Sunday, May 15, 2011

Thomas P. Richmond's Homestead Deed

Lapeer Co., MI, Deeds
1857 - Richmond, Thos. P. 
Book "O" Page 134

Thomas P. Richmond

Rec'd for record November 2, 1857--2 o'clock  P_ _ _ know all men by these presents that I, Thomas P. Richmond of the Township of Dryden, Lapeer County, Michigan, do hereby select and set apart as my homestead to be exempt from forced sale on execution or other final process in law or equity the northeast quarter of the northeast quarter of Section Eight Town Six north of range eleven east containing forty acres with the appurtenances thereunto belonging--In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 2nd November 1857.

T. P. Richmond
Executed in the presence of
Chas Rich   V Rich

State of Michigan...On this second day of November A.D. 1857 personally came before me Charles Rich, Notary Public, for said county, Thomas P. Richmond known to me to be the person who executed the forgoing deed and acknowledged the same to be his voluntary act.

Charles Rich, Notary Public

In 1860 Thomas P. Richmond paid taxes on the NE 1/4 of  the NE 1/4 of Section 8 T 6 N R 11 E; in 1861 Richmond's son-in-law, James More, paid taxes on the same property.  The property was sold to James More on June 2, 1860 (Deed #S-414):

Lapeer Co., MI, Deeds
Liber "S", #414
Made: 2 June 1860
Recorded: 19 Oct 1861
Thomas P. Richmond
Warranty Deed To
James More

Thomas P. Richmond and wife, Laura, of Lapeer and James More of same place...
Dryden: NE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Section 8 in Twn 6 Range 11 East
40 acres
Witnesses: Reuben Seeley, J.P. & James E. King

According to the Bureau of Land Management General Land Office records, James M. Rider obtained the original patent to the above-described property on March 1, 1850.

Thomas P. Richmond's Homestead deed pre-dated the Homestead Act (signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862).

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