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1779 Abraham Stoner was taxed in Manor Twp, Lancaster County, for 112 acres, 3 horses and 3 cattle. [1]

1782 Abraham Stoner's father, John, had died intestate leaving his widow Elizabeth and Abraham (his oldest son), Christian, John, Jacob, and Elizabeth Stoner. On 26 March, the Orphans' Court ordered the sheriff of Lancaster County to appoint 12 men to appraise the land granted to John in 1762. The appraisal was returned on 4 June. The land inherited in 1762 by John (now deceased) was appraised in 1764 at 950 pounds gold or silver and John's oldest son Abraham and wife Ann paid the other heirs (Christian, John, Jacob and Elizabeth) for their shares. [2]

1783 Abraham Stoner was taxed in Manor Twp, Lancaster County, for 100 acres, 1 horses and 2 cattle and Christian Stoner [Steiner], perhaps John's son, was taxed for 200 acres 4 horses and 3 cattle. [3]

1784 On 13 January, Abraham Stoner, yeoman of Manor Twp Lancaster County, granted water rights to Christian Herr, whose land was adjacent to that of Abraham Stoner. Abraham's right to the land was confirmed by the Orphans' Court. [4]

1784 On 8 May, The estate of Abraham's father, John Stoner, described in the 1782 transaction, was appraised at 950 pounds gold or silver and oldest son Abraham and wife Ann were to pay the other heirs for their shares. Abraham Stoner sold 83.5 acres of his father's112 acre estate to his brother, Christian Stoner. The land was adjacent to land of Abraham Hear (sic), John Funk (perhaps related to Rudolph Funk, who purchased the land in 1786), Abraham Stoner, Christian Hear, and Christian Hershee (sic). Christian Herr and Christian Stauffer were guardians for the minor heirs Jacob and Elizabeth Stoner. [5]

Subsequent issues related to the estate of Abraham's father, John Stoner, were signed by Christian, suggesting that Abraham was no longer in Manor Twp. The listings below give no clear date for Abraham Stoner's move to Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, and then to Bedford County and suggest that he may have owned land in both Lancaster and Bedford counties simultaneously for some time. Or, perhaps, I have confused the notes for two different Abraham Stoners.

1784 On 1 July, Abraham Stoner applied for 200 acres in Frankstown Twp, Bedford County on the waters of Piny Run bounded on the south by lands of Michael Cryder. On 16 November, 1784, witnesses affirmed that the land had been improved in the month of July. [6]

1785 On 22 January, Abraham Stoner applied for 100 acres on the Susquehanna River in Donegal Twp, Lancaster County adjoining land of Peter Hess, Andrew Boggs, and Elizabeth Sharp. [7]

1785 On 24 December, a distribution was made from the estate of Abraham's father, John Stoner. It was clarified that £316.13.4, or one third of the valuation of the estate made in 1784, had been intended for, and had been used to pay, annual interest to John's widow Elizabeth. Widow Elizabeth Stoner had recently died. Abraham's brother Christian divided the amount and paid shares of £63.6 to the other heirs Abraham, John, and Jacob Stoner and to Abraham Stauffer guardian of minor Elizabeth Stoner. [8]

1785 Abraham Stoner warranted 200 acres of land on both sides of Morrison's Cove in Frankstown Twp, Bedford County on Feb. 3, 1785. Abraham received the patent on 2 March 1797. Adjacent landowners were Michael Kreider, John Should, and John Clapper. The land was on a river next to Canoe Mountain. [9][10][11] Abraham Stoner moved to Woodbury Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania about this time. [12]
Photocopy,  1785 survey map of Abraham Stoner's warrant in Morrison's Cove, Bedford County.

