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Orange County Elledge Deeds – Free Genealogy


Here are a few 1855 Deeds from the1855 Deed Book at the Paoli Courthouse. These are short deeds and include Speers, Miller, Vantress (or Frentress or Fentress), and Elledge Family(or Elege) Deeds. These deeds were all found from page 416 to 419 in the Deed book of 1855.

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Dougherty-Speer Deed 21 Feb 1854

Samuel Dougherty of Orange  County in the state of Indiana conveys and warrants to Hiram Speer and William Speer of said County the following land to-wit the South West quarter of section fifteen in Township two North of Range one East in Orange County Ind being that portion of said South West quarter which Jno. M. Lewis Sr died & possessed of for the sum of two thousand three hundred and twenty dollars and fifty cents Attest the hand and seal of the Grantor this 23rd day of January A.D. 1855

Samuel Dougherty (seal)

The State of Indiana Orange County SS

Before me Asa M. Black of the Orange Circuit Court this 25th day of January A.D. 1855 Samuel Dougherty acknowledged the execution of the annexed deed Given under my hand and (L S) official seal the date last aforesaid

Filed for record Jan 24 1855

1 Oclock Pm Recorded Jan 30th 1855 page 416

Asa M Black clk

Josiah Hazlewood Rec

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Samuel Vantress – William Vantress Deed 2 Jan 1855

We Samuel Vantress and Martha E. Vantress of the county of Orange and State of Indiana in consideration of the sum of three hundred dollars to us in hand paid by William Vantress and his heirs and assigns forever in fee simple Lot number sixty three (63) in the Town of Orleans situate in the County of Orange and State of Indiana and we do covenant with the said William Vantress that we are lawfully seized of said premises in fee simple that we have a good right to convey the same as such that the same is unincumbered that the said William Vantress and his heirs and assigns shall be by us forever warranted and defended in the peaceable possession of the same against all claims whatever in law or equity this 2nd day of January 1855

Samuel Vantress (seal)

Martha E Vantress (seal)

Wm T Spiceley

State of Indiana Orange County SS

Before me William T Spiceley a Justice of the peace of said county this 2nd day of January 1855 Samuel Vantress and Martha E. Vantress his wife the above named grantors and acknowledged the execution of the annexed deed. Given under my hand and seal the 2nd day of January A.D. 1855

William T Spiceley (seal)

Justice of the peace

Josiah Hazlewood Rec

Filed for record Jan 24th 1855

1 Oclock Pm recorded Jan 30th 1855 page 416, 417

It might be noted here that the name Frentress/Fentress/Ventress/Venters/Vantress/Fenters/Frentries/Ventres/Van Tress has numerous alternate spellings, sometimes within the same family group in the same community. Phonetically it is pronounceable in many ways depending on accent and dialect, so the spellings really vary wildly. This is true to some extent with all names but Frentress is exceptional in this regard. The “mainline” variations seem to be Fentress and Ventress but my particular line used Frentress a lot, especially in the Southern Indiana family.

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Lemuel Miller – Jonathan Lindley  and Granville Lynch Deed 31 May 1853

Lemuel Miller and Lucinda his wife in consideration of the sum of two hundred and seventy five dollars to them paid by Jonathan Lindley and Granville Lynch do sell and convey to said Jonathan Lindley and Granvill Lynch their heirs and assigns forever in fee simple Lot number one hundred and one (101) in the Town of Paoli situate in the county of orange in the State of Indiana and they do covenant with the said Jonathan Lindley and Graville Lynch that they are lawfully seized of said premises in fee simple that they have a good right to convey the same as such that the same is unincumbered that the said Jonathan Lindley & Ganville Lynch their heirs and assigns shall by them be forever warranted and defended in the peaceable possession thereof against all claims whatever this 31st day of may AD 1853

Signed sealed and delivered in presence of Hugh C. Wible

Lemuel Miller (seal)

Lucinda Miller (seal)

The State of Indiana orange County SS

Before me Hugh C Wible a Justice of the Peace this 31st day of May A.D. 1853 Lemuel Miller and Lucinda Miller his wife acknowledged the execution of the annexed deed. Given under my hand and seal the 31st day of May A.D. 1853

Hugh C. Wible J.P. (seal)

Josiah Hazlewood rec

Filed for record Jan 24st 1855

1 Oclock Pm recorded Jan 30th 1855 page 417, 418

note: the three spellings of Granville Lynch’s given name are as recorded

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Joseph Hawkins Heirs – Zachariah Ellege Deeds November 1854

Two (2) deeds whereby Zachariah Elledge bought an estate from the heirs of Joseph Hawkins/Hankins

John Baker a Commissioner appointed by the Court of Common Pleas fo Orange County in the State of Indiana at the November Term 1854 of said court for that purpose do convey all the estate right title interest of Abraham Hawkins Sarah A Scarlett James A. Scarlett Eli Hawkins David Hawkins Martha A. Hawkins Elizabeth I Hawkins George W. Hawkins & James M. Hawkins of in and to the South East quarter of the North East quarter and the North east quarter of the south East quarter of the North east quarter and the north east quarter of the South east quarter of section seventeen (17) in Township no one (1) North of Range two West in said County unto Zachariah Ellege his heirs and assigns forever. In consideration of the sum of sixty six dollars by him paid. Given under my hand and seal this 14th day of November 1854

John Baker Commissioner (seal)

The State of Indiana Orange County SS

On this 14th day of November 1854 personally appeared John Baker the above named Commissioner and acknowledged the Execution of the annexed deed the same having been examined and approved by the court aforesaid

(L S) Witness the Clerk and the seal of said Court the day above last written

Asa M. Black Clk

Josiah Hazlewood rec

Filed for Record Jan 30th 1855

4 Oclock Pm Recorded Jan 31st 1855 page 418

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Mary Hankins – Zachariah Ellege Deeds November 1854

This second deed may or may not be related to the first above

Know all men by these presents that I Mary Hanks of the County of Orange amd State of Indiana widow and relic of Joseph Hankins deased late of said County and State for and in consideration of the sum of twenty five dollars lawfull money of the United States to her in hand paid at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents by Zachariah Ellege of the County and State aforesaid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath by these presents granted sold remised and released and forever quit claimed unto the said Zachariah Elegr his heirs and assigns forever all her dower and thirds and all other right title interest claim or demand whatever in law or equity of her the said Polly Hankins in and to a certen place of land of which Joseph Hankins did leased (to wit) the North East quarter of the South East quarter and the South East quarter of the North East quarter of section seventeen town one North of Range two West and the said Mary Hankins her heirs and assigns nor any other person for them or any part or parcel thereof in whosoever hands or possession. In testamony I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 25 day of November in year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty three. In presence of:

E.D. Cathcart & Daniel Hankins

Mary Hankins (her mark, seal)

State of Indiana Orange County

This day personally appeared before the undersigned a Justice of the Peace of said county the within named Mary Hankins and after the contents of the within deed being fully explained to her she acknowledged it to be her own voluntary act and deed for the purposes and consideration therein claimed signed and acknowledged before me the day and year herein writen

E.D. Cathcart J.P. (seal)

Josiah Hazlewood Rec

Filed for record Jan 30th 1855

4 Oclock Pm recorded Jan 31st 1855 page 418, 419

Zachariah is my 3rd Great Grandfather (Zachariah-Joseph-John Wesley-Russell O Sr – Russell O Jr – Charles), the other deeds are for cousins, so the last two in particular are of personal interest.

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