United States Military Reservations, Etc


Pennsylvania
Military Reservations and National Cemeteries

(Source:  U.S. Military Reservations, National Cemeteries, and Military Parks, by Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army. Pub. 1916. Transcribed by:  Debbie Ovechka)

Pennsylvania

General Act of Cession

 

The jurisdiction of this state is hereby ceded to the United States of America, over all such pieces or parcels of land not exceeding two acres in any one township, ward of city or borough, within the limits of this state, as have been or shall hereafter be selected and acquired by the United States for the purpose of erecting post offices, custom houses or other structures, exclusively owned by the general government and used of it’s purposes;  Provided, that an accurate description and plan of such lands so acquired, verified by the oath of some officer of the general government having knowledge of the facts, shall be filed with the secretary of the commonwealth of this state, as soon as said United States shall have acquired possession of the same.  And provided further, that this cession is upon the express condition that the State of Pennsylvania shall so far retain concurrent jurisdiction with the United States in and over all lands acquired or hereafter acquired as aforesaid; that all civil and criminal process issued by any court of competent jurisdiction, or officers having authority of law to issue such process, and all orders made by such court or judicial officers duly empowered to make such orders, and necessary to be served on any person, may be executed upon said land and in the buildings that may be erected thereon, in the same way and manner as if jurisdiction had not been ceded as aforesaid.  (Approved June 13, 1883.  Amended by act approved March 17, 1905, so as to make the limit “not exceeding ten acres in any one township,” etc.  Laws of Pennsylvania, 1905, p.45

 

 

Allegheny Cemetery

(Soldiers’ Lot)

 

This reservation, situation in the Allegheny Cemetery, in the city of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, contains an area of 10,272.12 superficial feet of land, and is known as lot No. 66.

 

Title - Deed from the Allegheny Cemetery (a corporation) dated March 18, 1875, conveying above lot.  Recorded December 17, 1875, in deed book, volume 354, page 39, of the deed records of Allegheny County.

 

Jurisdiction - See “General act of cession.”

 

 

Ashland Cemetery

(Soldiers’ Lot)

 

This reservation is situated in Ashland Cemetery, in the borough of Carlisle and county of Cumberland, and contains 7,740 square feet.

 

Title - Deed form Valeria M .Penrose, trustee, etc., dated September 19, 18787, conveying lots 212 to 265, inclusive, in section D of D.S. Ettinger’s plan No. 3 of Ashland Cemetery, containing 540 by 16 feet.

 

Deed given as a substitute for a deed dated in March, 1866, which was lost.

 

Jurisdiction - See “General act of cession.”

 

 

Carlisle Barracks

 

This reservation is situated near the town of Carlisle, in the county of Cumberland, and contains an area of about 30 acres and 8 perches.  Purchase of site made by authority of an act of Congress passed in 1794, and transferred to the Interior Department to be used as a school for Indian children until required by the War Department for military purposes, December 22, 1879.

 

Title - Deed from Edmund Physic, attorney in fact for John Penn and Richard Penn, dated January 13, 1801, conveying above-described tract.  Recorded in book O, volume 1, page 79, etc. of the deed records of Cumberland County at Carlisle.

 

Revocable licenses - August 2, 1884, to the Cumberland Valley Railroad Co. .by Secretary of Interior, to lay switch on reservation.

 

March 10, 1908, to borough of Carlisle for outfall sewer.

 

Jurisdiction - Ceded by the State of Pennsylvania over additional land secured by the Interior department for agricultural purposes by an act passed February 15, 1901.

 

 

Frankford Arsenal

 

This reservation is situated in the city of Philadelphia, and contains an area of about 62 acres and 38 perches.

 

Title 1 - Deed from Frederick Fralay and wife, dated May 27, 1816, conveying 20 acres and 34 perches of land, with bridge privileges.  Recorded in deed book M R, No. 7, page 717, etc., of the deed records of Philadelphia County.

 

2.     Deed from Robert Kennedy, dated April 8. 1837, conveying 3 acres and 6 perches of land. Recorded in book S H F, No. 11 page 721, etc., of same records.

 

3.     Deed from William S. Haines and wife, dated December 27, 1849, conveying in the aggregate 38 acres and 158 perches of land.  Recorded in book G W C, No. .31 page 515, etc. of same records.

 

Revocable licenses - November 12, 1886, to the Kensington and Tacony Railroad Co. to cross the reservation.

 

October 2, 1889, to the Pennsylvania Co. to construct a branch upon the reservation.

 

Jurisdiction - ceded to the United States by acts of the State legislature approved June 13, 1840, and April 6, 1849, which provide as follows:

 

Sec. 3 - That the jurisdiction of the State of Pennsylvania is hereby ceded to the United States of America for the purpose of erecting and maintaining thereon Arsenals, magazines and other necessary buildings over all those certain tracts, pieces, or parcels of land lying and being in the town of Oxford and in the township of Passyunk in the County of Philadelphia, *** being bounded as follows, to wit: (Here describes the lands purchased by the United States from Frederick Fraley and Robert Kennedy.)  The evidence of the several purchases of the land, which is hereby, ceded being recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Philadelphia.

 

Sec. 4 - The jurisdiction with the United States of American is granted upon the express condition that the said State of Pennsylvania shall retain a concurrent jurisdiction with the United States in and over the tracts of land aforesaid so far as that civil process in all cases and such criminal process as may issue under the authority of the State of Pennsylvania against any person or persons charged with the crimes committed without the said tracts of land may be executed thereon in the same way and manner as if this jurisdiction had not be ceded.  The United States are to retain such jurisdiction so long as said tract of land shall be used for the purposes expressed in the foregoing section and no longer.  (Act approved June 13, 1840)

 

1.     Resolved, etc. That the consent of this Legislature be, and the same hereby, given for the purchase by the United States of any lands not exceeding forty acres adjoining the United States Arsenal at Frankford, in the County of Philadelphia, for the enlargement of said Arsenal and the erection of further buildings and machinery for such uses as the proper authorities of the United States may deem proper, and that all the right title, property, and interest of this Commonwealth in and to the said land adjoining the United States Arsenal as aforesaid, together with all the buildings, improvements, houses, forts, arsenals and other needful buildings now on or to be on said property shall he and are hereby ceded to and vested in the United States of America as fully, absolutely, and to the same extent as this Commonwealth now holds and is entitled to the same;  Provided, that the Commonwealth may reoccupy and repossess the same as they have occupied and possessed the same heretofore whenever the United States of America shall cease to occupy the same for military purposes as a fort, magazine, arsenal, or with other needful buildings for the same;  and proved, that the jurisdiction over the said premises in civil and criminal cases be the same as before the passing of this resolution.  (Act approved April 6, 1849)

 

 

Pennsylvania

Gettysburg National Cemetery

 

This reservation contains an area of 17 acres, and is situated at Gettysburg, in Adams County.  The title is as follows:

 

Deed from David Wills, president of Soldier’s National Cemetery, for the Soldier’s National Cemetery at Gettysburg, PA dated April 18, 1872, conveying said 17 acres of land.  Recorded in book D D, folio 216, etc. of the deed records of Adams County.

