Original 1780 receipt by Dr. Henry Schnebely, purchasing agent for the Continental Army, buying wheat and rye grains from his neighbors, including sectarian non-jurors– those who, for religious reasons, refused to take the oath of allegiance to the new government– such as Jacob Brumback (aka Brumbaugh). See March 8 date, the name Jacob Bromback and the “ditto” line below it. Schnebely was Brumbaugh’s immediate neighbor and also a member of the Committee of Observation. The title of the receipt reads “Retorn of Deferent Species of Grain Purchased by Henry Schnebely in Washington County by order of a Act of Assembly April the 16th 1780.” The columns are labeled for Flower (flour), wheat, rye, and corn. The Hagerstown area was a main “breadbasket” of the colonies. Though Jacob might have been a conscientious objector, and a non-juror, having sold provisions to the Continental army, one hundred twenty years later later qualified Jacob as a “patriot” in the eyes of the Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution (DAR & SAR). An interesting paradox, don’t you think?
1759 survey of Jacob’s farm, Clalands Contrivance, north of Hagerstown, Maryland. Note that the shape of the farm leaves it with 44 sides! Was the surveyor crazy or were there contiguous tracts that caused the irregular shape? Probably the latter. The little triangle sticking out on the bottom, for instance, was where the original survey overlapped with an “elder survey” or one done previous in time by a neighbor, so they had to lop off that 5 acres. Jacob owned this farm from 1753 until his death in 1799. It was a grain farm and comprised over 500 acres. Courtesy Maryland State Archives where I downloaded this image for free along with images of several other parcels bought by Jacob in the 18th century. Sometimes the Internet can be wonderful! Enjoy, ask questions.