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Montgomery County Pennsylvania, Hatfield Ledger Book 1858~1904.

Montgomery County Pennsylvania, Hatfield Ledger Book 1858~1904.

This great old farm ledger came from New Hanover Township in Montgomery County Pennsylvania. The original owner of the book did not sign his full name (he just put Hatfield at the top of each page) however there is a loose paper from 1878 in the book that belonged to James G Hatfield.

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James was not born until 1864 and as the book starts in 1858 I have made the assumption that this book first belonged to his Father or Grandfather. I found the Hatfield family in the 1880 United States Federal Census.

David Hatfield, New Hanover, Montgomery, Pennsylvania. Born about 1807 in Pennsylvania, Head
Sarah Hatfield, New Hanover, Montgomery, Pennsylvania. Born about 1808 in Pennsylvania, Wife
Cyrus H. Hatfield New Hanover, Montgomery, Pennsylvania. Born about 1861 in Pennsylvania, Grandson
James G. Hatfield New Hanover, Montgomery, Pennsylvania. Born about 1864 in Pennsylvania, Grandson

The Hatfield ledger is a great genealogy find for this area of Pennsylvania as it contains a large number of local names starting in 1858. I had a hunt for a few of the names found in this ledger in the 1860 United States Federal Census and found many of them in Montgomery County, Berks County and Bucks County.

The entries for each person in this book are extremely varied. They list things like work done by people for the Hatfields, work done for others by the Hatfields, items bought and sold. There are some birth records, records of money changing hands, and even some poetry.

This book is a fascinating look into the daily lives of our ancestors. Many people are listed a number of times allowing us to form a detailed picture of what they were doing over several years. Many times our ancestors are just names and dates but a book like this one helps to bring their lives into focus.

This ledger book is a one-of-a-kind genealogy resource for finding ancestors in the area in and around Montgomery County Pennsylvania.

I have made a list of the surnames in the book. As is often the case some of the hand writing was hard to read and the spelling was a little inconsistent. I have left the spelling as I found it.

Surname First Name year page#
Bechtel Joshua 1859 2
Bechtel Joshua 1859 3
Bickel Josia 1866 53b
Binder Smith Jacob 1860 6b
Bland E 1859 1
Bliem Jacob 1859 2
Blum (Bleem) Jacob 1859 2
Boyer Phillip 1866 53b
Breidenbach Amos 1859 58b
Bremer Lewis   Paper
Brendlinger Jacob 1878 14b
Brensinger William 1857 61b
Bridenbach Hiram 1859 1
Britenbacks Amos 1859 1
Bucherd Johnathen 1858 1
Buchert H 1878 15b
Buskark Leshvan 1866 54b
Davertshises George 1859 1
Davertshises George 1859 1
Dengler Charles 1866 52b
Dingler Charles 1864 54b
Dingler Charles 1865 3b
Dingler Charles 1866 3b
Dingler Charles   1a
Edleman Abraham 1867 52b
Engle Solomon   Paper
Fahr Mr 1859 3
Faringer Charles   2a
Favinger Charles 1860 2b
Focht Elijah 1866 10b
Focht Elijha   2a
Foret (Forest) Jacob 1859 2
Fox Jacob 1859 1
Fox Jacob 1859 1
Fox Jacob 1859 2
Fox Jacob 1859 2
Fox Joseph 1859 2
Froanheiser Caroling 1867 52b
Geiger Abraham 1859 1
Geiger John 1859 2
Geist Henry 1867 52b
Gilbert Henery 1864 54b
Greisimer Posival 1866 53b
Gresh Henry 1860 5b
Gresh Henry   3a
Guldin A 1859 3
Guldin Abraham 1859 3
Hatfield ? D 1866 53b
Hatfield David 1860 54b
Hatfield David 1878 14b
Hatfield David   Paper
Hatfield James 1878 15b
Hatfield James   Paper
Hatfield James G 1878 Paper
Hatfield Milton 1859 1
Hatfield Milton 1859 1
Hatfield Milton 1859 1
Hatfield Milton 1859 2
Hatfield Sarah   Paper
Hatfield William 1859 1
Hatfield William 1859 1
Hatfield William 1859 1
Hatfield William 1859 1
Hatfield William 1859 2
Hatfield William 1859 2
Hatfield William 1859 3
Hatfield William 1859 3
Herb Alfred 1868 61b
Herb William 1869 61b
Hnouse (Knouse) James 1866 52b
Hnouse (Knouse) James 1866 54b
Honnader Frederick 1861 54b
Knaws (Hnaws) Edward 1866 53b
Krouse Samuel 1860 3b
Krouse Samuel   4a
Lackman Charles 1859 1
Landis J L 1899 19b
Levengood Helen 1893 50b
Levengood Nellie 1895 50b
Levengood P??in. H 1904 Paper
Levengood W Y 1893 16b
Levengood W Y 1893 17b
Liebengood Isaac 1859 2
Liebengood Wiliam 1866 53b
Liebengood William 1865 51b
Liebengood William 1865 51b
Liebengood William 1866 53b
Lievngood Isaac 1859 3
Lievngood William 1904 Paper
Loose N L 1859 3
Mauger Henry 1860 54b
Miller Henry 1865 51b
Miller Henry 1867 3b
Miller Henry 1868 3b
Moyer Isaac 1859 1
Moyer Isaac 1859 2
Nuttels Charley 1870 61b
Reifschneider Thomas 1859 3
Reigner Jacob 1864 57b
Reigner Jacob 1868 58b
Reigner William 1859 1
Reinerdat Henry 1859 3
Ritter William 1864 9b
Ritter William   7a
Rleim Franklin 1879 15b
Royce Mary   Paper
Schmahl Adam   Paper
Schmith Deter 1866 57b
Schmith Deter 1867 58b
Schneider George 1859 3
Schneider William 1860 1b
Schneider William 1865 51b
Schneider William 1871 11b
Schneider William   8a
Sheley Henry 1859 3
Shelly Henry 1859 1
Smith Deter 1859 3
Smith James   Paper
Smith John 1859 2
Smith John 1859 3
Taylor Isaac 1859 3
Vmtsed Nathan 1866 52b
Walton Mr 1859 3
Wardman Michael   Paper
Weise David 1864 7b
Weise David   10a
Weise Frederick 1868 52b
Weise Johnathan 1866 7b
Weise Johnathan   10a
Yerger Abraham 1871 12b
Yerger Abraham   11a
Yerger Frederick 1864 8b
Yerger Frederick   11a
Yerger Jonas 1860 4b
Yerger Jonas 1864 54b
Yerger Jonas   11a
Yerger Jones 1859 3
Yerges Jones 1859 2
Yogam Jonas 1860 54b

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I am pleased to announce that I am slowly scanning all of these wonderful Ledger Books. Each book will be published as a downloadable PDF file on AncestorsAtRest website so that genealogists and historians can access them freely. Please be patient as I work towards bringing them all online.

Go to the Index to List of available Ledger Books

Meantime if you wish to help with the expense of my purchasing these invaluable one-of-a-kind Ledger Books please consider contributing. No amount is too small. The books are very expensive and I want to bring as many online for researchers to access for free. I hate to think of these wonderful books, chock full of our ancestors' names, disappearing!

If you would like to help, just use the PayPal button below. Choose from $5.00, $10.00, $15.00, $20.00 or $25.00 to go towards the costs of purchasing more ledger books.

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