Saturday, September 27, 2008

Roark Deed - Illinois Territory Gallatin County

One of the Gallatin County, Illinois, deeds, I copied while researching in Springfield, Illinois, at the State Archives, is seen below [click on image to enlarge]:

Gallatin Co., Territory of Illinois
Liber "A" Page 58

Recorded the 9th day of July 1817
Indenture made and entered into the ___ day of April 1817 between William Rowark of Gallatin County and Territory of Illinois if the one part and Martin Rowark of the County of Muhlenberg, State of Kentucky, of the other part....William Rowark in consideration of the sum of $150. which said sum was paid by the said Martin Rowark to the Sheriff of Muhlenberg aforesaid upon a ... bond for the said William Rowark and the said William being desireous to secure to the said Martin the repayment of the said sum of money so paid by the said Martin for the said William hath entered into this indenture....
Witness: Judy Langley?
Joseph Street


Brenda Joyce Jerome, CG said...

Could this be a mortgage? I can't read all of the words in the original documents, but what I can read sounds very much like a mortgage. If he is putting up a crop of corn, tobacco or wheat or furniture, it is certainly a mortgage.

PalmsRV said...

Hi Brenda,

Martin Rowark (actually Roark) was William Roark's son. William lived in Muhlenberg Co., KY, before moving to Gallatin Co., IL. I thought perhaps Martin paid a debt for William back in KY and this document was William's way to repay Martin. However, I am far from being an expert on any of this, so your take on it sounds pretty good.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read the document and commenting, adding your expertise to the blog!!