Looking NE from the southwest
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Contributed by Nancy Shaner
"Pleasant Grove Deed"
Transcribed and presented by Nancy Shaner
(Very hard to read -- we hope its accurate
This indenture made and Entered into on the 7th of December, One thousand Eight Hundred and fifty four by and between John Duran and Rhoda Ann his wife of the county of Pike and State of Illinois, party of the first part and the Trustees of the Pleasant Grove Methodist Episcopal Church situated in Township five south of the base line of Range three west of the fourth principal meridian of the second part. Witnessed that the said party of the first part in consideration of the sum of One Dollar to them in hand, by the said party of the second part the receipt of which is acknowledged. Have granted, bargained and sold and of these present grant bargain and sell convey and confirm unto the party of the second part and to this licensors forever in trust for the use of said Society the following divided lot of ground being a portion of the east half of the south west quarter of Section Six in Township Five south three west of and described or bounded as follows, beginning at the south east corner of the "Grove Yard" thence east six rods and sixteen and two thirds links thence north twelve rods thence west six rods and sixteen and two thirds links thence south twelve rods to the place of beginning containing 50/100 of an acre for a more particular description of which reference is had to survey for said John Duran made on the 23 rd day of February 1854 by A. G. Chamberlain, J.P. C. and recorded in the recorder's office Pike County Illinois in volume 432 page 14 and recorded 11th March 1854. To have and to hold the said premises with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining to the only proper use benefit and behoove of the said parties of the second part for the uses herein before mentioned forever and the said party for the first part covenant with the said party of the second that they an lawfully seized in for of the said premises and have a good right to sell the same and that they will forever warrant and defend the same to the said party of the second part and to their successors forever against the lawful claims of all persons whatever in Testimony of which the said party of the first part have herein subscribed their names and placed their seals the day and date first herein written.
Signed and Seals of: John Duran, Rhoda Ann Duran.
State of Illinois County of Pike, I Reuben W. Scanland an acting Justice of the Peace within and for said county and state do hereby certify that John Duran and Rhoda Ann, his wife who are personally known to me to be the identical persons described in and who executed the foregoing deed of conveyance this day came before me and acknowledges the execution there of to be their voluntary act deed for the uses and purposes therein expressed and the said Rhoda Ann wife of the said John Duran having been by me made acquainted with the contents of said deed and examined separate and apart from her said husband then acknowledged that she had signed sealed and delivered the same and relinquishes her right of dower in and to the premises therein conveyed freely and voluntarily and without any fear of or compulsion from her said husband.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and seal the 14th day of December 1854
Recorded 14th December 1854.