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Deed from Isaac and Elizabeth Hale, 25 August 1830

Susquehanna County SS
Before me the Subscriber one of the Justices of the Peace in & for said County of Susquehanna Came Isaac Hale

21 Mar. 1763–11 Jan. 1839. Farmer, hunter, innkeeper. Born in Waterbury, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Reuben Hale and Diantha Ward. Member of Methodist church. Moved to Wells, Albany Co., New York (later in Rutland Co., Vermont), ca. 1771, to live with...

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, & Elizabeth

19 Nov. 1767–16 Feb. 1842. Innkeeper. Born in Litchfield Co., Connecticut. Daughter of Nathaniel Lewis and Esther Tuttle. Member of Methodist church. Moved to Wells, Charlotte Co., New York (later in Rutland Co., Vermont), 1776. Married Isaac Hale, 20 Sept...

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his wife and acknowledged the within indenture or instrument of wrighting to be their act & deed for the purposes theirin mentioned & She

19 Nov. 1767–16 Feb. 1842. Innkeeper. Born in Litchfield Co., Connecticut. Daughter of Nathaniel Lewis and Esther Tuttle. Member of Methodist church. Moved to Wells, Charlotte Co., New York (later in Rutland Co., Vermont), 1776. Married Isaac Hale, 20 Sept...

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being of proper age & being examined Apart from her Said husband

21 Mar. 1763–11 Jan. 1839. Farmer, hunter, innkeeper. Born in Waterbury, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Reuben Hale and Diantha Ward. Member of Methodist church. Moved to Wells, Albany Co., New York (later in Rutland Co., Vermont), ca. 1771, to live with...

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& the contents explained to her by me Said she Signed it of her own free will & not from any fear or Coersion on the part of Her said Husband
Dated at Harmony

Located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Area settled, by 1787. Organized 1809. Population in 1830 about 340. Population in 1840 about 520. Contained Harmony village (no longer in existence). Josiah Stowell hired JS to help look for treasure in area, Oct. 1825...

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this 26th day of August in the year of our Lord 1830
Jesse Lane

20 Apr. 1800–23 Feb. 1881. Justice of the peace, lumber merchant. Born in Cannonsville (later in Tompkins), Delaware Co., New York. Son of Martin Lane and Sarah Craig. Moved to Harmony (later in Oakland), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, by 1823. Appointed ...

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Susquehanna County ss
[seal]
Recorded in the Office for Recording of Deeds &c in and for said County in Deed Book No 8 page 59.8

Susquehanna Co., PA, Deeds, 1812–1922, vol. 8, p. 59, microfilm 1,927,992, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.  


the thirty first day of August AD eighteen hundred & thirty.
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office at Montrose9

The county seat of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.  


the day & year above written
Wm Jessup

21 June 1797–11 Sept. 1868. Teacher, lawyer, judge. Born in Southampton, Long Island, Suffolk Co., New York. Son of Zebulon Jessup and Zervia Huntting. Graduated from Yale College in New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut, 1815. Moved to Montrose, Susquehanna...

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Recorder10

William Jessup was Susquehanna County recorder from January 1824 to January 1833. (Blackman, History of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 42.)  


Per Norman I Post
Isaac, Hale

21 Mar. 1763–11 Jan. 1839. Farmer, hunter, innkeeper. Born in Waterbury, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Reuben Hale and Diantha Ward. Member of Methodist church. Moved to Wells, Albany Co., New York (later in Rutland Co., Vermont), ca. 1771, to live with...

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Joseph Smith, Jr,
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Fees $1,15
Tax 50cts paid by Esqr Lane

20 Apr. 1800–23 Feb. 1881. Justice of the peace, lumber merchant. Born in Cannonsville (later in Tompkins), Delaware Co., New York. Son of Martin Lane and Sarah Craig. Moved to Harmony (later in Oakland), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, by 1823. Appointed ...

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August 31st 1830 [p. [2]]

Handwriting of Jesse Lane.  


Susquehanna County SS
Before me the Subscriber one of the Justices of the Peace in & for said County  of Susquehanna Came Isaac Hale

21 Mar. 1763–11 Jan. 1839. Farmer, hunter, innkeeper. Born in Waterbury, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Reuben Hale and Diantha Ward. Member of Methodist church. Moved to Wells, Albany Co., New York (later in Rutland Co., Vermont), ca. 1771, to live with...

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, & Elizabeth

19 Nov. 1767–16 Feb. 1842. Innkeeper. Born in Litchfield Co., Connecticut. Daughter of Nathaniel Lewis and Esther Tuttle. Member of Methodist church. Moved to Wells, Charlotte Co., New York (later in Rutland Co., Vermont), 1776. Married Isaac Hale, 20 Sept...

