DYE Heirs Claim Millions in Land Titles to Property in Washington & Green Counties, PA., Involved --Claimants Prepare to Prove Their Statements

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Note that the article has Andrew Dye marrying for a second time at the age of 75. The records that I have indicate that Andrew married Ann Lamb sometime around 1810 in Kentucky.

"A legal battle for the possession of land millions will begin in the Pennsylvania courts. On one side will be the Andrew DYE Association, as claimants, arrayed against the present possessors of rich tracts of land in Washington and Greene counties. Among the defendants will be the PennsylvaniaRailroad Company.

The hopes of the claimants are based on the fact that a man in disposing of his property a century ago gave a ninety-nine year lease instead of selling outright.

Andrew DYE was born in Cranbury, NJ in 1754. While young, he made his way into the wilds of Pennsylvania and bought land near Pittsburg. Here he married Miss Sarah Miner. From the union sprang eight sons and two daughters.

DYE's thrift was not confined to increasing his family, for he steadily added to his holdings, picking up land here and there for a song. His estate finally extended into two counties.

Upon the death of his wife in 1804, DYE determined to dispose of his Pennsylvania home and move west. He gave ninety-nine year leases on all his holdings and with children, came to Ohio and bought farm lands in Miami County. Here he lived for twenty-five years, when at the age of 75, he again fell victim to Cupid and took another wife. The marriage met with strong opposition on the part of the children and the old man angrily made a will leaving his fortune to his wife and cutting off the children with .... He died in 1835. The will is on the record of the Miami County Court and will play an important part in the coming litigation.

The DYE family thus established in Ohio grew rapidly. For years they have held family reunions annually. The story of their ancestor and his lands in the Keystone State came down through the generations with other family tales. Some papers held as relics were scattered about among members of the family but no real yalue was attached to them until about a year ago, when one of the present DYEs, in looking over old documents found the record of a ninety-nine year lease of a 33O acre tract of land in Washington County, Pennsylvania.

This land is now in the possession of the Pennsylvania Railway. He called the attention of other members of the family to the possibilities of the case and it was determined to make investigations of all papers and records for further evidence. They declare that the search was highly successful. All the leases given by Andrew DYE in Western Pennsylvania have expired. There remained nothing to do but strengthen their case by investigation of the Pennsylvania and county records and taking the matter to the courts. This year's family reunion was recently held at Pleasant Hill. The assembled 500 descendants of Andrew DYE, representing all walks of life, heard the report of investigators and resolved to effect an organization, elect officers and provide funds for the prosecution of the claims. The officers are Thomas S. DYE, of Piqua, Ohio, president, and A. C. BUCHANAN of Piqua, Ohio, secretary and treasurer.

Although the lands have changed hands many times, it is said that the ninety- nine year lease make void any subsequent deeds to the properties and that the title of claimants can be established in the courts. "