Pomeroy & Beers 1868 Atlas of Union & Snyder Counties, Pennsylvania
Our goal at Ancestor Tracks is to publish maps and land ownership information allowing genealogy researchers to place more precisely the locations where our ancestors lived. The state of Pennsylvania began platting the exact metes-and-bounds tracts of the earliest landowners, township-by-township, starting in 1907, but the Land Office only completed about 1/3 of the state before the project ended. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania did not plat the tracts of the earliest landowners of Snyder County.
In lieu of being able to bring you Warrantee Maps of the earliest settlers of Clarion Co., we are posting downloadable images of Pomeroy & Beers 1868 Atlas of Union & Snyder Counties, Pennsylvania. We hope that it will be a useful tool for locating your Snyder County families when coupled with the 1860 and 1870 census. It should also be an indispensible aid when used in conjunction with John Blair Linn's Annals of Buffalo Valley, Pennsylvania which was published in 1877 and mentions many of the owners found in this 1868 atlas. Although Buffalo Valley is in Union County to the north, Linn includes much information about the area of Penn Township, Northumberland County, which now comprises much of present-day Snyder County. Bucknell University has also posted a copy of Annals, as well as a complete downloadable PDF index by Mary Belle Lontz.
If your ancestor was actually a first landowner (warrantee or patentee), purchasing his or her property from the colony or state of Pennsylvania, his/her land acquisition should be documented at the state level, not at the county level. Snyder County was created in 1855 from Union County, and Union Co. was created in 1813 from Northumberland Co. These dates are important, as the earliest land warrants were filed under the county as it existed at the time the warrant was issued. Thus, all of the relevant Indexes to Warrant Registers, published as First Landowners of PA: Colonial and State Warrant Registers in the PA Archives, Harrisburg, 1682-ca 1940 , as well as the Indexes to Patent Registers, should be searched to find the first landowners. Once you know the Survey Book and page number, be aware that the Pennsylvania Archives in Harrisburg, under the direction of Jonathan Stayer, has posted images of both the front and back side of every page of the Copied Survey Books online. Check both the front and back of the relevant survey. These surveys can be printed.
To see where each township is in relation to each other, click here for the 1886 Map of Townships of Mifflin, Juniata, Perry, Union & Snyder Counties from Everts, Peck & Richards
Images of the 1868 Atlas of Union & Snyder Counties are below. Click on the township of your choice. Once the images are loaded, they can be enlarged by clicking on them, and they may be saved to your computer by right-clicking and selecting "Save Image As..."