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Monday, April 9, 2012

Heirs of Elisha Parker

This Land Deed is excellent example of the value of Land Deeds in genealogical research. Within this one page document we have named 8 heirs to the property of Elisha Parker. 

Land deeds are often overlooked in our search for ancestors. Our focus is on acquiring data and places from such documents as birth, death and marriage certificates; newspapers and obituaries. Seldom do we focus our search on the ownership of property and what happen to that property when our ancestor passed away. 

I would like to suggest to you that one of your primary stops should be at the Register of Deeds Office, for your County or parish. On your first visit, your focus should be on the SURNAME INDEX for both the GRANTOR & GRANTEE Books.


                                                To all to whom these presents shall come know ye that we have this day bargained sold and released and by these presents do bargain sell and release unto Charles Boan fifty-acres of land lying and being in the state and district aforesaid on the South side of Bear Creek. Beginning at the North corner of Charles Boan's land pine corner straight line to the head of a branch that empties into Rocky Prong pine corner thence a blazed line to the fork of Horsepen branch thence up said branch to the West corner of Charles Boans land thence with said line to the beginning. Together with all and singular the rights, members, hereditaments and appertaining. TO HAVE and to HOLD all and singular the premises before mentioned unto the said Charles Boan his heirs and assigns forever and we do hereby bind ourselves our Heirs executors and administrator to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said premises unto the said Charles Boan and his heirs and assigns against ourselves and Heirs. Witnefs our hands and seals this Eighteenth day of February Anno Domni One Thousand Eight hundred and thirty-six  and in the Sixtieth year of the Sovereignty and Independence of the United State of America.
Witnefs. John L. P. Boan}
Christopher Boan}                                       Stephen H. Parker {Seal}
                                                                     John Parker
                                                                     Sarah x Parker
                                                                     Mary x Parker
                                                                     William F. Parker
                                                                      Elijah Parker
                                                                     Catherine Parker
                                                                     Ann Parker

Chesterfield District}
                                Personally appeared before me John L. P. Boan and made oath that he saw the within named Stephen H. Parker[,] John Parker[,] Sarah Parker[,] Mary Parker[,] Wm F. Parker[,] Elijah Parker[,] Catherine Parker and Ann Parker, sign seal and as their act and deed deliver the within written deed and that Christopher Bone with himself witnefed the execution thereof.
Sworn before me }
15 Feby 1867 }
H. Craig, Jr.}
Recorded 15 Feby 1867
Origl Delv' to Christopher Boan

 This pre-civil war land deed is dated 18 February 1836 and is one of very few deeds that were re-recorded after the Courthouse and its contents were burned during the war. It was re-recorded as indicated above on 15 February 1867.

[1] Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Deed Book #1: page 96, Elisha Parker to Charles Boan; Register of Deeds, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

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