The following transcript of an 1864 petition regarding the estate of Jacob Cook was provided to Korns.org courtesy of Margaret Gagliardi. The description of a “ tract of land … in Southampton Township Somerset County Pa, containing one hundred and ninety acres…with a two story frame house and stone barn”, clearly describes the Blubaugh place. It tells us that the stone barn was already present in 1864. As the various architectural details of the house prove, the petition also supports the presence of the two story frame house in 1864.
To the Honorable the Judges of the Orphans Court of Somerset County Penna.
The petition of DENNIS COOK son & heirs at law of JACOB COOK late of Southampton Township Somerset County Penna dec’d, humbly sheweth: That your petitioners said father lately died intestate leaving the following named children, Jesse, Dennis your petitioner, Mary now deceased who was intermarried the David Hay, leaving issue Calvin & William Hay – Sarah now dec’d who was intermarried with George G. Walker, leaving issue Jacob, Catharine, Ellen Sarah & Samuel Walker, all of Somerset County, Jacob Cook now dec’d leaving issue Solomon, Sarah intermarried with Peter Boor, & Samuel & now living in Somerset County & Elizabeth Ann intermarried with William Benford residing in (blank) County Pa, John Cook, Henry Cook & William Cook all of Londonderry Township, Bedford County Penna, George Cook now residing in Fuller Co, Indiana & Catharine intermarried with Jacob Hardin now residing in Lee County, Illinois. That the intestate died seized in his demise as of fee of and in the following described real estate (viz)
No. 1 – The homestead tract of said dec’d being a certain tract of land situate lying and being in Southampton Township Somerset County Pa, containing one hundred and ninety acres more or less about one hundred acres clear, with a two story frame house and stone barn thereon erected adjoining lands of Jesse Beal, Benjamin Baker, John R. Brinham & others.
No. 2 – A certain piece of land situate in the Borough of Wellersburg in said County, containing (no #) lots of ground bounded and described as follows, on the north by High Street, on the east by lot of (blank) in the South by the Wellersburg & West Newton Plank Road & on the west by lot of Eli Shafer, with a two story frame tavern house & stable therein erected.
No. 3 – A certain piece of ground situate in the Borough of Wellerburg in said County containing three lots of ground, bounded and described as follows, in the north & east by lot of John R. Brinham in the South by High Street & on the west by lot of (blank)
No. 4 – A certain piece or parcel of land situate in the Borough of Wellersburg, containing one lot (another document refers to two lots) of ground bounded on the north by the Plank Road on the east by lot of (blank) Augustine on the south & west by property of Lutheran & German Reformed Church with the appurtenances.
Your petitioner therein prays your Honors to award an inquest to make partition of the premises aforesaid to and among the children & representatives of the said intestate in such manner & in such proportions as by the laws of this Commonwealth is directed, if such partition can be made without prejudice to or spoiling the whole – But if such partition cannot be made thereof as aforesaid then to value and appraise the same and make report of their proceedings herein according to law & he will ever pray &c.
Somerset County ss Personally appeared before the undersigned, DENNIS COOK above named & being duly affirmed according to law dep_ and saith that the facts set forth in the foregoing petition are correct & are to the best of his knowledge & belief.
Affc & Subscribed before me 14 Nov 1864
Jno H. Boyts, Clerk
This petition is found in Somerset County file 65, recorded in Vol 8, Page 254. The file also includes the map of the properties that is included below. The shape of the 194 acre tract shows that it is definitely the same property that Dennis Cook sold to Simon Blubaugh in 1880.
The next map is a fragment of the 1876 Beers map of Wellersburg that I have marked up to show Where tract 4 of the Dennis Cook petition was located.
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