|The following deed is recorded in the Courthouse at Reading, PA. It is the oldest document of the family history that we have found.
Dated April 8, 1762
“KNOWN ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, that I, Ulrich Speiger of Barn Township of the county of Berks and province of Pennsylvania yeoman for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds lawful money of Pennsylvania to me in had paid or conditioned to be paid by Michael Speiger of the same place, HAVE granted bargained and sold unto the said Michael Speiger my improvement, lying and being in the said township of Barn, adjoining on the lands of Christel Hirtzberger, Adam Grim, and Valentine Himmelberger, containing about two hundred acres of land being the same more or less, whereof I do acknowledge the receipt and myself therewith fully and entirely satisfied, HAVE granted bargained sold set over and delivered, and by those presents, DO grant bargain sell set over and deliver unto the said Michael Speiger all my right and property to the said improvement as above mentioned, together also with all and singular the buildings rights members improvements heredities and appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging and the reversions and remainders thereof – – “TO HAVE AND TO HOLD THE said bargained premises unto him the said Michael Speiger or his heirs and assigns to the only proper use and behoof of him the said Michael Speiger or his heirs and assigns forever. AND I the said Ulrich Speiger for my self and my heirs, executors and administrators (But reserving for my self the said Ulrich Speiger to live on the said bargained premises my natural life.) The said bargained premises unto him the said Michael Speiger or his heirs and assigns, against all and all manner of person or persons from or under me, or by me in any case shall and will for ever warrant and defend, THE HON.ble PROPRIETORS OR LORDS OF THE TILL’S always excepted, by these presents. “IN WITNESS WHEREOF I the said Ulrich Speiger have hereunto set my hand and seal, dated the eighth day of Aprill Anno Dimini One Thousand seven hundred and sixty two – – –
SEALED AND DELIVERED Signed, In the presence of us Ulrich Speiger
Family Archive #512. Genealogical Records: Pennsylvania Colonial Records, 1600s-1800s. Listed in: Foreigners Who Took The Oath Of Allegiance. P. 142