William PATTERSON of Baltimore Town issued petition against Hugh FERGUSON of Pennsylvania, being or pretending to be owner of land tract "Retirement Corrected", 1,500 of 2,000 acres, lying in Frederick County. Ferguson authorized his son, Josias FERGUSON of Frederick County, to sell said land and, on 23 Jun 1779, came to agreement with Robert CRAWFORD of Frederick County for the absolute purchase of 1,500 acres of said tract. At that time, Josias lived on the property as did tenants (to Hugh FERGUSON), Jonathan RILEY and John RILEY (w/ Margaret). When final payment of bond was presented, Hugh Ferguson refused to provide deed and wanted to take back the property; this meeting said to have taken place at Two Taverns. Hugh FERGUSON of Deep Run, Bucks Co, PA w/ (first name not given) son - Josias FERGUSON (w/ Mary age 38) (testimony given on 12 Apr 1787 stating her age) lived in Frederick Co, MD but later moved to Plumsted Twp, Bucks Co, PA son - John FERGUSON Land was later surveyed and divided - part for Patterson and the other part for John Ferguson, son of Hugh. Hugh Ferguson claimed his son Josias never had any power of attorney to sell said land. Josias claimed it was always expected the land would be divided between him and his brother John; and he sold his part (called "Hunter‘s Spring" with house and 50 acres cleared). Those testifying: James BARR and Robert BARR, both merchants of Philadelphia; David KEPHEART, age 57 in Sep 1786; James ARMSTRONG in Aug 1783; Richard WOOD, a Quaker; John PEBBLE (brother of William PEBBLE); Henry OBLEMAN who went with George BONER to Josiah FERGUSON’s house; Adam GOOD: Hugh SCOTT; John UPTON; and Joseph GORDON. Witnesses for Crawford: Barnet MURRAY, George WARNER, Devault KEPHART, William PEBBLE, Thomas BARNES, John JONES, Mary STEVENSON, William UNCLES and Dennis SWEENEY. Meetings were mentioned in Taneytown and also of Westminster as Mr. Crawford’s house (both in now Carroll Co, MD). Although there was testimony on both sides with validation of payment of monies, documents mentioned in hearing were not presented and the case was dismissed on 24 Dec 1789.
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