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Lewis Crandall Heirs

Which type of source do you often use to help piece together potential family relationships? For me, land records have proven over and over again to hold information to help me verify a relationship.

When it came to figuring out the parents and siblings of Salome Crandall Wells, I not only had to use land records but also probate records.

In November of 1834, Jane Crandall petitions the court for payment for her support of the minor children of Lewis Crandall.

The undersigned administrators
of the Estate of Lewis Crandall, dec’d, makes the
following statement, Jane Crandall, one of the heirs
of the dec’d having charge of the minor children, one
of which is rendered helpless by siness. It is
therefore asked that there be [???] order made b the
Court for her [???], this 11th day of November 183.
$15 will probably be necessary
A. H. McCrurry, Attorney

Ordered that the administrator of the Estate
of Lewis Crandall pay to Jane Crandall for the
support of the children in her care and to supply the
wants of the one that is sick, the sum of fifteen
dollars and any money in his hand belonging
to said Estate, and the receipt of said Jane
shall be his voucher.
Nov. 11th 1834
E Mayne, County Judge

Van Buren County Probate Court Volume E page 48

In a filing in Probate Court, Anna Crandall, widow of Lewis Crandall, petitioned for her dower to be set aside.

Estate of Lewis Crandall
To the County Court of
Van Buren County
I am petitioners Anna Crandall [Attorney?]
to the Court that she is the widow of Lewis Crandall dec’d
Your petitin shows that the said husband departed
this life [unto] about the ? day of March 1832 and at the time
of his decease he was seized of and owned in fee simple the following
described real estate, lying in said County of Van Buren to wit
[W] part of S.E. [1/11] Sec 28 Town 69 Range 9 one hundred acres
Your petitioning [showed] that as widow of Lewis Crandall dec’d she
is entitled to one third in value of said real estate in fee simple
as her dower.
Your petitioner therefore [proposes] the Court to appoint
informed to set apart and assigns to your petitioner forever, one third
in value of said real estate as her dower
Respectfully Submitted
[????? ss ?] Caldwell
Attorney for Anna Crandall

Ordered that [???] the [?????] bu [publication in the
newspaper [????] until the [??? ??? ] of the County
[ ] petition will be

[????] County Judge

Van Buren County Iowa, Probate Record Volume E, page 271.

Then, in November 1855, the court ordered a ‘Legal Notice” to the heirs of Lewis Crandall be placed in the Kasangua Republican newspaper.

Lewis Crandall Estate
And now comes up for hearing the matter of the petitioner
of Anna Crandall widow of Lewis Crandall dec’d in which
she prays the Court to appoint referee to make an appportionment
of dower to her in the real estate of her late husband
An order having been made at the October term of the cases
court that notices should be given by publication in the
Kasangua Republican a copy of which notice being this day
filed together with the proof of the same, it is ordered
that they be recorded in words as follows to wit

Legal Notice
To the heirs and all others interested in the Estate of
Lewis Crandall Deceased ;
You will take notice that
there is now on file in the office of the County Judge of
Van Buren County Iowa a petition of Anna Crandall
claiming that she is the widow of Lewis Crandall, deceased, and
praying the County Court of said County to appoint referees
to set apart and assign to her dower in the following decd
certified bond of which said Lewis died siezed to wit:
the North part of the South East quarter section twenty eight (28)
township sixty nine (69) range nine(9) containing one hun
dred (100) acres said petitioner claims that she is entitled
to one third in value of said land in fee simple as her claim
as aforesaid. Said petition will be heard and determined
before said Court on the first Monday in November 1855
By order of the County Court
? A. Caldwell
Attorney for Petitioner

Van Buren County, Iowa Probate Records Vol. E page 299

To figure out the heirs of Lewis Crandall, I had to turn to the records for the land. In 1841, this fractional quarter of section twenty eight (28) in township number sixty nine (69) of range number nine (9) west was purchased by Lewis Crandall.