1786 Abraham Stoner was taxed as a single freeman in Woodbury Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Aspey and Stoner appeared on the same list. Michael Cryder [Kreider] owned land adjacent to Abraham's 1785 warrant and appeared on the same duplicate tax list. [13]

1786 On 17 February, Abraham Stoner warranted 96 acres on the Susquehanna River in Donegal (now Conoy) Twp, Lancaster County. Adjacent landowners were Andrew Boggs (deceased), Peter Hess, Samuel Wilson, and widow Sharp. [14][15][16] Photocopy,  1786 Survey map of Abraham Stoner's warrant in Donegal Twp, Lancaster County. Jacob Ebersole's family owned large tracts north of Abraham Stoner's tract. Their daughter Mary Ebersole came to marry son Christian Stoner sometime before 1810. Photocopy,  Map of landowners near Abraham Stoner's warrant in Donegal (Conoy) County.

1786 On 7 October, Abraham Stoner's brother, Christian Stoner, and Christian's wife Barbara, of Manor Twp, Lancaster County sold 83.5 acres of land in Manor Twp, Lancaster County, to Rudolph Funk. The land was part of the 112 acre tract from the estate of Abraham's father, John Stoner. Abraham Stoner, brother to John Stoner and uncle to this Abraham, and his wife Salome Stoner had previously sold the tract to Abraham's father, John Stoner. The land had been sold by this Abraham Stoner to his brother Christian in 1784, likely as part of the settlement of their father John Stoner's estate. [17]

1790 I have not found Abraham Stoner in the 1790 census for Donegal Twp, Lancaster County. Several neighbors in the 1800 census were listed in Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, but Abraham Stoner was not listed near them. [18]

1793 John Stoner (perhaps Abraham's brother) warranted 100 acres in Ayr Twp, Bedford County on 5 February. Daniel Royer owned an adjacent plot, but most adjacent properties were vacant. [19][20]

1793 Christian Stoner (perhaps Abraham's brother) warranted 100 acres between Cove Mountain and Dickeys Mountain in Ayr Twp, Bedford County on 9 May. Henry Downs owned an adjacent plot. The land was patented 1871 by James Johnston. [21][22][23]

1793 John Stoner (perhaps Abraham's brother) warranted two tracts of 50 and 150 acres in Londonderry Twp, Bedford County [now Somerset County] on 9 August. The land was on the opposite side of Greenville Road from the Rivir [River] tract. Adjacent land was owned by Peter Rivir, now William Rivir. The land was patented to Solomon Reiber on 30 Aug 1869. [24][25][26][27][28][29]

1798 Abraham Stoner was listed on the US direct tax for Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He had a one story log house, 26 by 22 feet, with 2 windows and 12 lights on a 2 acre lot valued at $105. He had a log barn of 40 by 20 feet adjacent to Michael Bosler and John Kaufman, on 96 acres. [30]

1800 Abraham Stoner (age 45+) lived in Maytown, Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with male age 0-10 (son Jacob), 2 males age 10-15 (sons Abraham and John), 1 male age 16-25 (son Christian), 2 females age 0-10 (daughters Ann and Barbara), and 1 female age 26-46 (wife Ann Kauffman) [31]. Nearby listings included John Kauffman, Michael Bossler, Jacob Bossler, Henry Kauffman, Philip Hess, John Dimiller, Jacob and Martin Ebersole. These neighbors suggest this is the same household listed in the 1810 census for Donegal Twp.

1800 Abram Stoner was listed on the Pennsylvania septennial census for Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. [32]

1802 On 12 April, Abraham Stoner; of Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; purchased land in Donegal Twp, Lancaster County from the heirs of John Shaub. The tract of 150/156 acres was next to land of Abraham Stoner, Laughlin Free, Jacob Eversole, Christopher Weaver, John Horst, Daniel Smith, Jacob Bosler, Michael Bosler. The land had been patented to Andrew Boggs on 31 May 1756 [33][34][35] and sold to Johannes Shaub on 15 May 1762. [36][37](See the map of neighbors in the 1786 note)

1805 Christian Kauffman's will in Manor Twp, Lancaster County with date 3 December and probate 4 February 1806 named children Andrew, Michael, Christian, John, Elizabeth wife of Henry Lighty, and Anna wife of Abraham Stoner. Executor Andrew Shenk. [38][39]

1807 Three acres of land sold to Terrah Jones was described as near the island of Bartram Galbreath (deceased) and opposite the land of Abraham Stoner, on the Lancaster County shore of the Susquehanna River, in Donegal Twp, Lancaster County.
 
