Monday, April 21, 2014

Amanuensis Monday - Post 215: 1864 Deed of William McCullough to Henry Carringer in Louisa County, Iowa

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 a land deed in Louisa County, Iowa dated 15 February 1864, recorded on 8 February 1865, transferring 60 acres in two different parcels in Louisa County for $1200 paid by Henry Carringer to William McCullough.

The transcription of this deed is (handwritten parts in italics):

1 William McCullough }
2            To                } Filed for Record Feby 8 1865 at 7 o'clock P.M.
3 Henry Carringer      }

4                                            Know all men by these presents that William
5 McCullough and Catherine E. McCullough of Louisa County State of Iowa
6 in consideration of the sum of Twelve Hundred Dollars in hand paid
7 by Henry Carringer of Louisa County State of Iowa, the receipt whereof
8 is hereby acknowledged do by these Presents: Grant, Bargain Sell and Convey
9 unto the said Henry Carringer heirs and assigns the following described
10 premises situated in the County of Louisa State of Iowa, to wit: The North
11 half (½) of the South twenty (20) acres of the North west quarter (¼) of the
12 South west quarter (¼) of Section number nineteen (19) in Township 75 (75) Seventy
13 Five North of Range (4) four west of the Fifth Principal Meridian in
14 in the County of Louisa; also, the north west quarter (¼) of the North East
15 (¼) quarter of Section No. (29) Twenty nine, in Township Number (75) Seventy five
16 North of Range No. (5) five, containing 40 acres more or less. To
17 Have and to Hold the said premises unto the said Henry Carringer heirs and
18 assigns forever. And the said William McCullough & Catherine E. McCullough
19 grantors herein does hereby warrant with the grantee his heirs and assigns, that
20 they are lawfully seized of said premises: that the said premises are free from
21 any incumbrance; that they have good right and lawful authority to sell
22 the same, and they do hereby covenant to Warrant and Defend the said prem-
23 ises against the lawfull ????? of all persons whomsoever. And the
24 said Catherine E. McCullough wife of the said William McCullough hereby
25 relinquish her Right of Dower in and to the above described premises. In Wit-
26 ness Whereof, We the said Grantors have hereunto set our hands and seal this
27 Fifteenth day of February A.D. 1864.
28                                                            Wm McCullough {seal}
29                                                            C.E. McCullough {seal}

30 State of Iowa   } ss
31 Louisa County } On the Fifteenth day of February A.D. 1864
32 before me a Justice of the Peace in and for said County personally
33 came William McCullough and Catherine E. McCullough to me person-
34 ally known to be the identical persons whose names are affixed to
35 the above deed as Grantors, and acknowledged the same to be their
36 voluntary act and deed. Witness my hand and seal the day
37 and year above written.
38                                                          James Goble
39                                                          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 16, Page 236 (stamped), William McCullough to Henry Carringer entry, accessed on FHL microfilm US/CAN 1,005,863.

I have a significant doubt that the designations of the Ranges for the two different parcels is correct - one says Range 4, the other says Range 5.  Both are for Township 75.  I have not looked at the BLM maps to determine which one is correct.  

The record image was obtained with my iPhone in February 2014 at the Family History Library from the microfilm machine.  The image above is pretty fuzzy, but it is readable.

Henry Carringer (1800-1879) is my third great-grandfather, and the father of David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902).  He came to Louisa County, Iowa from Mercer County, Pennsylvania in about 1858 with several of his children, and died there in 1880.  

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Randy - I'm always fascinated by land records. Why are you dubious about the different parcels being in different ranges? Also, if the parcel in Sec. 19 actually was "the North 1/2 of the South 20 acres" the parcel contained 10 acres. It's an awkward description indeed and may be garbled. Such things are not unknown. Fascinating stuff, land records.