What Happened to the Family Farm?

Thomas Chaney willed the “remainder” of his real and personal property to his son William in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, in the 1850s. That’s likely why there is no land deed for Thomas selling his property or for William acquiring his–the will served as the “deed.” Deeds for William should be referenced as they may indicate how Thomas acquired the property and provide a little more detail about the property acquisition.

Or they may not.

But I won’t know until I look.