Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sharp Family Land Purchase, Rising Sun, IN, 1843

On 24 November 1843, William Sharpe purchased In Lot 42 of Pinkney James Addition, from Pinkney and Ann Mary James for 150 dollars. In 1843, when the deed was written, the property was located in Dearborn County, Indiana but by the time the deed was recorded, it had become part of Ohio County, Indiana. A transcription of the deed follows the images.

[MS page 407]
This Indenture made the twenty fourth day of November in the
year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty Three by
and between Pinkney James of the Rising Sun and State of Indiana
of the first part and William Sharpe of the same town and State
of the second part Witnesseth, That the said party of the first part
for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred & fifty dollars
lawful money of the United States to him in hand well and truly paid by
the party of the second part the receipt whereof is hereby acknowl-
edged, hath granted, bargained, and sold, released, conveyed, and
confirmed, and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell, release, con-
vey and confirm, unto the said party of the second part, his heirs
and assigns forever, the following Real Estate, situate in the
county of Dearborn & State of Indiana known as inlot number forty
two in P. James addition to the town of Rising Sun. And all the
estate, right, title, interest, claim and demand, of the said party
of the first part, in the said premises, and the appurtenances
thereunto belonging or in any [will?] appertaining: To have and to
hold the premises hereby bargained and sold or meant or intended
so to be with the appurtenances unto the said party of the second
part his heirs and assigns forever. And the said party of the

[MS page 408]
first part for himself, his heirs, executors, administrators
doth hereby covenant with the said party of the second part
his heirs and assigns, that he, the true and lawfull owner
of the premises aforesaid, that the premises are free and clear
from all incumbrances whatsoever, and that he will forever
warrant and defend the same with the appurtenances, unto the
said party of the second part his heirs and assigns against the
lawful or equitable claims of all persons whomsoever. In tes-
timony whereof the said party of the first part hath hereunto
set his hand and seal the day and year first above written.
Signed, sealed, and delivered in the presence of }Pinkney James {seal}
H. James, Joel DeCoursey } Mary Ann James {seal}
State of Indiana }
Dearborn County, sct } Before me the undersigned a Justice
of the peace within and for said county, personally appeared Pink-
ney James and Mary Ann James the above named grantors and
acknowledged the above deed of conveyance to be their voluntary act
and deed, for the uses and purposes therein mentioned. And the said
Mary Ann James wife of the said Pinkney James being by me
examined separate and apart from her said husband, and the full
contents and purports of the above deed being by me made known
to her by reading and explanation, she did then on said separate
examination, declare, that she did voluntarily and of her own
free will and accord, and as her act and deed seal and deliver
the above deed of conveyance without any coercion or compulsion
from her said husband.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set
my hand and affixed my official seal this twenty fourth day
of November in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Forty
three.Joel DeCoursey {seal} Justice of the peace
Received for Record June 19, 1846; Recorded July 6, 1846
Wm. T. Lambdin Recorder, by James H. Pepper, Deputy


Ohio County, Indiana, Deed Book, A:407-408, Pinkney and Mary Ann James to William Sharpe, 24 November 1843; recorded 6 July 1846; Ohio County Recorder, Rising Sun.


The deed refers to "appurtenances" to the property, possibly a building or other structure but it could just have been an empty lot, since it is part of the town's recent annex.

William Sharp appears in the 1840 U.S. census for Rising Sun, so prior to purchasing this property he was probably renting space for his young family.