Rushshe {John Bushee}
Samul Miflen {Samuel Miflin}
John Cox
Reachel Cox {Rachel Cox}
George Fray {George Frye}
Ritteare Morrow {Richard Morrow}
Thos Edwards {Thomas Edwards}
David Kenedy
Samuel Mccley {Samuel McLay}
Allexander Rodey {Alexander Roddy}
John Chea {John Shea}
John Agnew
David Givens {David Givins}
Samul Walles {Samuel Wallace}
Ditto {The same}
(cut off)os Willson {Thomas Wilson}
(illegible) {James Armstrong}
News Morgan & Comp {Naves, Morgan & Co}
Joseph Shipey {Joseph Shippen}