Notebook:David Walker Lands in Lancaster



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David Walker Derrry Twp 27 Nov 1747 14 May 1852 William Coleman[4] D23 92
David Walker Derry Twp 27 Nov 1747 31 May 1870 Michael A. Henry[5] D23 92

See: Notebook:Walker_Land_Records_in_Lancaster_County


In 1742 a David Walker secured a Warrant later (1810) used as the basis for patenting two adjacent parcels to a John Smith and Nicholas Springer, in Derry Township, Dauphin County. It is not clear that David Walker actually occupied the land later patented, or if the warrant lay dormant and unused, laer to be sold to Smith and Springer as the basis for their transaction. The exact location of these parcels has not been determined. In anycase, they appear to have been near the edge of the Dauphin/Lebanon County line. An adjcent land owners, Henry B. Grubb, and Richard Coleman also held land in Lebanon County near Cornwell Furnace.

From Swank, 1878. Introduction to Ironmaking and coal mining in Pennsylvania

Development of the Cornwall Ore Hills. Cornwall furnace, mentioned before as having been built by Peter Grubb in 1742, was located within the limits of the since celebrated Cornwall ore hills, in Lebanon county, and is now running. It is the oldest furnace in the country that is still in operation. The Cornwall ore hills, which literally comprise three mountains of almost pure magnetic iron ore, were conveyed by John Penn, Thomas Penn, and Eichard Penn, proprietors-in-chief of the province of Pennsylvania, and counties of Newcastle, Kent, and Sussex on the Delaware, by their warrant dated London, May -8, 1732, to Joseph Turner, of Philadelphia, for five hundred pounds, money of Pennsylvania. The grant embraced 300 acres. Turner assigned the entire tract to William Allen, April 5,. 1734, and on the 28th and 29th of November, 1737, Allen assigned the same to Peter Grubb, to whom a 'patent was issued August 2, 1745. Peter Grubb died intestate about 1754, and the estate descended to Curtis Grubb and Peter Grubb, Curtis receiving two-thirds under the intestate law of that day, and Peter one-third. Both sons were colonels in the Kevolution. June 28, 1783, Curtis conveyed a one-sixth interest to Peter Grubb, Jr., his son. By articles of agreement, dated September 26, 1785, Peter Grubb, Jr., grandson of the first-named Peter Grubb, and son of Curtis Grubb, sold to Robert Coleman his share, of the Cornwall ore hills, Cornwall furnace, and appurtenances, reserving the right for a sufficient quantity of ore for one furnace, which right is held and exercised to-day by Ferguson, White & Co., the proprietors of Robesonia furnaces in Berks county. The deed for the share sold to Robert Coleman, signed by Peter Grubb, Jr., and Mary his wife, is dated May 9, 1786.

The future owner of a portion of this tract, Robert Coleman, bought the rights to the Cornwell Furnace about 1786. In subsequent years he purchased considerable land in the area. One can speculate that this was done to obtain access to woodlands needed to fuel the furnances. If that is the case, then the property may in fact be some distance from Cornwell Force itself.

Cornwall furnace is located about five miles due south of Lebanon, in Lebanon County.