LAND WARRENTS AND PATENTS FOR READING, PA.
LAND WARRENTS AND PATENTS FOR READING, PA
COPIED FROM A REPRINT: FOUND AT YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY REPRINTED FROM INTERNAL AFFAIRS MONTLY BULLETIN, VOL. 22/NO. 6/7, MAY-JUNE 1954, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, HARRISBURG, PA As Reading was laid out by the Penn family, lots in the original town were sold in the same manner as any other land in Pennsylvania. A prospective buyer was required to take out a warrant and then after the proper fees had been paid, a patent was issued. The staff of the Bureau of Land Records of the Department of Internal Affairs recently (i.e., 1854-ed.) made an exhaustive search of the records of provincial times to determine to whom the orginal lots were sold. For many of the lots, neither warrants nor patents were ever issued as far as the records in the Land Office show. In making the survey, the researchers were aided by a list prepared by the clerks of the Board of Property Commissioners in 1763. The names on this list are given beside the names of the warrantees as shown in the warrant register of the Commonwealth. in almost every case, the buyers are the same although there are numerous instances of changes in spelling. A map also was prepared showing the location of the lots. The numbers on the map coincide with the numbers of the lots on the lists and locate the property of these early residents of Reading. It is interesting to note that the earliest patent to a lot in Reading was that issued to Conrad Weiser for Lot. No. Two. The granting of patents to land in Reading ended in 1776, shortly before the Declaration of Independence. It is entirely probable that the unsold lots were considered part of the personal property of the Penn family, so that there would be no further record of lot sales maintained in the Land Office of the Commonwealth, once the relationship between the Penn family and Pennsylvania was broken at the time of the American Revolution.
Lot no.	1763 list	Warrentee	Patentee	Date of Patent

 1.	Proprietor	John Potts	Thomas Rutter	Jan. 21, 1771

 2.	Conrad Weiser	same		same		Aug. 15, 1751

 3.	Conrad Weiser	same		same		Feb.  6, 1752

 4.	Conrad Bower	same		same		Feb. 11, 1752

 5.	Hans Martin	same		same		Feb. 10, 1752
	Gerrich		
	
 6.	Michael Reis	same		same		Feb. 10, 1752

 7.	Moses Starr	same		same		July 14, 1752

 8.	Johannes Eppler	same		same		July 14, 1752

 9.	Geo. Boone or	same		same		Feb. 1, 1753
	Douglas

10.	Christian 	same		same		Oct. 13, 1753
	Whitman

11.	Daniel 		Daniel		Daniel		Oct. 1, 1751
	Steinmetz	Stonemets	Stonemetz
12.
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	Daniel 		Daniel		Daniel		Oct. 1, 1751
	Steinmetz	Stonemetz	Stonemetz
	and
	Jacob Morgan	Daniel		Daniel		Oct. 1, 1751
			Stonemetz	Stonemetz	
12.
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	Jacob Morgan	same		Same		Nov. 9, 1752

13.	Jacob & Francis	
	Morgan		Jacob Morgan	Jacob Morgan	Feb. 8, 1752

14.	Peter Haws	same		same		Feb. 11, 1752

15.	Daniel Heister	same		same		July 15, 1752

16.	Proprietors	Edward Biddle	Edward Biddle	Jan. 24, 1765

17.	Proprietors	Benjamin	   -		   -
			Lightfoot

18.	Francis Parvin	same		same		May 5, 1752

19.	Conrad Weiser	same		same		Feb. 6, 1752

20.	John Lepo	same		same		Feb. 10, 1752

21.	Peter Weidner	same		same		July 17, 1752

22.	Proprietors	Andrew Engle	same		July 16, 1763

23.	Isaac Weidner	same		same		Feb. 1, 1753

24.	David Evans	same		same		Feb. 11, 1752

25.	Michael Smell	Michael Schmell	Michael Schmell	Feb. 11, 1752

26.	Benj. Parvin	same		same		May 5, 1752

27.	William Reasor	William Reeser	William Reaaser	July 11, 1752

28.	Christopher	same		same		Feb. 11, 1752
	Stump

29.	Isaac Levan	same		same		Dec. 5, 1751

30.	William Parsons	same		same		Feb. 11, 1752

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