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Deeds Block 23

Having sold his land in block 11, John Minnick now moves to block 23. Fortunately, Sanborn maps help place these parcels of land within the town. Below is an 1885 Sanborn map for Kewanee.

In May of 1862, John Minnick purchases lot number 8 in block number 23 of Kewanee.

This Indenture made this 20th day of May in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred
and sixty two Between W H Blish, Hannah Blish, Chas c Blish, Elizabeth P Blish
of the County of Henry and State of Illinois and Thomas Blish Wealthy A Blish & George
C Blish of the County of Jo Davies and State aforesaid by heir attorney Charles C Blish
of the first part and John Minnick of the County of Henry and Sate of Illinois of the second
part. Witnesseth that the said parties of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of one
hundred and fifty dollars lawful money
of he United States of America to them in hand paid
by the said party of the second part, the receipt of which is being acknowledged do by these
presents grants bargain and sell unto the said party of the second part his heirs and

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assigns a certain tract or parcel of land described as follows to wit
Lot No Eight (8) in Block No
Twenty Three (23) in the Town of Kewanee
in the county of Henry and State of Illinois. Together with
all and singular the hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining
to have and to hold the said premises as above described with the appurtenances unto the said party of the
second part his heirs and assigns forever. And the said Grantors for themselves & their heirs executors
and administrators do hereby execute to and with the said party of the second part his heirs and
assigns that they are lawfully seized of the above granted premises in fee simple and have good
to sell and convey the same in manner and form aforesaid, and that they are free from all incum-
-brances and the said grantors for themselves heirs executors and administrators the above bargained
premises in the quit and peaceable possession of the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns
against all and every person or persons lawfully claiming or to claim the whole or any part thereof
shall and will warrant and forever Defend
In witness whereof the said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals the day
and year first above written
Signed sealed and delivered
in presence of
J. A. Pratt

Wm H Blish (seal)
Hannah Blish (seal)
Charles C Blish (seal)
Elizabeth P Blish (seal)
Thomas Blish (seal)
Wealthy A Blish (seal)
George C Blish (seal)
By their attorney Charles C Blish

State of Illinois
Henry County
I, Julius A Pratt Police Magistrate of the town of Kewanee in the said
County do certify that on this day personally appeared before me Wm H Blish & Chas C Blish
and Chas C Blish as Attorney for Thomas Blish, Wealthy A Blish & George C Blish whose
names appear subscribed to the foregoing Deed of Conveyance as having executed the same
who are personally known to me to be the persons in whose names the acknowledgment is proposed
to be made and acknowledged the execution as their voluntary act and deed fro the uses
and purposes therein expressed
Ad Hannah Blish and Elizabeth P Blish wives of the said Wm H Blish and Chas C
Blish having been by me made acquainted with the contents of said Deed and by me examined
separate and apart from the said husbands, whether they had executed the same and relinquished
their dower to the lands and tenements therein mentioned acknowledged that they had done
so voluntarily and freely, and without compulsion of their said husband and do not seek to
retract
Given under my hand and seal of Office at Kewanee this 20th day of May AD 1862
Julius A Pratt (Seal)

Illinois, Henry. Deeds, 1818-1912; indexes, 1836-1903. Film #1255581 Items 2-4 DGS 8565922. John Minnick, 20 May 1862 v 61: page 44; digital images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 17 July 2022.

Then in October of 1863, John Minnick purchases lot number 9 in block 23.

This Indenture, made this twenty fourth day of October
in the year of our Lord, One thousand Eight Hundred and sixty three between George Blackstock
and Esther Blackstock his wife
of the County of Henry and State of Illinois party of the first part, and John Minnick
of the same place party of the second part,
Witnesseth, that the said party of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of four hundred and
fifteen dollars
paid by the said party of the second part, (the
receipt of which is hereby acknowledged,) Do by these presents, grant bargain and sell unto the said party of the second part,
his heirs and assigns, the following described tract or parcel of land, situated in the county of Henry and State of
Illinois, known and described as follows, to wit:
Lot number nine (9) in Block Number
Twenty three (23) in the town of Kewanee Henry county Illinois

Together with all and singular the hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining; and the
said party of the first part hereby expressly waive and release any and all right, benefit, privilege, advantage and exemption
under or by virtue of any and all Statutes of the State of Illinois providing for the exemption of homesteads from sale on execu-
tion or otherwise, especially under the act entitled “An Ace to exempt Homesteads from sale on execution,” passed by the
General Assembly of the State of Illinois, A.D. 1851, and approved February 11, A.D. 1851, and an act entitled “An Act to
amend ‘An Act to exempt Homesteads from sale on execution,’” passed by said Assembly A.D. 1857, and approved February 17,

1857 To Have and To Hold the said premises as above described, with the appurtenances, unto the said party of the
second part, his heirs and assigns forever. And the said party of the first part, for them and
their heirs, executors and administrators, do hereby covenant, to and with the said party of the second part,
estate in fee simple, and ha good right to sell and convey the same in manner and form as aforesaid; that they are free from all
incumbrances; and that the above bargained premises in the quiet and peaceable possession of the said party of the second part,
his heirs or assigns, against the claim of all persons whomsoever, they will warrant and forever defend.
In Testimony whereof, the said party of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and
year first above written.
George Blackstock (seal)
Esther Blackstock (seal)

