George Yinger’s Ownership


In November 1788 George Yinger and his wife “Freny” eldest daughter of Jacob and Anna Broband, committed to purchase the 140 acre “plantation” from Jacob Broband’s estate.  The specific terms of that agreement and transaction were recited in the introduction to this section of the web site on the “family farm.”   The Family Farm.  Details of the agreement were obtained from a document in the estate file of Jacob Broband.  Jacob Broband 1777-1785 Estate Documents.


Less than two years later in March, 1790 George Yinger tragically died when he was probably only in his 30’s.  The contents of his estate file are presented in transcript form in another section of this web site.  George Yinger 1790 Estate Documents.  Shortly before his death, George sold about 45 acres to his younger brother Anthony Yinger.  The remaining 95 acres eventually passed to his only child, Ann (aka Nancy) Yinger. 


Since Ann (Nancy) Yinger was only 6 years old at the time of her father George’s death, her uncle, Anthony Yinger, managed the entire 140 acre plantation, not just the 45 acre section he had acquired from his brother George Yinger, until Ann reached adulthood and married John Fetrow.  They were married sometime before 1808 because their only child, also named John Fetrow, was born in 1808 according to his tombstone in the Fetrow family cemetery which is located on or near the 140 acre family farm.  Pictures of this cemetery and important family tombstones are included in another section of this web site.


An important clarifying legal document dated in 1813 was executed between Anthony Yinger and John Fetrow and his wife Ann (Yinger) Fetrow.  This document clears up the fact that George Yinger had sold about 45 acres to his brother Anthony Yinger on February 16, 1790 for 100 pounds according to a written document bearing that date.  However, the 1813 document further observes that George Yinger died before the title for this transfer of 45 acres to his brother Anthony was perfected.


The purpose of the 1813 document was to resolve the ambiguity.  The Fetrows and Anthony Yinger executed the legal document to establish the fact that George Yinger had in fact sold 45 acres to his brother in February, 1790 and that his daughter Ann and her husband, John Fetrow, acknowledged that fact.  A copy of this document in transcript form is included in another section of this web site.  Anthony Yinger and John & Ann Fetrow, 1813 Land Deed


In summary, George and Freny Yinger only owned the 140 acre plantation they acquired from Sophronia’s father’s estate for a short period of time, from November 1788 until George’s death in March 1790.  Just before George’s death he sold 45 acres to his brother Anthony Yinger.  Beginning at his brother’s death Anthony managed his 45 acre portion and the 95 acre portion later to be inherited by George and Freny’s only child Ann (Nancy) Yinger.  When Ann reached adulthood and married John Fetrow, the 95 acre inherited portion of George and Freny Yingers’ plantation passed to their control.





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