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Constitution and Records
of the Claim Association of
Johnson County, Iowa.

by Benjamin F. Shambaugh (1894)

  
 

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59 pages contain the claims recorded by the Claim Association of Johnson County, Iowa.  Care has been taken to reproduce the pages as they were reproduced by Benjamin F. Shambaugh in his 1894 book.   Page numbers from the original pages are shown in brackets [x].   His footnotes have been included in parentheses in the text of the claim to which they refer.  In several instances a footnote may have relevance to other claims as well.  It should be noted that spellings, capitalization and punctuation are quite different than would be used in formal writing today.  In many cases the lack of punctuation and how capitalization is used makes the claim difficult to read.

 

 

IV.

RECORDED QUIT CLAIM DEEDS OF TRANSFERS OF CLAIMS.

[In an act approved December 3rh 1836, the Legislative Assembly of Wisconsin declared, "that all contracts, promises, assumpsits, or undertakings, either written or verbal, which shall hereafter be made in good faith and without fraud, collusion, or circumvention, for sale, purchase or payment of improvements on the lands owned by the government of the United States, be deemed valid in law or equity and may be sued for and recovered as in other contracts;" and, "that all deeds of quit claim or other conveyances in writing, bona fide made for the transfer or conveyance of all improvements upon such public lands, shall be as binding and effectual in lw, for conveying the title of the grantor in and to the same, as in other cases."---See Laws of Wisconsin, p. 35.  Consult also, in this connection, "An Act to prevent trespass and other injuries being done to the possession of settlers on the public domain and to define the extent of the right of possession on the said lands,' approved, January 19th 1838.--See Laws of Wisconsin, pp. 504 and 505.

The two acts of the Wisconsin Legislative Assembly, above referred to, were subsequently re-enacted by the Legislative Assembly of Iowa--See Laws of Iowa, 1838, pp. 388 and 389.

The attitude of the Supreme Court of the Territory of Iowa may be briefly stated as follows:

A sealed note, given for improvements on public lands, is not part of an illegal contract, and it is collectible.---Hill v. Smith, Morris, 70.

Merely selling lands belonging to the United States, where no deception is practiced, is not a fraud upon the purchaser.  The traffic in public lands is not illegal.  Standard et al v. McCarty, Morris, 124.

A parol contract for the sale of improvements upon public lands is valid, and is not such an interest in lands as the statute of Frauds and Perjuries contemplates.--Zickafosse v. Hulick, Morris, 175.

A note executed in consideration of a quit claim to certain lots of land, the title to which is in the United States, but containing improvements upon tem, is collectible.---Wilson v. Webster, Morris, 312.

A "claim" on the public lands is a good consideration for a contract.--- Starr & Hurgess v. Wilson, Morris, 438.

See also, McCoy v. Hughes, 1 Green, 370; Doolittle v. Bridgeman, 1 Green, 265; Ellis v. Mosier, 2 Green, 246; pierson v. David, et al., 1 Iowa, 23; Spry v. Sleppy, 15 Iowa, 409.]


[1] (Note:  At this point in the original manuscript the pages are again numbered 1, 2, 3.)

This quit claim Deed made this third day of January 1839 witnesseth that I. Samuel Bumgardner has this day bargened and sold and by these presants doe bargen and convey to Andrew D Stephen (boath partees of the County of Johnson and Territory of Iowa) all my right title interest and claim in and to the following Tract or parcel of Land lying and beeing in the county and Territory aforsaid the same beeing the North west quarter of section Fourteen North east quarter of section fifteen and that part of the North west quarter of section fifteen that lyes East of the Iowa River the above quarters beeing in seventy Nine North six west of the fifth principal meridian for the sum of seventy five Dollars. to me in hand paid by the said Andrew D Stephen given under my hand and seal and date above written

Samuel Bumgardner. [L S} (Note:  Locus Sigilli, place of the seal.)

attest
Samuel. H. McCrory
Samuel C Trowbridge.

admited to record March 15th 1839.


Quit Claim Deed
This Indenture made this 3 day of January 1839 between Andrew D Stephen of the first part and Samuel H McCrory of the second part boath parties of the County of Johnson & Territory of Iowa witnesseth that Andrew D Stephen of the first part for and in consideration of one hundred and fifty Dollars. paid by the said S. H McCrory of the second part the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged have granted bargened and Sold to Samuel H McCrory the one equal & undivided half of the North east quarter of section No Twenty Two of Township No. Seventy Nine North range No 6 west of the fifth principal meridian by these presents have granted bargened and sold to the said S H McCrory. all my right title interest claim and demand in and to the afforsaid described land as well as in possession as in expectancy given under my hand and seal this day and date above written

A D Stephen [Seal]

Test
Samuel C Trowbridge.

