The Samuel Ball Jr. Indenture
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Submitted by Harold Hooper
Photo of a barn in Litchfield
Township taken by Joyce M. Tice
Deed to Benjamin Ball of Litchfield
7 October, 1865
This Indenture made the seventh day of October in the year one thousand eight hundred sixty five Between Samuel Ball Jr. of the state of Wisconsin of the first part and Benjamin Ball of the Township of Litchfield, County of Bradford and state of Pennsylvania of the second part. Witnesseth that the said party of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of Two hundred and fifty Dollars lawful money of the Unites States of America to his hand paid by the said party of the second part ensealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged had granted bargained sold alined released conveyed and confirmed and by these presents doth grant bargain all and release convey and confirm unto the said party of the second part and to his heirs and assigns forever all certain piece or parcel of land situate in the Township of Litchfield aforesaid and bounded as follows to wit-:on the North by land belonging to the estate of John Todd on the west-by land of Benjamin Ball, on the South by land belonging to the estate of Thomas Tink?, and on the East by land of Gilbert-Pearsall, containing about one hundred and ten acres more or less being the same as heretofore owned by Jacob Ball & David Ball, now deceased being all the right-title and interest of the said party of the first part in and to the above described piece of land as heir together will - all and singular the tenement hereditaments? And appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise affectionary and the reversion and reversion remainder and remainder unto monies and profit thereof. And also all the estate right, title interest property foreseen claim and demand whatsoever as well in law as in equity of the said party of the first part of in or to the above described premises and every part and parcel thereof with the appurtenances. To have and to hold all and singular the above mentioned and described premise together with the appurtenances unto the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns for ever. And the said Samuel Ball his heirs the said premises in the quiet and peaceable possession of the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns against the said party of the first part his heirs and against all and every person and persons whomsoever lawfully claiming as to claim the same shall and will by their presents forever defend and hereunto the said party of the first part has hereunto set his hand and seal this day and year first above written.
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State of Wisconsin
County of Portage
On the 16th day of December in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty five before me personally came Samuel Ball who I know from personal acquaintance to be the individual discribed in and who executed the foregoing instrument and acknowledged that he executed the same. Enoch Webster
Justice of the Peace
State of Wisconsin
I James B. Carpenter Clerk of the Circuit Court in and for the County and State afore said do hereby certify that Enoch Webster, whose name is inscribed to the foregoing Certificate of acknowledgement was at the task? Of taking said acknowledgement as acting Justice of the Peace for the County aforesaid duly elected and authorized to take the same. And I also further certify that I am well acquainted with the hand writing of said Enoch Webster, and I firmly believe the signature to the above Certificate of acknowledgement is genuine and that said Instrument is executed in accordance with the laws of this state as apprears by said Certificate.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of this Court on this nineteenth day of December A.D. 1865
James B. Carpenter
Editors note: Samuel Ball Jr. died on 18 December 1865 two days after this action was initiated and one day before recording in Wisconsin.