 

Jurisdiction - Cession implied by an act of the state of Legislature giving consent to the acquisition by the United States of said cemetery property, approved, April 14, 1868, which act provides as follows:

 

Whereas, by an act of the Thirty Ninth Congress of the United States, entitled “An Act to establish and protect national cemeteries,” approved February 22nd, 1867, Congress has adopted a uniform system for the management and care of all the soldiers’ national cemeteries throughout the United States, and made provision for their maintenance; therefore,

 

Section 1 - Be it enacted, etc. that the board of commissioners having charge and care of the Soldiers’ National  Cemetery at Gettysburg, are hereby authorized and empowered to transfer all the right, title, interest and care of said Soldier’s National Cemetery, upon the completion of the same, to the government of the United States, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hereby ceding and relinquishing to the United States all its title to the grounds and property of the said cemetery, vested in it for the States which participated in the establishment of said national cemetery; this cession being made up the condition that the United States Government take upon itself the management and care of the said cemetery, and make provision for its maintenance.

 

Section 3 - That the governor of this Commonwealth is hereby authorized and empowered to do all acts and execute all papers upon behalf of this Commonwealth, necessary to consummate the cession, and to cause a copy of this act to be forwarded to the governors of the several States who have appointed Commissioners, and also to the board of Commissioners having charge of The Soldier’s National Cemetery at Gettysburg, and to the President, the Senate and House of Representative of the United States.

 

(Act approved April 14, 1868)

 

 

Gettysburg National Park

 

This reservation is situated near the town of Gettysburg, in Adams County, and contains an approximate area of 2, 302 acres.  It embraces the most prominent portions of the lands upon which the Battle of Gettysburg was fought on July 1, 2, and 2, 1863.  Steps were taken to preserve the site and mark with suitable monuments the positions occupied by the Union troops during the battle, by acts and resolutions of Congress as follows:

 

Acts approved March 3, 1873 (17 Stat. 631); June 9, 1880 (21 Stat., 170); March 3, 1887 (24 Stat, 535); October 2, 1888 (25 Stat 538); March 2, 1889 (25 stat, 970); March 3, 1893 (27 stat, 599); Resolution passed June 5, 1894 (28 stat, 584).  Acts approved August 18, 1894 (29 stat, 405); February 11, 1895 (28 stat, 599); and June 10, 1896 (29 stat, 384); the act of February 11, 1895, being “An act to establish a National Military Park at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

 

United States Military Reservations, Etc.

 

Title -   1.  Deed from Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, dated February 4, 1896, conveying 124 tracts of land, aggregating 521.77 acres.  Recorded in book X X, page 149, etc., of the deed records of Adams County.

 

2.         Deed from heirs of Mary Jane Weikert, dated August 8, 1893, conveying 41,920 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T, page 379, etc. of same records.

 

3.         Deed from Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, dated June 7, 1893, conveying 625 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T, page 420, etc. of same records.

 

4.         Deed from Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, dated June 7, 1893, conveying 625 square feet of land.   Recorded in book T T, page 420, etc. of same records.

 

5.         Deed from Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, dated June 7, 1893, conveying 625 square feet of land.   Recorded in book T T, page 625, etc. of same records.

 

6.         Deed from David Zentz and wife, dated July 14, 1893, conveying 33, 495 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T page 383, etc. of same records.

 

7.         Deed from John A. Wolfe and wife, dated July 14, 1893, conveying 24,618 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T, page 393, etc. of same records

 

8.         Deed from William H. Heagey and wife, dated July 14, 1893, conveying 12, 065 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T , page 390, etc. of same records.

 

9.         Deed from William H. Heagey and wife, dated July 14, 1893, conveying 3.55 acres. Recorded in book T T , page 391, etc of same records.

 

10.       Deed from Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, dated June 7, 1893, conveying 53,060 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T, page 404, etc of same records.

 

11.       Deed from Jacob Masonheimer, dated June 27, 1893, conveying 25,800 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T, page 385, etc. of same records

 

12.       Deed from Isaiah A. Trostle, attorney in fact, etc. dated June 27. 1893, conveying 625 square feet of land  Recorded in book T T, page 400, etc. of same records.

 

13.       Deed from Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, dated July 12, 1893, conveying 625 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T, page 412, etc of same record.

 

14.       Deed from Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, dated June 7, 1893, conveying 625 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T, page 412, etc. of same records.

 

15.       Deed from widow and heirs of John Bender, dated July 10, 1893, conveying 851 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T, page 412, etc. of same records.

 

16.       Deed from Samuel M Bushman, dated June 7, 1893, conveying 12,000 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T, page 424, etc of same records.

 

17.       Deed from Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, dated June 7, 1893, conveying 625 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T, page 414, etc. of same records.

 

18.       Deed from Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, dated June 7, 1893, conveying 625 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T, page 406 etc of same records.

 

19.       Deed from Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, dated June 7, 1893, conveying 625 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T, page 408, etc. of same records.

 

20,       Deed from Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, dated June 7, 1893, conveying 625 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T, page 410, etc. of same records.

 

21.       Deed from Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, dated June 7, 1893, conveying 625 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T, page 418, etc of same records

 

22.       Deed from John H. Miller and wife, dated June 2, 1893, conveying 16,860 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T, page 422, etc. of same records.

 

23.       Deed from Anna L. Young and husband, dated June 7, 1893, conveying 625 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T, page 397, etc, of same records.

 

24.       Deed from George Spangler and wife, dated June 8, 1893, conveying 625 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T, page 381 etc. of same records.

 

25.       Deed from J. Emory Bair and wife, dated June 27, 1893, conveying 625 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T T, page 381, etc. of same records.

 

26.       Deed from Wellington J. Swope and wife, dated June 28, 1893, conveying 57,230 square feet of land.  Recorded in book  T T, page 388, etc. of same records.

 

27.       Deed from Melchoir Wolf and wife, dated June 28, 1893, conveying 10,300 square feet of land.  Recorded in book T, page 386, etc. of same records.

 

28.       Deed from Charles F. Starner and wife, dated November 23, 1893, conveying 5.16 acres of land.  Recorded in book U U, page 148, etc. of same recorded.

 

29.       Deed from James A Felix and wife, dated November 24, 1893, conveying 0.75 acre of land.  Recorded in book U U, page 150, etc. of same records.

 

30.       Deed from Agnew Crawford et al., dated February 5, 1894, conveying 46 acres and 147 perches of land.  Recorded in book U U, page 449, etc. of same records.

 

31.       Deed from W. Nelson Flaherty and wife, dated November 13, 1894, conveying 0.55 acre of land.  Recorded in book V V, page 70, etc. of same records.

 

32.       Deed from Simon J. Codori and wife, dated November 13, 1894, conveying 0.55 acre of land.  Recorded in book V V, page 70, etc. of same records.

 

33.       Deed from George W. Wolf and wife, dated November 15, 1894, conveying 0.06 acre of land.  Recorded in book V V, page 74, etc. of same records.

 

34.       Deed from George J. Benner, dated April 2, 1894, conveying 161 acres and 7 perches of land, with reservations.  Recorded in book U U, page 339, etc of same records.

 

35.       Deed from Sarah A. C. Plank and husband, dated August 28, 1894, conveying 1.88 acres of land.  Recorded in book U U, page 541, etc. of same records.

 

36.       Deed from J.O. blocker and wife, dated September 29, 1894 conveying 7.12 acres of land.  Recorded in book U U, page 579, etc. of same records.

 

37.       Deed from L.E. Kumerant and wife et al., dated March 30, 1895, conveying 0.71 acre of land.  Recorded in book V V, page 374, etc. of same records.

