This collection contains Thomas Baker's three surveying books which document land and property ownership in southern Lancaster County, primarily Colerain Township from 1856-1902. Octorara Creek, Kirkwood, Christiana and Upper Oxford Twp. are among the place names.
Thomas Baker traces his ancestry back to Sir Richard Baker (1568), born in the county of Kent, England. In 1685, seven generations before Thomas Baker was born, Joseph Baker immigrated to Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Born in Chatham, Chester County to Lewis and Diana Baker, Thomas was well-educated; a teacher until 1840, when he commenced the study of surveying. Land surveying is the location of points on, above and below the surface of the earth and the relation of those points to a common reference system. Employed at Jonathon Goss, at Unionville Academy in Chester, he surveyed over 650 farms in Lancaster County's Colerain Township. He married in 1855; his family adhering to his Quaker faith. The Biographical Annals in Lancaster, published in 1903, describes Baker as "…a man esteemed by his neighbors for his many good qualities and excellent character, and in disposition he is a man of warm heart and kindly feeling."
Processed and finding aid prepared by AB, November 2014. Added to database 24 May 2021.
Deed from Joseph Gibbons of [West Town], Chester County to James Gibbons of Lampeter Twp. for a parcel of land in Lampeter Twp., adjoined by John [Kirk], William Evans, and other land owned by Joseph Gibbons. Recorded on 24 March 1769. Three original wax seals on document.
Cataloged by MB, 8 July 2021. Added to database 28 July 2021.
Preferred Citation: Title or description of item, date (day, month, year), Gibbons Diaries, Family Papers, and Mill Records (MG0846), Object ID, LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. URL. Date accessed (day, month, year).
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