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Re: Conveyance Records
In Response To: Conveyance Records ()


Thanks for pointing out the importance of the 'Deed of Conveyance' and what that record might tell us about our ancestors.

I would like to share a few family records collected over the years and how they gave me some family history insights, verified some oral history and of course created more questions.

1. 1829 deed of conveyance for property in Champaignn County, Ohio. This record located the land...Section 23, Range 12, Townhip 4. It showed the amount of land, cost of the land, who bought the land and from whom it was purchased.

2. 1857 County 'plat map' gives location of the land in Concord Township of Champaign County, Ohio. This record shows the name of land owner, amount of acreage owned and a visual image of other plat owners in relation to my ancestors.
a - Wm. Adams, William Adams, .2nd great grandfather.
b - L. Adams, Lewis Adams, 3rd great grandfather.
c - J.W. Miles, John W. Miles, son-in-law of Lewis Adams.
d - R. Stanhope/Stanup, neighbor and an AA Rev. War veteran.

3. 1864 Estate Settlement for the land of Lewis Adams purchased in 1829. It states "William Adams of California paid $3,000 cash in hand to his siblings for their share of the land purchased in 1829.

4.1992 County 'plat map' of the section shown in the 1857 plat map with the owners and their acreage as of 1991.

5. Paper trail of the acreage purchased by Lewis Adams in 1829 to the ownership as of 1991.

These documents not only name the siblings and/or their spouses, but where they were living at the time of this estate settlement. I also have copies of the cancelled checks showing the amount paid to each sibling. And they prove the oral history of William Adams migrating to California. I have a copy of the death notice for William Adams who died 25 Aug 1871 in Sacramento, CA.

This 1829 Deed of Conveyance demonstrates how one record can lead to more records which answer more questions that give us a much clearer view into the history of our ancestors.

Photo Images:
1. 1829 Deed

2. 1857 Plat Map

3. 1864 Estate Settlement

4. 1992 Plat Map

5. Paper Trail of Property Ownership (1829-1991)

Art Thomas

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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