John Yinger’s Ownership
John Yinger and his wife Rebecca acquired the bulk of the 45 acre farm in Newberry Township which his parents Anthony and Magdelena Yinger had owned from 1790 until Anthony’s death in 1829. John acquired 25 acres of “mountain land” located in Fairview Township from his father’s estate as well. The details of these acquisitions have been previously presented under the section covering Anthony Yinger’s period of ownership.
John and Rebecca Yinger continued in their ownership of these properties until 1848. John’s older brother George Yinger died in 1840. His estate file is presented in another section of this web site. George Yinger 1840 Estate Documents Their mother Magdelena (Broband) Yinger died in 1846. Her estate file is presented in another section of this web site. Magdalena (Broband) Yinger 1846 Estate Documents
When John Yinger agreed to purchase the family farm from his father Anthony’s estate in about 1830 he agreed to pay two thirds of the purchase price at the time of purchase. The remaining one third was to be paid to John’s brother and sisters at the death of their mother Magdelena according to Anthony’s will.
John was born in 1792 according to his tombstone where he is buried in the Salem cemetery in Fairview township of York county, Pennsylvania. Therefore, when his father Anthony died in 1829 John was 37 years old. When John’s mother died in 1846 he was 54 years old. In 1848 he sold the family farm in Newberry Township and the 25 acre “woodland” property in Fairview Township to John Fetrow according to tax lists for those townships.
John Fetrow was married to Nancy (Ann) Yinger the only surviving child of George and Freney (Broband) Yinger. John Fetrow’s purchase of the Anthony and later John Yinger 45 acre family farm in Newberry Township in 1848 resulted in a reunification of the original 140 acre property which had been split into two sections at the death of George Yinger in 1790. Anthony’s 45 acre section bought just before his brother George’s death was reconnected to the 95 acre portion which had been inherited by Nancy (Yinger) Fetrow.
The following excerpts of tax lists illustrate the sale of John and Rebecca Yinger’s properties to John Fetrow in 1848:
1847 Newberry Township tax list excerpts:
The above excerpt from Newberry Township in 1847 is for John Yinger the year before he sold the family farm he had acquired from his father Anthony’s estate in about 1830.
The above excerpt is for John Fetrow the year before he acquired the Yinger family farm in Newberry Township from John Yinger.
1848 Newberry Township tax list excerpts:
The above excerpt is for John Yinger in Newberry Township for 1848. No real estate ownership is indicated but “Money” is indicated of $100. This amount probably represents the net proceeds retained by John Yinger after selling the family farm to John Fetrow and after paying off the remaining one third portion he had committed to pay to his siblings when he acquired the farm from his father’s estate in 1830. Note his occupation has changed from “farmer” to “laborer” between the 1847 and 1848 tax lists.
The above excerpt is for John Fetrow in Newberry Township for 1848. Note the addition of 35 acres “Bot of Yinger” compared to the previous year’s listing. Also note that for both years of 1847 and 1848 the notation “N.R.” is made beside John Fetrow’s name. Probably this abbreviation indicates that he was a “non-resident” owner of these properties in Newberry Township. His homestead was actually in Fairview Township. Clearly, John Fetrow had become a wealthy land owner of adjacent properties in both Fairview and Newberry Townships.
1849 Newberry Township tax list excerpts:
The above excerpt for John Yinger in Newberry Township in 1849 indicates that after selling the family farm to John Fetrow in 1848 John Yinger acquired a house and lot of 2 acres elsewhere in Newberry Township. John Yinger and his wife Rebecca lived out the rest of their lives at this home according to John Yinger’s estate file.
A deed transferring title for this property to Harrison Austin in 1877 after the deaths of John and Rebecca Yinger references the purchase John Yinger had made of this property from Samuel B Kaufmann and his wife Catharine in 1848. John Yinger Estate to Harrison Austion, 1877 Land Deed Of curiosity is the “mt. land” of 5 acres also listed in the 1849 tax list for John Yinger.
The above excerpt for John Fetrow is for Newberry Township in 1849. The only change from the 1848 listing is that some of the first property listed has been sold and the reference of “bot of Yinger” has been dropped for the last piece of property listed of 35 acres.
These excerpts of tax lists from 1847 to 1849 for Newberry Township clearly document the transfer of the family farm from John Yinger to John Fetrow in 1848. The transfer of the 25 acres of mountain land located in Fairview Township from John Yinger to John Fetrow is substantiated by a review of that township’s tax lists for that same period. This 25 acres was acquired by John Yinger from his father Anthony’s estate in 1830.
1846 Fairview Township tax list excerpts:
The above excerpt for John Yinger illustrates his ownership of the 25 acres of mountain land in Fairview Township which he acquired from his father’s estate in 1830.
The above excerpt for John Fetrow Snr (senior) in Fairview Township in 1846 illustrates his extended property ownership before he acquired the additional property of 25 acres of mountain land from John Yinger two years later.
Note the first property listed of 96 acres. This property is the portion of his wife Nancy (Yinger) Fetrow’s inheritance from her father George Yinger’s estate when he died in 1790. It has been previously noted that George Yinger had acquired the 140 acre farm from his father-law Jacob Broband’s estate in 1788. When George Yinger died prematurely in 1790 that 140 acres was divided into two parts a 45 acre section which had been sold to George’s brother, Anthony, with the remaining 95 acres passing to George and Freney (Broband) Yinger’s only child Nancy (Ann) Yinger.
1848 Fairview Township tax list excerpts:
The excerpt above is for John Fetrow Sr. in Fairview Township in 1848 the year in which he acquired the 25 acres of mountain land from John Yinger which is noted on the tax list image above. Also note a 6 acre parcel of land directly beneath the 25 acre parcel. In all likelihood this is the Fairview Township portion of the farm John Fetrow purchased in Newberry Township from John Yinger in 1848.
On the 1848 Newberry tax lists previously discussed and excerpted the amount bought from John Yinger by John Fetrow was indicated as 35 acres. The 6 acres lying in Fairview Township for that farm indicates a total amount of 41 acres which is the amount indicated on the tax list of Newberry Township for John Yinger in 1847 the year before he sold the farm to John Fetrow as illustrated above.
To summarize John and Rebecca Yinger’s period of ownership of the family farm in Newberry and Fairview Townships and the 25 acres of mountain land in Fairview Township, John acquired both of these properties from his father Anthony’s estate in 1830 according to Anthony’s estate file documents. John and Rebecca held these two properties for 18 years.
In 1848, two years after the death of John’s mother and Anthony’s widow, Magdelena, John Yinger sold both the 40+ acre family farm in Newberry and Fairview Townships and the 25 acre mountain land property he had acquired from his father Anthony’s estate to John Fetrow. This resulted in a reunification of the two sections of the original 140 acre farm which had been split at the death of George Yinger in 1790 into two sections; a 45 acre section bought by Anthony Yinger and a 95 acre section which passed by inheritance to George and Freney Yinger’s only child Nancy (Ann) Yinger. Later, when she became an adult, Nancy married John Fetrow.
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