William G. Fetrow and Alda (Wood) Fetrow’s Ownership


William G. Fetrow and his wife Alda basically sold the ancestral farm almost immediately upon obtaining legal possession of it to Andrew Hykes.  A transcript copy of the transfer document is included on this web site.  William G. Fetrow to Andrew Hykes, 1917 Land Deed.  I have not discovered any deeds or other documents describing the former Broband\Yinger family farm as it was transferred from Anthony and John Yinger’s period of ownership to and through several generations of Fetrow family ownership. 


Therefore, the metes and bounds plotting for this property as it left the hands of William G. Fetrow to an outsider in 1917 is the first discovered opportunity to compare the exact dimensions of the farm in comparison to what was surveyed and plotted on May 30, 1811 when Anthony Yinger had his 42 acre and 133 perches portion surveyed and John Fetrow Sr. had his 94 acre and 114 perches portion surveyed. 


The surveys in 1811 which Anthony Yinger and John Shuman Sr. had prepared for their respective portions calculated total acreage net of a 6% standard allowance for roads.  Therefore, the acreages stated by the surveyor represented 94% of the total measured area.  As a result the gross area for Anthony’s land was 45.36 acres.  Similarly John Fetrow Senior’s gross land area was 100.34 acres.  Together their properties comprised a gross land area of 145.7 acres or 145 acres and 112 perches.


One linear perch is 16.5 feet.  One square perch is 272.25 square feet.  (16.5’ X 16.5’)  There are 160 square perches in an acre.  There are 43,560 square feet in an acre.  (160 X 272.25’)  The fractional 7\10th of an acre is 112 perches.  (70% X 160 = 112)


Here then is the plotted depiction based on the 1811 surveys of Anthony Yinger and John Fetrow Senior’s combined properties:



Now for comparison sake here is the plotted property depiction based on the description found in the deed transferring ownership from William G. Fetrow and his wife Alda (Wood) Fetrow to Andrew Hykes on August 10, 1917:



The total area of these two plottings is very similar.  In the 1811 combined survey the area computes to 145 acres and 112 perches.  In the 1917 plotting the deed states that the total area of the property is 144 acres and 7 perches.  Although some differences exist in the general shape of the properties between the 1811 survey and the 1917 deed, particularly on the eastern boundary, there is a strong correlation between the two plottings.


The recitation in the 1917 deed of the courses and distances mentions that the southern boundary line adjoins the “lands of Jacob Fetrow & Jacob Leicht.”  It has been previously noted that Jacob Fetrow was born in 1835 and that he was an older brother of John Fetrow III.  In Prowell’s “History of York County” written in 1907 it states that “Mr. (Jacob) Fetrow lives on a small tract of about twenty acres, but owns a fine farm of 125 acres in the township.”


Although the 1917 deed transferring the former Broband\Yinger family farm from William G. Fetrow to Andrew Hykes does not mention it, the eastern border of the former Broband\Yinger property also adjoined land owned by Jacob Fetrow.  This seems to confirm that the 1876 atlas of York county excerpt previously presented which indicated that J. Fetrow owned the property east of the John Fetrow family farm was indeed Jacob Fetrow.  Also the property south of the John Fetrow family farm indicated on the 1876 as being owned by J. Fetrow was also Jacob Fetrow, brother of John Fetrow III and, therefore, uncle of William G. Fetrow.


Jacob Fetrow died on November 1, 1921 and his wife Evaline Eppley died on May 11, 1930.  They are buried in the Fetrow family cemetery which is at the junction of the two properties owned by Jacob Fetrow and the southeast corner of the former Broband\Yinger family farm which was owned by Jacob’s younger brother, John Fetrow III until his death in 1917.  A picture of their common grave stone is included in another section of this web site dealing with the Fetrow family cemetery.


In 1917 when William G. Fetrow, great grandson of John Fetrow Sr. and his wife Nancy (Yinger) Fetrow sold the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm to Andrew Hykes it ended a period of about 130 years of ownership by Yinger family descendants of the Palatine Germanic immigrant Johann Paul Jünger.  That ownership began with Paul’s eldest son George Yinger and his wife Soprhonia (Broband) Yinger in 1788 and ended with their great great grandson William G. Fetrow in 1917. 


When I finally determined the exact location and condition of this historically important family property in about 2005 I was very happy to find that it was still substantially undeveloped farm land.  Accordingly, it still looked the same when I first discovered it as it must have looked to my Yinger family ancestors in the late 1700’s through the 1800’s.  I have taken photographs of the property from various vantage points and in a later section of this “family farm” section of the web site I will present some of those photographs because “a picture is worth a thousand words.”


However, I would like to continue following the trail of ownership forward from 1917 when an outsider, Andrew Hykes, acquired the former Broband\Yinger\Fetrow family farm.  So the next section of this “family farm” section of the web site summarizes the ownership period of Andrew Hykes before moving on to the next owner.





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