In my post this past Monday about the probate record for John Lunsford, I questioned why he would give land and/or several hundred dollars to some of his 16 children, and only $5 to his son, William and my direct ancestor, his daughter, Nancy. You can read my post here.
Well, YIPPEE! Thanks to my cousin Randy, I now know the probable reason for the small amount to Nancy. John had sold, for only $100, several pieces of land to Nancy & her husband, Wm. A. Boggs, in 1852. That was 6 years prior to the writing of his will.
Here is the actual deed, showing the transfer of those parcels of land.
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When I first saw this posted on our Lawrence Register Facebook group by my cousin, Randy, I was jumping for joy. I shared the good news with my brother, John. He is also a genealogist, and it’s fun for us to go on this journey, with our ancestors, together. John and I both transcribed the land document. It’s advantageous to have two people do the transcription because then you can compare and often figure out the difficult to read words.
Below are the transcriptions from both of us.
I discovered there was more to this document on a second page and added it to my transcription. Our versions are very similar. It looks like John had an easier time reading a couple of the words than I did and I indicated those with underlines.
You can access the Lawrence County, Ohio deeds by going to the Lawrence Co. Recorder website - CLICK HERE. Prior to using the Lawrence County Recorder website you might want to use the index to the deeds, so wonderfully prepared for us by a member of the Lawrence Register Facebook group. Thank you Martha! You can access that index HERE
What a wonderful resource those deeds are.
We often don’t find answers as to why our ancestors did one thing or another. But, in this case, I feel like we have a pretty good idea. Now, to find out why his son, William, only received $5 in the will. Is there another land transaction out there?
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