1807 An account of daughter Ann's husband John Nicodemus states that Abraham Stoner moved to Bedford County about 1807. However, note that Abraham was of Donegal Twp, Lancaster County when he sold land to son Christian in 1815.

1810 Abraham Stoner (age 45+) lived in Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with male age 10-15 (Jacob), 2 males age 16-25 (Abraham and John), females age 0-10 (Barbara), 10-15 (Ann), and 1 female age 26-46 (wife Ann Kauffman) [40]. Nearby listings included Christian Stoner (age 16-25, perhaps Abraham's son), Jacob and Michael Bassler, John Kauffman, Philip Hess, and John Dimiller.

1812 John Brumbaugh, a member of the Dunkard sect from Conococheague, Frederick County, Maryland, applied for a patent for 1500 acres of land in the Martinsburg area on 14 March, 1785 and received a warrant on September 7, 1792, and eventually divided it between his two sons-in-law: Mr. Camerer and Mr. Stoner. In 1815 Daniel Camerer plotted the land east of South Market Street. Abraham Stoner laid out a competitive plot west of the same thoroughfare about 1820. Abraham Stoner and Daniel Camerer settled on the present site of Martinsburg, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Abraham Stoner owned the land west of Market Street, and Camerer owned the land to the east. Christian Winebrenner built several houses there. [41][42][43]

1814 Abraham Stoner, farmer, was on the tax list in Woodberry Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. [44]

1814 On 1 April, Abraham, yeoman, and Ann Stoner of Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania sold land to son Christian Stoner, of Donegal, for 827 pounds. The land had been granted to Abraham in two parts. One tract of 96 acres was patented on 17 June 1786 [45][46]. The other 156 acre tract was sold by the heirs of John Shaub dated 12 April 1802 [47]. The land was adjacent to land of Jacob Weaver, George Redsecker, said Abraham Stoner, heirs of Christian Bowman, and Christian Stoner. [48]

1817 There were two listings for Abraham Stoner on the tax list for Woodberry Twp, Bedford County; perhaps this Abraham and his son. [49][50]

1820 The section of Martinsburg, Bedford County owned by Abraham Stoner was laid out in town lots. [51]

1820 Abraham Stoner and all of his children except Christian lived in Woodbury Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. There were adjacent or nearby listings for son Jacob and his wife both age 16-26 and for John age 26-44 and wife 16-25 and for Abraham Jr. (listed with wrong age) and wife age 16-25 and for Barbara (Stoner) Bassler and for Anna (Stoner) Nichodemus. [52]

1822 Abraham Stoner Sr was on the duplicate tax list for Woodberry Twp, Bedford County. [53]

1824 On 28 May 1830, Christian Winebrenner and wife Abigail sold a lot, adjacent to Stoners Alley in the town of Martinsburg, to John Getty. The lot had been sold by deed dated 10 April 1824, by Abraham Stoner deceased and his wife Ann, to Christian Winebrenner Junior and wife Margaret, who sold it to Christian Winebrenner Senior, by deed dated 22 January 1825. [54]

1827 Andrew Stoner, likely the son of brother John, warranted land in Ayr Twp, Bedford County. Andrew patented the land in 1836. Charles Steuart and John Sloan were adjacent landowners. Andrew owned adjacent land, as did Stoner's heirs, which was next to Scrub Mountain. [55]

1829 Abraham Stoner died, in Woodbury Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. A memorial marker for Abraham Stoner is at Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania [56]

1830 Widow Ann Stoner (age 60-70) lived in Woodbury Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania [57]. In the household was a male age 30-40 and female age 20-30, likely her son Jacob and his wife. Their children (Ann's grand-children) included a boy age 5-10, a girl age 5-10, and a girl age 0-5. The adjacent listing was for the household of Ann's son Abraham (age 40-50) and his wife (age 30-40) and their seven children. Ann's son John age 40-50 and his wife age 30-40 lived with a younger couple age 20-30 and 4 boys and 4 girls, some in their teenage years and some under age 5. Ann's daughter Barbara lived with her husband Emanuel Bossler both age 30-40 nearby in Wodbury Twp with 4 girls and 1 boy. Daughter Ann had died and her widowed husband lived nearby, likely with his father and grand-father and two sisters (one could be a new wife) and 2 boys and a girl. Son Christian continued to live back in Donegal in Lancaster county. [58]

1834 Ann Kauffman Stoner died, likely in Woodbury Twp, near many of her children and was buried in Fairview Cemetery at Martinsburg.

