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The Former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow Family Farm Today (2008)

 

During the process of researching the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm I obtained a copy of the current tax map from the courthouse in York for the area northeast of Yocumtown.  It is presented below:

 

 

 

In order to distinguish clearly the boundaries of the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm on the current tax map of the area, I have highlighted its boundaries in green on the altered tax map image below.  The property bought by Cameron Huntsberger from the estate of Henry C. Fetrow in 1919 is highlighted in red.  The Fetrow family cemetery is highlighted in blue.  The southwest corner of the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm which was transferred to Cameron Huntsberger by William Bamberger between 1920 and 1943 while he owned the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm is indicated in purple.

 

 

The following current street maps hopefully will assist interested family members to locate the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow “family farm” property should they wish to visit the area:

 

The map above indicates the location of the original Samuel Hall warrant he obtained from the family of William Penn in 1737 and its later subdivision among Anthony Yinger, John Fetrow Sr. and John Shuman as patented and recorded in about 1811 in green outline.

 

Here is an excerpt of the section of this map immediately surrounding the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm property:

 

 

Directions from the north, Harrisburg:

 

Approaching from the north (Harrisburg) on I-83 take exit 36 (old exit 16) and at the end of the exit ramp turn left on Fishing Creek Road.  After a short distance go right on the Old York Road.  After another short distance turn left on Valley Road (route 262). 

 

While driving east on Valley Road you will pass Fishing Creek United Methodist church which is a very new facility on your right.  Adjacent to this modern church building is the Salem Church of the United Brethren in Christ building dating from 1844.  Many Yinger and Fetrow family members are buried in the cemetery next to this historic building.

 

While continuing east on Valley Road you will pass several streets on your right including Diane Drive, Husk Lane and Tassle Lane.  Shortly after passing these side streets turn right on Corn Hill Road.  Proceeding south on Corn Hill Road the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm property will be on your left (east) side of Corn Hill Road.  If you turn left on Fisher Road as you travel you will be crossing through the former family farm property from west to east.

 

Both of these roads, Corn Hill Road and Fisher Road provide excellent views of the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm.  If you turned off of Corn Hill Road onto Fisher Road in a little while the 1832 Fetrow two and one-half story stone farm house will be on your left and the 1818 barn built by John Fetrow Sr. will be directly across Fisher Road on your right just before you come to a bridge crossing Big Spring Run.

 

Another excellent vantage point which is my favorite is from the Fetrow cemetery.  A rough gravel road that turns off of Youcumtown Road (route 392) provides access to the cemetery which is at the top of the hill that the gravel road climbs.  Photographs from these vantage points that I have taken on several visits will be presented directly below.

 

Directions from the south, York:

 

Approaching from the south (York) on I-83 take exit 33 (old exit 14) and at the end of the exit ramp turn left and head north on Old York Road.  In a short distance turn right on Yocumtown Road (route 392).  Continue eastward on Yocumtown road.  On the right, Vista Circle will appear twice. 

 

The Bear family cemetery is on the second part of the Vista Circle.  This is where Anthony Yinger, his wife Magdelena and three adult children, Jacob, Elisabeth and Martin are buried.  A separate section of this web site gives details and photographs of this cemetery and the grave stones, some of which are in German. 

 

A short distance after Vista Circle the road climbs and approaches the old built up section of Yocumtown.  At the intersection at the top of the hill turn left on Red Mill Road.  Stop at the cemetery on the right side of the road next to the Church of God now functioning as a day car center.  In this cemetery are a number of Yinger family graves including several daughters of Anthony and Magdelena Yinger.

 

Just beyond the cemetery Corn Hill Road branches off to the right.  Following Corn Hill Road, the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow farm property is on the right.  Turn right onto Fisher Road which bisects the former family farm.  Great vistas of the property can be seen from both Corn Hill Road and Fisher Road. 

 

As previously noted in the directions coming from the north and Harrisburg, another excellent vantage point to see a panorama of the old family farm property is from the Fetrow cemetery.  A rough gravel road that turns off of Youcumtown Road (route 392) provides access to the cemetery which is at the top of the hill that the gravel road climbs.

 

Selected Photographs of the Old Family Farm Property:

 

 

This aerial photograph dating from 2008 indicates significant development has occurred on the northern Fairview Township portion of the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow property after the subdividing which occurred in 2002.  This is especially evident when comparing this picture against the circa 2003 aerial photograph previously presented.  Note, however, that the southern Newberry Township portion of the property remains farmland.

