1815 Strasburg Pennsylvania Road Approval - John Passmore Signature
This is an 1815 degree to view and layout a road from Samuel Hawthorn's Mill (still standing today) to the Strasburg Turnpike (Rt 896) to allow access to this main road for transporting the mill's products. It was drawn up for the Court of Quarter Session and signed by John Passmore.
John Passmore, first mayor of Lancaster, PA (1818-1820) signed this degree in his position as Clerk of the Quarter Sessions. He was also the prothonotary of the Supreme Court and clerk of the courts of Oyer and Terminer and Quarter Sessions until the 4th of March 1817 and of prothonotary of the court of Common Pleas until the 10th of April 1818. In 1818 he became the first mayor of Lancaster and served until 1820. His signature and large and at the bottom of the second page. Passmore's home can be found in Lancaster, PA today. It is rare to find documents from Strasburg, PA and this one is not only full of information of the area but is beautifully written.
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