Monday, May 26, 2014

Amanuensis Monday - Post 220: 1882 Deed of Land in Louisa County, Iowa from Mary and Louisa M. Carringer to Richard Richards

Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday."  John offers this definition for "amanuensis:" 

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

The subject today is a deed for land in Louisa County, Iowa dated 1 February 1882 from Mary and Louisa M. Carringer to Richard Richards for $1 (two images below).

The transcription of this deed is:

[middle of page 622]

1 Mary & Louisa Carringer }
2 to } Filed for Record Feby 4, 1882 9 AM
3 Richard Richards }

4 Know all men by these presents that we
5 Mary Carringer and Louisa M. Carringer of the County of
6 Louisa and State of Iowa In consideration of the sum of
7 One Dollar to us in hand, paid by Richard Richards of
8 the County of Louisa and State of Iowa we hereby sell and
9 convey all of our right title interest claims or demand
10 unto the said Richard Richards his heirs and assigns
11 in and to the following Real Estate situate in the County of Louisa
12 and State of Iowa to wit. The North west quarter (¼) of the
13 North East quarter (¼) of section number Twenty Nine (29) Town-
14 ship number Seventy five (75), Range number five (5) west
15 containing forty (40) acres more or less. In testimony whereof
16 we have hereunto set our hands and seals this the 1st day
17 of February A D 1882. Mary Carringer {seal}
18 State of Iowa } Louisa M. Carringer {seal}
19 Louisa County } SS

20 Before the undersigned a Notary Public in
21 and for said County personally came Mary and Louisa M.
22 Carringer unmarried who I personally know to be the

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23 identical persons above named and acknowledged the same
24 to be their voluntary act and deed for the purposes therein expressed.
25 In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal
26 notarial this the 1st day of February A D 1882.
27 { Wesley H. Garner } Wesley H. Garner
28 { Notarial seal } Notary Public
29 { Columbus City }

30 { Louisa Co Iowa }

The source citation for this deed is:

Louisa County, Iowa, Louisa County, Iowa, deeds records, 1839-1935; index, 1839-1901, "Deeds, v. 32, 35, 1876-1882," Volume 35, Page 622-623 (stamped), Mary and Louisa M. Carringer to Richard Richards entry, accessed on FHL microfilm US/CAN 1,005,869.

The record images were obtained with my iPhone in February 2014 at the Family History Library from the microfilm machine. 

There are separate deeds from four heirs of Henry Carringer selling their share in the land owned by Henry Carringer in Louisa County, Iowa to their sisters, Mary and Louisa M. Carringer.  After those were filed in the Louisa County Deed office, the deed above was written and the property previously owned by Henry Carringer and willed to his six children was sold for $1 to Richard Richards.

Why was it sold for $1?  I don't know.  I don't know who Richard Richards is.  Did he agree to take care of Mary and Louisa Carringer, who were unmarried daughters of Henry Carringer, for the rest of their lives?  I don't know.  It's an interesting question!   I thought I was done with this estate!

Henry Carringer (1800-1879) is my third great-grandfather, and the father of David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902).  He came to Louisa County, Iowa from Mercer County, Pennsylvania in about 1858 with several of his children, and died there in 1879.  He bought land in Louisa County, Iowa in 1864, which I transcribed in Amanuensis Monday - Post 215: 1864 Deed of William McCullough to Henry Carringer in Louisa County, Iowa.  

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

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