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***May Apple Bottom - and the Neighbors|
Jacob Eyman <1725> was a first owner of land in the western reaches of Lancaster -- which became Dauphin. His lot and the neighbors have been discovered thanks to PA archives maps overlaid on Google Earth images. Eymans lived among Scotch-Irish from the beginning -- nearly all patriots.
***Mill Place Plantation
The Virginia lands of Christian Iman were noted in 1742 by the first Fairfax surveyors (including the father of President Jefferson) as a superb and unique location for mills. Progress has been made in locating the lands.
***Spring Run Trout
The spot described by the Reverend Frances Asbury in 1781 as containing a mill and a place to meet 90 German families became called Eymans/Iman's Run. To this day it's one of the last remaining habitats of trout who migrate back to the creek in order to spawn. Help is needed.
Iman had a sawmill, grist mill, wool carding machine, and a powder mill. When he sold most of his lands in about 1814 he retained several acres on which his son Jacob was to live, and retained the rights to remove from the sold sections equipment for gunpower production. "Black powder" was made from ash and very pure lime of the sort often drawn from caves. The nearby Spring Run Cave is closed today in order to protect a nearly extinct large winged bat who live in the cave.