Admited to record March 15th 1839.


Quit Claim Deed
This Indenture made this first day of March Eighteen hundred & thirty nine by and between Andrew D Stephen of the first part and Samuel Bumgardner of the second part boath parties of the County of Johnson & Territory of Iowa witnesseth that the said party of the first part has this day sold and quit claimed unto the said party. of the second part all his right title interest and claim in and to the within piece or parcel of land lying and beeing in the County and Territory aforsaid that is to say the North west quarter of section fourteen the above quarter being in seventy nine North six west of the of the fifth principal meridian for the sum of fifty Dollars. to me in hand paid by the said party of the second part the receipt of which is here by acknowledged given under my hand and seal this day and year first above Written

A D Stephen

Test
Samuel H McCrory

handed in for record March 15th 1839.


[2]

This quit Claim witnesseth that I Elias Secor of the county of Johnson Territory of Iowa for and in consideration of Twenty five Dollars. the Reciept of which is here by acknowledged have this day bargened and sold and quit claimed all my right title interest and claim to a certain tract of land lying and beeing in the county and Territory above mentioned Knowing by these bounds South east corner with Elias Secor running one mile North cornering with Secor thence three fourths of a mile west thence one mile south thence to the place of commencement lying both sides of the old mans creek Unto Peter Crum of the county and Territory aforsaid to him his heirs and assigns to hold for ever also warrants and defends the said tract of land from all claims up to this date witness my hand and seal this the second day of March 1839

Elias Secor

Witness
Samuel C Trowbridge


This Indenture made this second day of June one thousand Eight hundred and thirty Eight between John Morford of the one part & Philip Clark of the other part. and boath partees of the county of Johnson & Territory of Wisconsin (Note:  Several of the deeds herein recorded date back to the time when Iowa was still a part of Wisconsin Territory.) witnesseth that the said John Morford for in consideration of the sum of three thousand Dollars. in hand paid by the said Philip Clark the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged hath bargened. granted and sold and by these presents doe grant bargen and sell release and confirm unto the said Philip Clark his heirs and assigns all the right title interest and claim of him the said John Morford in and to his farm or claim on and to a certain tract or parcel of land lying and beeing in the county of Johnson and Territory of Wisconsin the same tract or parcel of land lying on the Iowa River & Bounded on the south by Gilbert and Clarks claim which they purchased of Massey on the west by the Iowa River on the North by Andrew D Stephens Claim and on the east by the Prairie with all the appurtenances there unto belonging to the said Philip Clark his heirs and assigns and to the only proper use of him the said Philip Clark. the said John Morford warrents and defends the title or claim in and to the afforsaid tract or parcel of land above described against all persons claiming under by or through him the said John Morford and none other in witness where of I have here unto set my hand and seal this day & date above written

John Morford

attest
S H McCrory.

handed in for Record March 23 1839.


[3]

This Quit Claim deed made this twenty seventh day of February one thousand Eight hundred & thirty nine witnesseth that Elijah Hurley of the first part has this day sold and quit claimed to Charles Jones of the second boath parties of the county of Johnson and Territory of Iowa a certain tract or claim in and to a certain parcel of land for the sum of one hundred and fifty Dollars. paid to me by the said Charles Jones the Receipt of which is hereby acknowledged for and in consideration of said sum of money. I doe here by convey and confirm unto the said Charles Jones. all my right title claim and demand as well in expectancy as possession in and to the follwoing described lands lying & beeing in the county of Johnson. Territory of Iowa and beeing the west half of section seventeen Township seventy nine North range five west and the south west quarter of section Eight. Township seventy nine North range 5 west & the East half of the North west quarter of section seven & the west half of the North East quarter section seven Township seventy nine North range five west of the fifth principal meridian given under my had and seal this day and date above written

Elijah Hurley

witness
S. C. Trowbridge

handed in for record March 27. 1839.
   (Delivered)


Know all men by these presants that I Samuel Henderson of Wisconsin Territory for and in consideration of the sum of fifty Dollars. to me in hand paid to grant bargen sell and convey to Messrs Turner and McCrory of Napoleon in Territory aforsaid all my Right Title for ever to a certain tract of land known and described as follows. commencing south of an Oak tree 80 Rods then East one mile to a stake in the Prairie then due North to a white Oak tree thence due west to a Black Oak tree thence south to the place of beginning three miles North of Napoleon in Testimony where of I hereunto sign my name & affix my seal April 11th 1838

Samuel Henderson

Attest
John Gilbert

handed in for record March 27 1839.


