40th Parallel

We often see the words “In the beginning” when reading a book, fairy tale or the Bible. However, have you ever thought of a place as a beginning? When we think of place in our genealogy research, there is always someplace ‘before’. It may be one of our brick walls and we don’t know where it is, but we do know there is a ‘before’.

Thus, to say that my husband and I took a road trip to the “Place of Beginning” seems really strange. Most of the land found in the states of Kansas and Nebraska was part of the Louisiana Purchase. However, it was the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act that set this area on the road to statehood. This act also established the 40th parallel as the boundary line between Kansas and Nebraska.

The passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act prompted surveying to define the beginning points for establishing the ranges, townships and sections. Since we had recently visited the Point of Beginning – or the 6th Prime Merdian marker to our West, we decided to visit the monument marking the 40th parallel on the Missouri River Bluffs. This marker was established in 1855 to mark the Kansas Nebraska border.

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Sarah Sells Land

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

Today, I’m adding the deed where Sarah J. Briles sells the land to her son-in-law, H. E. Myers.

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).

Timeline

  • 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)

Coffey County Kansas
Deed Book 77
Page 427

Sarah J Briles
To
H. E. Meyers
State of Kansas, Coffey County, ss
This instrument was filed for record on the 15 day of March A.D. 1910 at 5 o’clock pm Harris E Robson
Register of Deeds
By Lizzie Robson, deputy

This indenture made this 15th day of March, A.D. 1910, between Sarah J Briles and widow and unmarried woman (formerly Sarah J Davis, also formerly S. J. Davis) of Coffey County in the state of Kansas of the first part, and H. E. Myers of Coffey County, in the State of Kansas, of the second part.
Witnesseth that the said party of the first part, in consideration of the sum of Eight Hundred Dollars and other considerations and dollars the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged do by these presents grant, bargain sell and convey unto said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns, all the following described real estate situated in the County of Coffey and State of Kansas, to wit:
The West half (1/2) of the North East quarter (1/4) of Section Twelve (12) Township twenty three (23) range fifteen (15) east of the sixth principal meridian provided however that the said Sarah J Briles hereby retains the right of possession during her life and all the rents issues and profits on the north half (1/2) of the aforesaid land at her death to become the property in fee simple of the said second party. (I hereby certify that I am the same person as S G Davis to whom E. G. Briles deeded an undivided interest in the above described land, which deed is recorded in book 55 at page 611 of the records in the office of the Register of Deeds of Coffey County Kansas, and also the same person as Sarah J Davis to whom Jeremiah G Davis deeded the above described land, which deed is recorded in book 51 of deeds at pate 383 of the records in the said Register of Deeds office.
To have and to hold the same, together with all and singular the tenements, hreditaments, and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining, forever.
And said Sarah J Briles for herself, her heirs, executors or administrators does hereby covenant, promise and agree to and with said party of the second part, that at the delivery of these presents she is lawfully seized in her own 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, judgments, taxes, assessments and encumbrances, of what nature or kind soever; except as above stated
And that she will warrant and forever defend the same unto said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns against said party of the first part, her heirs and all and every person or persons whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same.
In witness whereof the said party of the first part has hereunto set her hand the day and year first above written.

Sarah J Briles

State of Kansas
Coffey County, ss
Be it remembered, that on this 15th day of March, A.D. 1910 before me the undersigned, a register of deeds in and for the County and State aforesaid, came Sarah J Briles a widow and unmarried woman who is personally known to me to be the same person who executed the within instrument of writing, and such person duly acknowledged the execution of the same.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my official seal, the day and year last above written.
Harris E Robson Register of Deeds
By Lizzie Robson Deputy

Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Book 77 page 427, Sarah J Briles to H E Myers, 15 March 1910; Recorder of Deeds, Burlington, Kansas.

Following the Land

This is the 5th 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 R. Waldron

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).

Timeline

  • 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)

Sarah J Briles, Grantor
to
R Waldron, Grantee

Filed for record on the 15 day of July 1901 at 8 o’clock __M
Minnie Gilman, Register of Deeds
By Lillian E. Rogers, Deputy

This Indenture, made this 15th day of July AD 1901 between Sarah J Briles, an unmarried woman of Crandal in the County of Coffey and State of Kansas of the first part and R. Waldron of the second part.
Witnesseth, that the party of the first part, in consideration of the sum of Three Hundred and Fifty dollars to her duly paid, has sold, and by these presents does Grant, Bargain, Sell and Mortgage to the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns, forever, all that tract of land in the County of Coffey, and State of Kansas described as follows to wit:
West one half (1/2) of the North-East quarter (1/4) of section twelve (12) township twenty-three (23) range fifteen (15)
With the appurtenance, 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 Three Hundred and Fifty Dollars according to the terms of one coupon note this day executed and delivered by 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 in 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 or 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 form such sale to retain the amount then due for principal and interest, together with the costs and charges of making such sale, and the overplus, if any there be, shall be paid by the part making such sale, on demand to the said party of the first part her heirs or assigns. Appraisement waived.
In Witness Whereof, the said party of the first part has hereunto set her hand, and seal, the day and year above written.
Sarah J. Briles (seal)

