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From: "Robert D. Harter" <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] Migration question 1770's and 1780;'s PA, MD and VA
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 23:16:02 -0500
I have been having the same questions. About 1769 my 5-great grandfather,
Jn. Georg Harter, moved his family from Bedford County, PA to
Washington/Frederick County, MD. The family associated with the Lutheran
Church there. About 1791 most of the family moved to Franklin County, VA,
settling along the North Fork, Pigg River. My 4-great grandfather, Frantz
Harter, subsequently (1802/03) sold his farm and moved across the Blue Ridge
Mountains and bought a farm next to Benjamin Weddle's on the West Fork,
Little River. Between about 1805 and 1816 the various brothers moved their
families to Preble and Darke Counties, Ohio. Following the sojourn in Va,
many of the Harters associated with the German Baptist Brethren, and some of
them became ministers. In addition to the questions Mike raised, I have
been wondering just when and how the family became acquainted with the
Brethren. I have the feeling it was before, not after Frantz bought the
farm adjoining Ben Weddle's, because his decendants were not the only ones
who became Brethren.
From: Michael Barnhart <>
Date: Monday, March 18, 2002 5:22 PM
Subject: [BRE] Migration question 1770's and 1780;'s PA, MD and VA
>I have a number of ancestors that moved from PA to MD in the early 1770's
>and then on to VA ca 1782.
>I have assumed that both moves were either to find cheaper land and or more
>secluded areas to practice thier faith with less interferance.
>I have heard that PA confiscated lands for not signing oaths, is 1772 to
>early for this to be happening? (My assumption) or could this be some of
>I have assumed the move to VA was either to find cheaper land and or more
>secluded to practice thier faith with less interferance, not due to any
>confiscation. Am I wrong here? IE Was any confiscation done in MD and would
>the 1780's be an appropriate time frame?
>Thanks for your insite.
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