Geary and Rosemary Huntsberger Ownership of the Former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow Family Farm
Geary Huntsberger and his wife Rosemary Huntsberger acquired the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm from Ralph Leicht and his wife Dorothy Romaine Leicht on May 22, 1951. The size of the property was specified in the deed as 136 acres and 59 perches. With this acquisition Geary Huntsberger became a neighboring property owner to his parents Cameron and Frances Huntsberger.
Geary’s father Cameron Huntsberger had acquired the adjoining farm on the west side of Corn Hill Road in 1919 from Henry C. Fetrow as previously discussed in an earlier section of this family farm section of the web site. Geary was born one year later in 1920 and died in 2002 based on his grave stone which is in the Fetrow family cemetery.
Geary’s parents Cameron and Frances Huntsberger are also buried in the Fetrow family cemetery which is adjacent to the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm purchased by Geary and Rosemary Huntsberger in 1951. According to their grave stones, Cameron was born in 1889 and died in 1965 and Frances was born in 1890 and died in 1984.
At the present time (2008), Geary’s widow, Rosemary Huntsberger, still owns the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm in a family trust with her son Robert. Prior to the death of her husband Geary in 2002 only a small part of the original 136 acre and 59 perch property they acquired in 1951 had been subdivided and sold. According to the courthouse records in York, two parcels had been carved out of the original property and sold to others before 2000.
One of those parcels was sold in 1969 to Lon T. Cole by the Huntsbergers. It was 9.099 acres more or less. In 1974 that parcel was sold by Lon T. Cole and his wife to Peter C. Storie and his wife who are the present owners.
Of great significance is the fact that situated on this property is a two and one-half story stone house which dates to 1832. It was very likely built by John Fetrow Sr. and his wife Nancy (Yinger) Fetrow who lived in this house until their deaths in 1860 and 1875 respectively. Prowell’s “History of York County” from 1907 alludes to this structure in the section discussing John Fetrow III the grandson of John Fetrow Sr. and Nancy (Yinger) Fetrow. Following is an excerpt from that recitation which appears in an earlier section of the family farm section of the web site:
“JOHN FETROW (III) was born July 28, 1843, in Fairview Township, on the old homestead where he now resides and of which his grandfather was the original owner….
The barn that stands upon Mr. Fetrow’s farm in Fairview Township was erected in 1818 by his grandfather…”
I have been to visit the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm site on several occasions since discovering it in 2004. I have taken numerous photographs on these visits. Here are several photographs I took of these two important family farm structures which still stand today:
The house John Fetrow Sr. and Nancy (Yinger) Fetrow built in 1832 and the barn they built in 1818.
John Fetrow Sr. and Nancy (Yinger) Fetrow 1832 home on the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm property (taken in 2004).
These two structures front on Fisher road as it dissects the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm from east to west. The township border between Fairview Township to the north and Newberry Township to the south follows Fisher road through the old family farm. The house is on the north side of the road in Fairview Township and the barn is on the south side of the road in Newberry Township.
Anthony Yinger and Magdelena (Broband) Yinger were my 5 times great grandparents. Anthony died in 1829 and Magdelena died in 1846. Anthony was the middle son of the patriarch immigrant ancestor Johann Paul Jünger. Their estate files are presented in transcript form in another section of this web site. John Fetrow Sr. was the trusted friend and neighbor of Anthony Yinger to the extent that he was named by Anthony to be the executor of his estate.
Anthony and Magdelena were adjacent property owners and, therefore, next door neighbors to their nephew and niece John Fetrow Sr. and Nancy (Yinger) Fetrow. Since the Fetrow barn was built in 1818 and Anthony didn’t die until 1829, I am sure he must have been very familiar with that structure and probably entered it from time to time with his neighbor, nephew and trusted friend, John Fetrow Sr. Since Magdelena did not die until 1846 she probably was a regular visitor in the 1832 home.
To summarize the occupants of this historical home, it began with John Fetrow Sr. and Nancy (Yinger) Fetrow in 1832 when it was built by them according to a slightly legible cornerstone on the home. Here is a photograph of that cornerstone:
They occupied it at least until John’s death in 1860 and probably until Nancy died in 1875. Their only child and son John Fetrow Jr. and his wife Lydia (Brubaker) Fetrow may have occupied it for some period of time thereafter, or they may have lived on the other family farm on Corn Hill Road which was later purchased from the estate of one of their sons, Henry C. Fetrow by Cameron Huntsberger in 1919.