 

38.       Deed from Maria S. Shultz, dated April 11, 1895, conveying 0.04 acre of land.  Recorded in book V V, page 474, etc. of same records.

 

39.       Deed from John B. McPherson, dated April 30, 1895, conveying 58 acres and 29 perches of land.  Recorded in book V V, page 477, etc. of same records.

 

40.       Deed form Oscar D. McMillan and wife, dated June 15, 1895, conveying 1.7 acres of land.  Recorded in book V V, page 570, etc. of same records.

 

41.       Deed from Calvin Gilbert and wife, dated July 2, 1895, conveying 632 square feet of land.  Recorded in book V V, page 564, etc. of same records.

 

42.       Deed from the Theological Seminary of the General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States, dated July 18, 1895, conveying 1.68 acres of land.  Recorded in book V V, page 562, etc. of same records.

 

43.       Deed from Selma J. Drum and husband, dated August 13, 1895, conveying 0.1 acre of land.  Recorded in book W W, page 193 etc. of same records.

 

44.       Deed from James A Felix and wife, dated September 2, 1895, conveying 0.048 acre of land.  Recorded in book V V, page 560, etc. of same records.

 

45.       Deed from Lucinda B. Bushman and husband, dated September 13, 1895, conveying 9.42 acres of land.  Recorded in book W W, page 167, etc. of same records.

 

46.       Deed from J. Emory Bair and wife, dated October 10, 1895, conveying 0.11 acre of land.  Recorded in book W W, vol. 39, page 169, etc. of same records.

 

47.       Deed from John B. Whitney, et al, executors, etc. dated November 7, 1895, conveying 1,900 square feet of land.  Recorded in book W W, page 498, etc. of same records.

 

48.       Deed from the Gettysburg Water Co., dated November 16, 1895, conveying 400 square feet of land.  Recorded in book W W, vol. 49, page 501, etc. of same records.

 

49.       Deed from J.L. Sherfy and wife, dated December 21, 1895, conveying 400 square feet of land.  Recorded in book W W,  page 333, etc, of same records.

 

50.       Deed from the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, dated April 8, 1896, conveying 0.31 acre of land.  Recorded in book X X, page 267, etc. of same records.

 

51.       Deed from Amos Leister and wife, dated May 20, 1896, conveying 0.059 acre of land.  Recorded in book X X, page 2167, etc. of same records.

 

52.       Deed from the Gettysburg & Harrisburg Railway Co., dated June 5, 1896, conveying 8.42 acres of land.  Recorded in book X X, page 341, etc. of same records.

 

53.       Deed from William Patterson and wife, dated June 29, 1896 conveying 1.13 acres of land.  Recorded in book X X, page 302, etc. of same records.

 

54.       Deed from George F. Basehore and wife, dated August 21, 1896, conveying 0.12 acre of land.  Recorded in book X X, page 425, etc. of same records.

 

55.       Deed from George Spangler and wife, dated October 8, 1897, conveying 625 square feet of land.  Recorded in book Y Y, page 379, etc. of same records.

 

56.       Deed from Nathaniel Lightner and wife, dated October 22, 1897, conveying 0.012 acre of land less 15 square feet.  Recorded in book Y Y, page 414, etc. of same records.

 

57.       Deed from Samuel O. Robinson and wife, dated November 13, 1897, conveying 8 acres and 22 perches of land less 25,800 square feet with reservations.  Recorded in book Z Z, page 55, etc. of same records.

 

58.       Deed from Samuel M. Bushman, dated December 16, 1897, conveying 8,964 acres of land.  Recorded in book Z Z, page 53, etc. of same records.

 

59.       Deed from Chas. A Richardson, dated September 6, 1897, conveying 400 square feet of land less 100 square feet.  Recorded in book 58, 115, of same records.

 

60.       Deed from the Gettysburg Water Co. dated January 8, 1898, conveying 0.035 acre of land.  Recorded in book Y Y, page 560, of same records.

 

61.       Deed from Calvin Gilbert, dated May 23, 1898, conveying 0.11 acre of land.  Recorded in book Y Y, page 612, etc. of same records.

 

62.       Deed from Lucinda Bender et al, dated June 21, 1898, conveying 0.22 acre.  Recorded in book Y Y, page 614 etc. of same records.

 

63.       Deed from Alex W. Little, dated September 20, 1898, conveying 0.18 acre.  Recorded in book Z Z, page 304 of same records.

 

64.       Deed from J.P.S. Tobin, dated October 8, 1898, conveying 2,968 square feet of land.  Recorded in book Z Z, page 311, of same records.

 

65.       Deed from William Patterson, dated January 19, 1899, conveying 48.3 acres of land  recorded in book 53, page 25, etc. of same records.

 

66.       Deed from Henry Spangler and wife, dated April 11, 1899, conveying 25.32 acres of land.  Recorded in book 53, page 171, of same records.

 

67.       Deed from George Trostle, administrator, etc. dated January 26, 1899, conveying 104.3 acres of land.  Recorded in book 53, page 27, etc of same records.

 

68.       Deed from Samuel M. Bushman, dated June 29, 1899, conveying 17.27 acres of land.  Recorded in book 53, page 286, of same records.

 

69.       Deed from James E. Swisher, dated November 9, 1899, conveying 22.6 acres of land.  Recorded in book 53, page 453, of same records.

 

70.       Deed from Edward H. Culp, administrator, etc. dated April 27, 1900, conveying 40.95 acres.  Recorded in book 55, page 14, of same records.

 

71.       Deed from Wm. W. Hafer and wife, dated July 6, 1900, conveying 40 acres.  Recorded in book 55, page 130, of same records.

 

72.       Deed from Basil Biggs and wife, dated September 8, 1900 conveying 48.07 acres of land.  Recorded in book 55, page 111, of same records.

 

73.       Deed from Peter D. Swisher, dated December 11, 1900, conveying 2.42 acres of land.  Recorded in book 55, page 260, etc. of same records.

 

74.       Deed from Francis A. Althoff and wife, dated December 11, 1900, conveying 12.76 ages of land.  Recorded in book 54, page 476, of same records.

 

75.       Deed from Peter D. Swisher, dated February 16, 1901, conveying 9.2 acres of land.  Recorded in book 55, page 333, of same records.

 

76.       Deed from Wm. H. Tipton and wife, dated December 31, 1901, conveying two tracts of land, aggregating 14.2 acres of land.  Recorded in book 55, page 524 of same records.

 

77.       Deed from John T. Cox et al, trustees, dated March 25, 1902, conveying a slab or memorial to General Zook, standing on land which the United States held in fee.

 

78.       Deed from Jeremiah Bender, dated July 22, 18902, conveying 13,061 square feet of land.  Recorded in book 57, page 48 of same records.

 

79.       Deed from John S. Forney, dated July 22, 1902, conveying 0.57 acre.  Recorded in book 57, page 46, of same records.

 

80.       Deed from the heirs of Amos Leister, dated September 1, 1902, conveying 0.08 acre. Recorded in book 57, page 102 of same records.

 

81.       Deed from Benjamin Redding and wife, dated August 27, 1902, conveying 10 acres and 91 perches of land.  Recorded in book 57, page 104 of same records.

 

82.       Deed from John E. C. Miller and wife, dated November 24, 1902, conveying 33½  acres.  Recorded in book 57, page 252, of same records.

 

83.       Deed from John Rosensteel, dated February 29, 1903, conveying 38 perches of land.  Recorded in book 56, page 515, etc. of same records.

