Location described by photographer of property~
Fulton Township, Old Mill Road/T434 at Conowingo Creek, about 0.5 miles NW of Maryland line and 0.75 miles SE of Pilottown Road at Pleasant Grove.
GPS coordinates of mill ruins on his large plantation: 39'43.44N, 76'11.08W
The family homestead of Jacob Huber was located in what was once considered part of Martic Township. Historical and genealogical research indicates that Jacob was buried on his homestead in Martic, so his plantation must have been the land surrounding Strohm's Mill. One of three known land purchases he had in Martic was 210 acres patented on October 22 1736. He had likely been living on his father, Hans Huber’s property in Earl Township prior to this purchase. He patented several adjoining tracts as well, one directly to the south in 1745 containing 48 ½ acres, and one to the north in 1759 containing 167 ½ acres. On February 13 1743 he warranted another 40 acres. On September 21 1745, Jacob Huber of Martick Twp bought 200 acres in "Martick Township" from Hans and Margaret Huber (his father). The land was next to land owned by Hans Musselman. The land was part of a larger tract of land patented by Hans and his wife Margaret on August 8 1735 according to patent indexes viewed online by genealogist Robert Wolfe. Closer examination by author and researcher Kris Hocker showed that this statement was in error, the land was actually located in Earl Township. Ten years later (Jan 7 1754) Jacob and Anna Hoober sold a 50 acre parcel (a portion of the land acquired from his father next to Hans Musselman) to their son Martin Hoover of Earltown. Several days later they sold another 200 acre parcel to their son John Hoover of Earltown. This land had been improved by Jacob and a grist mill was located there. Jacob, his son, and his grandson operated the mill which was known in later years as Strohm's Mill.
Jacob's will was proved on September 2 1759 in Martic Township, Lancaster County. He gave the remainder of his 250 acre plantation to his youngest sons Jacob and Mathias, who were to pay the other heirs an annual fee, beginning when Mathias reached the age of 21. Jacob's widow Anna was granted use of the plantation and specific items annually until son Jacob came of age. His son Christian received a 150 acre tract in Conestoga
A stone mill is believed to have been built in about 1767, but it was later replaced by a timber structure. David Strohm, father of Honest John Strohm, constructed a saw mill about 1784. In 1805 he sold the mill and about 10 acres of land to Levi Brown. Levi was taxed on this mill and a mercantile store from 1805 to 1820, when he sold it to Dr. G.B. Wood. Widow Annie Wood sold the property to Mr. Stubbs in 1895. The mills were both closed by 1936 and became dilapidated. Robert T. Kinsey photographed the timber mill structure being torn down in 2009 (millpictures.com).
GPS Coordinates: 39.72889, -76.18556
- Added: 19 Mar 2016
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2607310
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