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DEED OF ADOPTION:
Whereas, a female child by name of JUANITA KENT was born in the city of Red Cloud, State of Nebraska, County of Webster, on or about the 9th day of March, A.D. 1914; and
Whereas, TILLIE KENT, of the city of Red Cloud, of the county of Webster, state of Nebraska, being the rightful and legal custodian of said child, for good and sufficient reasons, did, by a lawful instrument of writing, entered into on the 2nd day of May A.D. 1914, surrender and deliver said child to The Child Saving Institution, a benevolent corporation, organized under the laws of the state of Nebraska, and did thereby confer upon said institute right to secure for said child, a home in a good family on the most favorable terms possible including legal adoption, and such other conditions as circumstances may make proper and necessary, and
Whereas, the child Saving Institute of the City of Omaha, County of Douglas, State of Nebraska, being the rightfully and legal custodian of said child, for good and sufficient reasons, did, by a lawful instrument of writing, entered into on the 22nd day of July, A.D. 1914, surrender and deliver said child to The National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church, a benevolent corporation, organized under the laws of the state of Missouri, and did thereby confer upon said association the right to secure for said child a home in a good family on the most favorable terms possible including legal adoption, and such other conditions as circumstances may make proper and necessary; and
Whereas, said child has been placed by said Association in the home of CHARLES W. PURSELL AND RETTA J. PURSELL, husband and wife, residing in Westboro, County of Atchison, State of Missouri, who have had said child in their home for four months, and have become attached to it and desire to adopt her as their own child, and give her such treatment and Christian education as they would if she had been born to them in lawful wedlock, and at their option change its name to MARGARET VIRGINIA PURSELL; and
Whereas, the said CHARLES W. PURSELL AND RETTA J. PURSELL, husband and wife, are able to properly bring up said child and furnish her with suitable mature and Christian education;
Now, therefore, this instrument witnesseth that, by and with the consent of the said The National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church, the said CHARLES W. PURSELL and RETTA J. PURSELL, husband and wife, do, by these presents, hereby adopt said child as their own, and confer upon her, as far as may be legally possible, all the rights, privileges and responsibilities which would pertain to her, if born to them in lawful wedlock, and if thought best for all parties concerned, change her name to MARGARET VIRGINIA PURSELL.
In witness whereof, said Association has caused this instrument to be signed by its Vice-President and secretary with its corporate seal hereto affixed, and said Charles W. Pursell and Retta J. Pursell have hereto set their hands and seals this 14th day of August, A.D. 1914.
(Seal) W. Palmer Clarkson, Vice-President
Mrs. J. K. Hansbrough, Secretary
Chas. W. Pursell (seal)
Retta J. Pursell (seal)

STATE OF MISSOURI
CITY OF ST. LOUIS
Be it remembered that on this 14th day of August A.D. 1914, before me personally appeared W. Palmer Clarkson, Acting Pres. And Mrs. J. K. Hansbrough, Secry. To me known to be the persons described herein and who executed the foregoing instrument and acknowledged that they executed the same as their free act and deed.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my notarial seal this 14th day of August A.D. 1914. My term expires 30th day of June A.D. 1918
(Seal) F. M. Wright
Notary Public
(Source: Missouri Adoptions, Atchison County, Missouri, Vol. 2 Will Records, Pg 255 & 256. Contributed by Joanne Scobee Morgan)

 

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