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Following the Land

This is part three of an attempt to follow the land that Noah Briles purchased from his father after Noah’s death. Since I’ve filed the documents for this parcel of land in two different generations of the family, I’m having to go back and try and merge this information into one timeline.

Today, I’m adding a deed where E. G. Briles and his wife sell their undivided half interest in the land to his mother, S. J. Davis.

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
  • 1896 – In August, E. G. Briles and F. A. Briles his wife sell all their undivided half interest inthe land to S. J. Davis for $1000
  • 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 deed between E. G. Briles and S. J. Davis

Coffey County Kansas Book 55 Deeds page 611
E G Briles to S J Davis
Filed for record on the 13 day of August 1896 at 1:30 o’clock p.m J H Hanna, Register of Deeds
This indenture, made this 13 day of July A.D. 1886,between
E. G. Briles and F. A. Briles,  his wife
Of Coffey County, in the State of Kansas of the second part
Witnesseth, that said parties of the first part, inconsideration of the sum of
One thousand and no dollars
The receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged do by these presents grant, bargain, sell and convey unto said party of the second part her heirs and assigns, all the following described real estate, attended in the county of Coffey and state of Kansas to wit: all their undivided one half interest in the west half of the north east quarter of section twelve (12)township twenty three (23) South range fifteen (15) east of the sixth p.m.
To have and to hold the same together with all and singular the [?] and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining forever
And said E. G. Briles and F. A. Briles his wife for their heirs, executors and administrators, do hereby covenant, promise and agree, to and with said party of the second part, that at the delivery of these presents they are lawfully seized in their same right, of an absolute and indefensible estate of inheritance, in fee simple, of and in all and singular the above-granted and described premises, with the appurtenances; that the same are free, clear, discharged and unencumbered of and from all former and other grants, titles, charges, estates, judgements, [?], assessments and incumbrances,of what nature or kind soever.
And that they will warrant and forever defend the same unto said party of the second part, her heirs and assigns and parties of the first part, their heirs, and all and every person or persons whomsoever,lawfully claiming or to [?} the same
In witness whereof, the said parties of the first part has hereunto set their hands the day and your first above written.
E G Briles
F A Briles
State of Kansas, Coffey County, SS
Be it remembered, that on this 15th day of July A.D. 1886, before me, the undersigned a clerk of the district court and for the county and state aforesaid cause
E G. Briles and F A Briles his wife
Who are personally known to me to be the same person who executed the within instrument of
Writing and such persons have duly acknowledged the executives of the same.
In Testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my official seal, the day and year best above written.
T. A. Wiseman Clerk Notary Public

Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Book 55 Deeds Page 611, E G. Briles, 13 August 1896; Recorder of Deeds, Burlington, Kansas.

One thought on “Following the Land

  1. It’s interesting that Jeremiah sold Sarah two parcels, including the one she clearly had an ownership interest in already. I suspect for that parcel, this document served as a quit claim deed.

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