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his wife and acknowledged the with in indenture or instrument of wrighting to be their act & deed for the purposes  theirin mentioned & She

19 Nov. 1767–16 Feb. 1842. Innkeeper. Born in Litchfield Co., Connecticut. Daughter of Nathaniel Lewis and Esther Tuttle. Member of Methodist church. Moved to Wells, Charlotte Co., New York (later in Rutland Co., Vermont), 1776. Married Isaac Hale, 20 Sept...

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being of proper age & being examined Apart from her  Said husband

21 Mar. 1763–11 Jan. 1839. Farmer, hunter, innkeeper. Born in Waterbury, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Reuben Hale and Diantha Ward. Member of Methodist church. Moved to Wells, Albany Co., New York (later in Rutland Co., Vermont), ca. 1771, to live with...

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& the contents explained to her by me Said she Signed it of her  own free will & not from any fear or Coersion on the part of Her said Husband
Dated at Harmony

Located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Area settled, by 1787. Organized 1809. Population in 1830 about 340. Population in 1840 about 520. Contained Harmony village (no longer in existence). Josiah Stowell hired JS to help look for treasure in area, Oct. 1825...

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this 2 26th day of August in the year of our Lord 1830
Jesse Lane

20 Apr. 1800–23 Feb. 1881. Justice of the peace, lumber merchant. Born in Cannonsville (later in Tompkins), Delaware Co., New York. Son of Martin Lane and Sarah Craig. Moved to Harmony (later in Oakland), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, by 1823. Appointed ...

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Jesse Lane handwriting ends; Norman I. Post begins.  


Susquehanna County ss
[seal]7

TEXT: Embossed seal, “[SU]SQUEHANNA. CO. [S]EAL.”  


Recorded in the Office for Recording of Deeds &c  in and for said County in Deed Book No 8  page 59.8

Susquehanna Co., PA, Deeds, 1812–1922, vol. 8, p. 59, microfilm 1,927,992, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.  


the thirty first day of August AD  eighteen hundred & thirty.
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand  and seal of office at Mon[t]rose9

The county seat of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.  


the day & year  above written
Wm Jessup

21 June 1797–11 Sept. 1868. Teacher, lawyer, judge. Born in Southampton, Long Island, Suffolk Co., New York. Son of Zebulon Jessup and Zervia Huntting. Graduated from Yale College in New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut, 1815. Moved to Montrose, Susquehanna...

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Recorder10

William Jessup was Susquehanna County recorder from January 1824 to January 1833. (Blackman, History of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 42.)  


Per N[orman] I Post

Docket, inscribed after leaf was folded, begins. Norman I. Post handwriting ends; Jesse Lane begins.  


Isaac, Hale

21 Mar. 1763–11 Jan. 1839. Farmer, hunter, innkeeper. Born in Waterbury, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Reuben Hale and Diantha Ward. Member of Methodist church. Moved to Wells, Albany Co., New York (later in Rutland Co., Vermont), ca. 1771, to live with...

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to
Joseph Smith, Jr,
Deed

Jesse Lane handwriting ends; Norman I. Post begins.  


Fees $1,15
Tax 50cts paid by Esqr Lane

20 Apr. 1800–23 Feb. 1881. Justice of the peace, lumber merchant. Born in Cannonsville (later in Tompkins), Delaware Co., New York. Son of Martin Lane and Sarah Craig. Moved to Harmony (later in Oakland), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, by 1823. Appointed ...

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August 31st 1830 [p. [2]]
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On 6 April 1829, JS entered into an agreement with his father-in-law, Isaac Hale

21 Mar. 1763–11 Jan. 1839. Farmer, hunter, innkeeper. Born in Waterbury, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Reuben Hale and Diantha Ward. Member of Methodist church. Moved to Wells, Albany Co., New York (later in Rutland Co., Vermont), ca. 1771, to live with...

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, to purchase for $200 a thirteen-and-a-half-acre portion of the Hales’ property in Harmony Township

Located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Area settled, by 1787. Organized 1809. Population in 1830 about 340. Population in 1840 about 520. Contained Harmony village (no longer in existence). Josiah Stowell hired JS to help look for treasure in area, Oct. 1825...

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, Pennsylvania, including a frame home, a barn, and other improvements.1

Agreement with Isaac Hale, 6 Apr. 1829; Knight, Reminiscences, 3; Susquehanna Co., PA, Tax Assessment Records, 1813–1865, Harmony Township, PA, Tax Record for 1829, p. [12]; Tax Record for 1830, p. [12], microfilm 1,927,832, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.  