 

84.       Deed from Emanuel Weikert and wife, dated may 19, 1903, conveying 2.56 acres of land.  Recorded in book 58, page 149, etc. of same records.

 

85.       Deed from Martin Winter, dated February 13, 1902, conveying 7 acres, 94.5 perches, more or less.  Recorded in book 56, page 246, of same records.

 

86.       Deed from Mary Ann Pfeffer, dated May 12, 1903, conveying 10.25 acres.  Recorded in book 58, page 188, etc of same records.

 

87.       Deed from Sarah A.C. Plank and husband, dated September 23, 1903, conveying 24.3 acres.  Recorded in book 59, page 8 of same records.

 

88.       Deed from Henry A. Wolf and wife et. Al, dated October 7, 1903, conveying 0,6 acres.  Recorded in book 59, page 104 of same records.

 

89        Deed from Newton A. Tawney and wife, dated December 19, 1903, conveying 0.67 acres.  Recorded in book 48, page 537, etc. of same recorded.

 

90.       Deed from Calvin P. Krise, dated March 3, 1904, conveying 3 acres, 136 perches.  Recorded in book 58, page 495, etc. of same records

 

91.       Deed from George A. Thayer and George W. Morse, surviving trustees, dated June 9. 1904, conveying site up, which is, erected a monument to the Second Massachusetts Infantry, containing 576 square feet.  Recorded in book 59, page 125, of same records.

 

92,       Deed from E. Layton Trostle and wife, dated June 9, 1904, conveying 2 acres.  Recorded in book 59, page 134, etc. of same records.

 

93.       Deed from Andrew J. Smith, dated August 12, 1904, conveying 3.28 acres.   Recorded in book 59, page 171, of same records.

 

94.       Decree of United States Circuit Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, in United States v. Five Tracts of land; rendered October 2, 1900, condemning three tracts, aggregating 40.47 acres.  Money paid into court December 2, 1900.

 

95.       Deed from Edward H. Culp, administrator, etc. Dated September 16, 1904, conveying 7.32 acres.  Recorded in deed book 59, pages 217, et seq. of same records.

 

96.       Deed from John S. Forney, dated December 6, 1904, conveying two tracts aggregating 2.23 acres.  Recorded in deed book 59 page 319 of same records.

 

97.       Decree of condemnation of 9 acres and 83 perches of land belonging to Florence and Georgiana Cunningham, Circuit Court of United States, Middle District of Pennsylvania; rendered December 12, 1904.  Money paid into court December 31, 1904.  Deed dated September 18, 1905, covering same premises.  Recorded in book 59, page 556, et seq. of same records.

 

98.       Deed from Henry O. Foler et al, as receivers of the Gettysburg Springs & Hotel Co., dated December 24, 1904, conveying four certain parcels of land aggregating 36.56 acres.  Recorded in deed book 60, pages 22-30 of same records.

 

99.       Deed from Robert Sheads, dated June 20, 1905, conveying 0.331 acre.  Recorded in deed book 59, page 403 of same records.

 

100.     Deed from J. Emory Bair and wife, dated May 13, 1905, conveying, in the aggregate, 31.22 acres.  Recorded in deed book 59, page 373, of same records.

 

101.     Deed from Mary E. Bridges and husband et al, dated April 17, 1905, conveying 8.6 acres.  Recorded in deed book 59, pages 375, et seq, of same records.

 

102.     Decree of condemnation in United States circuit court, middle district of Pennsylvania, of 6.59 acres of land, the property of the James McAllister heirs.  Decree  rendered May 3, 1905.  Money paid into court June 30, 1905.  Deed, dated June 15, 1906, covering same premises.  Recorded in book 60, page 587, of same records.

 

103.     Deed from Henry O. Towels, et al. receivers of Gettysburg Springs & hotel Co., dated April 18, 1905, conveying two parcels of land aggregating 98.94 acres.  Recorded in deed book 60, page 228 et seq. of same records.

 

104.     Deed from Sabina C. Patterson and husband, dated September 20, 1905, conveying 70.01 acres of land.  Recorded in deed book 60, page 488, of same records.

 

105.     Deed form Howard L Diehl and wife, dated July 7, 1905 conveying 11.498 acres.  Recorded in deed book 59, page 424, of same records.

 

106.     Deed from J. Emory Bair and wife, dated September 10, 1906, conveying 1.144 acres.  Recorded in deed book 62, page 40, of same records.

 

107.     Deed from Francis N. Fronmeyer and wife, dated October 20, 1906, conveying 2.18 acres.  Recorded in deed book 61, page 353, of same records.

 

108.     Deed from J. Emory Bair and John B. McPherson, receivers of the Gettysburg Springs Hotel Co. , dated June 21, 1907, conveying three tracts aggregating 360.75 acres.  Recorded in deed book 63, page 36, of same records.

 

109.     Deed from Harriet L. Goss et al, dated August 15, 1907, conveying 16.6 acre’s.  Recorded in deed book 62, page 103, of same records.

 

110.     Deeds from Mary L. Heller and from Morris E. Munshaur and wife, dated May 18, 1908 and June 27, 1908, respectively, conveying 1.87 acres.  Recorded, respectively, in deed book 63, page 543 and deed book 64, page 96 of same records.

 

111.     Quit claim deed from the Ehrhart-Conrad Co. a corporation dated August 5, 1908, of same property.  Recorded in deed book 64, page 93, of same records.

 

112.     Deed from A. Winton Crouse and wife, dated February 8, 1908, conveying 1,800 square feet.  Recorded in deed book 63, page 436, of same records.

 

113.     Quit claim deeds from James Mordy, Ellen Thompson et al., Harry A Eckert et al., Jacob H. Butt et al., County of Adams to same premises dated, respectively, April 2, 1908; August 28, 1908; March 16, 1908; March 21, 1908; and September 29, 1908.  Recorded in deed book 64, pages 10, 179, 6,3 and misc. book, file B. page 178, respectively.

 

114.     Deed from Pius A Althoff and wife, dated June 24, 1909, conveying 9.39 acres.  Recorded in deed book 65, page 347, of same records.

 

115.     Deed from Maggie A Wible et vir, dated September 27, 1909, conveying two tracts of land aggregating 15.483 acres.  Recorded in deed book 65, page 466, of same records.

 

116.     Deed from Calvin Gilbert and wife, dated November 15, 1909, conveying 13¾ acres.  Recorded in deed book 65, page 574, of same records.

 

117.     Deed form Geo E. Stock and wife, dated December 13, 1909, conveying 1.02 acres.  Recorded in deed book 67, page 17, of same records.

 

118.     Deed from Martin Winter, dated April 28, 1910, conveying 51.26 acres.  Recorded in deed book 62, page 593, of same records.

 

119.     Deed from Martin Winter, dated July 11, 1910, conveying two tracts containing 80.7 acres and 2.02 acres respectively.  Recorded in deed book 62, page 152, of same records.

 

120.     Deed from John Reid et al., trustees for the association of survivors of the 72nd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, dated March 20, 1911, conveying 900 square feet.  Recorded in deed book 66, page 442 of same records.

 

121.     Deed from William S. Bushman, widower, dated August 11, 1911, conveying 1.83 acres.  Recorded in deed book 67, page 215, of same records.

 

122.     Deed from Charles C. Rider and wife, dated October 12, 1912, conveying 1.8 acres.  Recorded in deed book 117, page 264, of same records.

