Monday, November 17, 2014

Amanuensis Monday - Post 244: 1875 Deed of Land in Taylor County, Iowa from Devier and Abbie Smith to Bazzel Turner

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 1875 deed in the Taylor County, Iowa deed books for Devier J. Smith and Abbie A. Smith selling land to Bazzel Turner:

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

Devier J. Smith & wife     }       Filed for record:    24th   day of   March 18th 
                   To:                     }         A.D. 18 75  ,  at    9    o'clock,    A.  M.
    Bazzel Turner                }                                         E.G. Medford, Recorder
Know all Men by these Presents, That      Devier J. Smith in his
proper person and Abbie A. Smith his wife by said D J Smith her attorney in fact      
of the County of   Cloud   and State of     Kansas    in consideration of the sum of
                 Twleve Hundred                                              Dollars,
in hand paid by         Bazzel Turner                     
of     Ringgold      County and State of     Iowa    do hereby SELL AND CONVEY unto 
the said           Bazzel Turner              the following 
described premises, situated in the County of   Taylor    and State of   Iowa     to-wit:
         The South East quarter of the South West Quatter of Section No Twenty three (23)
   Township No Sixty Eight  Range No Thirty four (34) West of 3^rd Principal Meridian.  Containing Forty  acres by Government Survey.     

and   they   hereby covenant with the said     Bazzel Turner                         
________________________ that   they   hold said premises by good and perfect title;
 that   they   have good right and lawful authority to SELL and CONVEY the same; that they are free and 
clear of all liens and incumbrances whatsoever; And   they  covenant   to WARRANT AND DEFEND the said 
premises, against the lawful claims of all persons whomsoever.  And the said  ___________  
                                                            Abbie A. Smith                   
hereby relinquishes her right of Dower in and to the above described premises.
Signed this    24^th      day of     March     A.D.  18  75 
IN PRESENCE OF                                          Devier J. Smith     
                                                                              Abbie A. Smith  by D J Smith     
                                                                              her Atty in fact.                    
STATE OF IOWA,     Taylor       County,  SS:
 On this   24th   day of    March    A.D. 18 75  , before me
       the Undersigned      a    Notary Public      within and for said County, personally came                                           Devier J. Smith on his proper person and as Attorney in fact for     
                                 Abbie A. Smith                   personally to me 
{                   }      known to be the identical person s whose name is      affixed to the above               {   Seal        }       instrument as Grantor s , ^and as Attorny for the said Abbie A. Smith^ and acknowledged the same to be   his   voluntary 
                              act and deed, for the purposes therein expressed.
                                      In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and
                             affixed my official seal at     Bedford  Iowa    on the date last above written.
                                                                                                              R.B. Kinsell.            
                                                                                                              Notary Public        
     I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the original deed, 

The source citation for this Deed is:

Taylor County, Iowa, Taylor County, Iowa, deed records, 1855-1953; index, 1855-1902, "Deed Records (Land) v. Q (cont.) 1874-1875, v. R-S 1873-1875)" Volume S, page 113 (stamped), Deed of Devier J. Smith and wife to Bazzel Turner, 1875; accessed 4 February 2014 on FHL US/CAN microfilm 1,535,636.

Devier J. Smith bought the entire 160 acres in Section 23 in Township 68 North Range 34 West from Tobias and Lydia Denny on 10 December 1867, along with 60.79 acres of land land in Section 18 lot 3 in Township 67 North of Range 33 West, for $1400.  He sold the Section 18 lot in 1871 for $1000.  He sold the North half of the southwest quarter of Section 23 in 1872 for $3200.  He sold parcels in the southwest quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 23 between 1871 and 1875 to at least 14 separate transactions for a total of $3,090.50.  

The one transaction with the Dennys in 1867 cost $1,400, and he sold all of that land for a total of $7,290.50, for a gross profit of $5890.50.

Devier J. and Abby A. Smith are my second great-grandparents.  By 1875, they were residing in Concordia, Cloud County, Kansas.  Subsequently, they moved to McCook, Red Willow County, Nebraska in 1885, and then bought land in Cheyenne County, Kansas before Devier died in 1894 in McCook.  Abby came to San Diego to live with her daughter's family in the early 1890s.

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

1 comment:

Geolover said...

I really think it is worth pointing out that this is one of those wonderful deeds where folks sold land in prior residence place, giving new residence location in the document.

Sometimes this is the only clue you get for disappearances, and makes looking for the records to account for every land holding all the more important.