 

 

 

This photograph is a panorama created from three separate pictures I took from the vantage point of the Fetrow cemetery toward the west\northwest\north in 2006.

 

 

This picture was also taken from the Fetrow cemetery looking westward across the old family farm property in July 2006.  In the distance on the left side of the picture is a barn on the west side of Corn Hill Road on the property bought by Cameron Huntsberger from Henry C. Fetrow in 1919.  Henry was a son of John Fetrow Jr. and a grandson of John Fetrow Sr.

 

 

This picture, also taken in July 2006 from the Fetrow cemetery, looks northward across the old family farm toward the stone house built by John Fetrow Sr. in 1832 and the barn he built in 1818.  John Fetrow Sr. was married to Nancy (Yinger) Fetrow the only child of George and Sophronia (Broband) Yinger.  George’s brother Anthony and his wife Magdelena (Broband) Yinger were aunt and uncle to John Fetrow Sr. and Nancy (Yinger) Fetrow. 

 

 

This photograph above is a panorama composite of three separate pictures I took in 2006 looking eastward from Corn Hill Road across the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm property.  In the immediate foreground is a portion of the area once owned by Anthony Yinger.  In the distance through the gap in the trees in the foreground at the top of the knoll near the farthest tree line is the Fetrow cemetery location.

 

 

 This aerial photograph above is a close up of the area of the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm property where Anthony and Magdelena Yinger’s home(s) may have been located on the east side of Corn Hill Road.  Notice the discoloration of the soil relative to surrounding soil.  Fisher road is at the top of the picture.

 

In the 1876 Atlas of Newberry Township presented previously, a home of Jno. Fetrow is indicated on this approximate spot.  Following is a close up of that atlas page with the possible site indicated with a red arrow:

 

 

 

My theory that this may have been the location of Anthony and Magdelena Yinger’s home site is based on the fact that it is the only home structure on the 1876 atlas excerpt presented above that lies within the footprint of that portion of the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm once owned by Anthony Yinger. 

 

Anthony’s will in 1829, the year of his death, stated “I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Magdelena…my dwelling house and the small house to the south…”  In all probability, the small house was a basic log structure that later was superseded by a larger, more refined home. 

 

This was a frequent pattern followed by Germanic immigrants.  Their early focus was on constructing barns, stables and a basic log home structure to live in.  As the family grew and prospered the first basic log home was expanded over time, dressed up and covered over with weatherboard siding, or even completely replaced by a larger home.

 

Possibly one or both of the homes mentioned in Anthony’s will in 1829 may have dated to the Broband period of ownership prior to 1788 when Anthony Yinger’s brother George acquired the 140 acre family farm from his father in law, Jacob Broband’s estate.  At any rate, by 1876 when the atlas was prepared, only one home site was indicated on the map and it was owned at that date by either John Fetrow Jr. or his son John Fetrow III.

 

 

 

This photograph above was taken in July 2006 from Mountain View Drive looking south.  The undeveloped, Newberry Township portion of the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm property stretches across the center of the picture.  Mountain View Drive is a side street off of Willis Road. 

 

Willis Road is accessed off of Valley Road (route 262).  Mountain View and Willis Road both come to dead ends on top of a high ridge that offers 360 degree panoramic views.   From this ridge looking northeast are beautiful vistas across the Susquehanna River with the Harrisburg International Airport on the opposite shore.  Many expensive looking homes have been built recently along the ridge.

 

I fear that in the not to distant future, perhaps at the passing of Geary Huntsberger’s widow, Rosemary, the entire former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm property will be subdivided and developed.  Fortunately, when I discovered the important property as far as Yinger family history is concerned, it was largely still rural farmland.  As a result it looked much as it must have looked to Jacob and Ann Broband, George and Sophronia (Broband) Yinger, Anthony and Magdelena (Broband) Yinger, John Fetrow Sr. and his wife Nancy (Yinger) Fetrow and their descendents when they lived in succession on this property and produced their livelihoods from it.

 

I am grateful to have documented the appearance of the old family farm with photographs before it began to be subdivided and developed into residential properties.  But time moves on.  I strongly encourage interested Yinger family descendants to visit this important family farm heritage site before the inevitable development already in progress is completed.

 

 

 

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