A transcription of Abraham's Stoner's will follows. His son Christian, of Donegal Twp in Lancaster County is identified after the first paragraph.

In the name of God amen I, Abraham Stoner of Woodbury township, Bedford County, in the state of Pennsylvania, Yeoman being weak in body and of sound mind memory and understanding considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit: First it my will and I do order that all my just debts and funeral expenses be duly paid and satisfied as soon as conveniently can be after my decease. I give and bequeath unto my dear wife Ann two beds, two cows together with such of my household furniture and kitchen utensils as she may choose to keep for her own use, I give and bequeath unto my said wife the use and occupation of my mansion House where I now reside so long as she lives. I bequeath and give unto my Sons to wit, John, Abraham & Jacob one hundred acres of land where they now reside on valued at sixteen hundred Dollars each. I also bequeath and give unto Emanuel Bawsler my son in law, sixteen hundred Dollars I also give and bequeath unto my two grand children to wit Jacob Nichodemus and Elizabeth Nichodemus sixteen hundred Dollars that is eight hundred Dollars each and if either of those two grand children should not live to the age of twenty one the surviving one to get the whole amount of the sixteen hundred Dollars. One year after my decease, my executors are to pay my two said Grand children one hundred Dollars each and Emanuel Bowsler two hundred Dollars annually until the amount is paid. I also give and bequeath unto my grand Daughter Elizabeth Stoner one good bed, milk cow and Spinning wheel.

I further observe that my son Christian Stoner who lives in Donegal township Lancaster County has got his full shear (share) of my estate as will appear by a release in my possesion, and after my estate is divided as above mentioned at sixteen hundred each then the overplus Is to be divided in five equal shears if any there be to wit, John, Abraham, Jacob and Emanuel Basler and the two grand Children Jacob and Elizabeth Nichodemus to have equal Shares.

And lastly I nominate constitute and appoint my son Abraham Stoner and my son-in-law Emanuel Bawsler to be the Executors of this my last will hereby revoking all other wills legacies and bequests by me heretofore made and declaring this and no other to be my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of November one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight.

Signed Sealed and declared by the said testator as his last will and testament un the presence of us. Geo, Fockler, Alex. M. Kenny
Abraham Stoner (seal) (written in German script).

Be it remembered that on the fourteenth day of January Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine Letters Testamentary were granted Abraham Stoner and Emanuel Bawsler Executors in the foregoing Will named they having been first duly affirmed according to Law. ? Mann Register [59]

Research Notes:

The identity of the parents of Abraham Stoner, married to Anna Kauffman, is uncertain. Some researchers name John Stoner and Catherine Brenneman as his parents and others name John Stoner and Elizabeth Herr, as we have. Both sets of parents lead to grandfather Johannes Stoner, married to Anna Brenneman. We do not know which, if either, is correct. Our notes for Abraham Stoner, son of John Stoner and Catherine Brenneman are at this Link at this website.

Why was Abraham Stoner named as a son-in-law of Mr. Brumbaugh, circa 1812? Perhaps because Lydia Ann Brumbaugh married John A Stoner, who we show as a son of this Abraham Stoner.

Footnotes:

[1] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume 17 (Lancaster Taxables) (1897), 538, [Google Book], [Internet Archive].

[2] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed Z-133. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), citing Orphans' Court records, [Online_Images].

[3] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume 17 (Lancaster Taxables) (1897), 745, [Google Book], [Internet Archive].

