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Chapter XXV: Townships of Berks County. Maxatawny Township. 1041

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Montgomery 1886 county histories Montgomery, Morton L. History of Berks County, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, Pa.: Everts, Peck & Richards, 1886.

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Text \"TOWNSHIP ERECTED.—A petition was presented to the Court of Quarter Sessions of Philadelphia County on September 6, 1742, praying for the erection of a new township out of a part of said county. The survey of the tract of land proposed for the township was made by George Boone, Esq., a draft of which was attached to the petition ; and William Parsons, surveyor-general of the province, certified that the survey did not interfere with any other township. And the township was erected on the same day. The following statement is a copy of the record in the office of the court mentioned. The petition could not be found. 'Upon the Petition of several of the Inhabitants of the County of Philadelphia, situate at a Place called Maxatawny, setting forth that they had been settled in that part of this County for several years and paid Taxes and County Levies, and that the said Place is now become very populous, praying this Court would be pleased to view and examine a Draught of a Tract of Land to the said Petition annexed, and would erect the same into a Township by the following Bounds, viz: Beginning in Bucks County Line and from thence running South West one thousand seven hundred and sixty perches ; thence North West one thousand three hundred and sixty perches ; thence North East one thousand seven hundred and sixty perches to Bucks County Line; thence along the same South East one thousand three hundred and sixty perches to the place of Beginning, containing fourteen thousand nine hundred and sixty Acres of Land. 'The Court having taken the said petition into consideration and the Surveyor-General of this province having certified to the Court that the several Courses and bounds of said Township petitioned for do not interfere with any other Township, The said Tract of Land bounded as aforesaid, containing fourteen thousand nine hundred and sixty Acres of Land, is now erected by this Court into a Township by the name of Maxatawny.'\"[Footnote 1] [Footnote 1:] \"The name of the township was derived from an Indian word, Machksithanne, meaning Bear's Path Creek.

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View New Township Maxatawny Township 1742 Creation yes+ Sep 1742