[4]

Assignment of. A Deed

For and in consideration of the sum of forty six Dollars. I doe here by assign sell and convey all my right title & claim in and to the with in claim to Samuel H McCrory--of the Territory of Iowa.

Sames. S. Turner-----
By S H McCrory his attorney in fact.

November 23rd 1838.

Samuel H McCrory is fully empowered by me to make a deed of my claim to any person that wishes to purchase the same.

James S Turner

Napoleon June 28th 1838


This quit claim Deed made this 5 day of March A D 1839 witnesseth that we Eli Myers & Henry Felkner have this day sold unto Elijah Hilton the west half of section 30 Town 80 range 5 west for the sum of Twenty five Dollars. in hand paid as witness our hands this date above written

Eli. Myers.
Henry. Felkner.

handed in for Record March 28th 1839


An article of agreement made this day between John. A. Street of Iowa. and Nelson Hasting of Bloomington (Note:  Now Muscatine.) the agreement is this that the said John A Street. agrees to sell a certain Claim and rails and what there on the claim lies North East of Napoleon 3 miles in the County of Johnson Iowa Territory and sold to said Nelson Hastings for the sum to Two Hundred Dollars to be paid in Two Instalments namely one hundred to be paid the first of April and one hundred the by the first day of July Next If the money is paid a cording to agreement. from the said Nelson Hastings to the Said John A Street then this agreement is in full force and if not paid a cording to agreement. then this is nul and void January 2nd 1839.

John A Street

witness
Robert. Walker

handed in for record March 27 1839
     (Delivered)


[5]

Know all men by these presents that we Saml H McCrory & Andrew D Stephen for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and seventy five dollars. to us in hand paid the receipt of which we doe hereby. acknowledge have bargened sold and forever quit claimed unto William B Snyder. all our right title interest estate and demand whatever to all those certain tracts or parcels of land Known as the south East quarter of section thirty one & the south west quarter of section Thirty Two Township seventy nine North range five west of the fifth principal meridian Lying on Gilberts Creek & about two miles due east of Gilberts trading House including the Grand view Grove Against the claim or claims of all persons except the United States we will for ever warrent & defend to this date syned seald and delivered this the 28 day of March A D 1839

S H McCrory [L S]
A D Stephen [L S]

In presants
S. C. Hastings
Luke Douglass.

By S H McCrory attorney in fact

handed in for record March 28th 1839.
      (Delivered)


I doe hereby authorise Samuel H McCrory to attend to my claims in my absence.

A. D. Stephen

March 16 1839.


Quit Claim Deed
This Indenture made this second day of March 1839 by and between Samuel B Mulholland of the first part and William Wilson of the second part. boath parties of the county of Johnson & Territory of Iowa witnesseth that the said party of the first part has this day sold quit Claimed and conveyd to the said party of the second part all his right title interest and claim in and to the with in described piece or parcel of land here in after mentioned that is to say the one equal and undivided half of the south west quarter of section Twenty Three Towhship seventy nine North range 6 west of the 5 principal meridian for the sum of fifteen Dollars to me in hand paid by the said party of the second part the receipt of which is here by acknowledged in witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day and year first above written

S. B. Mulholland

Delivered

Test
A. D. Stephen.


[6]

This quit claim deed made this. Twentieth day of Febuary One thousand Eight hundred & Thirty nine witnesseth that A D Stephen has this day bargened sold and conveyed and & by these presants doe bargen sell and convey to William Willson boath parties of the county of Johnson & Territory of Iowa A certain tract parcel or claim of land lying & beeing in the county of Johnson & Territory of Iowa the same beeing the North west quarter of section fifteen Township seventy nine North Range 6 west of the 5 principal meridian according to a survey made by George Bumgardner (Note:  Three differenct persons seem to have made surveys of claims in Johnson County, namely, George Bumgardner, Luke Douglass and Cyrus Sanders.) for the sum of Two hundred Dollars. the receipt of which is here by acknowledged given under my hand this day and date above written

A D Stephen

handed in March 16th 1839. (Delivered)


This Indenture made this 2 day of June one thousand Eight hundred and Thirty Eight between Philip Clark of the one part and John Morford. of the other part and boath parties of the county of Johnson and Territory of wisconsin witnesseth that the said Philip Clark for and in consideration of the sum of Three Thousand dollars in hand paid ty the said John Morford the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged. hath bargened granted and sold and by these presants doe grant bargen sell release and confirm unto the said John Morford his heirs and assigns all the right title Interest & claim of him the said Philip Clark in and to his farm or claim on & to a certain tract or parcel of land lying being in the county of Johnson & Territory of Wisconsin the same tract or parcel of land lying on the Iowa River and Bounded on the North by I N Leah on the East by the Bluff on the south by the farm or claim of Weave on the west by the Iowa River with all the appurtenances there unto belonging to the said John Morford his heirs and assigns. and to the only proper use and behoof the said John Morford the said Philip Clark warrents and defends the title or claim in and to the aforsaid tract or parcel of land above described against all persons claiming under by or through him the said Philip Clark and none others in witness & whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this day and date above written

Philip Clark [L S]

attest
Saml. H. McCrory.

handed in March 29th 1839.


