Monday, February 10, 2014

Amanuensis Monday - Post 205: 1864 Deed of D.J. and Rebecca Carringer to John H. Davis in Louisa County, Iowa

Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent TransylvanianDutch blog) started his own Monday blog theme many months ago called Amanuensis Monday. What does "amanuensis" mean? John offers this definition:

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

The subject today is a land deed in Louisa County, Iowa dated 2 March 1864, recorded on 13 May 1886, transferring 40 acres in Louisa County for 320 dollars paid by John H. Davis to D.J. and Rebecca Carringer:

The transcription of this deed is (a deed recorder book copy all handwritten by the recorder):

1  D.J. Carringer & wife }
2              To                }      Filed for Record May 13 1886 at 8 A.M.
3  John H. Davis            }                                 V. B. Beane "Recorder"

4                                                             This Deed Witnesseth That
5  David J. Carringer and Rebecca Carringer his wife of the County of
6  Louisa in the State of Iowa for consideration of three hundred
7  and twenty dollars we hereby convey unto John H. Davis of the
8  County of Louisa in the State of Iowa the following Real estate
9  situated in the County of Louisa State of Iowa to wit:
10 The North West quarter of the North West quarter of section
11 Number Seventeen in Township Number Seventy four North
12 of Range Number five (5) West, containing forty (40) acres more
13 or less.  And we warrant the title against all persons
14 whomsoever.  In testimony whereof, we have subscribed
15 our names this the Second day of March A.D. 1864.
16                                                           D.J. Carringer         { seal}
17                                                            Rebeccah Carringer  {seal}

18 State of Iowa            }
19 County of Louisa      }  SS.
20                                        I, Wesley W. Garner, a Notary Public
21 in and for the said county, do hereby certify that David J.
22 Carringer and Rebecca Carringer his wife who are per-
23 sonally known to me to be the identical persons whose
24 names are affixed to the foregoing deed as Grantor,
25 appeared before me, this day, and acknowledged the
26 same to be their voluntary act and Deed.

27 Witness my Hand and Notarial Seal, this the sec-
28 ond day of March A.D. 1864 at Columbus City,

29 Iowa.
30      {Wesley W. Garner }                   Wesley W. Garner    
31    {       Notarial Seal      }                       Notary Public
32    {   Columbus City      }
33     {      Louisa Co.      }
34      {          Iowa.     }

The source citation for this deed is:

Louisa County, Iowa, "Louisa County, Iowa, deeds records, 1839-1935; index, 1839-1901", "Deed records, lands, v. 43, 1884-1887, v. 45, 1886-1891, v. 48 (to p. 437) 1886-1891", Volume 43, Page 449, D.J. and Rebecca Carringer to John H. Davis entry, accessed on FHL microfilm US/CAN 2,070,716.

I found this record last week at the Family History Library on microfilm.  First, I found the deed index books for the county on microfilm.  After noting the volume and page numbers, I found the correct microfilm and was able to find the deed above.  I photographed the image on the microfilm machine and was able to transcribe the deed.

Now I know that David J. and Rebecca Carringer, my 2nd great-grandparents, owned land in Louisa County, Iowa and sold it in 1864.  I did not know that before.  I believe that, after they sold this land, they bought land in neighboring Washington County, Iowa.  I will have to look for those records on a future visit to the Family History Library.

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