MG 212 - Umberger Family Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains the business papers of John Umberger, 1797 to 1813; the military papers of Captain John Umberger, 1800-1811; the business papers of the Widow (Margaret) Umberger, 1816 to 1827; and the business papers of William Umberger, 1826 to 1874.

The business papers of John Umberger include receipts, a mortgage between John Umberger, blacksmith, and Francis Wenrich, yeoman, on a tract of land in Lower Paxton Township containing 92 acres, an account of costs to Peter Wenrich, a stock certificate for one share of stock in the Downingstown, Ephrata and Harrisburg Turnpike Road Company, an agreement made with John Moreland concerning land in Crawford County, bonds from Martin Earhart, a survey of land in Lower Paxton Township and an invoice from William Harris for medical care in a case of spasmodic fever. Includes, also, some personal papers such as the last will and testament of Jacob Boltz and a notice of John Umberger's withdrawal from his position as Master Mason with Perseverance Lodge No. 21.

The military papers of Capt. John Umberger include directives from his commanding officer Tho. Elder, Lieutenant Colonel, concerning the enrollment and the property of the company under his command, a letter requesting his presence at a Regimental Court Martial, a printed notice commanding Capt Umberger prepare a list of names of all free, able bodied, white male citizens within his district, and various other orders from his commanding officer, plus two receipts.

The papers of Margaret Umberger consist of tax receipts, receipts for the tuition of her two sons, and her account with Brown and Hicks for supplies.

The papers of William Umberger include receipts and estate papers of his mother, Margaret Elizabeth Umberger, a broadside announcing a sale of livestock, farm and household goods, a notice from the Orphans' Court concerning the guardianship of Wm., Polly and Benjamin Umberger, an insurance policy on a log tavern house owned and occupied by Harriet Umberger, an agreement made with the Trustees of State Capital Lodge No. 70 to lease the second story room of the hall for three months, an life insurance policy from the Odd Fellows' Life Insurance Co., and various other receipts. Includes, also, two booklets with the Constitution and By-Laws of the Harrisburg Beneficial Society, 1834 and 1853.

Also contains a broadside advertising the Black Horse Inn owned by William Umberger, dated 1843; and certificates of birth and baptism for Ruth Ann Umberger and William W. Umberger, son and daughter of William and Harriet Umberger.

Date(s): 1795-1874

Extent: 6 folders, 82 enclosures