1779 Brothers Valley Township

Tax Assessment ~ Part 9


This image includes the top portion of the fifth page of the original 1779 tax assessment return for Brothers Valley Township, within Bedford County, showing the names of Single Freemen "Miller" through "Coffman".


Note: This image was scanned from a photocopy of the original 1779 tax assessment for Brothers Valley 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 Single Freemen which appear on the 1779 Brothers Valley 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 168-172). 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.

   Note that certain names have an "S" marked before them in the original tax assessment return, while certain others do not. Comparing this return with others, it appears that the names marked with the "S" denote those residents who were actually found by the tax collector. Many of the residents who do not have the "S" notation before their names are noted on the other returns as "not in county". Apparently, they had fled, with their families, eastward to avoid Indian incursions. The published Pennsylvania Archives do not include the notations.

William Miller
Leonard Stam
David Grifeth {David Griffith}
John Grifeth {John Griffith}
Ebenezer Grifeth {Ebenezer Griffith}
James Handricks {James Hendricks}
Slaphel Dwire {Shaphat Dwire}
Jacob Markly {Jacob Markley}
Matthias Juday {Matthias Judy}
Abraham Borger {Abraham Booger}
John Bowman
Peter Leman {Peter Layman}
Andrew Baker
Jacob Flick {Jacob Fleck}
George Groose {George Graff}
Jacob Horein {Jacob Hasson}
Samuel Borger {Samuel Booker}
George Miller
Christian Trayer {Christian Tryer}
John Hineman {John Huntsman}
Adam Ringer
Peter Bright
Frederick Coffman