[7]

This Quit Claim Deed made this Eighteen day of August Eighteen hundred and thirty Eight witnesseth that John Smith of Johnson County & Territory of Iowa has this day bargened and sold & by these presants doth grant bargen and sell unto David Switzer of the County and Territory aforsaid all the right title or claim of him the the said John Smith in & to the following described tract or parcel of land situated Lying & beeing in the county & Territory aforsaid and claims of parcels of Land lying and being on the Iowa River & bounded as follows. on the west by the Iowa River on the south by Odells claim on the East by Bradley Claim on the North by Martin Smiths. Claim and also a tract a tract of Land for a timber Claim situated in the bend of the river & south of Martin Smiths claim to have the aforsaid claims or parcel of land with all the apertinances there unto belonging to him the said David Switzer his heirs and assigns. and the said David Switzer having paid the said John Smith Two hundred and fifty Dollars. for the aforsaid Claims the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and the said John Smith warrents and defends the above claims to the said David Switzer against all Persons claiming under or through him and none others. in witness where of the said John Smith has hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal this day and year above written

John Smith [seal]

attested by
Jonathan Harris.

handed in for record March 29th 1839.


This Deed made this Eighteen day of August Eighteen hundred & thirty Eight between Jonathan Harris of Johnson county & Territory of Iowa of the one part and David Switzer of the same place of the other witnesseth that the said Jonathan Harris for and in consideration of the sum of one thousand Dollars. to him in hand paid by the said David Switzer the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted bargened and by these presants doth grant bargen and sell unto the the said David Switzer all his right title and claim of him the said Jonathan Harris in and to a tract or parcel of Land situate on the west side of the Iowa River and bounded as follows. on the south by a line of agreement between the said Jonathan Harris & his father Pleasant Harris on the east by the Iowa River on the North by a line running due East from or through a small grove against the Bluff to the River & Bounded by Wards claim and on the west by the school section also a timber claim across old mans creek of a quarter section as marked & Bounded & Recorded by said Jonathan Harris to have and to hold the aforsaid claims or parcels of Land together with all the improvements. & apertinances there unto belonging to him the said David Switzer. his heirs and assigns and the said Jonathan Harris will warrent and defend the said claims to the said David Switzer against all persons claiming under or through him and none other in witness whereof the said Jonathan Harris has hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal this day & year above written

Jonathan. Harris [S Eal]

handed in for Record March 29th 1839.


[8]

Know all men by these presants that I John Gilbert of Johnson County and Territory of Iowa for and in consideration of the sum of Two hundred and fifty Dollars. to me in hand paid by James Massey of the Territory aforsaid the receipt thereof is here by acknowledged I doe hereby grant. bargen sell and convey unto said Massey all my right title and interest to a certain piece or parcel of land described as. Follows. being the N west quarter Section thirty five in Township 79 North also a fraction between it and the Iowa also the timber lying opposite in Testimony whereof I herunto set my hand and affix my seal this 18 day of August 1838

John Gilbert. [Seal]

Test
S. C. Trowbridge.

August the 20 1838 I hereby assign all my right title and Interest to Lewis D Jones of Iowa Territory to the claim above described

James W. Massey  [Seal]

I here by assign all my claim right and title to the with in described tract or parcel of Land                        in witness where of I have here unto set my hand and  and affixed by seal this 15th day of March 1839.

Lewis. D. Jones

handed in 29 March


This Indenture made this 14 day of March in the year 1839. between pleasant Harris of Johnson County & Territory of Iowa of the first part and David Switzer of the county & Territory aforsaid of the second part. witnesseth that the said Pleasant Harris for and in consideration of the sum of nine hundred Dollars. to him in hand paid the receipt where of the party of the first part doth hereby acknowledge hath bargened sold & quit Claimed unto the party of the second part all his right to the following described tract or parcel of land lying & being in the County aforsaid bounded as follows. beginning at a Stake on the east bank of the Iowa River about seventy rods south of where the said Harris now lives thence west fourteen Rods thence North twenty Rods thence west to the East line of the school section thence North to the south west corner of said Switzors claim thence East following the south line of asid claim to the Iowa River thence south following the meanderings of said River to the place of beginning containing Two hundred acres. more or less which said right the said Pleasant Harris doth quit Claim and for ever relinquish to the said David Switzor. his heirs or assigns In witness where of I the said Harris doth hereunto set my hand & seal this date above

Pleasant. Harris [seal]

A Welcott

handed in March 29. 1839.


