1779 Hopewell Township

Tax Assessment ~ Part 1


This image includes the top portion of the first page of the original 1779 tax assessment return for Hopewell Township, within Bedford County showing the names of Residents "Samson" to "Skalley".


Note: This image was scanned from a photocopy of the original 1779 tax assessment for Hopewell, 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 Residents which appear on the 1779 Hopewell 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 176-179). 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.

   Notice that there are certain names which have the notation "not in the County" (or something similar) beside them, indicating that the family would have been away from their homes at the time that the taxes were collected.

William Samson
Ignatious Harden
Geo. Shook {George Shock}
Jacob Miller (fled on acct of the enemy)
Joseph Phagan (fled on acct of the enemy)
Martin Stotler
Richd. Kimber {Richard Kimber}
Felix Miller
Thos. Miller
Hugh Skalley {Hugh Skelley}
Hugh Skalley Junr {Hugh Skelley Jun'r}