 

123.     Deed form William B. Kurts and wife, dated November 21, 1913, conveying 0.14 acres. Recorded in deed book 74, page 137, of same records.

 

124.     Deed from Calvin Gilbert and Donald P. McPherson, receivers of the Gettysburg Springs & Hotel Co., dated December 18, 1913, conveying 55.38 acres.  Recorded in deed book 73, page 473 of same records.

 

125.     Deed from same parties, dated December 18, 1913, conveying 39.62 acres.  Recorded in deed book 73, page 468, of same records.

 

126.     Deed from Frank B. Twisden and wife, dated September 15, 1914, conveying 200 square feet.  Recorded in deed book 73, page 422, of same records.

 

Consent of supervisors of Cumberland Township to improvement of Emmitsburg Road, dated August 1, 1907.

 

Recovable license - June 11, 1908, to the Theological Seminary of the General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, to extend water main along the east line of Seminary Avenue to the Chambersburg Pike.

 

Jurisdiction - Ceded to the United States by acts of the State legislature approved may 7, 1889, and June 26, 1895, as follows:

 

Whereas Legislation is required to enable the United States to obtain title to property within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the purpose of erecting monuments or tablets to mark the position occupied by the several commands of the Army of the United States engaged at the battle of Gettysburg, and to enable the government of the United States to properly indicate and mark positions held by federal and confederate armies during said battle, and for the preservation, for historical and other purposes, of the said battlefield; therefore,

 

Section 1.  Be it enacted, etc..  That the consent of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is hereby given to the acquisition, by the United States, of such pieces and tracts of land situated upon and in the neighborhood of the battlefield of Gettysburg, in the State of Pennsylvania, as may be selected by the Secretary of War, or such officer as he may direct, for the purpose of erecting monuments or tablets for the proper marking of the positions of each of the several commands of the army of the United States engaged in the battle of Gettysburg, for opening and constructing roads and avenues, in connection with the positions occupied by the federal or confederate forces engaged in said battle, for the preservation of the grounds covered by said battlefield for historical and other purposes, and for making such other improvements in connection with said battlefield as the Government of the United States may, from time to time deem proper.  For the purposes aforesaid, the United States shall have, hold, use, occupy and own said lands, when purchased or acquired, and exercise jurisdiction and control over the same and every part thereof, subject to the restrictions hereinafter mentioned.

 

Section 2.  The jurisdiction of the State of Pennsylvania in and over the said lands, when acquired by the United States, shall be, and the same is hereby ceded to the United States, shall continue so long as the said lands shall remain the property of the United States, and no longer, and the same shall be and continue exonerated from all taxes, assessments and other charges which may be levied under the authority of this Commonwealth; provided, however, that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall, and hereby does, retain concurrent jurisdiction with the United States, in and over said lands, so far as that all civil process in all cases, and such criminal or to her process as may issue under the authority of the State of Pennsylvania against any person or persons charged with crimes or misdemeanors, committed within said State, including said lands may be executed therein in the same manner as if consent to acquisition had not been given or jurisdiction ceded, except as far as such process may affect the personal or real property of the United States.

 

Section 1.        Be it enacted, etc. that the jurisdiction of this Commonwealth is hereby ceded to the United States of America over the public roads, and parts of the same hereinafter specified and described, included within the limits of the National Park at Gettysburg, as defined by the act of Congress entitled “An act to establish a National Military Park at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, “approved February 11th, 1895, to wit;

 

First.            That part of the public road known as the Carlisle Road, extending from the borough line of Gettysburg northward by the various courses of said road 5,600 feet to the boundary of the aforesaid National Park, as defined in the said act of Congress.

 

Second.       That part of the public road known as the Newville or Bendersville Road, extending from its junction with the aforesaid Carlisle Road northwest ward 2,400 feet to the boundary of the aforesaid National Park.

 

Third.          That part of the public road knows as the Harrisburg or Heidlersburg Road, extending from the borough line of Gettysburg northward by the various courses of said road 5,250 feet to the boundary of said National Park.

 

Fourth.        That part of the public road known as the Hunterstown road, extending from its junction with the York pike, near Gettysburg, northeastward 3,090 feet to the boundary of the aforesaid National Park.

 

Fifth.               That part of the public known as the Hanover road, extending from the borough line of Gettysburg at Rock Creek southeastward 5,700 feet to the boundary of said National Park.

 

Sixth.               That part of the public road know as the Taneytown road, extending from the borough line of Gettysburg southward 9,400 feet to the boundary of the aforesaid National Park.

 

Seventh.          That public road connecting the Taneytown road and the Baltimore pike, extending from the Taneytown road at the common corner of Patterson and Baker’s lands on that road eastward by sundry courses 4,300 feet to the Baltimore pike near McAllister’s Hill.

 

Eighth.            That public road known as the Wheatfield road, extending from its junction with the Taneytown road at Sedgwick Post Office westward by sundry courses and crossing the Emmitsburg road and Confederate Avenue 8,550 feet to the boundary of the aforesaid National Park.

 

Ninth.             That part of the public road known as the Emmitsburg road, extending from the crossing of the Wheatfield road at the Peach Orchard southwestward 7,800 feet or more to the boundary of the aforesaid National Park.

 

Tenth.             That part of the public road known as the Hagerstown road, extending from the borough line of Gettysburg southwestward 6,200 feet to the boundary of the aforesaid National Park.

 

Eleventh.         That part of the public road known as the Herster’s Mill road which begins at the Hagerstown road about a furlong west of Reynolds Avenue extending the northwestward by sundry courses, and crossing Willoughby run, 4,000 feet to the boundary of the aforesaid National Park.

 

Twelfth.          That part of the public road which begins at the Chambersburg pike at Herr’s tavern, extending thence southward 2,000 feet to the boundary of the aforesaid National Park.

 

Thirteenth.      That part of the public road known as the Mummasburg road, extending from the borough line of Gettysburg northwestward 6,300 feet to the boundary of the aforesaid National Park.

 

Fourteenth.     That public road connecting the Mummasburg road with the Chambersburg pike, beginning at the Mummasburg road on the summit of Seminary Ride and extending thence southward by sundry courses 3,800 feet, crossing the railroad just east of where the 56th Pennsylvania regiment fired the first musket in the battle, to the Chambersburg pike, about a furlong from where Reynolds fell:  Provided, nevertheless. That this cession is upon the express condition that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania so far retains concurrent jurisdiction with the United States over said roads and parts of roads above described, as that all civil and criminal thereon in like manner as if this act had not be passed; provided further, that all offenses again the criminal laws of Pennsylvania upon said roads or parts of road shall remain, as before, cognizable in the Courts of this Commonwealth, but nothing herein contained shall in anywise interfere with the jurisdiction of the United States over any matter embraced in the act of Congress establishing said National Park, approved February 11, 1895, nor with any laws, rules or regulations which have been or may be adopted by the Government of the United States for the preservation and protection of its property and rights on said ceded roads and parts of roads, and proper maintenance of good order thereon.  (Act approved June 26, 1895.  Laws of Pennsylvania, 1895, page 371)  See Appendix, page 496.

 

 

La Fayette Cemetery

(Soldier’s Lot)

 

This lot is situated in the La Fayette Cemetery, in the city of Philadelphia, and is known and designed as lot No. 42, containing an area of 80 square feet.