This indenture made the 1st day of March in the year
of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and forty one between
E Manning of the County of Van Buren and Territory of

Iowa of the first part and Lewis Crandall of the county
and territory aforesaid of the second part witnesseth that
the said party of the first for and in consideration of the
sum of one hundred and twenty-five dollars and other cons
iderations in hand paid by the said party of the second
part the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath given
granted bargained sold conveyed and confirmed and
to those presents do give grant bargain sell convey and
confirm unto the said party of the second part to his heirs
and assigns forever the following descripbed [Messauge] piece
or parcel of land to wit the South East fractional quarter
of section twenty eight (28) in township number sixty
nine (69) of range no nine (9) West excepting said reser
ving however forty four acres and fourty four hundredths
sold and conveyed by Ruben Wright to James McMann
which part or particion of said tract is surveyed & set off
on the south part of said fractional quarter being the
quantity of land hereby conveyed or intended to be
conveyed to be one hundred acres agreeable to the
certificate of purchase dated at Burlinton IT Novem
ber 15th 1838 be the same
Together written all and singular the appurtances There
unto belonging To have and to hold the same unto the
same party of the second part his heirs and assigns forever
and the said party of the first part doth covenant and
forever defend the title to the said premises against
the claim of all and every person whatever claiming
the same by from or under him. In testimony where
of the said party of the first part hereto sets his hand and
seal the day and year first above written;
Signed seald and delivered in presence of
George G. Wright (witness)
Jacob Lane (witness)
Edwin Manning (signed / sealed)

Territory of Owa County of Van Buren
In and for said County do hereby certify that on this
day the within named Edwin Manning known to
me to be the person whose name is subscribed to thee fore
going instrument as party think personally appeared
before me said acknowledged the execution thereof to
be his free and voluntary act and deed for the uses and
proposed therein expression given under my hand

Livale Kinney J
Filed for record March 1st 1841 at 2 o’clock PM
Isiah Lane Recorder

In December 1856, Anna Crandall sells the land set aside as her dower to Owen Tuttle.

Ann Crandall to Owen Tuttle

For and in consideration of the sume of two hundred
Dollars, I hereby sell and convey unto Owen Tuttle of the County
of Van Buren and State of Iowa the following described real
estate to wit thirty acres off the South part of the North part
of the South East Quarter of Section Twenty Eight Township
Sixty Nine Range Nine West in the County of Van Buren and
State of Iowa it being the dower of Anna Crandall as set
apart by the commissioners appointed by the County Court for that
purpose from the Estate of Lewis Crandall Dec’d as the same appraised
by the report of said Commissioners and as the same appears of Record
on Page 336 of Probate Record for said County and Dated December
16th 1855 and I [recant] and defend the title against the
lawful claims of all person whomsoever witness my hand this
the 18day of December AD 1856
Anna Crandall

Van Buren County, Iowa Deed Book R page 195

That left about seventy acres of the north side of the SE fractional quarter of Section 28 in township 69 of range 9 West. In April of 1855, Freelove Crandall sold her undivided seventh to Thomas C Dodson. This deed was recorded in 1867.

Free[l]ove Crandall to Thomas C. Dotson

Know all men in these presents that I Freelove Crandall of the County of Van
Buren and State of Iowa for and in consideration of the sum of one Hundred
dollars to me paid by Thomas C Dodson the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged
[have] granted bargained and sold and by these presents do convey unto the said
Thomas C Dodson all my rights title and interest as heir to the estate of
Lewis Crandall due on undivided seventh of South (70) acres off the North
side of the South East fractional quarter of section twenty eight (28) township
sixty nine (69) north of range nine (9) west containing seventy acres to
have and to hold the same forever and I hereby warrant and affix the same
to the said Thomas C Dodson his heirs and his assignees forever [by my]
hand this [twentieth] day of April AD 1855. Freelove [Crandall]

Deed Book 3, page 208
State of Iowa
Van Buren County
On this 19th day of April 1860 before me J.S. Steven County Judge in and for said county personally
Came Freelove Crandall personally know to be me to the identical person whose
Name is affixed to the above deed as grantor and acknowledged the same to be
Her voluntary act and deed. Witness by my hand and the seal of said County the
Day and year above mention.
J. S. Sloan Co Judge
Filed for Record the 26th day of Dec AD 1867 at 11 o’clock AM

Van Buren County, iowa Deed Book 3 page 207 and 208

On 31 January 1856, Jane Crandall married Clinton Dodson (Thomas C. Dodson.)

In September of 1857, Salome Crandall sold her portion of the land to Thomas C. Dodson.

