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Monday, July 11, 2011

I'm the County Official and the Widow Tells the Truth

This county official signed an affidavit for a Revolutionary War widow in Middlesex County, New Jersey, in the early 1800s.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Signing My Will in Davidson County, Tennessee

This man signed his will in Davidson County, Tennessee, in the early part of the 18th century. It is the only part of the document in his hand.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Releasing My Mother

This 1890 signature comes a guardianship case in 1890s Iowa, USA, where the child releases her mother as her guardian.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

What Date Is That?

What is the date for the third entry in this image? This also comes from the poor farm ledger that has been the topic of several recent posts. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Why Were They Admitted?

This is part of a ledger of poor farm admissions in Mercer County, Illinois in the 1870s. The entry of interest is the one with the November date. The words in front of the date are the reasons for admission. What are they for this entry?

Click on the image to view it in a larger window if necessary.

The 4th Reason Is?

This comes from a poor farm ledger in Illinois in the 1870s. What is the fourth reason listed for admission?

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Entry 82

This baptismal entry comes from St. Mary's in Carlisle, England, in 1840. The desired entry is number 82 (click on the image for a larger rendering). The columns are:

  • When Baptized
  • Child's Christian Name
  • Parents' Christian Names
  • Parents' Surname
  • Abode
  • Quality, Trade, or Profession
  • By Whom the Ceremony Was Performed

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Getting My Share

This comes from a plat map in a Kentucky estate settlement of a man who died in 1814.

Friday, July 1, 2011

White County Justice of the Peace

This gentleman was a Justice of the Peace in White County, Indiana, when he signed off on this statement in a War of 1812 Bounty Land Application.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Getting a Patent From His Warrant

This lawyer signed to get a land patent for a warrant he purchased from a War of 1812 veteran.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Working for a Living

What is the signature on this employment card from the Pullman Car Company?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Entry from 26 Feb 1779

This parish record comes again from Castle Carrock in England in 1779. The entry that is the subject of this post is the one for Jane.

Castle Carrock 1760 Entry

There were a few questions about the 1760 entry from the Castle Carrock Church in England on an earlier post. To help, I'm posting the entire page in this post. I'll wait a few days and post a followup. Click on the image for a larger view--I'm just leaving the smaller one here so that it does not overwhelm the page.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Getting my War of 1812 Bounty Land

This individual served in a New York regiment in the War of 1812. These signatures come from his Bounty Land application in the 1850s.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

What's That First Name?

What is the first name of the heir who signed this 1871 receipt from an estate in Hancock County, Illinois? Regular readers probably can read the last name easily. The signature on this one is the problem as the rest of the receipt is fairly clear--it's not necessary to include the text of the receipt in your response to this post. Click on the image for a larger view.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sponsoring a Baby in 1866

This individual was the sponsor for a child christened in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany, in 1866.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pullman Worker early 1900s

This English native signed an employment record for the Pullman Car Company in Chicago in the early 1900s .

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

You Made the Payment

This individual signed a receipt for payment in a late 19th century homestead application in Nebraska.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Applying for My Claim

This Kentucky native signed a statement in a pre-emption claim for property in Missouri in the 1850s.

Monday, June 20, 2011

1760 Castle Carrock

This church register entry comes from Castle Carrock, England, in 1760.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Getting Hitched in 1819

This bride and groom were married in Haltwhistle, England  in 1819. The witnesses also appear as signing the marriage document.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Christening in Cumrew

This christening comes from Cumrew, England in 1802--from the church parish records. The entry of interest is the second one on this image that begins with the "28."

Friday, June 17, 2011

Settling the Estate

We've included a little more of this one to help. What I'm really interested in are the names, but thought that a little more of the document might be helpful to interpret. 

This comes from a Scott County, Iowa, estate settlement in the 1860s. Keep in mind that when we are posting actual signatures (which this is not), it's not always possible to have anything other than the signature. 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

We Saw Them People Sell That Land

This image is from part of the witness statements on a late 18th century deed in Amherst County, Virginia.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Selling Some Property in Amherst

These are a some of the grantors on a late 18th century deed from Amherst County, Virginia.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hunterdon Residents Sign Affidavit

These two residents of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, signed an affidavit in favor of one of their neighbors in the 1830s.

Monday, June 13, 2011

A Texan Registers for the World War 2 Draft

This 48 year old farmer registered for the World War II Draft in Parker County, Texas in the 1940s.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

What is Underlined in Red

This comes from an 1870s era poor farm register in Illinois. I'm trying to read the name above the red line as that's the person in whose care a relative was left.