Family Farms - History of Towamensing Township

 

           Early tax records demonstrate the love of the land typical of these early German settlers. Those are not listed as farmers are likely to be found in farm-related occupations, like blacksmith or miller. Some residents had rather substantial average, indicating self-sufficiency. Farms of a thousand or more acres were found in the township. Families of 12 to 18 children were not unusual. Large families were necessary to run the family farm successfully.

          Farms were handled down from father to son through the generations. Today some of these farms continue to be farmed by direct descendants of the original owners.