The branch of the Minor family from which I spring left New Jersey in the late 1790s and settled along Big Whitely Creek, Greene County, Pennsylvania. Abia and Margaret (Pearson) did not homestead in isolation, and may well have lived within the fortified structures that uncles John and William Minor had built in the area. By 1803, Abia and Margaret aspired to their own farm along the waters of Big Whitely, and on 2 February Uncle William Minor and his wife, Hannah, conveyed title to 150 acres of “Race Ground”, for the sum of $1,700 “of lawful money of the United States”. The oak studded hills had been conveyed or patented to William from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1789. In 1803 the creek-side land became the childhood home of my patriarch–John Pearson (Pierson) Minor.
You can read the text of the deed below:
William Minor and Uxor (wife)
This Indenture the second day of February in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and three Between William Minor and Hannah his wife of Greene County and State of Pennsylvania of the one part, and Abia Minor of the same place of the other part Witnesseth that the said William Minor and Hannah for and in consideration of the sum of Seventeen hundred Dollars of lawful money of the United States to him the said William MInor in hand well and truly paid,the receipt where of is hereby acknowledged they the said William Minor and Hannah his wife both granted bargained and sold and by these presented doth grant bargain and sell unto the said Abia Minor his heirs and assigns part of a Tract of Land called “Race ground” patented unto the said William Minor on the fifth day of March 1789 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania situate on big Whitely Creek Green (sic) Township Greene County and State aforesaid. Beginning at a Sycamore on the bank of said Creek thence up the same and by Land of Zechariah Gapen South thirty five degrees West sixty two perches to a Locust, North seventy three degrees West fifty seven perches and five tenths, and South eighty five degrees West twenty seven perches to a post, thence by land of the said William Minor North seventeen degrees East fifty four perches to a Spanish oak, and North twelve degrees West two hundred and thirty four perches to a Dogwood, thence by Land of John Minor South sixty two degrees East one hundred and thirty perches to a black oak, and south eleven degrees East one hundred and eighty six perches and five tenths to the place of Beginning containing one hundred and fifty acres of Land with the allowance of six per cent and c. and also all trees woods ways waters water courses profits advantages and appurtenances whatsoever to the said one hundred and fifty acres of Land above mentioned belonging or in any wise appertaining and the reversion and remaindersmeants (?) issues and profits of the said premises and every part and parcel thereof To have and to hold the said mentioned and one hundred and fifty acres of Land and all and singular other the premises above mentioned and every part and parcel thereof with the appurtenances unto the said Abia Minor his heirs and assigns to the only properxxxx and behoof of the said Abia Minor his heirs and assigns forever, and the said William Minor and Hannah his wife for themselves and their heirs the said mentioned and one hundred and fifty acres of land and premises and every part thereof against them and their heirs and against all and every other person and persons whatsoever to the said Abia Minor his heirs and assigns shall and will warrant and for ever defend by these presents in wit xxx where of we have here unto set our hands and seals the day and year first above written. Greene County February 2nd day 1803 then William Minor and Hannah his wife personally before me the subscriber one of the Commonwealth’s Justices of the peace in and for said County and acknowledged the above Deed of conveyance to be their Act and Deed for the same and desires the same may be recorded as such his wife being first examined apart from her said husband according to Law. Given under my hand and seal the date above written. Jos. Black
Received this day and date within written of the within named Abia Minor the sum of Seventeen hundredd Dollars being the full consideration within mentioned to be paidto me, I say received by me, William Minor
Witness present, Jos Blac, Richd Herwood
Recorded 6th June 1803 Examd John Breman Recorder