A Brief History of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Spring City, Pa : Together With, Sketches of the Other Leading Churches of the Town

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CHAPTER I. THE BEGINNINGS. Title. Originally the land in this vicinity was a part of the Old William Penn Grant. As early as 1682 we find that Professor Thomas Holme, surveyor general of William Penn, made a map of the “Improved Parts of Pennsylvania.” In this map the sections now included in the Vincent Townships are given in the names of “Sr. Matthias Vincent, Adrian Vrouzen, Benja, Furloy, Dr. Daniel Coxe.” On November 22, 1686, Dr. Daniel Coxe of London “being siezed of a tract of 10,- 000 acres in Pennsylvania, lying between two rivers, called Vincent River, and Schuylkill River, ordered the same to be divided into two equal parts, each containing 5000 acres.” From the 5000 acres along the “Schuylkill” River he granted 1000 acres to a Mr. John Clapp, “of the Province of Caro- lina, in America.” For this land Mr. Clapp was to pay to the said Daniel Coxe “a grain of corn yearly for the first six years, and afterward the yearly rent of £4 6s.” The Vincent River referred to above is now French Creek. This region hereabouts took its name from “Sr. Matthias Vincent.” The land was known for a number of years as “Coxe and Company’s 20,000 acres.” The earliest settlers of the Vincents were soon supplanted by the Ger- mans, many of whose descendants still are in possession of the lands which have been handed down through the lapse of years. Among the names of these early land owners we find

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At head of title: 1845 - 1899 Includes index 16

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Jones, Jacob K

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