 

Title - Deed from Mary Sutherland et al. to Burton Kollock; assigned by Burton Kollock to the Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon Committee, and by the latter assigned to the United States, June 7, 1875, transferring above lot.  Recorded in book F T W No. 231, page 342, etc., of the deed records of the city and county of Philadelphia.

Jurisdiction - See “General Act of Cession.”

 

 

Lebanon Cemetery

(Soldier’s Lot)

 

This reservation is situated in the Lebanon Cemetery of Philadelphia, in the city of Philadelphia, and contains an area of about 4,480 square feet.

 

Title - Deed from Jacob C. White and wife, dated June 1, 1867, conveying 56 lots in section D of the Lebanon Cemetery of Philadelphia, numbered 195-202, inclusive; 211-218, inclusive 227-234, inclusive 243-250, inclusive 259-266, inclusive 275-282, inclusive and 291-298, inclusive; containing about 4,480 square feet of land.  Recorded in book JTO, No. 60 page 15, etc. of the deed records of the city and county of Philadelphia.

Jurisdiction - See “General Act of Cession.”

 

 

Mechanics Cemetery

(Soldier’s Lot)

 

This reservation is situated in what was formerly Islington Park in Penn Township, now city of Philadelphia, and embraces lots 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 in division B. section 14, of Mechanic’s Cemetery.

 

Title - Deed from United American Mechanics and United Daughters of America Cemetery Association, dated October 16, 1874, conveying the above-described property, with right of way, etc.

Jurisdiction, - See “General Act of Cession.”

 

Fort Mifflin

 

This reservation is situated in the Delaware River, near League Island within the corporate limits of the city of Philadelphia.  It originally contained an area of about 317 acres; but it was reduced by the sale of 49.707 acres, August 29, 1899, to the International Navigation Co., under authority of act of Congress of January 6, 1893 (27 Stat., 414).  By letters of the Secretary of War, dated July 31, 1895, June 21, 1898, September 29, 1899 and May 6, 1905, portions of the remaining lands were transferred to the Navy Department for use in connection with the naval magazine at hat place, leaving under control of the War Department the southerly portion of the reservation, including Fort Mifflin.

 

Title - 1.  Act of the State legislature approved April 15, 1798, ceding to the United States an island in the Delaware River, called Mud Island.

 

2.     Deed from the Philadelphia Board of Health, dated August 5, 1808, conveying “The Lazaretto” lands on State Island, containing 6 acres 3 roods and 25 perches of land.  Recorded in book EF, No. 31, page 320, etc. of the deed records of the city and county of Philadelphia (Sale authorized, without specifying to whom, by act of the State legislature approved February 14, 1801.)

 

3.     Deed from John W. Ashmead and wife, dated Marc 23, 1851, conveying 98 acres and 11 perches of land.  Recorded in book GWC No. 91, page 491, etc. of same records.

 

Revocable licenses:  November 5, 1880, to the Treasury Department to erect a set of range lights on the reservation.

 

November 16, 1882, to the Baltimore & Ohio Telegraph Co. to land cable and erect poles on the reservation.

 

Jurisdiction - Ceded to the United State by act of the State legislature cited above, which is as follows:

 

Section 1:  Be it enacted, etc. that all the right, title, property, and interest of this Commonwealth in and to the Island commonly called Mud Island, situate in the River Delaware, together with all the improvements thereon erected, placed, or being, shall be, and hereby are, ceded to and vested in the United States of America, as fully, absolutely, and to the same extent, as this Commonwealth now holds and is entitled in and to the same; provided always.  Nevertheless, that if the said United States shall not accept the same within one year from the passing of this act, then, and in that case, the cession hereby made shall be absolutely void, and of no effect, provided further.  That the State of Pennsylvania may at all times occupy the said island and fortifications, whenever the same shall not be possessed by a military force under the United States, and provided further.  That the jurisdiction of the State of Pennsylvania over the said island, in civil and criminal cases, be the same as before the passing of this act.  (Act approved April 15, 1795)

 

Cessions of jurisdiction over portions of the reservation acquired subsequently to the cession of Mud Island have not been found.

 

 

Militia Rifle Range

 

This range is situated in Delaware County (87.83 acres) and in the fortieth ward, city of Philadelphia (40 acres) total area, 127,83 acres.

 

Title - Deed dated December 16, 1910, from John Scott, Jr., and wife, conveying 87.83 acres, in Delaware County.  Recorded in office for recording of deeds in and for Delaware County in deed book R, No. 14, page 229.

 

2.     Deed dated August 18, 1910, from William S.P. Shields and wife, conveying 40 acres in the fortieth ward, city of Philadelphia.  Recorded in the office for recording of deeds in and for the city and county of Philadelphia, in deed book W S V, No. 1380, page 485.

 

 

Odd Fellows’ Cemetery

(Soldiers Lot)

 

This reservation is situated in Odd Fellows’ Cemetery, on north side of Islington Lane, in Penn Township, now city of Philadelphia, and contains an area of about 9.040 square feet.

 

Title - Deed from the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery Co., of Philadelphia, dated April 27, 1868, conveying above property.  Recorded in book JTO, No. 151, page 354, etc., of the deed records of the city and county of Philadelphia.

 

Jurisdiction - See “General Act of Cession.”

 

Philadelphia Depot of the Quartermaster’s Department

 

This reservation is situated in the city of Philadelphia and contains an area of 8 acres 2 roods and 16 perches.  The name was changed from Schuylkill Arsenal” to “Philadelphia depot of te Quartermaster’s Department” by G.O. 78, W.D., July 25, 1873.

 

Title - Deed from Elizabeth Sober et al. to Hon. James McHenry, in trust for the United States, dated July 6, 1799, conveying by description the above lands.  Recorded in book No. 77, page 516, etc. of the deed records for the city and county of Philadelphia.

 

Easement - Right of way granted throught this reservation to the Schuylkill River East Side Railroad Co., by act of Congress May 1, 1886 (24 Stat., 17).  Location approved May 21, 1886, and accepted by grantee June 8, 1886.

 

Jurisdiction - Ceded to the United States by an act of the State legislature approved June 13, 1840, which provides as follows:

 

Sec. 3  -  That the jurisdiction of the State of Pennsylvania is hereby ceded to the Untied States of America, for the purpose of erecting and maintain thereon, arsenals, magazines and other necessary buildings, over all those certain tracts, pieces, or parcels of land situate in the County of Philadelphia.  And the description and boundaries of the last-mentioned of the foregoing tracts, as set forth in the deed executed by Elizabeth Sober, et al to James McHenry on the 6th day of July, 1799, being as follows, to wit:  (Here describes tract near Schuylkill River, at Grays Ferry.)  The evidences of the several purchases of land, which is hereby, ceded being recorded in the office of the Clerk of the County of Philadelphia.

 

Sec. 4 - The jurisdiction so ceded to the United States of America, is granted upon the express condition, that the said State of Pennsylvania, shall retain a concurrent jurisdiction with the United States, in and over the tracts of land aforesaid, so far as the civil process in all cases and such criminal process as may issue under the authority of the State of Pennsylvania, against any person or persons charged with the crimes committed, without the said tracts of land, ay be executed therein, the same way and manner, as if this jurisdiction had not been ceded.  The United States are to retain such jurisdiction so long as said tracts of land shall be used for the purposes expressed in the foregoing sections and no longer.