Salome Crandall to Thomas C Dodson
Know all men by these presents that I Salome Crandall of the County of Mahaska and State of Iowa for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred dollars the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged do hereby convey all my rights to the
And interest to the un? South of seventy acres in the South East fractional quarter of Section no twenty eight (28) in Township no Sixty nine north of Range no nine West to Thomas C. Dodson of the County of Van Buren and State of Iowa and I hereby warrant and defend the title to said property to the said Thomas C. Dodson his heirs and assigns forever In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my name on the 15 day of September in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Seven
Salome Crandall
A. West
H. Temple
State of Iowa Mahaska County
On this the 15th day of September AD 1857, before me the undersigned Notary
Public in and for said County appeared the above named Saloma Cordwell
Personally known to me to be the identical person whose name is affixed to the foregoing
[ ?deed?] conveyance as granter and acknowledge the same to be her voluntary act
And deed for the purpose therein approved In testimony whereof I have hereunto
Set my hand and affixed my Notarial Seal at my office in Oskaloosa this
Day and year above noted.
Henry Temple
Notary Public
Filed for record the 26th day of Dec AD 1867 at 11 o’clock A. M.

Van Buren County, Iowa Deed Book 3 page 207

In October 1862, Mr. T. A. H. McCrary, guardian of the minor heirs of Lewis Crandall sold four sevenths of those 70 acres to Thomas C. Dodson. The deed identified those minor heirs as John N. Crandall, Eliza Ann Crandall, Elsey Crandall and Lewis Crandall, Jr.

John N. Crandall & others by guard’n to T. C. Dodson
Know all men by these presents Mr. T. A. H. McCrary of th County of
Van Buren and State of Iowa Guardian for the minor heirs of Lewis Crandall
Dec ?ver? John N. Crandall, Eliza Ann Crandall, Elsey Crandall & Lewis
Crandall JR by virtue of the power conferred upon me by law for an in consideration
Of the sume of four hundred and eighty dollars the receipt whereof is hereby
Acknowledge do hereby convey to Thomas C. Dodson his heirs and assignes the
Undivided interests of the above mentioned heirs being four sevenths of seventy
Acres off the north side of the SouthEast fractional quarter of Section no twenty
Eight in Township sixty nine north of Range no nine West The said A.
H McCrary hereby ???? himself his heirs and assigns to ???? and one ????
The title to said Real Estate to the said Thomas C. Dodson and his heirs
Forever In testimony whereof thereunto [execute] my name this October 18th
AD 1862.
H. McCrary
Guardian
State of Iowa
County of Van Buren Before me a Notary public in and for said County
And State this day personally approved A. H. McCrary to me [with] known and
Who regard the foregoing instrument of writing in my presence as guardian and
Grantor and acknowledged the same to be his voluntary act and [deed] [Jr] [Minor]
Whereof I have set my hand and Seal Notarial this the 18th day of October
AD 1862 To [action] whereof I have set my hand and Seal Notarial this
The 18th day of October AD 1862 James L. Loring
State of iowa
Van Buren County
And now comes the matter of the foregoing deed of
Conveyance of A. H. McCrary guardian of John N.
Crandall, Eliza Ann Crandall, Elsey Cranall and Lewis Crandall Jr
Minor heirs of Lewis Cranda deceased to Thomas C Dodson and the Court
After fully understanding the matter of said heirs it is therefore ordered and
[ ] by the Court that the same to and [m ] is confirmed and approved
Dec 5th 1862 H [Shanklin], Co Judge
Filed for record the 28th day of December AD 1867 at 11 o’clock AM

Van Buren County, Iowa Deed Book 3 page 207-208

The deeds for the land identify six of the heirs of Lewis Crandall: Freelove, Salome, John N., Eliza Ann, Elsey, and Lewis, Jr. Since there were 7 portions of land, there is a 7th heir. I believe that heir to be Jane Crandall, wife of Clinton Dodson. Since other records refer to Jane’s husband as Thomas C. Dodson, I believe that the Thomas C. Dodson who purchased the land from the 6 identified heirs is Thomas C. Dodson. Thus, 70 acres of Lewis Crandall’s land likely passed to his son-in-law, Thomas Clinton Dodson, husband of Jane Dodson.

I would never have figured out this family if I hadn’t used both the probate and land records, along with the marriage record for Jane Crandall.

2 thoughts on “Lewis Crandall Heirs

  1. I have also found land and probate records essential to our families together.

    I suppose we could be related on the Crandall line. Does your go back to Elder John of Rhode Island?

    • I thought it did. A long time ago I worked with Dwayne Crandall. Most of my Crandall research that I’m reviewing is from research done at that time. However, when I look at my line on FamilySearch, my line stops at John Crandall and wife Amy Lillibridge. It looks like I have another brick wall to research!

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