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Following the Land

In trying to follow a parcel of land thru the divorce of my second great grandmother, I’ve found that I need to include the deed records for her son, Edward G. Briles. In this second post on the subject, I’m adding a mortgage record to the timeline.

The land in question is the West half of the Northeast quarter of Section Twelve (12) in Township twenty three (23) of Range fifteen (15).


  • 1866 – Sarah Jane Thompson married Noah Washington Briles in Wapello County Iowa on 9 August 1866
  • 1869 – Noah W. Briles purchased the land in question from his father, Alexander Briles.
  • 1879 – Noah Briles died leaving his wife, Sarah and two children: Ida Angelina and Edward Grant Briles
  • 1886 – In November, Sarah J. Briles mortgaged the land to W. H. Fear for $150.00
  • 1888 – In May, Sarah Briles married Jeremiah D. Davis
  • 1888 – In November, the mortgage to W. H. Fear was paid off
  • 1889 – In January, Ed G. Briles purchase an undivided one fourth interest in the land from Angeline Myers (formerly Angeline Briles) and her husband H. E. Myers
  • 1889 – In February E. G. Briles mortgaged an undivided one half interest in the land to W. H. Fear for $250.
  • 1889 – In February, W. H. Fear assigned the mortgage for the land to Jacob Cline
  • 1889 – In December, S. J. Davis and J.D. Davis and E. G. Briles mortgaged the land for $165 to Angeline Myers (Angeline Briles Myers)
  • 1891 – In April, the mortgage obtained by E. G. Briles for an undivided one half interest in the land was paid off.
  • 1896 – In July, the mortgage to Angeline Myers was paid off
  • 1898 – In July, Jeremiah D. Davis sold to Sarah J. Davis two parcels of land for $1,000
    • the parcel in question: the West half of the Northeast quarter of section twelve (12) in township twenty three (23) of range fifteen (150
    • and the Southwest quarter of the Southeast quarter of section thirty six (36) in township twenty two (22) of range fifteen (15)
  • 1898 – In September, Jeremiah Davis was granted a divorce from Sarah J. Davis. Sarah J. Davis’ name was restored to Sarah J. Briles
  • 1901 – In July, Sarah J. Briles mortgaged the land in section 12 to R. Waldron for $350
  • 1910 – In March, the mortgage to R. Waldon had been paid off
  • 1910 – In March, Sarah J. Briles sold the land in section 12 to H.E. Myers (first husband of Ida Angeline Briles)

Below is a transcription of this mortgage record

E G Briles, unmarried grantor to
W H Fear, grantee
Filed for record on the 6th day of February 1889 at 5:30 o’clock p.m.
W H Rudrauff, Register of Deeds
This indenture, made this 6th day of February 1889, between E G Briles an unmarried man of  —- in the county of Coffey and state of Kansas of the first part and W H Fear of the second part.
Witnesseth, that the party of the first part, inconsideration of the sum of
Two hundred and fifty dollars
To him duly paid has sold and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell and mortgage to the said party of the second part, heirs and assigns, forever, all that tract of land, situate in the County of Coffey,and State of Kansas , described as follows, to wit:
The undivided one half of the west half of the northeast quarter of section no. twelve 12, township no 23 (23) range no fifteen(15)
With the appurtenances, and all the estate, title and interest of the said party of the first part therein. This grant is intended as a MORTGAGE to secure the payment of the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars
According to the terms of one note this day executed and delivered by
The said party of the first part
To the said party of the second part: and this conveyance shall be void if such payment be made as is herein specified. But if default be made in said payment, or any part thereof, or the interest thereon,as provided, or if the taxes and assessments levied against said premises are not paid at the time when they are by law made due and payable, then the whole sum hereby secured shall, at the option of the holder hereof, become immediately due and payable; and it shall be lawful for the said party of the second part, his executors, administrators and assigns, at any time thereafter,to sell the premises hereby granted, or any part thereof, in the manner prescribed by law, and out of all the moneys arising from such sale, to retain the amount then due for principal and interest, together with the costs and charges of making such sale and $___ as attorney’s fee and the overplus, if any there be, shall be paid by the party making such sale, on demand, to the said party of the first part heirs or assigns. Appraisement waived.
In witness whereof, the said party of the first part has hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year above written.
E. G. Briles
State of Kansas, County of Coffee, SS
On this 6th day of February A.D. 1889,before me, a notary public in and for the county, personally came E G. Briles an unmarried man to me personally known to be the same person whose name is affixed to the foregoing conveyance as grantor and who duly acknowledged the execution of the same.
Witness my hand and official seal on the date last above written.
A Peasley
Notary Public
My commission expires Feb 21 1891
Note on side of document: For value received I hereby assign the within mortgage to Jacob Cline This 28th day of February 1889
True copy of endorsement on original note
Filed for entry Apr 13th 1891
The note secured by the within mortgage having been paid in full this mortgage is hereby released
Witness my hand this 13th day of April 1891
Jacob Cline

Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Book 23 Mortgages page 362, E G Briles, 6 February 1889; Recorder of Deeds, Burlington, Kansas.