Land possesed by Elias BRUNNER, called 'Shefferstadt', part of tract "Tasker’s Chance", 303 acres, was jointly purchased for 1600 pounds on 21 Mar 1771 by Capt. Stephen RAMSBURGH and Christopher MOYER/MYER, farmer. Agreement was Moyer would have the part of the land containing the buildings and Ramsburgh would have 125 acres adjoining John BRUNNER’s. At that time, the dividing line could not be distinguished and Ramsburgh agreed for Elias Brunner to convey the whole 303 acres to Moyer, taking Moyer’s bond for him to convey the 125 acres to Ramsburgh within two months; and then Ramsburgh would settle his son, Elias RAMSBURGH, upon this parcel. Ramsburgh believed this would be accomplished within the two month allotted time per agreement. Christopher Moyer had been married to Stephen Ramsburgh‘s daughter for some time and had made improvements of dwelling house and barn, and clearing and fencing land as needed. Moyer procrastinated in conveying the deed because of the uncertainty of the division lines; so, Elias Remsburgh had Charles BEATTY lay out the 125 acres in the presence of Moyer and a fence was then placed on this line. Again, now Spring of 1779, request was made to Moyer by both Stephen and Elias Ramsburgh to have the deed conveyed, but he didn’t. The Ramsburghs then sold the property to Baker JOHNSON (for 4,500 pounds) on 20 April 1779 to avoid family conflict, whereby Moyer claimed he needed a survey and in the Spring of 1780, Col. Francis DEAKINS, well known for his accuracy and integrity in surveying, surveyed the land in the presence of Moyer, Baker Johnson and others according to the original bond agreement. Moyer again refused to execute a deed claiming the courses were reversed and said he would get a surveyor at his own expense. On 2 Jun 1780, Moyer procured Peter MANTZ to survey the land and Johnson attended; both Mantz and Col. Deakins’ plots agreed exactly. A deed was drawn up for Moyer and his wife to come to town to sign but Moyer then claimed he needed the rest of the land surveyed to determine if his acreage was still the same and the 125 acres should then be re-examined, thus continually claiming delay because he couldn‘t get the surveyor to come. On the 6th of May 1782, Baker Johnson spoke to Peter Mantz and they both went to Moyer‘s house along with Jacob SCHISLAR; and Mantz resurveyed it again with the same outcome. A time was set up for Moyer and his wife to once again sign the deed; but, instead of bringing his wife, he claimed Stephen Ramsburgh told him not to execute the deed until all the fencing was removed. Perhaps it was eventually resolved as it is listed as “not recorded”.
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