[9]

Know all men by these presants that I Nelson Hastings for and in consideration of One hundred Dollars to me in hand paid have bargened sold and quit claimed unto S C Hastings all my right title and interest to one undivided half of all that tract or parcels of land known as the east half of section Eighteen and the south East quarter of section seven in Township seventy nine North range five west in the county of Johnson. as witness my hand and seal this 30 day of March 1839

Nelson Hastings

handed in for Record April 2nd 1839.
      (deliveered)


Know all men be thes presants that I John A Street has this day swaped or exchanged the following tract or parcel of land with Henry G Reddout the said land lying and beeing on the Prairie North East from the Trading house about one &  a half miles & embracing a small Grove at the head of some low lands lying N. E. of the trading house the above claim commences at the south East corner at a Stake on the Township Line and runs thence one mile due west then half a mile due North to a stake then one mile due due East to a stake then half a mile due south to the place of beginning containing half a section for a certain tract or parcel of land as described in said Reddouts deed of conveyance to me.  I hereby Quit claim all my right title in and to the above described tract or parcel of land to the aforsaid Henry G. Reddout his heirs and assigns given under my hand & seal this 2 day of April 1839

John A Street [Seal]

handed in for Record March 2nd 1839. (Delivered)


Know all men by these presants that I Henry G Reddout has this day swaped or exchanged the following tract or parcel of land with John A Street the same beeing the East half of section thirty four Township 80 North range six west for a certain tract or parcel of land as described in said Streets deed of conveyance to me. I hereby quit claim all my right Title in and to the above described tract or parcel of land to John A Street his heirs and assigns given under my hand and seald this 2 day of April Eighteen hundred and thirty nine

Henry G Reddout [L S]

handed in for record March 2nd 1839


[10]

Know all men by these presants that I James Massey of Johnson County & Territory of Wisconsin for and in concideration of the sum of three Hundred & fifty Dollars. to me in hand paid by Philip Clark & John Gilbert of the county and Territory aforsaid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged I doe hereby give grant sell and convey unto said Clark and Gilbert their heirs and assigns forever all my right title and interest to a certain piece or tract of land known and described as follows. North half of Section thirty five & south half of section Twenty six. bounded west by the Iowa River North by John Morfords claim south by John Gilberts Claim also one quarter section of Timber lying oposite the above described claim on the Iowa River said Massey agrees and firmly binds him self under the forfeiture of a perportionable part of the payment of said claim if Pleasant Harris or William Harris should by force or otherwise ocupy any or all of said Claim in Testimony whereof I have here unto set my name and affixed my seal this 31st day of March 1838  a copy taken from the original filed with J Gilbertss Deed Papers. this 1 day of April 1839. S. H McCrory.

James Massey [L S]

Know all men by these presants that I James Massey of the County of Johnson and Territory of Iowa. have this day bargened and sold unto Isaiah P Hamilton of the county & Territory aforsaid a certain claim beeing and Lying in the county aforsaid Known to be the west half of the Claim made by William Massey for and in consideration of four hundred Dollars. lawful money of the United States to be paid by the said Isaiah P Hamilton in two payments unto the said James Massey his heirs executors or administrators for which sum the said James Massey of the county & Territory aforsaid conveys all his right and title and Improvements where unto I have this day signed with my hand and sealed with my seal August 31st 1839

James Massey [L S]

  attest     Frederick Lowe

The Conditions of the above obligation is such that if the said Isaiah P Hamilton of the County & Territory aforsaid shall discharge two certain promissory notes given by him payable unto the said James Massey or order then the said I P Hamilton to be the rite and lawful owner but if the said I P Hamilton fails in any wise to discharge the same notes on or before the demand then the said I P Hamilton forfeits the said claim with all the Improvements made there on by the said Isaiah P Hamilton whereunto I have this day signed with my name and sealed with my seal this August 30 1838

Isaiah P Hamilton

a copy taken from the original in William Masseys made this 1st day of April 1839


[11]

This quit Claim Deed made this 1 day of April 1839 witnesseth that I John A Street of the first part has this day sold to Samuel Bumgardner of the second part a certain tract or parcel of land lying and beeing in the county of Johnson and Territory of Iowa the same beeing the southwest quarter of section one Township seventy nine North R 6. W of the 5 principal meridian for the sum of fifteen Dollars to me in hand paid by the said Samuel Bumgardner the Receipt of which is here by acknowledged in consideration of the aforsaid sum of fifteen Dollars. I doe hereby convey release & confirm all my right title interest and claim in and to the before mentioned quarter of land to the said Samule Bumgardner. his heirs and assigns given under my hand and seal this this day and date above written.

