Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sharp Family Land Sale, Pope Co., IL, 1853

On 22 September 1853, William C. and Delilah Sharp sold 80 acres of land consisting of the North West 1/4 of the North East 1/4 and the North East 1/4 of the North West 1/4, Section 11 in Township 14 South, Range 6 East, near the town of Tansill in Pope County, Illinois to Gottlob Berger for 400 dollars [1]. A transcription of the deed follows the image.

[MS page 96]
This Indenture made and entered into this twenty second
day of September in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight
hundred and fifty three Between William C. Sharp and Delilah
Sharp his wife of the County of Pope and State of Illinois of the first part
and Gottlob Berger also of the County of Pope and State of Illinois 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 Acknow-
ledged have granted, bargained and sold and by these presents do
grant bargain and sell unto the said party of second part his heirs
and assigns all of a certain tract of land situate lying and being in
the County of Pope and State of Illinois known and designated
as follows to wit; The North West quarter of the North East quarter
and the North East quarter of the North West quarter of section
Number Eleven in Township Number fourteen South of Range
Six East in the district of land subject to sale at Shawneetown lying
and being in the County of Pope and State of Illinois Containing Eighty acres more or
less, being the same land patented to John Smith on the 28th day of July A.D.
1838 and by said Smith sold and conveyed to said William C. Sharp party of
the first part which will fore more fully appear by refference[sic] to the deed
Recorded in the Recorders Office of said Pope County Record Book E page
399. To Have and to hold the aforesaid tract or parcel of land together
with all and Singular the priviledges[sic] and appurtenances thereunto belonging
or in anywise appertaining to the only propense[?] and benefit of him
the said party of the second part heirs and assigns forever. And the said party of
the first part for themselves their heirs executors and Administrators do covenant
with the said party of the second part that they are lawfully seized have full
right to convey and will forever Warrant and defend the said tract of
land from the claim of them the said party of the first part their heirs and assigns
and against the claim or claims of any other person whomsoever.
In witness whereof the said party of the first part have hereunto set their
hands and seals the twenty second day of September A.D. 1853 the day & year above written.
In presence of J.C. Willis William C. Sharp {seal}
Albert Koch Delilah Sharp {seal}
State of Illinois } sctBefore me the undersigned Clerk of the circuit court within and for
Pope County} the county aforesaid came William C. Sharp & Delilah Sharp who are
personally known to me to be the real persons by whom and in whose name the above convey-
ance was executed and by whom and whose name the same is proposed to be acknowledge
and who thus formally[?] acknowledged their signature hereto to be their free and voluntary
act and deed for the purposes therein expressed and the said Delilah Sharp wife of the
said William C. Sharp being by me first examined separate and apart from her said
husband and the contents of the said conveyance being first made known to her acknow-
ledged that freely and voluntarily and without any compulsion or coercion from her said
husband she executed the same and forever relinquishes all her right to the claims of dower
in and to the lands and tenements in said conveyance described. Given under my hand

[MS page 96, left margin]

Recorded this 23[?] day of
Sep. 1853 Jno Raum Clerk
Circuit Court & Exofficio Recorder
Pope County Ill.

Reference Notes:

[1] Pope County, Illinois, Deed Records, Series A, 1816-1883, F:96, William C. Sharp to Gottlob Berger, 22 September 1853; Pope County Clerk & Recorder, Golconda.


This property was bought about 12 months earlier by William C. Sharp. The deed states that William and Delilah are "of the County of Pope and State of Illinois", so it is likely this was a short term residence for the Sharp family.
About a month before this land sale, William and Delilah also sold their Rising Sun, Indiana property. They presented the deed of sale at the Pope County, Illinois circuit court and it was witnessed by John Raum the circuit court recorder. However, the annotation at the bottom of the deed shows that it was ultimately recorded in Indiana by the Ohio County Recorder, Henry Newman.
During the period, 1852 to 1855, the family was going through some major changes. William was adopting a farm livelihood after working as a carpenter in Rising Sun for many years. Delilah's second child, Charles Bruce Sharp was born in Mississippi in 1853-1854. In May 1854, William and Delilah appear in Rising Sun, Indiana to re-record the sale of their Rising Sun property. Then in 1855, they acquire the Pope County land that they would homestead until 1869.