This interesting tidbit became available to me. It is a modern document that regards the Peter Babb Homestead in West Caln Township, Pennsylvania. Peter (1-2-1) is the eldest son of Thomas (1-2) & Batsheba (Hussey). Peter’s grandfather is Phillip Babb of the Isles of Shoals (1).
The 2002 proposal to place a modern communications tower within the bounds of Peter’s Plantation prompted a historical commission zoning review. The area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was purchased by Peter Babb in 1842 from the Estate of William Penn who had died in 1817. The deed having been issued by Penn’s sons.
There is a surprising level of detail in the document and a nice biography on the people who lived there as well. In the end, the tower was approved. The 180′ structure was replacing a 155′ structure, so it was deemed that it would present no material change to the Rural Landscape.
2 responses to “Peter Babb 1-2-1 Homestead – West Caln Township, PA”
Thanks so much for this information on the Peter Babb plantation in West Caln, PA! Peter is my paternal 4x great-grandfather through his son Samson (the son removed from the Friends meeting for keeping and using a fiddle) and who eventually decamped to Tioga County, PA. Samson’s son, Samson Jr, stayed in the West Caln/West Chester, Chester County, PA area — and that’s where my immediate paternal family lived.
We drove around Hibernia Park a few years ago just to try and find the plantation’s stone wall that I discovered, in my research, should be visible. Not much luck finding it. I realize the house photos in these documents are most likely not the Peter Babb house, but I still appreciate seeing them and having a bit more history on the land itself.
Thanks again for posting this!
There are several houses that are attributed to Peter Babb. Those shown are attributed to him and at times some of his sons as well. Not all of them are located on the modern configuration of his plantation. But the land was segmented several times as the generations passed.
I’m glad you enjoyed the post!