 

 

Philadelphia National Cemetery

 

This reservation is situated at Germantown, within the corporate limits of the city of Philadelphia, being the east corner of Haines Street and Limekiln Turnpike Road, in 22 ward of said city, and contains an area of 13 acres 1 rood and 11.7 perches.

 

Title - Deed from Henry G. Freeman and wife, dated January 26, 1885, conveying above tract.  Recorded in book G G P. No. 20, page 127, etc., of the deed records of the city and county of Philadelphia.

 

Jurisdiction - See “General Act of Cession.”

 

 

Pittsburgh Storage and Supply Depot

 

This reservation is situated on the east side of the Allegheny River, in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and contains an area of about 19¾ acres, excluding the tract of about 5 acres which was transferred to the Treasure Department, June 1, 1904, under act of Congress approved march 3, 1903 (32 Stat. 1088), for marine hospital site.  It was formerly known as the Allegheny Arsenal, but the arsenal was abolished May 1, 1901, and the name was changed to Pittsburgh Storage and Supply Depot,” by G.O. 40, W.D., February 24, 1906.

 

Title - 1.  Deed from William B. Foster and wife, dated April 29, 1814, conveying 30 acres of land.  Recorded in book T, page ??, of the deed records of Allegheny County, at Pittsburgh, May 2, 1814.

 

2.     Deed from Alba Fisk and wife, dated may 13, 1831, conveying 6.46 acres.  Recorded in book P2, volume 40, page 601, etc. of same records.

 

3.     Deed from Anthony Dravo and wife, dated June 8, 1833, conveying 1 acre and 0.64 of a perch of land.  Recorded in book V2, volume 45, page 136, of same records.

 

4.     Deed from William F. Hamilton et al., dated November 26, 1836, conveying right to water, etc.  Recorded in book C 3a, volume 52, page 480, etc. of same records.

 

5,     Deed from Alba Fisk and wife, dated June 6, 1837, conveying 6,886 square feet of land.  Recorded in book D 3, volume 53, page 400, etc. of same records.

 

6.     Deed from Philip Weisenberger et al., trustees, etc, dated April 19, 1867, conveying lots 1,2,3, and 4 of the borough of Lawrenceville, containing about 10,000 square feet of land.  Recorded in deed book, volume 218, page 396, of same records.

 

Deed to the city of Pittsburgh, dated October 3, 1913, conveying 13¼ acres of land within the reservation in exchange for 11½ acres conveyed to the United states for the use of the Bureau of Mines, Interior Department, and for perpetual right to be furnished from the city water mains all the water thereafter needed for all purposes up the reservation.  Exchange made pursuant to section 26 of the act of Congress approved March 4, 1913, (37 Stat. 886)

 

Easements - Act of Congress, approved February 14, 1853 (10 stat, 754), granted a right of way across the reservation to the Allegheny Valley Railroad Co.   Act of June 23, 1874 (18 stat 280), provided for the extension of a line between the existing line and the Allegheny River.  Act of February 28, 1900 (31 stat, 35), granted additional right of way and provided for a siding within the reservation.

 

The reservation is bisected by a public paved street called Butler Street, upon which is located a streetcar track.

 

Lease - October 22, 1914, to city of Pittsburgh of land on corner of 44th and Grants Streets know as “springs site,” with right of way, etc.

 

Revocable licenses - November 19, 1885, to the Philadelphia Co. to lay a 24” pipe through the reservation.

 

June 27, 1887, to the Chartiers Valley Gas Co. to lay a 24” pipe through the reservation.

 

September 11, 1889, to Equitable Gas Co., to lay a 16” pipe through the reservation.

 

March 30, 1901, to the city of Pittsburgh to lay a water main through the reservation.

 

August 9, 1904, to the Pittsburgh Natural Gas Co. to lay a 16” gas line through the reservatino.

 

September 7, 1904, to the Philadelphia Co. to maintain a line of poles upon the reservation, heretofore placed and maintained under permission of the post commander.

 

January 8, 1914, to Bureau of Standards, Department of Commerce to erect small temporary kiln on reservation.

 

Jurisdiction - ceded to the United States by acts of the State legislature, passed March 19, 1816, and February 14, 1845, which acts provide as follows:

 

Section 1  -  Be it enacted, etc., that the consent of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is hereby granted to a purchase, which the United States have lately made form William B. Foster, of a certain tract of land situate on the Allegheny River, about two miles above Pittsburgh, bounded as follows:  (here describes land as state out in the Forster deed, supra.)  For a military station and establishment for the ordinance department:  provide, that nothing herein contained shall extend, or be construed to extend, so as to impede or prevent the execution of any process, civil or criminal, under the authority of this State.  (Act approved March 19, 1816)

 

Section 1  -  Be it enacted, etc. that the assent of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is hereby granted to a purchase made by the United States of certain land from Alba Fisk and wife on the 13th day of May, 1831, and also to the purchase of certain other land from Anthony Dravo and wife on the 8th date of June, 1833, and also to the purchase of certain other land from Alba Fisk and wife on the 6th day of June, 1837, all of which pieces of land are included within the boundaries of the United States Arsenal near Pittsburgh and adjoining the piece described in the act to which this is an addition and containing about 8 acres, according to the boundaries described in the deeds of the purchase above mentioned and under like terms and conditions as are prescribed in the act to which this is an addition.

 

Section 2  - That is at any time hereafter any further or additional quantity of land shall be purchased by the United States for the use of said arsenal, this act shall be construed to vest in the United States jurisdiction over the same to the same extent as it is vested by this act over the pieces above described.  (Approved February 14, 1845)

 

 

Presque Isle

 

This reservation is a peninsula lying to the northward of and inclosing the bay of Presque Isle, commanding the entrance to the harbor of Erie, in Erie County, and contains an area of about 2,024 acres.

 

Title and Jurisdiction - Deed from “The Marine Hospital of Pennsylvania”, dated may 25, 1871, conveying the above 2.024 acres of land.  Recorded in book #40, page 634, etc. of the deed records of Erie County.

 

Consent to the purchase of said land and jurisdiction ceded to the United States by acts of the State legislature approved April 18, 1795, and May 11, 1871, which acts provided as follows:

 

Section 3 - And be it further enacted, etc. that the said Commissioners shall also survey or cause to be surveyed, previously to and exclusively of the survey of the said town lots and outlets, one lot of sixty acres of the southern side of the harbor of Presque Isle one moiety thereof upon the bank and the moiety below the bank comprehending the point at the entrance of the harbor, and one other lot on the peninsula, to contain 100 acres for the accommodation and use of the United States, in erecting and maintaining forts, magazines, arsenals and dockyards thereon, and in such other improvements as the United States may judge proper to make for their advantage and convenience; and the situations and forms of the said three lots shall be chosen and fixed with a special reference to the uses aforesaid by the said Commissioners, and the engineer who shall be employed by the United States, if any such shall be appointed and shall attend for that purpose; and the said Commissioners shall with all convenient dispatch, return and file in the office of the secretary of the Commonwealth, and draft of the location and survey of the said three last mentioned lots, and the said draft being approved by the Governor, and recorded by the secretary, shall be deposited in the office of the Surveyor - General, and it shall be lawful for the United States at any time thereafter to take possession of an occupy the said three last mentioned lots, and thereon to erect, establish and maintain all necessary forts, magazines, arsenals, and dockyards and to make such other improvements thereon as they may judge proper and the same to continue to possess, occupy and hold so long as they shall deem it expedient to maintain and shall actually maintain a fort, garrison or other military establishment at or near Presque Isle and no longer;  proved, always, that if the mill seats on the creek running near the ruins of the old French fort should fall within the cessions hereby made to the United States, the same shall nevertheless be, and hereby made to the United States, the same shall nevertheless be, and hereby are, reserved for the use of this State with the right of erecting mills thereon, but no buildings, mills excepted, shall be erected within 600 yards of the center of any fort which shall be erected by the United States, on either of the lots ceded to them as aforesaid;  provide also, that it shall be lawful to lay out and open convenient roads through such parts of the said 3 lots as the reasonable accommodation of the State or its citizens may require without injury to the United States, with respect to the object of the cession; and it is the express intent and meaning of this act, that nothing herein contained shall be deemed, construed, or in any wise taken to cede and transfer unto the United States the jurisdiction or right of soil in and to the said three last mentioned lots, but only the occupancy and use thereof for the purposes aforesaid.  (Act approved April 18, 1795).