[4] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed MM-60. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[5] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed Z-133. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[6] Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952, [Ancestry_Image].

[7] Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952, [Ancestry_Image].

[8] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed S3-656. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[9] Pennsylvania Land Warrant, Bedford County, S-142, [PA_Land_Warrant_Links].

[10] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, C191-241, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[11] Pennsylvania Land Patent, P23-281, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[12] Samuel S. Wenger, "An Essay on the Stoner/Steiner Families of Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 11 (January, 1988), 16-36, at 18 reports he moved about 1787.

[13] 1786 Bedford tax duplicates, [Link].

[14] Pennsylvania Land Patent, P6-303, named Stoner's Beetle, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[15] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, C192-167, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[16] Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952, [Ancestry_Image].

[17] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed S3-661. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[18] US census, 1790, Pennsylvania, Lancaster, Donegal, p 229

[19] Pennsylvania Land Warrant, Bedford County, S-364, [PA_Land_Warrant_Links].

[20] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, I-510, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[21] Pennsylvania Land Warrant, Bedford County, S-401, [PA_Land_Warrant_Links].

[22] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, O-102, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[23] Pennsylvania Land Patent, H70-78, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[24] Pennsylvania Land Warrant, Bedford County, S-430, [PA_Land_Warrant_Links].

[25] Pennsylvania Land Warrant, Bedford County, S-431, [PA_Land_Warrant_Links].

[26] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, D5-158, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[27] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, D5-159, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[28] Pennsylvania Land Patent, H65-219, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[29] Pennsylvania Land Patent, H65-220, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[30] United States Direct Tax of 1798: Pennsylvania. Film M372. IRS, Record Group 58. NARA, ancestry.com.

[31] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1800, Pennsylvania, Lancaster, Donegal, page 12, line 5 from bottom, [FamilySearch_Record].

[32] Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863, 1800, Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, [Search Ancestry.com].

[33] Pennsylvania Land Warrant, Lancaster County, B492, [PA_Land_Warrant_Links].

[34] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, A88-113, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[35] Pennsylvania Land Patent, A19-210, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[36] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed H-37. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[37] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed 6-646. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[38] F. Edward Wright, Abstracts of Lancaster County Pennsylvania Wills 1786-1820 (2008), 117.

[39] Charles Fahs Kauffman, A genealogy and history of the Kauffman-Coffman families of North America, 1584 to 1937 (1940), 23, 65, see Christiasn Kauffman, person A3, citing Lancaster County will H1-654, and Anna Stoner, person 36, [Google Book].

[40] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1810, p 373, line 4 from bottom, [FamilySearch_Record].

[41] Jesse C. Sell, Twentieth century history of Altoona and Blair County, Pennsylvania, and representative citizens (Chicago: Richmond-Arnold Publishing, 1911), 417, [HathiTrust].

[42] Tarring S Davis, A History of Blair County Pennsylvania, Vol. 1 (1931), 121, [Google Book].

[43] J Simpson Africa, History of Huntingdon and Blair Counties, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1883), 187, [Internet Archive].

[44] James B. Whisker, The Bedford County Archives, Vol. 3 (Closson Press, 1986), 111.

[45] Pennsylvania Land Patent, P6-303, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[46] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, C192-167, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[47] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed 6-646. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[48] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed 11-74. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[49] 1817 Bedford tax list, [Link].

[50] James B. Whisker, The Bedford County Archives, Vol. 1 (Closson Press, 1985), 46, [Google Book].

[51] Tarring S Davis, A History of Blair County Pennsylvania, Vol. 1 (1931), 121, [Google Book].

[52] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1820, [FamilySearch_Record].

[53] 1822 Bedford tax list, [Link].

[54] Bedford County, Pennsylvania Deed P-727.

[55] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, C222-128, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[56] Find A Grave Memorial 51699514, [Find_A_Grave].

[57] US census, 1830, Reel 0152, Image 293, line 8 from bottom, [Internet Archive].

[58] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1830, [FamilySearch_Record].

[59] Bedford County, Pennsylvania Will 2-287, [FamilySearch_Image].


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