The agreement required JS to pay $114 by 1 May 1829 and the balance of $86 by 1 May 1830. JS paid the first installment but when he missed the second, Hale allowed him to pay interest on the payment and extended the due date, rather than rescinding the contract. By 26 August 1830, the property was transferred to JS.2

On the arrangements for the final payment, and for further explanation of other aspects of this property transaction, see “George H. Noble & Co. v. JS,” in the first volume of the Legal and Business Records series.  


The deed, featured here, acknowledges that JS made payment in full on 25 August 1830. At the time Isaac

21 Mar. 1763–11 Jan. 1839. Farmer, hunter, innkeeper. Born in Waterbury, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Reuben Hale and Diantha Ward. Member of Methodist church. Moved to Wells, Albany Co., New York (later in Rutland Co., Vermont), ca. 1771, to live with...

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and Elizabeth Hale

19 Nov. 1767–16 Feb. 1842. Innkeeper. Born in Litchfield Co., Connecticut. Daughter of Nathaniel Lewis and Esther Tuttle. Member of Methodist church. Moved to Wells, Charlotte Co., New York (later in Rutland Co., Vermont), 1776. Married Isaac Hale, 20 Sept...

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signed the document, two brief additions were inserted, as was a notation acknowledging the insertions. Two witnesses also signed the deed: JS’s friend John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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and Justice of the Peace Jesse Lane

20 Apr. 1800–23 Feb. 1881. Justice of the peace, lumber merchant. Born in Cannonsville (later in Tompkins), Delaware Co., New York. Son of Martin Lane and Sarah Craig. Moved to Harmony (later in Oakland), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, by 1823. Appointed ...

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. The following day an addendum was added in which Isaac and Elizabeth Hale jointly acknowledged before Lane that the document represented “their act & deed,” and Elizabeth separately affirmed that she signed “of her own free will & not from any fear or Coersion on the part of Her said Husband,” a statement confirming that she received a privy examination separate from her husband as required by Pennsylvania

Area first settled by Swedish immigrants, 1628. William Penn received grant for territory from King Charles II, 1681, and established British settlement, 1682. Philadelphia was center of government for original thirteen U.S. colonies from time of Revolutionary...

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law in land transactions involving the “estate of the wife.”3

An Act for the Better Confirmation of the Estates of Persons Holding or Claiming under Feme-Coverts [24 Feb. 1770], Statutes at Large of Pennsylvania, 329–332.  


This interest was commonly called the wife’s “dower interest.”
Within a few days of concluding this transaction, JS and Emma Smith

10 July 1804–30 Apr. 1879. Scribe, editor, boardinghouse operator, clothier. Born at Willingborough Township (later in Harmony), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis. Member of Methodist church at Harmony (later in Oakland...

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departed Harmony

Located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Area settled, by 1787. Organized 1809. Population in 1830 about 340. Population in 1840 about 520. Contained Harmony village (no longer in existence). Josiah Stowell hired JS to help look for treasure in area, Oct. 1825...

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, never to reside there again. They moved to Peter Whitmer Sr.

14 Apr. 1773–13 Aug. 1854. Farmer. Born at Harrisburg, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer and likely Maria Salome. Member of Presbyterian church. Married Mary Musselman, before 1798, in Pennsylvania. Lived in Lebanon Township, Dauphin Co., by...

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’s home in Fayette

Located in northern part of county between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. Area settled, by 1790. Officially organized as Washington Township, 14 Mar. 1800. Name changed to Fayette, 6 Apr. 1808. Population in 1830 about 3,200. Population in 1840 about 3,700. Significant...

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, New York, staying there until they moved to Ohio

French explored area, 1669. British took possession following French and Indian War, 1763. Ceded to U.S., 1783. First permanent white settlement established, 1788. Northeastern portion maintained as part of Connecticut, 1786, and called Connecticut Western...

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in January 1831.4

JS History, vol. A-1, 53; JS History, vol. A-1, 92–93.  


In June 1833, JS and Emma sold the Harmony property for $300 to Joseph McKune Jr.

16 June 1792–25 Aug. 1861. Farmer. Born in Mamakating, Ulster Co., New York. Son of Joseph McKune, Sr. and Anna Gillett. Married Sarah Clark, 27 Apr. 1811. Moved to Harmony, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, by 1817. Purchased Harmony property from JS and Emma...

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, the neighbor on the east side of the property.5

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