Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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Deed of Conveyance, Lincoln Home [1]

[May 2, 1844]

WARRANTEE DEED, With Relinquishment of Dower.

THIS INDENTURE, Made and entered into, this [Second] day of [May] A. D. 184[4], between [Charles Dresser & Louisa W. his wife] of the County of [Sangamon] and State of [Illinois], of the first part, and [Abraham Lincoln] of the County of [Sangamon] and State of [Illinois] of the second part, WITNESSETH, That the said part[y] of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of [fifteen hundred] Dollars, in hand paid by the said part[y] of the second part, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have granted, bargained and sold, and by these presents do grant bargain and sell, unto the said part[y] of the second part, [his] heirs and assigns, [a] certain tract of Land, situate, lying and being in the County of [Sangamon] and State of [Illinois] known and designated as follows, to wit: [''Lot number Eight, and a strip ten feet in width off of the South side of Lot number Seven, being the South quarter of said Lot Seven, both in Block number Ten in E. Iles' addition to the (late town now) city of Springfield in the county and State aforesaid.'']

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the aforesaid tract or parcel of land, together with all and singular the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging, or in any-wise appertaining, to the only proper use and benefit of [him] the said part[y] of the second part, [his] heirs and assigns FOREVER, And the said part[y] of the first part, for [themselves, their] heirs, executors and administrators, do convenant to and with the said part[y] of the second part, that [they are] lawfully seized, have full right → to convey, and will forever WARRENT and DEFEND the said tract of LAND from the claim of [them] the said part[y] of the first part, [their] heirs and assigns, and against the claim or claims of any other person whomsoever.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, the said part[y] of the first part ha[ve] hereunto set [their] hand[s] and seals the day and year aforesaid.

signed sealed and delivered CHARLES DRESSER (seal)

in presence of LOUISA W. DRESSER (seal)

W. Lavely

State of Illinois,

Sangamon County. ss.

Before me, the undersigned a Justice of the Peace for the County aforesaid, personally came Charles Dresser & Louisa W. his wife who are known to me to be the real persons by whom and in whose names the above conveyance was excuted and by whom and in whose names said conveyance is proposed to be acknowledged, and acknowledged that of their free will, that they excuted said deed for the purposes therein expressed. And the said Louisa W. Dresser wife of the said Charles Dresser being by me first examined separate and apart from her said husband and the contents of said conveyance being first made known to her acknowledged that she freely and voluntarily and without any compulsion or coercion from her said husband she executed the same, and forever relinquish all her right and claim of Dower in and to the lands and tenements in said conveyance described.

Given under my hand and seal, this 2d day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-four

W. LAVELY J.P. (seal)


[1]   ADS, IHi. Printed form with Lincoln's interlineations within brackets. This conveyance gave Lincoln title to the Dresser cottage. Filing note and Recorder certification on verso.

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