John A Street

handed in April 2nd 1839.


This quit Claim Deed made the Thirty first day of January 1839-witnesseth that I Samuel. C. Trowbridge of the County of Johnson & Territory of Iowa has this day bargened and sold and by these Presants do bargen and sell and convey unto Elijah Hilton of the County and Territory sforsaid all my my right Title & Claim in and to a certain quarter section  of land lying and beeing in the county aforsaid the same beeing the N. W. qr of Sect 13 Town 79 N R 6. west of the fifth Principal meridian (according to a survey of claims made by George Bumgardner.) the aforsaid quarter is situated and lyes. between my Prairie quarter & Timber quarter for and in consideration of the sum of fifty Dollars to me in hand paid by the aforsaid Elijah Hilton I doe hereby Release convey and confirm to the said Elijah Hilton all my right title and claim to the aforsaid described land given under my hand this day & date above Written

Samuel. C. Trowbridge. [L. S.]

attest
A D Stephen
S H McCrory.

handed in April 3rd 1839.


[12]

Know all men by these presants that I Isaac N Lesh of Johnson County. & Iowa Territory have bargened and sold and doe by these presants grant bargen and sell unto Eli Myers of said County and Territory all my right Interest & claim as well in possession as in expectancy to a certain tract or parcel of land lying on the east side of the Iowa River and bounded as follows towit commencing at the N E. Corner. of John Morfords claim thence a westerly direction along said Morfords North Line to the Iowa River thence Northwardly along said River to a certain leaning white Elm in the Edge of the bottom Prairie said Elm is blazed thence East to a stake in the side of the Bluff in the Prairie thence south to the place of beginning for and in consideration of the sum of fifteen hundred Dollars to him in hand paid the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged to have and to hold the said premises with all and singular the appurtenances there unto belonging unto the said Eli Myers his heirs executors or assigns. and the said Lesh. the aforsaid land unto the Eli Myers his heirs and assigns against the claim of each and everry person claiming in through or under him will warrent and defend. in Testimony whereof I. have hereunto set my hand and seal this 24 day of October 1838

Isaac N Lesh

Henry Felkner

handed in April 4th 1839.     Delivered


This quit Claim deed witnesseth that I Samuel Bumgardner of the County of Johnson & Territory of Iowa. deeded bargend and sold & by these presants do bargen and sell and convey unto William Sturgis of the County aforsaid all my right title and claim in and to the following Tract or parcel of land lying in the County aforsaid for the sum of Twenty five Dollars. the Receipt of which is hereby acknowledged the aforsaid Tract or parcel of land beeing the south East quarter of Section fourteen Township 79 N R 6. west of the 5 principal meridian according to a survey made by George Bumgardner given under my hand and seal this day and date this the sixteenth day of February 1839.

Samuel Bumgardner [L S]

handed in April 6th 1839.         Delivered


[13]

This Indenture made and concluded this the 17 day of May in the year 1838 between John Earhart of Johnson County and Territory of Wisconsin of the first part and Jesse McCart. Stephen Harris Samuel C Fuller and M F Shattuck of Ogle County & state of Illinois of the second part witnesseth that the said party of the first part. for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred Dollars. to him in hand paid the recepit where of he doth hereby acknowledge hath bargend bargened sold & qut claimed and by these presants doth bargen sell & quit claim unto the party of the second part all his right and Title to the following described tract of land (towit) beginning on the west bank of the Iowa River at the mouth of the Creek commonly called Cleer creek in said county of Johnson thence west 160 Rods thence North 160 Rods thence east to said River thence south following the meanders of said River to the place of beginning containing about one hundred & sixty acres more or less. also about 100 acres of timber land east of the above described lot and adjoining the River together with all appurtinances there unto belonging unto the party of the second part their heirs or assigns. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this date above written

John X.(his mark) Earhart

Pleasant Harris

handed in April 6th 1839.