 

Section 1 - Be it enacted, etc. that the sum of $30,000 is hereby appropriated to the Marine Hospital at Erie, for the purpose of fitting the building for the reception of patients and paying the debt of the corporation, but only on the condition that the said Marine Hospital Corporate shall reconvey to the State of Pennsylvania, by good and sufficient deeds, to be approved by the Attorney General, all lands in any granted to said Marine Hospital by its act of incorporation, approved march 22nd, Anno Domini, 1,867, and the buildings now thereon, with the appurtenances, to be held by the State for the uses and purposes defined in said act incorporating the Marine Hospital at Erie, and on the further condition that said Marine Hospital Corporation shall convey to the United States of America all title it may have to the Peninsula of Presque Isle, obtained from the State of Pennsylvania by act of February 4th, Anno Domini 1,869, entitled “A supplement to an act incorporating the Marine Hospital at Erie”, to be held by said United States as near as may be, in its present condition, and only for the purposes of national defense and for the protection of the harbor of Erie, but in all other respects to be subject to the civil and criminal jurisdiction of the State of Pennsylvania; and the consent of the State of Pennsylvania is hereby given to such transfer of title, only for the purposes and under the limitations hereinbefore mentioned.  (Act approved may 11, 1871)

 

 

The acceptance of title from “The Marine Hospital of Pennsylvania” was authorized by act of Congress approved May 27, 1872 (17 stat, 162) as follows:

 

Be it enacted, etc. that the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby authorized and empowered to receive and accept from “The Marine Hospital of Pennsylvania” a corporation duly incorporated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the title to a piece or parcel of land, being the peninsula lying to the northward of an inclosing the bay of Presque Isle, and containing 2,024 acres more or less, to be held by the Government of the United States for the protection of the harbor of Erie; provided, that the deed conveying the same shall not be received or accepted until the title to the same is complete and indefeasible, nor unless the acceptance thereof shall be recommended by a board of officers of the corps of engineers appointed by the President.

 

Title to said peninsula was finally accepted, on December 14, 1886, by the Secretary of War, although not reported as complete and indefeasible, by directing that the same should be entered upon and taken possession of in behalf of the United States under authority of the following provision of act of congress approved August 5, 1886 (24 stat, 312)

 

That the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to receive and accept for the United States, from the Marine Hospital of Erie, Pennsylvania, the title to the peninsula of Presque Isle, at Erie, Pennsylvania, as tendered by the said Marine Hospital agreeably to the provisions of an act of the legislature of the State of Pennsylvania approved May 11th, 1871.

 

Easements - Act of congress, approved February 23, 1893 (27 stat, 472), authorized the commissioner of water works of the city of Erie to extend the intake pipe across the bay of Presque Isle to the peninsula, and thence across the lands of the Untied States into Lake Erie.

 

Act of Congress, approved March 24, 1910 (36 stat. 262), authorized the Department of Fisheries of the State of Pennsylvania to occupy a portion of the “Presque Isle Peninsula” for the purpose of establishing and maintaining thereon a hatchery for the propagation of game and food fishes under such plans and specifications as might be approved by the Secretary of War.  Plans and specifications therefore approved by the Secretary of War, November 28, 1913.

 

Revocable license - December 21, 1910 to the Department of Commerce and Labor to occupy two strips of land on Presque Isle Peninsula, each 100 years wide, for lighthouse purposes.

 

 

Prospect Hill Cemetery

(Soldiers Lot)

 

This reservations is situated about ¼ of a mile north of the borough of York, on the west side of the Harrisburg Turnpike road in York County, and is know as Lot #. 689, Section A, in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

 

Title - Evidenced by a certificate issued under the seal of the trustees of the Prospect Hill Cemetery, signed by William A. Wilt, president and W. Butzel, secretary, a copy of which is on file in the office of the Judge Advocate General at Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

Tobyhanna Artillery Target Range

 

This reservation is situated near Tobyhanna, in the townships of Cool Baugh, Monroe County and Lehigh, Wayne County.  It contains an area of 18.410 acres, of more or less and was acquired under authority of the act of Congress approved March 2, 1913 (37 stat, 710)

 

Title - 1.  Deed from Charles J. Sherman and wife dated July 20, 1914, conveying 155¾ acres.  Recorded in deed book 74, page 619, of the deed records of Monroe County.

 

2.     Deed from Sydenham H. Rhodes dated November 27, 1914, conveying 399 acres, 90 perches.  Recorded in deed book 75, page 146, of same records.

 

3.     Deed from the Monroe Water Supply Co., dated June 12, 1915, conveying 17.855 acres, more or less.  Recorded in deed book 76, page 34, of same records; also in book 107, page 390, of the deed records of Wayne County.

 

 

Philippine Islands

Army Morgue

See “Manila Reservations.”

 

 

Augur Barracks  (Including Asturias)

 

This reservation is situated in the municipality of Jolo, Province of Moro, Island of Jolo, and comprises six tracts of land having an aggregate area of 216.8026 hectares (about 535.71 acres), with metes and bounds as given in paragraph 1, b, executive order of November 10, 1904 (G.O. 177, W.D. November 21, 1904), and in executive order of February 14, 1913 (no. 1703).  It is known as military reservation case #30, in the court of land registration, Philippine Islands, and is shown on the following bureau of lands plans:  Augur Barracks, Jolo, II 6480, and Asturias II 6490.  Final decree, under act 627, Philippines Commission, reported in February, 1914 as pending.

 

Name of reservation changed from Jolo to Augur Barracks (G.I. 219, W.D., October 30, 1909).

 

Title - executive order of November 10, 1904 (G.L. 177, W.D. November 21, 1904), setting aside for military purposes a main reservation of about 339.7 acres and Fort Asturias (Princesa de Asturias), containing about 58.42 acres.  Executive orders of May 17, 1905 (G.O. 76, W.D. May 25, 1905), and of February 14, 1913 (No. 1703), increasing the area of the main reservation to 477.3 acres.

 

The following certificates of title cover the acquisition of private tracts within the reservation:

 

1.     Transfer No. 19; December 13, 1906; from Leopoldo Canizares Tiana; 432.91 square meters.

 

2.     Transfer No. 24; June 29, 1909; from same person; 344.95 square meters.

 

¹  Data as to reservations in the Philippine Islands compiled in part from report of the department commander.  Philippine Department, made in February, 1914, and in part from title papers on file in the office of the Judge Advocate General of the Army.

 


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