Monday, August 4, 2014

Amanuensis Monday - Post 229: 1869 Deed of Land in Taylor County, Iowa from Ranslow Smith to Harley U. Greenlee

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 an 1869 deed in the Taylor County, Iowa deed books for Ranslow Smith selling land to Harley U. Greenlee:

The transcription of this deed is (handwritten text in italics, form fields underlined):

01                                            RECORD OF DEEDS
02                               Ranslow Smith to Harley U. Greenlee

03 Know all Men by these Presents:
04 That    We   Ranslow Smith and Julia his wife     
05 of the County of    Taylor    and State of    Iowa   , in consideraton of the
06 sum of      Six hundred & forty                                     Dollars
07 in hand paid by     Harley U. Greenlee     
08                                          of    Taylor     County, and State of   
09      Iowa      do hereby Sell and convey unto the said      Harley U. Greenlee 
10 the following described premises, situated in the County of     Taylor    and State of Iowa, to wit:
11 The West half of the North East quarter of Section No twenty three
12 (23) of Township No Sixty Eight (68) of Range No Thirty three (33)
13 containing eighty acres more or less
14 and   We    hereby covenant with the said    Harley U Greenlee     
15                            that   We   hold said premises by good & perfect title, that    We   
16 ha ve  good right and lawful authority to Sell and convey same; that they are free and clear of all liens and incum-
17 brances whatsoever, and  We  covenant to Warrant and Defend the said premises against the lawful claims of
18 all persons whomsoever; and the said   Julia wife of R Smith     hereby relinquishes
19 her right of dower in and to the above described premises.
20 Signed this    16th    day of    March    186 9  
21 IN PRESENCE OF                  { $1.00 Revenue Stamp } 
22 _____________________                                                   Ranslow Smith       
23 _____________________                                                   Julia M Smith        
24 STATE OF IOWA,    }  SS
26                                                On the   16th   day of     March    186 9, before me
27    R B Kinsell                 a       Notary Public       
28 within and for said County, personally came    Ranslow Smith and Julia his wife      
29 personally to me known to be the identical person s whose name s   are   affixed to the above instrument as grantor s
30 and acknowledged the same to be   their   voluntary act and deed.
31 { Notarial }      In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto submitted my name, and affixed my official
32 {   Seal    }       Seal at   Bedford    on the date last above written.
33                                                                  R B Kinsell     
34                                                                     Notary Public     
35 I certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the Original Deed as filed
36 for Record on the 11th day of May A D 1869
37 J P. Flick   Recorder

The source citation for this Deed is:

Taylor County, Iowa, "Taylor County, Iowa, deed records, 1855-1953; index, 1855-1902", "Deed Records (Land) v. J (cont.) 1867-1869 v. K-L 1867-1870," Volume K, page 375 (stamped), Deed of Ranslow Smith to Harley U. Greenlee, 1869; accessed 4 February 2014 on FHL US/CAN microfilm 1,535,633.

This is the same land parcel that Ranslow Smith purchased from the William Lewis Estate in 1867, transcribed in Amanuensis Monday - Post 227: 1867 Deed of Land in Taylor County, Iowa from William Lewis Estate to R. Smith (posted 21 July 2014) for $220.

He sold the land in the current transaction less than 16 months later for $640, a $420 profit.  Of course, he may have improved the plot by clearing woods or forest, or by building a house or outbuildings, or by planting crops on it.  Without more information, we don't know if he made a profit.

Ranslow Smith (1805-1873) is the adoptive father of my second great-grandfather, Devier J. Lamphier Smith (1839-1894).  He married Julia (Middleton) Johnston, as his second wife, on 8 March 1868 in Taylor County, Iowa.

copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

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