This Indenture made and concluded this 24 day of September 1838 between Stephen Harris of the first part and Jesse McCart of the second part. witnesseth that the said party of the first part for and in consideration of One hundred Dollars to him in hand paid the receipt whre of he doth hereby acknowledge hath bargened quit claimed and by these presants doe bargen sell and quit claim to the said Jesse McCart. all his right & title to the following described tract of land in the County of Johnson & Territory of Iowa beginning at the mouth of Cleer Creek running North up the River half a mile thence west half a mile thence N W 1 miles thence south to said Cleer Creek. thence down said Creek to the place of beginning also his right and title of the undivided one third part of a claim of timber lying East of the River & oposite the above described tract or parcel of land. bounded by a line beginning oposite the North line of the first mentioned tract running up a certain ravine to the River again also his undivided one third part of a claim bounded East by the west line of Wrights Claim & west by the East line of Bolsters embracing all the timber on each side of the Creek bounded North & South by lines running east & west. through said Timber In witness where of I have Set my hnad and seal the day & date above written

Stephen Harris

handed in April 6th 1839


[14]

This Indenture made and concluded this 7 day of March 1839. between Jesse McCart of the first part and Nathaniel Fellows of the second witnesseth that the said party of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of Twenty five Dollars to him in hand paid the receipt where of is hereby acknowledged has bargened sold and quit claimed and by these presants do bargen sell and quit claim unto the said Nathaniel Fellow all his right and title to the following described tract or parcel of land beginning at  a certain white ash Tree on the south side of Clear Creek about 40 Rods East of the claim on which the said Nathaniel Fellows now Resides running North about three fourths of a mile thence west mile thence south half a mile thence East along the North Boundry of the said Nathaniel Fellows claim which he purchased of I P Hamilton till it intersects the first mentioned line in witness where of I have here unto set my hand and seal this day and date above written.

Jesse McCart. [Seal]

handed in 6 April 1839


Know all men by these presants that I Isaiah P Hamilton of Johnson County & Iowa Territory in consideration of the sum of Twenty Dollars to be paid by Nathaniel Fellows of the County & Territory aforsaid the Receipt whereof I doe here by acknowledge have Released and qut claimed unto the said Nathaniel Fellows all my right and Title to the following described tract of land (towit) beginning at a Small Bur Oak tree on the sand Ridge North of Cleer Creek thence west to another Bur Oak tree thence south to a Stake on the bank Clear Creek thence south west across the grove to a Red Oak tree thence East down the south side of the Grove to an Elm Tree on the south side of Clear Creek thence North across the Prairie to the place of beginning supposed to contain a half section of land In witness where of I have here unto set my hand & seal this 20. day of May 1838

Isaiah P Hamilton

handed in April 6th 1839.


Know all men by these presants that I Samuel Bumgardner for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred Dollars to me in hand paid the Receipt where of is here by acknowledged have bargened sold and for ever quit claimed unto John Kight all my right title interest claim estate and demand what ever to all those tracts or parcels of land known and described as follow the same beeing two fractional quarters. containing about one hundred and sixty acres and situated on the Iowa River. the same beeing the south west fractional quarter of Section Ten and the South East fractional quarter of section Nine Town 79. N. R 6 west of the 5 principal meridian lying & beeing in the County of Johnson & Territory of Iowa against the claims of all persons Except the united states I warrent & defend the claim above mentioned up to this date given under my hand & seal this 4 day of April 1839.

Samuel Bumgardner [L S]

handed in April 6th 1839


[15]

This quit Claim Deed witnesseth that I William Sturges of the County of Johnson & Territory of Iowa deeded bargened and sold and by these presants and by these presants doe bargen sell and convey to Samuel Bumgardner. of the county all my right title & claim in and to the following tract and parcels of land beeing in the county aforsaid for the sum of Ten Dollars. the Receipt of which is here by acknowledged the aforsaid Tract of land beeing the west half of the South west quarter of section Two Township seventy nine North Range 6 west of the 5 principal meridian according to George Bumgardners Survey given under my hand & seal this dat & date April 6th 1839

William Sturgis

handed in April 6th 1839.


This quit claim deed made this 29 day of March A D. 1839. witnesseth that Elijah Hilton. has this day bargened and sold and by these presants doe grant bargen and sell unto Henry Felkner all his Right interest and claim in and to a certain tract of land known and designated as follows. Viz the South half of the S W. qr of Section 25. Town 80 N. R 6. W & the N. W. qr of Sect 36. Town & Range aforsaid for the consideration of fifteen Dollars to him in hand paid the Receipt of which is here by acknowledged in Testimony whereof I do hereby set my hand and seal this the date above written.

