Photo used with permission from Sharon Schuster,
author of History of the Greenwood Church, copyright 1984.
The German blacksmith, Philip Greenwood, is my 4th great-grandfather and the earliest ancestor we have found so far. He married Catharine, whose maiden name is unknown. He was born about 1719, we know not where.
Philip and Catharine left footprints in the part of York County that became Adams County, Pennsylvania. In 1749, their son, Johann Adam, was baptized at Christ Church (German Reformed) in Littlestown, Pennsylvania. We visited the church and cemetery in May, 2000. It's in the part of York County that became Adams County in 1800.
By 1750 land records appear as Poplar Springs was surveyed for Philip Greenwood. In his lifetime, he accumulated almost 2000 acres of land in the part of Frederick County, Maryland, that became Carroll County in 1837.
1757: The Deeps, 1570 acres from Erhart Appler
1758: Poplar Spring, 92 acres bought from Aberhart/Erhart/ or Abraham Apler. Tract was near a wagon road that led from John Diggs Copper Mine Works to Baltimore Town.
1759: Level Glade, 125 acres bought from William Roberts for 43 pounds. Land was on the north side of a hill at head of small valley that descends to Little Pipe Creek.
1764: Resurvey on Miller Den, 181 acres. Located on the north side of Sam's Creek northwest of McKinstry's Mill
1768: Resurvey on Justice's Delight, 85 acres on a draught of Little Pipe Creek from George Becraft (wife Elizabeth)
1770: Greenwood's Fancy, 30 acres. North of where the New Windsor-Libertytown Road now Rt. 31) crosses Sam's Creek.
Philip died in Frederick County on January 17, 1780, at 61 years of age. Catharine lived on until about October, 1795.
The grave stone above was the oldest stone in the Greenwood Cemetery near New Windsor, Carroll County, Maryland. The inscription is in German:
"HIER RUREFIN DER ERD PHILIP GRINAWALTER 1ST GESTORBEN in 61 JAHR SEINES ALTERS DEN 18 HENNER 1780."
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