The Maryland Connection
The following "power of attorney" document is an extraordinary find. It proves that Andrew Haack of Maxatawny Twp (PA) and John Haack of Rockland Twp were brothers. And it proves that Andrew Haack moved southward to Maryland where he was living in Frederick County in 1778, while at the same time John remained in Rockland.
How does the Maryland connection help us? First, it gets Andrew moving south out of Pennsylvania. It is our first solid evidence of Andrew's trail to Georgia. There have been some intriguing references to Maryland in the Georgia data. Specifically, if I remember correctly, the Randolph County Jacob Hawk and one of his presumed slaves (a black man with the Hawk surname) are listed in one census as having been born in Maryland. (Jacob's wife Catherine is listed in the same census as born in Virginia. Also, Seaborn Hawk mentions his aunt Peggy Harris "of Virginia.")
The POA document asserts that on 20 April 1772 Andrew purchased 90 ac. land and mills from Casper Seibert (aka Seivert, Seybert), but had no deed to the property. Bill believes this is the same 90 ac. John sold in 1791 to George Bryfogel.
Searching for Hawk records in Frederick County, Maryland
Maryland land records of Frederick County are now online thanks to the kind folks at the Maryland State Archives. The following PDF files were obtained from their site and copied here to save their bandwidth. These are large files. They range from 1 MB to 15MB in size. The multipage files are the large ones. If they cause me to exceed my bandwidth limits on the server I will take them offline. So if you are interested please download them to your system now. These are the pages which contain the names Hawk, Hawke, Hauck and in some cases Houck. Each file is one page of the land records. The files retain the Maryland Land Records stamp at the bottom of the document. Do not remove this stamp.
Here's the real question. Are any of these people from our line? We have found a preexisting Hawk line already in Frederick County, of no known relation to ours.
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