Prowell’s “History of York County” written in 1907 stated that John Fetrow III was “on the old homestead where he now resides and of which his grandfather was the original owner.” He and his wife Sarah (Prowell) Fetrow were married in about 1866-1867. It is not possible to tell for sure based on census records or the 1876 atlas of Newberry and Fairview Townships whether John Fetrow Jr. and his wife Lydia or John Fetrow III and his wife Sarah lived in the old homestead of John Fetrow Sr. and Nancy (Yinger) Fetrow in 1876:
One of these Fetrow couples lived in the old 1832 home according to the 1876 atlas and the other couple lived in the home on the other family farm on Corn Hill road. At any rate members of the Fetrow family lived on the property from its construction in 1832 by John Fetrow Sr. and Nancy (Yinger) Fetrow until the death of their grandson John Fetrow III in 1917.
When John Fetrow III died in 1917 the entire former Broband\Yinger family farm was bequeathed to their only son William G. Fetrow who immediately sold it to Andrew Hykes. He and his wife Mary Jane Hykes probably lived in this home from 1917 until 1920 when they sold the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm including this home to William and Carrie Bamberger. They, in turn, probably occupied this home from 1920 until 1943 when they sold the property to Ralph and Dorothy Romaine Leicht.
The Leichts probably lived in this home from 1943 until 1951 when they sold the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm to Geary and Rosemary Huntsberger. The Huntsbergers probably lived in the 1832 Fetrow home from 1951 until 1969 when they carved out about 9 acres where the home is situated and sold it to Lon T. Cole from Virginia.
Whether the Coles ever actually lived in the home during their ownership from 1969 to 1974 is unclear. In 1974 they sold the 9 acre carved out section with the 1832 stone house to Peter Storie who has lived in the old Fetrow home since then until the present (2008).
John Fetrow Sr. and Nancy (Yinger) Fetrow 1818 barn on the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm property (taken in 2004).
In 2000 Geary and Rosemary Huntsberger at 80 years of age began planning further subdivision of the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm property which had been in their possession since 1951. The following property map dated June 2000 was included in the plans filed in the York courthouse:
Note in this schematic that the property boundaries are identical to those plotted from 1943 when the Bambergers sold the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm to the Leichts. Furthermore, no changes were made by the Huntsbergers from 1951 to 2000 except for the two parcels marked 89A and 89B in the plot above.
Parcel 89B has already been discussed in detail above. It is where the 1832 Fetrow two and one-half story stone home is located. Parcel 89A is the other parcel carved out of the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm property by the Huntsbergers between the beginning of their ownership in 1951 and June 2000 when the deed plot was included on the subdivision plan. According to the notations on the plat, the current owner of that parcel is Douglas Wolf.
I have not attempted to determine any details about the passage of ownership for parcel 89A. As a result I have not seen the deed transferring this parcel from the Huntsbergers to the current owners or possibly other owners preceding the current owners. Instead I focused on the parcel 89B where the important 1832 Fetrow stone house is located.
The deed plot excerpted above also indicates another portion of the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm property the Huntsbergers intended to subdivide into lots at the corner of Fisher road and Corn Hill road. Two years later in 2002 an additional subdivision plan was completed which divided the remaining undivided northern portion of the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm completely into lots. Here is an excerpt from the plans filed in the York County courthouse of the effect of the subdivision by the 2000 and 2002 plans:
The northern portion of the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm is the section of the property which is situated in Fairview Township. Fisher Road bisects the property running east to west and also serves as the dividing line between the two townships. Therefore, the Fairview Township portion of the property north of Fisher Road has been subdivided and is in progress of being built upon, according to the subdivision lot plans filed in the courthouse in 2000 and 2002 by the Huntsbergers.
However, the southern portion of the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm has not been subdivided as of this date (2008). It is designated as Lot 1 on the excerpted plots presented above. It remains rural farm land as of this date. In a later section, photographs I have taken on various visits will visibly illustrate these assertions regarding the appearance of the former “family farm” as it appears today (2008).
However, to illustrate that the development of the northern Fairview Township portion of the former family farm is a very recent occurrence, here is an aerial photograph of that section from 2003. Note that except for the lots bordering Fisher road where the 1832 Fetrow farm house stands, as recently as 2003 even the northern section of the family farm was undeveloped farm land:
Another aerial photograph from the same period covers the entire area as it appeared in 2003 which once was the 1737 Samuel Hall property later divided among Anthony Yinger, John Fetrow Sr. and John Shuman in the early 1800’s:
With these circa 2003 aerial photographs I conclude the discussion regarding the Huntsberger family ownership of the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm property. In the next section I will present current maps and photographs that depict the property today in 2008.
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