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Warwick and Ivyland help Recorder of Deeds save Bucks History

With the appreciation of once it’s gone, it’s gone, Warwick and Ivyland join Bucks County Recorder of Deeds Robin Robinson in her quest to save our county’s historic deed books dating back to the 1600s.

Robin recently visited both municipalities to thank them for making donations to the Bucks County Adopt a Book Program.

“Given the rich history of Warwick as well as Bucks County, we were happy to play a part in preserving our history,” said Warwick Chairwoman Judith Algeo. “With the world and technology moving so fast these days, it is exciting to be part of a project that is saving historic documents for generations to come,” added Judith. 

Deed book 24 will be on display at the Township building through September 30th.

“We hope Warwick residents will come out to see the book, especially the information about the Moland property,” said Vice-Chairman John Cox. “These books really are impressive and we are lucky to have one available for residents to view through the end of the month,” added John.

If you get a chance to view the book, check out pages 97 and 98.

There you will find the recording of John Moland’s one-year lease for five shillings, followed by a release of land owned by Thomas Freame husband and William Penn’s daughter Margaret, Freame’s wife.

Thomas and Margaret sold (some of) the land to Moland in 1737. 

“As a resident of Warwick myself, I am so thankful to the Warwick Board of Supervisors for appreciating the need to save our historic records and for partnering with me on this exciting project,” Robin says. 

The Ivyland Borough Council also recently voted in favor of donating to the Bucks County Historic Deed Book Restoration Project.

“Proceeds for the donation came from Council member’s salaries which they annually donate back to the borough each year for worthwhile projects such as this,” said Borough President Salvatore DiPaolo. 

The books will be on display in the Borough Hall Conference Room Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 2:00pm from now until December 20th. 

“We hope Ivyland residents will come out to see these books. It really is impressive and we are lucky to have them available for our residents viewing through December,” added Salvatore.

Deed book 164 contains information about Edmund Lacey’s purchase of 38 acres of land now known as Ivyland from Isaac Parry who came to own the land by way of the Hart family (deed book 16). “It is fascinating to see our founding fathers names in these books and realize it is the official record from the beginning of our special community”, said Ivyland Council member Chris Finello.

“I am so thankful to the Council members from Ivyland for partnering with me on this exciting project.” Robin says. 

“I hope the residents of Ivyland and the surrounding area take the opportunity to go see these books on display in the Borough Hall and thank their Council members for their thoughtful leadership in preserving our history for generations to come. Once presented, these books will last for another 500 years,” added Robin.

To learn more about the Adopt a Book program or contact the Bucks County Recorder of Deeds office, call 215-348-6209 or visit them on the web at

www.buckscounty.org/government/RowOfficers/RecorderofDeeds.

PHOTO CAP: From left, John W. Cox, Robin Robinson, Judith A. Algeo and Edward P. Thompson with preserved deed book.