History

Montgomery County was created on September 10, 1784, from part of Philadelphia County, and named for General Richard Montgomery. Norristown, the County Seat, was laid out in 1784, and incorporated as a Borough on March 31, 1814. It was named for Isaac Norris, who owned land there.

Historical Deeds

Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, First Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds, Speaker’s House
Owned by The Speaker’s House Inc. , March 30, 2004

Pennypacker Mills*
Owned by Montgomery County, June 24, 1981

Peter Wentz Farmstead*
Owned by Montgomery County, 1969

Pottsgrove Manor,* 1952 opened as a museum
Owned by Montgomery County

John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove*
Owned by Montgomery County, 1951

Sunrise Mill*
Owned by Montgomery County, 1971

*Properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Montgomery County Recorders of Deeds^

Jeanne Sorg, 2016 – present

Nancy J. Becker, 2004 – 2015

Maryann Rickenback, 1988 – 2003

Elizabeth M. Butler, September 1987 – December 1987 (acting)

James Price, 1984 – 1987

Sullivan J. Asko, Jr., 1972 – 1983

Paul E. Lederach, November 1968 – 1971 (appointed)

Anthony Lochetto, 22 July 1968 – October 1968 (acting)

Merrill A. Bucher, 1968 – 13 July 1968

John S. Magill, 1960 – 1967

William J. Boden, 1952 – 1959

John E. Marshall, 1940 – 1951

William G. Hower, 1928 – 1939

B. Paul Sheeder, 1920 – 1927

T. Darlington Buckwalter, 1912 – 1919

Henry T. Hunsicker, 1908 – 1911

William J. Wells, 1906 – 1908

Earl A. Jenkins, 1903 – 1905

Horace B. Righter, 1900 – 1902

William H. Murphy, 1897 – 1899

George W. Keys, 1894 – 1896

George W. Pawling, 1891 – 1893

Benjamin Thomas, 1888 – 1890

Aaron Weikel, 1885 – 1887

Henry W. Kratz, 1882 – 1884

John W. Schall, 1876 – 1881

John W. Schall, 22 March 1875 (appointed)

George W. Neiman, 1873 – 1875

Henry Bernard Nace, 1870 – 1872

Christopher Wyckoff, 1867 – 1869

Henry Unger, 1864 – 1866

Thomas G. Rutter, 1861 – 1863

William H. Hill, 1858 – 1860

George Lower, 1855 – 1857

Rufus B. Longaker, 1852 – 1854

Henry G. Hart, 1849 – 1851

Henry Drake, 1846 – 1848

Daniel Fry, 1843 – 1845

Tobias Sellers, 1840 – 1942

Tobias Sellers, 17 February 1839

Robert Iredell, 5 January 1839

Robert Iredell, 28 January 1836

James Wells, 11 June 1834

Samuel D. Patterson, 23 February 1833

William Powell, 12 February 1830

John Markley, 21 December 1826

John Markley, 8 January 1824

Jacob Hubley, 21 November 1822

Jesse Roberts, 7 February 1821

George Wack, 25 January 1818

Archibald Darrah, 21 January 1803

Thomas Potts, 6 January 1800

William R. Atlee, 5 March 1799

Thomas Craig, 8 August 1795

James Morris, 24 September 1791

Robert Loller, 14 September 1790

Robert Loller, 10 September 1789

Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, 21 September 1784 (First Recorder of Deeds, appointed)

^Pennsylvania Constitution, 1968: Recorder of Deeds elected, four-year term

Amendment, Nov. 2, 1909 to Pennsylvania Constitution 1874; Recorder of Deeds elected, four-year term

Pennsylvania Constitution, 1874: Recorder of Deeds elected, three-year term

Pennsylvania Constitution 1838: Recorder of Deeds elected, three-year term

Pennsylvania Constitution, 1790: Recorder of Deeds appointed by the Governor

Pennsylvania Constitution, 1776: Recorder of Deeds appointed by the General Assembly

Historical Information Links

Montgomery County Archives

Montgomery County Historical Society

Montgomery County Register of Wills’ Genealogical Resources

National Trust for Historic Preservation Tips to Research the History of Your Home

Historical Land Records, 1784-1971

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JEANNE SORG


MONTGOMERY COUNTY
RECORDER OF DEEDS

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