Elijah Hilton

handed in April 8.    (Delv)


Know all men by these presants that I Elijah Hurley for and in consideration of the sum of Twenty Dollars to me in hand paid the Receipt of which I doe here by acknowledge have bargened and sold and by these preants doe bargent grant Sell and for ever quit claim Unto William Jones all my right Title interest Estate or claim what Ever in and to a certain tract or parcel of land lying and beeing in the county of Johnson & Territory of Iowa Known and described as follows. the same beeing the west half of the N. W. qr of Sect. Seven town 79 N R 5 west containing about 80 acres & Bounded on the East. by Charles Jones on the North. by Green Hill on the west by McCrory and Wilcox on the south by. Samuel H McCrory. given under my hand & seal this 8 day of April one thousand Eight hundred & thirty nine

Elijah Hurley [L S]

S. C. Trowbridge.

handed in April 8th


This quit claim deed made this 25 day of Febuary 1839. witnesseth that Henry G Reddout has this day bargened & sold & by these preasnts doe bargen & sell and convey unto Luke Douglass a certain tract of land the same containing one hundred & sixty acres or one qr Section it being the N E qr of Sect 2 Town 79. N R. 6. west of the 5 principal meridian for the sum of twenty five Dollars the receipt of which in here by acknowledged. given under my hand & seal this day and date above mentioned

Henry G Reddout [seal]

Test
Samuel H McCrory

handed in April 8th 1839


[16]

Know all men by these preasnts that I. Samuel Bumgardner for the Sum of Twenty Dollars. the Receipt of which is here by acknowledged I do bargen & Sell unto Henry Reddout his heirs and assigns all my right title and quit claim in and to the following described tract or parcel of land Viz one quarter Section bounded on the East. by A Street. on the south by Henry Reddouts claim and one quarter Section beeing the N E. qr of Sect 26. Town 79 N R 6 west. of the 5 principal meridian according to a survey made by George Bumgardner. the same beeing in the County of Johnson & Territory of Iowa given under my hand this 8 day of April 1839

Samuel Bumgardner [L S]

handed in 8th April 1839


This quit claim Deed made this 15 day of Febuary 1839. witnesseth that I. Elijah Hilton of the County of Johnson &. Territory of Iowa. have bargened and sold & by these presants doe bargen and sell and convey to Samuel Bumgardner of the County aforsaid all my right title and claim in and to the following Tract or parcel of land lying & beeing in the County of Johnson for the sum of. One hundred Dollars the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged the aforsaid tract or parcel on land Beeing the North East qr of Sect 14. the S E & N E quarters of Sect 11. Town 79 N R 6 west of the 5 principal meridian (according to a survey made by George Bumgardner) given under my hand & Seal this day and date above written

Elijah Hilton [L S}

(Delivd)

For and in consideration of the sum of one hundred & fifty Dollars to me in hand paid by William Sturges the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged I. doe here by assign to the said William Sturges all my right title claim & demand in and to the above deeded land with all the appurtinances there unto belonging given under my hand & seal this 22 day of Febuay 1839.

Samuel Bumgardner [L S]

handed in April 9th 1839      (Delivrd)


This quit Claim Deed made this 12 day of April 1839 witnesseth that Elijah Hilton has bargened and sold and doth by these presants grant bargen and sell unto Henry Felkner all his right Title interest and Claim in & to the N. W. qr of section 31 Town 79 N Range 5 west for the consideration of Twenty seven Dollars & Fifty cents to him in hand paid the receipt of which is here by acknowledged April 12th 1839

Elijah. Hilton

handed in April 12th 1839


[17]

Know all me by these presants that I Samuel Bumgardner of the County of Johnson & Territory of Iowa for and in concideration of the sum of Twenty five Dollars to me in hand paid by William Sturges the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged I doe bargen sell and by these presants have bargened sold and conveyd unto William Sturges all my right title claim interest and demand whatever in and to the following tract or parcel of land lying and beeing in the County of Johnson & Territory aforsaid the same containing about one hundred & sixty acres and bounded on the south by Henry Reddout. on the west by Reddouts old line & the River on the North by William Willson on the East by John A Street. given under my hand and seal this 12 day of April 1839

Samuel Bumgardner

handed in April 12th 1839       Delivd.


Know All men by these presants that I Nelwon Hastings for and in concideration of fifty Dollars have bargend sold and qut claimed to S. C. Hastings one undivided One half of a Timber Claim supposed to contain three quarter sections more or less. about Two miles from Felkners Mill. and Taken by me in the month of April A D 1839. and recorded in my name and bounded by Blazed Trees and the initeals of my name marked there on as witness my hand & seal this the 17 day of April 1839

Nelson Hastings

handed in April 17th 1839


Know all men by these presants that I John Kight. of the County of Johnson & Territory of Iowa for and in concideration of the sum of Twenty five Dollars to me in hand paid the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged have bargened and sold unto William Willson of the County aforsaid and by these presants do bargen sell and for ever quit claim convey unto the said William Willson all my right title claim and demand for ever in and to the following Tract or parcel of land lying and beeing in the County of Johnson & Territory aforsaid the same beeing the East half of the N W qr of section One Town 79 N R 6 west of the fifth principal meridian given under my hand & seal this 25 day of April 1839.

John. Kight

Test
S H McCrory.

handed in 25th April 1839                        Delivered

 

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