State of Kansas, County of Coffey, ss.
On this 15th day of July A.D. 1901 before me, a notary public in and for said County, personally came Sarah J Briles an unmarried woman to me personally known to be the same person whose name is affixed to the foregoing conveyance as grantor and she duly acknowledged the execution of the same.
Witness my hand and official seal, on the date last above written
[Jerrie] F Foster
Notary Public
My commission expires Jany 24 1902

Along left edge of deed
Release
The note herein described having been paid in full this mortgage is hereby released and the lein thereby created discharged
Witness my hand this 18th day of March A.D. 1910
R. Waldron
Attest Alice Gifford
True copy of endorsement on original instrument
Filed for entry March 21 1910
Harrie E Robson, Register of Deeds

Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Mortgage book 41 page 349, Sarah J Briles from R Waldron, 16 July 1901; Recorder of Deeds, Burlington, Kansas.

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).

Timeline

  • 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
to
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.

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).

Timeline

  • 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.

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).

Timeline

  • 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.

Following the Land

Have you ever tried to figure out what happens to a parcel of land when the head of the household dies? That’s what I’ve been doing when trying to clean up my citations for Sarah Jane Thompson Briles Davis, wife of my second great grandfather, Noah Washington Briles.

I recently wrote about Sarah having to purchase the land back from her second husband prior to a divorce. In working thru the timeline for the land, I realized that I also had deeds for this parcel of land filed under their son, Edward G. Briles. Thus, I need to add those deeds 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).

Timeline

  • 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 December, S. J. Davis and J.D. Davis and E. G. Briles mortgaged the land for $165 to Angeline Myers (Angeline Briles Myers)
  • 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 the deed where Ed G. Briles purchases an undivided one fourth interest in the land from his sister, Angeline Briles Myers.

Book 45, page 617
Angeline Myers and husband
filed for record on the 19th day of January 1889 at 2 o’clock p.m.
Wm H Rudrauff, Register of Deeds Deputy
Ed G Briles
This Indenture made this 14th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty nine between Angeline Myers and H. O. Myers her husband of county of Coffey and state of Kansas of the first part and
Ed G Briles of the same place of the second part
Witnesseth that the parties of the first part, in consideration of the sum of
five hundred dollars
to them duly paid, hath bargained and sold, and by these presents do grant and convey to the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns, all that tract or parcel of land situate in Coffey County, state of Kansas, and described as follows, to wit:
the undivided one fourth interest n the west half of the northeast quarter of section twelve (12) township twenty three (23) South of range fifteen (15) east
with the appurtenances and all the estate, title and interest of the said parties of the first part therein
and the said Angeline Myers and H E Myers do hereby covenant and agree, that at the delivery hereof they are
the lawful owners of the premises granted and seized of a good and indefensible estate of inheritance therein , in fee simple and that the same are free and clear of all incumbrances, and that they will Warrant and Defend the same in the quiet and peaceable possession of said parties of the second part, his heirs and assigns, against the lawful claims of all persons whomsoever.
In witness whereof, the said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year above written.
Angelina Myers
H. E. Myers

State of Kansas, Coffey County, SS
On the 14th day of January, A.D. 1889, before the
Notary Public is and for said county, personally came
Angeline Myers and H. E. Myers her husband
to me personally known to be the same person whose names are affixed to the foregoing conveyance as grantor and duly acknowledged the execution of the same.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my official seal, the day and year last above written.
Frank Fochele
Notary Public

Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Book 45, page 617, Briles, Ed, 14 January 1889; Recorder of Deeds, Burlington, Kansas.

Land and Divorce

Is it normal for a woman to have to purchase back her first husband’s land from her second husband prior to divorcing her second husband?

That appears to be what happened with my second great grandmother, Sarah Jane Thompson 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).

Timeline

  • 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 December, S. J. Davis and J.D. Davis and E. G. Briles mortgaged the land for $165 to Angeline Myers (Angeline Briles Myers)
  • 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 the deed where Sarah J. Davis purchases the land from Jeremiah Davis.

