What’s your ‘go-to’ record type to try and identify people? For me, that resource is land records.
I’ve recently been using land records to figure out the various Crawford families in the Garrard County, Kentucky area prior to 1820. One of those families is the widow, Mary Crawford who appears on the tax records for Madison County, Kentucky as early as 1787.
In 1793, a Mary Crawford married an Alexander Moore in Garrard County, Kentucky. I was able to use land records to show that the Mary Crawford who married Alexander Moore is the same Mary Crawford who purchased land from Richard Cave.
Now, I’m trying to track Alexander Moore in hopes of learning more about Mary Crawford. There are two deeds for the sale of land in 1811 that indicate that Alexander Moore was from Fleming County, Kentucky.
Garrard County Kentucky
Deeds, Vols. E-G 1814-1821
This indenture made this 25th day of February 1811 between Alexander Moor of the County of Flem and state of Kentucky of the one part and Richmond Harriss of the county of Garrard and state aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that the sd Moore for and in consideration of the sum of twelve pounds ten shilling current money of Kentucky to him in hand paid by the said Richmond Harriss the right whereof he doth hereby acknowledge he the said Alexander Moore hat bargained and sealed & by these presents doth bargain and sell unto the said Richmond Harriss one certain tract or parcel of land situated lying and being in the county of garrard on the waters of paint lick and bounded as follows (to wit) Beginning at as that is to say all the land lying and being between the branches or the branch that heads down by Moses Garrards spring the other the branch that heads up by Cacks old place joining Burril Embrys land that is all the land formily belonging to John Bryant between sd two branches supposed to be fifty acres of land be the same more or less within and the bounds above mentioned to have and to hold all and singular the above mentioned land and premises with there and every of appurtenances unto the same Richmond Harriss his heirs and assigns forever and the said Alexander Moore for himself and his heir shall and will forever warrant and forever defend the said land and premises with these and every of there appurtenances unto the said Richmond Harriss his heirs and assigns free and clear forever all claim or claims claiming under him the said Alexander Moore of any person or persons whatsoever of in as to any pert or parcel of the above mentioned land premises. In witness whereof the said Alexander Moore hath here unto set his hand and seal the day and year above mentioned in presents of us the above mentioned sd twelve pound ten shillings to be paid in aliense and in trust as his seal value from [a?]
Garrard County Kentucky
Deeds, Vols. E-G 1814-1821
Garrard County KY
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This indenture made this twenty fifth day of February in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and eleven between Alexander Moore of the County of Fleming and state of Kentucky of the one part and James Harris of the County of Garrard of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Alexander Moore for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and twenty pounds current money of Kentucky to him in hand paid before the executing and delivering of these presents the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge and himself fully satisfied these with hath covenanted bargained and sold and by these presents doth bargainand sell unto the said James Harris his heirs and assigns one certain tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in the county of Garrard and on Paint lick creek and bounded as follows (to wit) Beginning an two beech trees on the bank of said creek then running south sixty degrees East fifteen poles to a buck then south two degrees east one hundred and ten poles to a stake in Bryants line then with his line south sixty degrees east twenty two poles to a hickory and sugar trees thence north thirty degrees east ninety poles to two base elders on the bank of said creek then down the meanders of the same to the beginning containing fifty acres of land within and to the bounds above mentioned to have and to hold all and singular the above mentioned land and premises with their and every of them appurtenances unto the said James Harris his heirs and assigns forever to the only promer use of him the said James Harris his heirs and assigns and the sd Alexander Moore for him and himself his heirs and assigns shall and will warrant defend free and clere from all claim or claims right title interest or demand of any person or persons whatever in or to any part or parcel of the above mentioned land and premises unto the said James Harris hi heirs & assigns in witness whereof the said Alexander Moore hath here unto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year first above written.
Alexr Moore (seal)
Signed sealed and delivered in the presents of