MUMMA tax records of Hempfield Twp., Lancaster Co., PA 1751-1798

The microfilmed tax records were photocopied at the Lancaster County Historical Society. Unfortunately, I was in a big hurry and didn't record the microfilm number or whether the entry was under the heading of Land Owner, Freeman, or Inmate. Even some of the dates may be slightly in error.

If two assessments are listed, the first is likely a state tax and the second is a county tax. Most of the header information for the personal property was unreadable, but typically listed the number of horses, horned cattle, hogs, Negroes, bound servants, plate, mills & stills that a person owned.

Typically 3 classes are listed – Land owners; Inmates - who rent land from someone else, and Freeman -who are single men over the age of 21. These distinctions are sometimes useful in determining whether a man is married and possibly their age, if you can determine when they first appear on the list.

Tax Year Name Tax or Land Comments
1751 George Muma 6.0  
  David Muma 6.6  
  Lorance Muma 6.0  
1756 George Muma 0.12.0  
  David Muma 0.8.0  
  Frederick Muma 1.0.0  
1757 George Mumma 0.3.6  
  David Mumma 0.3.4  
  Frederick Mumma 0.5.0  
1758 George Muma 150 acres (60 clear, 13 sown)
  David Muma 150 acres (55 clear, 15 sown)
  Frederick Mumma 100 acres (20 clear, 12 sown)
1759 George Mumer 150 acres (75 clear, 15 sown) 1.15.0
  David Mumer 200 acres (50 clear, 8 sown) 1.0.0
  Frederick Mumer 0 acres (8 sown) 0.10.0
1769 George Muma 250 acres (150 clear)
  David Mumer 120 acres (80 clear)
  Peter Mumer 0 acres,  
1770 George Muma 1.13.0  
  David Muma 1.17.0  
  Peter Muma 0.?.?  
  George Muma 1.10.0 0.5.0
  David Muma 0.17.0 0.2.9
  Peter Muma 0.3.6 0.4.0
1771 George Muma 1.11 0.5.3
  David Muma 0.17.6 0.3.0
  Peter Muma 0.3.6 0.1.0
1772 George Muma 1.10 0.5.3
  David Muma 0.17.6 0.3.0
  Peter Muma 0.3.6 0.1.0
1773 George Muma 400 acres (100 clear)
  David Muma 200 acres (100 clear) Migrates to Baltimore, sells land to a John Mumma
  Peter Muma tenant 12.0.0 rent
1775 George Mumma 1.16.8  
  George Mumma Jr 0.?.6  
  Widow Mumma 0.1.6 ? =whose the widow???
1775? George Mumma ?.?.2  
  George Mumma Jr ?.?.?  
  John Mumma 0.6.8 (New owner - Son of immigrant David Mumma?)
  Widow Mumma 0.2.8 ? =whose the widow???
1775? George Mumma 0.12.2  
  George Mumma Jr 0.5.0  
  John Mumma 0.6.8  
  Widow Mumma 0.1.0 ? =whose the widow???
1776 George Mumma 1.16.8  
  George Mumma Jr 0.16.6  
  John Mumma 1.0.0  
  Widow Mumma 0.1.6 ? =whose the widow???
1777 George Muma 3.10 ** Test Act of 1777 for all "Non-Associators".
  John Muma 3.10 A fee imposed on pacifists for not serving.
  Henry Muma 3.10 Son of George
  Christian Muma 3.10 Son of George?????
  Christian Muma 3.10 ??????
1778 George Muma 8.5.6 1.13.8
  George Muma Jr 3.0.0 0.7.2
  John Muma 5.0.0 0.12.6
  Christian Muma 1.15.6 0.4.3
1778? George Mumia 17.17.6  
  George Mumia Jr 5.1.6  
  John Mumia 10.10.0  
  Christian Mumia 3.0.0  
1779 George Muma 145.15.0 The personal property listing is unreadable
  George Muma Jr 80.15.0  
  John Muma 115.7.6  
  Christian Muma 41.7.6  
1780 George Muma 200 acres value = 1200; Total = 1256
  George Muma Jr 150 acres value = 900; Total = 922
  Henry Muma 110 acres value = 300; Total = 311
  John Muma 200 acres value = 600; Total = 660
1781 George Mumma 10.0.0 8.10.6
  George Mumma Jr 7.5.0 6.9.0
  Henry Mumma 3.0.0 2.10.?
  John Mumma 7.15.0 6.19.4
1783 George Muma 14.0.0 6.0.0 200 acres
  George Muma Jr 5.0.0 2.0.0 150 acres
  Henry Muma 3.0.0 1.5.0 100 acres
  John Muma 7.10.0 3.0.0 200 acres
1785 George Muma 5.10.10 1.7.9
  George Muma Jr 1.11.1 0.9.3
  Henry Muma 1.4.7 0.6.0
  John Muma 3.0.0 0.15.0 (sells?)
  John Muma 0.10.0 0.6.0 "Freeman" (Son of Peter)
1786 George Muma 200 acres George dies in 1786
  Henry Muma 100 acres  
  John Muma 200 Acres  
  George Muma Jr "Inmate" 0.2.2 (where is his land)
  John Muma "Freeman" (son of Peter)
  Philip Muma "Freeman" (Son of Peter)
1787 Henry Mumma 100 acres 1.19.2 (son of George Sr.)
  David Mumma 100 acres 2.12.2 (son of George Sr.)
  Jacob Mumma 100 acres 2.16.2 (son of George Sr.)
  John Mumma 200 acres ?.?.?
  Frederick Mumma "Freeman" 0.12.0(son of Peter)
1788 Henry Muma 100 acres  
  David Muma 100 acres  
  Jacob Muma 120 acres  
  John Muma 200 acres No animals – moved to York Co.?
  John Muma 0.10.6 "Freeman" – son of Peter
  Frederick Muma 0.10.6 "Freeman" – son of Peter
1792 Henry Muma 80 acres) (1 horse, 2 cows
  John Muma 33 acres (2 cows)
1793 Henry Muma 80 acres 0.8.0 (Heinrich)
  John Muma 33 acres 0.6.0
  Philip Mumma "Inmate" 0.3.9
  Peter Mumma "Inmate" 0.2.0
1796 Henry Muma 76 acres "bad land" + a log house, a log barn & still
  John Muma 10 acres "mitling dry land"
  Frederick Muma 15 acres "mitling dry land" + a log house & stable
1797-98 Philip Muma 0.0.11 "Inmate"
  Peter Muma 0.0.11 "Inmate"

Henry Mumma no longer appears on the tax rolls because he sells his "bad land" and moves to Sharpsburg, Maryland in about 1798 to join his brother, Jacob Mumma. Jacob migrated there in 1796. After this time, no trace of any of George Anthony Mumma’s children remain in Hempfield township. The remaining Mummas appear to all be descendants of the immigrant, Peter Mumma.

Since Peter, the immigrant, rarely appears on the tax rolls, this would suggest that he did not have much money and likely lived on someone elses farm, "rent free". Then their name would not appear on the tax rolls. It is quite likely he would have lived on George Anthony Mumma’s large land holdings which were located in West Hempfield. The 200 acres owned by David/John Mumma was located in East Hempfield. All of Peter’s children resided in West Hempfield.

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** the "Test act of 1777" - Initially, a fee of 3.10 was imposed on the "non-associators" – i.e. those not willing to serve in the War. Finally, in 1777 most states passed the "Test Acts". These Acts required everyone to take an oath of allegiance promising to defend the revolutionary cause with arms. Pennsylvania law decreed banishment and confiscation of all property for those who refused the oath. http://www.anabaptists.org/history/rev-war.html