Monday, November 24, 2014
Amanuensis Monday - Post 245: 1873 Deed of Land in Taylor County, Iowa from Devier J. and Abbie A. Smith to C.S. Meeks
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 1870 deed in the Taylor County, Iowa deed books for Devier J. Smith and Abby A. Smith selling land to C.S. Meeks:
The transcription of this deed is (handwritten text in italics, form fields underlined):
DEED RECORD, TAYLOR CO., IOWA
D.J. Smith & Wife } Filed for record: 27 day of August A.D.
} 18 73 , at 9 o'clock, A. M.
To: C. S. Meeks } E.G. Medford Recorder
Know all Men by these Presents, That We
Devier J. Smith and Abbie A. Smith
of the County of Taylor and State of Iowa in consideration of the sum of
Six Hundred Dollars,
in hand paid by C. S. Meeks
of Taylor County and State of Iowa do hereby sell and convey unto the
said C. S. Meek the following
described premises, situated in the County of Taylor and State of Iowa to-wit:
Lots 1, 2, 3, 16, 17, 18 and 19 Situated in the South West fourth of the South West fourth of
Section Twenty three (23) in Township Sixty eight (68) North of Range Thirty four (34) West
according to the official Platt of the survey of said tract of land as Recorded in Book "B"
of Surveyors Rec ord Taylor Co. Iowa Recorded on page 366. Except 30 feet off south Side of 18 and
19, and 30 feet off East Side of 16, 17 and 19 of said Lots for the purpose of Street
The Grantor to lift a certain Mortgage given by him to Saml Fisher 2nd for 16 or upon the
payment of the Amount by the Grantee.
and We hereby covenant with the said C. S. Meek
______________________ that we hold said premises by good and perfect title;
that We 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 We 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 26th day of August A.D. 18 73
IN PRESENCE OF Devier J. Smith
Abbie A. Smith
STATE OF IOWA, Taylor County, SS
On this 26th day of August A.D. 18 73 , before me
E. G. Medford a Notary Public within and for said County,
personally came Devier J. Smith and Abbie A. Smith his wife
personally known to be the identical person s whose name s are
affixed to the above instrument as grantor s , and acknowledged the
same to be Their 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
I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the original deed, as filed for record
on the 27th day of August 18 73
E.G. Medford 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. O (cont'd), 1873-1874, v. P 1871-1873, v. Q (to p.391)" Volume Q, page 33 (stamped), Deed of Devier J. and Abbie A. Smith to C.S. Meeks, 1873; accessed 4 February 2014 on FHL US/CAN microfilm 1,535,635.
Devier J. Smith bought the southwest quarter of Section 23 in Township 68 North Range 34 West from Tobias and Lydia Denny on 10 December 1867. He then sold half of it to his father, Ranslow Smith, on 2 March 1868 for $500. He bought that half back from Ranslow Smith on 15 September 1869. From 1870 to 1875, Devier Smith partitioned the southwest quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 23, and then subdivided that 40 acre parcel into about 40 separate lots (probably about 1 acre each) and sold them individually or in groups, such as this transaction.
You can see the Section location and the boundaries of the Devier Smith properties in Finding the Taylor County, Iowa Properties of Devier J. Smith.
There are a total of 16 deeds similar to this one sold between 1870 and 1875 - only the lot numbers, the grantee, the date and the price varies.
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.
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