Pennsylvania Surveyor-General JOHN LUKENS (1720-1789), surveyor for the Commonwealths of
Pennsylvania and Delaware, was disowned by his church for marrying a first
cousin in 1743. Lukens was acquainted with David Rittenhouse, Benjamin Franklin
and Francis Alison and was named surveyor in 1761. His 1762 measurements along
Delaware’s northern border were used by those establishing the Mason-Dixon Line
while laying out their historic line. In 1768, Lukens, as a member of the
American Philosophical Scoiety, helped famed astronomer David Rittenhouse track
Venus’ position in the universe and later, in 1784, discovered Luken’s Comet.
A fine Colonial era Pennsylvania land surveyor’s application, partly-printed, one page 4 ½ x 8, issued to Andrew Willson, April 3, 1769, Philadelphia. In part, “Andrew Willson hath made application for three hundred acres of land along ‘Minery Creek’ and which contains the ruins of an old Indian Fort…”
Expected toning. Else excellent.
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