Monday, March 19, 2012

Amanuensis Monday - Franklin-Degood Deed - 1873

On his TransylvanianDutch blog, John Newmark defines an amanuensis as “a person employed to write out what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.” For more information about this daily blogging prompt, see John’s post Amanuensis – Why?.

Here is another deed executed by Arad W. Franklin (my maternal 2nd great-granduncle) and his wife Nannie for the sale of property in Union County, Ohio. I am not sure whether Mr. Degood is a Wilber or a William, as both names are used in this deed.

The land description in this deed notes that the parcel is part of a survey in the Virginia Military District, an area of land reserved by the State of Virginia for payment for services of Revolutionary War Soldiers. The description also names several roads which should make locating the property on a map fairly easy, but I haven’t yet done that.

In this deed, Nannie releases her dower right, something I do not remember seeing in other deeds I have transcribed so far.

“A W Franklin            )
To Deed                     )
Wilber Degood         )

Know all men by the Presents: That we A W Franklin & Nannie M Franklin wife of A. W. Franklin of the County of Union And State of Ohio, in consideration of the Sum of nine Hundred Dollars to them paid by William Degood of the Same place the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, do hereby Grant Bargain, Sell and Convey to the said Wilber Degood his Heirs and Assigns forever, the following Real Estate situated in the County of Union in the State of Ohio and in the Virginia Military District and bounded and described as follows: Being a part of Survey No 3696.
And bounded as follows on the north by the Delaware and Bellfountain State Road, on the west by the Schoolhouse Lot and the Franklin Road on south by Land owned by David Mclain, and on the East by Land now owned by Wilber Degood containing Sixteen and three fourths acres more or less.
To Have and to Hold said premises, with all the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging to the said Wilber Degood his heirs and Assigns forever. And the Said A W Franklin & Nannie M Franklin for themselves and their heirs do hereby covenant with the said Wilber Degood his heirs and Assigns that they are lawfully seized of the premises Aforesaid: that the said premises are Free and Clear from all Incumbrances whatsoever: and that they will forever warrant and Defend the same with the appurtenance, Unto the said William Degood his heirs and assigns against the lawful claim of all persons whomsoever.
In Witness Whereof The said A W Franklin and Nannie M Franklin his wife who hereby releases her right of dower in the premises have hereunto Set their hands and seals this nineteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Seventy three
                                                A W Franklin            {seal}
                                                Nannie M. Franklin  {seal}

Signed Sealed and Acknowledged in presence of
Richard Franklin      )
Othniel Jewitt           )

State of Ohio Union County S S..
Be in Remembered that on this nineteenth day of April AD 1873 before me the Subscriber a Justice of the peace in and for said County personally came the above-named A W Franklin the Grantor in the foregoing Deed, and acknowledged the signing and sealing of the same to be his voluntary act and deed for the uses and purposes therein mentioned. And the said Nannie M Franklin wife of the said A W Franklin being at the same time examined by me separate and apart from her said husband, and the contents of Said Instrument being by me made known and explained to her she then declared that she did voluntarily sign seal and acknowledge the same and that she is still satisfied therewith as her voluntary act and deed for the uses and purposes therein mentioned.
In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and on the day and year last aforesaid
                                                Othniel Jewett J.P.

Recd June the 2" 1873 Recorded June 3" 1873
                                                Hiram Rouey Recorder Union Co. O”

[Source: Union County, Ohio, Deed Books, 1819-1877, 38: 134, A. W. Franklin deed to Wilber Degood, 3 Jun 1873; FHL microfilm 572,564.]

© 2012 Denise Spurlock

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