Coffey County Kansas
Deed Book 51
Page 383

Warranty Deed
Jeremiah D Davis
To
Sarah J Davis

The State of Kansas
Coffey County
Filed for record on the 20th day of July A.D. 1898 at 4 o’clock p.m.
Minni Gilman

This indenture made this 20 day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety eight between Jeremiah D Davis of the county of Coffey and state of Kansas of the first part, and Sarah J Davis of the same place, of the second part.
Witnesseth, that the party of the first part, in consideration of the sum of one thousand dollars to him duly pad has bargained and sold and by these presents does grant and convey unto the said party of the second part her heirs and assigns all that tract or parcel of land situated in Coffey County and State of Kansas and described as follows, to wit:
The West half of the North East quarter of Section Twelve (12) in Township Twenty Three (23) of Range fifteen (15) and the south west quarter of the south east quarter of section thirty six (36) in township twenty two (22) of range fifteen (15)
And the appurtenance, and all the estate, title and interest of the said party of the first part therein and that he will warrant and defend the same in the quiet and peaceable possession of eh said party of the second part, her heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims, mode or suffered by him but against none where in witness whereof, the said party of the first part has hereunto set his hand and seal, the day and year above written.

Jeremiah D Davis

In presence of
I R Stamp $100 canceled
State of Kansas
Coffey County
On the 20th day of July AD 1888 before me a notary public in and for said County, personally came Jeremiah Davis to me personally known to be the same person whose name is affixed to the fore (going) conveyance as granter had he acknowledged the execution of the same.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my official seal on the day and year last above written.
W H Gray
Notary Public
My Com expires May 16th 1899

Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Book 51 page 383, Jeremiah D Davis to Sarah J Davis, 20 July 1898; Recorder of Deeds, Burlington, Kansas.

Prime Meridian

Well, it was time for another road trip yesterday. Like our previous road trip, this was to a destination that did not require us to be around a lot of people. Instead of going to a wildlife refuge, we ventured out into rural Kansas looking for a survey marker.

This isn’t just any survey marker. It is the one that established the sixth principal meridian at the junction with the 40th parallel base line. This survey marker was the ‘Point of Beginning’ for land surveys in Kansas and Nebraska. It was establised in 1855 by U.S. Surveyors Charles A. Manners and Joseph Ledlie.

Manhole Cover – Red Sandstone marker under the cover

On the west side of the road is a benchmark or a U.S. Coast and Geodetic trangulation station.

The importance of this ‘spot in the road’ to land owners in Kansas and Nebraska and beyond was recognized by area surveyors. They created a ‘monument’ to tell the story of this spot.

Pictured below is my husband standing next to the 1987 memorial.

For others that would like to make a similar road trip, this marker is 1 mile west and 1 mile north of the town of Mahaska, Kansas.

For further information on the public land system, the 6th principal merdian and this marker, check out the following sites:

Establishing Death

As I’m working on a narrative report for Angelina Jane Burke Currey, one of my 2nd great grandmothers, I’ve discovered several data clean-up issues. I’ve already tackled the shared fact issue by converting the shared land and court facts to individual facts. Today, I was working on improving the citations for some of those land and court facts.

One of those facts is the court case that originated on 5 May 1876 in Platte County, Missouri. This case is recorded in the Register of Deeds office in Deed Record Vol. 6 on page 598.

Weston Mo. May 5th 1876

We have this day instituted suit in the Weston Court of Common Pleas for Platte County Mo in the name of Guilford Hornbuckle and Sarah E. Hornbuckle, his wife & Hiram Currey & Angelina Currey, his wife, plaintiffs against John M. Burke & Milton E. Burke, Defendants for the July term 1876, thereof, for the purpose of compelling the execution of a trust & fees partion of the east half of the south west quarter of section thirty four (34) township fifty four (54) range thirty six (36) in Platte Co., Mo.
Guilford Hornbuckle
Sarah E. Hornbuckle
Hiram Currey
Angelina Currey
By Doniphan & [Cohem] Attys
Filed for record, at 6 P.M. May 5, 1876
R L Wallen
Recorder of deeds

Because the sisters, Angelina Currey and Sarah Hornbuckle, are suing their brothers, John Burke and Milton Burke, I’ve always assumed this suit was over their mother’s property. Thus, I’ve also assumed that this was an indication that their mother, Elizabeth Burke, had died prior to May 1876.

Curious as to where this portion of section 34, township 54 of range 36 was on a map, I used the First Land Owner’s Project ($) to locate the section on a map.

When I scrolled in to view section 34, I discovered that the first land owner of this section was Alfred Kirkpatrick. Alfred Kirkpatrick was the husband of Mahala Bland. Mahala was the sister to Elizabeth Bland Burke, mother of Angelina, Sarah, John and Milton. Thus, Alfred Kirkpatrick was their uncle.

If I scroll out just a bit, I find that Elizabeth’s husband, Henry Burke, was a first land owner in section 27.

These maps along with the original deed record raise some questions:

  • What happened to the land Henry Burke owned in section 27?
  • Why are Henry and Elizabeth’s children fighting over a portion of the land originally owned by Alfred Kirkpatrick?
  • What is the ‘trust’ mentioned in the deed record?

Perhaps finding the answers to these questions will help fill in Elizabeth’s life after 1860 and help establish a death date.