Digges' Choice, 1737

Digges' Choice, 1737 (HM2T5)

Location: Hanover, PA 17331 York County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 48.032', W 76° 58.968'

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In 1681, King Charles II of England granted William Penn a colony in America to pay a debt the King owed Penn's father. This land, east of the Susquehanna River, was an area almost as large as England. In 1736, Iroquois Indians signed a treaty that deeded to the Penn's the Susquehanna River and lands west, including the area that became Hanover.
However in 1727, Marylander John Digges obtained a warrant for 10,000 acres from Charles Calvert, fourth Lord Baltimore. This grant, Digges' Choice, also covered land that became Hanover. By 1730 settlers were securing land deeds from Digges in and around present day Hanover.
Charters granted to Penn and Lord Baltimore conflicted. This disputed area between the colonies, known as Rogues Roost, became a haven for people avoiding taxes. A temporary line was established between the two colonies in 1739, which became the Mason-Dixon Line in 1768, placing Hanover in Pennsylvania.
In 1745 Richard McAllister, a Scotch Irishman, purchased land from Digges establishing the original town of Hanover.
HM NumberHM2T5
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 10:51am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 330251 N 4407499
Decimal Degrees39.80053333, -76.98280000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 48.032', W 76° 58.968'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 48' 1.92" N, 76° 58' 58.08" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11 Center Square, Hanover PA 17331, US
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