Monday, February 17, 2014

Amanuensis Monday - Post 206: 1862 Deed of Catharine McConnel to David J. Carringer 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 5 May 1862, recorded on 16 February 1864, transferring 40 acres in Louisa County for 300 dollars paid by David J. Carringer to Catharine McConnel.

1 Deed of Catharine McConnell }
2 To                                        } Filed for Record February 18, 1864 at 9-1/2 AM.
3 David J. Carringer                 }

4 Know all men by these Presents, that I
5 Catharine J. McConnel of Louisa County, State of Iowa in consid^n
6 of the sum of Three Hundred Dollars, in hand, paid by David J.
7 Carringer of Louisa County, State of Iowa, the receipt whereof is
8 hereby acknowledged, do by these presents, Grant, Bargain, sell and Convey unto
9 the said David J. Carringer his heirs and assigns, forever, the
10 following described premises, situated in the County of Louisa and
11 State of Iowa to wit: The North West quarter of the North North
12 West West quarter of Section Seventeen (17) In Township Seventy Four (74)
13 North of Range five (5) West, containing forty acres more or less
14 according to the Original Survey of the United States.

15 To Have and to Hold the said premises unto the said David J.
16 Carringer his heirs and assigns forever. And the said Catharine
17 McConnel does hereby covenant with the said David J. Carringer
18 his heirs and assigns that she is lawfully seized of said premises,
19 that they are free from incumbrance; that she has good right
20 and lawful authority to sell the same and she does hereby covenant
21 to Warrant And Defenmd the said premises against the Lawful claims
22 of all Persons Whomsoever. In Witness Whereof She has hereunto set
23 her hand and seal this fifth day of May A.D. 1862.

24 Signed sealed and Delivered in presence of Catharine McConnel {seal}
25 A. Gamble
26 William McCord

27 State of Iowa   }
28 Louisa County }S.S.

29 I do hereby certify that before me Andrew Gamble a
30 Justice of the Peace in and for said county, personally appeared the above
31 named Catharine McConnel who is personally known to me to be the
32 identical person whose name is affixed to the above conveyance as grantor
33 and acknowledged the same to be her voluntary deed for the purpose
34 herein mentioned.
35 A. Gamble
36 Justice of the Peace

The source citation for this deed is:

Louisa County, Iowa, "Louisa County, Iowa, deeds records, 1839-1935; index, 1839-1901," "Deeds, v. 14, 16, 1863-1865", Volume 14, Page 210 (stamped), Catharine McConnel to David J. Carringer entry, accessed on FHL microfilm US/CAN 1,005,863.

I found this record on 5 February 2014 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, bought land in Louisa County, Iowa in 1862 and sold it in 1864 (see last week's post).  I did not know that before.  I need to find the location of this land, and the description will easily help me find it.    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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