State of Illinois
Henry County
On this 24th day of October A.D. 1863 personally appeared before me
J. R. Preston a Notary Public in and for said County
Geo Blackstock & Esther Blackstock to me personally known to be the
persons whose names are subscribed to the above Deed, as having executed the same, and acknowledged that they had freely
executed the same for the uses and purposes therein expressed; and expressly waived and released all right, claim, benefit, privilege,
advantage and exemption under any and all Homestead Exemption Laws, so called. And Esther Blackstock
wife of the said Geo Blackstock
to me personally known to be the person whose name is subscribed to the same Deed, also appeared before me, and was by me made
acquainted with the contents of the same, and also her right under the Homestead law of this State, and examined separate and apart
from her said husband, whether she executed the said Deed, and relinquished heer dower to the lands and tenements therein mentioned,
voluntarily, freely and without compulsion of her said husband; and acknowledged that she had executed the same, and relinquished her
dower to the lands and tenements therein mentioned, voluntarily and freely, and expressly waived and released all right, claim, benefit
privilege, advantage and exemption under any and all Homestead Exemption Laws, so called, without the compulsion of her said husband.
Given under my hand and Notarial seal the day and year aforesaid
James R Preston (seal)
Notary Public

Filed for record the 8 day of Dec 1865 at 4 o’clock P.M.

Illinois, Henry. Deeds, 1818-1912; indexes, 1836-1903. Film #1255582 Item 1 DGS 8565928. John Minnick, 24 Oct 1863 V 63: page 456; digital images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 17 July 2022.

Then in 1867, John and his wife, Elizabeth, sell lot nine in block 23

Revenue Stamps
to the amount of
$.50
on this instrument

This Indenture, made this fourth day of June
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Sixty Seven between
John Minnick [A] and Elizabeth Minnick his wife
of the first part and
Jacob Smith
of the second part
Witnesseth, that the said party of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of
four hundred dollars

in hand paid by the said party of the second part, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, has granted, bargained and sold, and by
these presents do grant bargain and sell, unto the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns, all of the following described
lot, piece or parcel of land, situated in Kewanee, in the County of Henry
and State of Illinois, to wit:
Lot number nine (9) in block number twenty three (23) in the
town of Kewanee Henry County Illinois

Together with all and singular the hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging, or in anywise appertaining, and the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders, rents,
issues and profits thereof; and all the estate, rite, title, interest, claim and demand whatsoever of the said party of the first part, either in law or equity of, in and to the above bargained
premises, with the hereditaments and appurtenances; To Have and to Hold the said premises above bargained and described, with the appurtenances, unto the said party of the second party
his heirs and assigns Forever. And the said John Minnick and Elizabeth Minnick his wife parties of the
first part, hereby expressly waive, release and relinquish unto said party of the second part, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, all right, title, claim, interest
and benefit whatever in and to the above described premises, and each and every part thereof, which is given by or results from all laws of this State pertaining to the exemption of homesteads
And the said John Minnick and Elizabeth Minnick his wife party of the first part, for
their heirs, executors and administrators, do covenant, grant, bargain and agree, to and with the said party of the second part
heirs and assigns, that at the time of the ensealing and delivery of these presents, they are well seized of the premises above conveyed, as of a good , sure, perfect
absolute and indefeasable estate of inheritance in law, and in fee simple, and have good right, full power and lawful authority to grant, bargain, sell and convey the same in manner and form
aforesaid, and that the same are free and clear from all former and other grants, bargains, sales, liens, taxes, assessments and encumbrances, of what kind or nature soever, and the above bar-
gained premises, in the quiet and peaceable possession of the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns, against all and every person or persons lawfully claiming or
to claim the whole or any part thereof, the said party of the firt part shall and will warrant and forever defend.
In testimony whereof,, the said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.
John Minnick (seal)
Elizabeth Minnick (seal)

Sate of Illinois
Henry County
I< Erastus Austin, a Justice of the peace
in and for said County, int he State aforesaid, do hereby certify that John Minnick and Elizabeth Minnick
personally known to me as the same persons whose names are subscribed to the annexed Deed, appeared before me this day in person and acknowledged
that they signed and delivered the said instrument in writing as their free and voluntary at, for the uses and purposes herin set forth.
And the said Elizabeth Minnick
wife of the said John Minnick
having been by me examined, separate and apart, and out of the hearing of her husband, and the
contents and meaning of the said instrument of writing having been by me fully made known and explained to her and she also by me being fully informed of
her rights under the Homestead Laws of this state, acknowledged that she had freely and voluntarily executed the same and relinquished her dower to the
land and tenements therein mentioned, and also all her rights and advantages under and by virtue of all Laws of this State relating to the Exeraption of Homesteads,
Given under my hand and my seal, this fourth day of June A.D. 1867
Erasus Austion (SS)
Justice of the Peace

Illinois, Henry. Deeds, 1818-1912; indexes, 1836-1903. Film #1255589 item 2, DGS 8566959. John Minnick, 4 Jun 1867 vol. 85: page 13; digital images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 17 July 2022.