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Following the Land

This is the 4th part in a series of posts about the land that my 2nd great grandfather, Noah Briles purchased from his father.

I’m trying to track what happened to the land after the death of Noah Briles. 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 mortgage deed where S. J. Davis obtains a mortgage from E. G. Briles

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 in the land to S. J. Davis for $1000
  • 1896 – In August, S. J. Davis obtains a mortgage on the land from E. G. Briles (information regarding the cancellation of this mortgage is missing from the deed)
  • 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)

S. J. Davis, Grantor
E. G. Briles, Grantee

Filed for record on the 15 day of August 1896 at 11 o’clock A.M.
J H. Hanna, Register of Deeds

This Indenture made this 15 day of July 1896 between S. J. Davis and J. D. Davis her husband of Coffey County, and State of Kansas of the first part, and E. G. Briles of the second part.
Witnesseth, that the parties of the first part, in consideration of the sum of eight hundred & 00/100 dollars to them duly paid, have sold and by these presents do Grant, bargain, Sell and Mortgage to the said party of the second part, his 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 West half of the North east quarter of Section Twelve (12) township Twenty three (230 Range Fifteen (15) East of the Sixth P.M.
with the appurtenances, and all the estate, title and interest of the said parties of the first part therein. This grant is intended as a Mortgage to secure the payment of the sum of Eight hundred according tot he terms of one note this day executed and delivered by S. J. Davis and J. D. Davis her husband to the said part _ of the second part; and the 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 among then due for principal and interest, together with the costs and charges of making such sale, and $ as attorney’s fee for foreclosure and the overplus, if any there be shall be paid by the party of making such sale, on demand, to the said S. J. Davis
In Witness Whereof, the said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seal the day and year above written.
S. J. Davis (Seal)
J. D. Davis (Seal)

State of Kansas, County of Coffey, ss.
On this 24th day of July A.D. 1896, before me a J.S. Covert a Notary Public in and for said County, personally came S. J. Davis and J. D. Davis her husband to me personally known to be the same persons whose name are affixed to the foregoing conveyance as grantor and have duly acknowledged the execution of the same.
Witness my hand and official seal, on the date last above written.
J.S. Covert
Notary Public
My commission expires April 4 1898

Along left column of page:
Assignment: Burlington, Kansas Nov 18 – 1899. For value received I hereby assign to R Watson and his assigns all my right title and interest in the [within] mortgage with no recourse on me.
E G Briles
State of Kansas Coffey County ss
Before me a Notary Public in and for said County personally came E G Briles who is known to me to be the same person who executed and acknowledged the assignment above.
Jesse F. Foster, Notary Public
True copy of endorsement on original mortgage
My com expires Jany 24, 1902
Filed for Entry Nov 20/99
[Winnie] Gilman, Register of deeds
By Mary F. Rogers Deputy

Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Mortgage book 34 page 521, S J Davis from E G Briles, 15 July 1896; Recorder of Deeds, Burlington, Kansas.