Deed of William Bridges and John M. Bridges to Seth M. Tinsley, 21 March 18441
This Indenture, Made and entered into, this twentyfirst day of March A.D. 1844, between John ^M^ Bridges & William Bridges of the County of Sangamon [an]d State of Illinois, party, of the first part, and Seth M. Tinsley of the County of Sangamon and State of Illinois, party of the second part, WITNESSETH, That the said party of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of $221–59–2 Dollars, in hand paid by the said party of the second part, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have granted, bargained and sold, and by these presents do grant bargain and sell, unto the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns, a certain tract of Land, situate, lying and being in the County of Sangamon and State of Illinois known and designated as follows, to wit: Part of the West half of the North West quarter of Section Thirtyfive in Township Fifteen North of Range Six West, being all of said half quarter, after deducting as follows towit, ten acres from the North East corner, as deeded to one Graham, ten acres in the South East corner, as deeded to Charles Gatten, eight acres in the South West corner, as deeded to Elisha McComas, and fifteen acres from the West side, as deeded to Milton Richardson3
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the aforesaid tract or parcel of land, together with all and singular the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging, or in any-wise appertaining, to the only proper use and benefit of him the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns FOREVER, And the said party of the first part, for themselves, their heirs, executors and administrators, do covenant to and with the said party. of the second part, that they are lawfully seized, have full right to convey, and will forever WARRANT and DEFEND the said tract of LAND from the claim of them the said party of the first part, their heirs and assigns, and against the claim or claims of any other person whomsoever.
Nevertheless, upon this express condition, that whereas the said party of the first part have executed their promissory note of even date herewith, for the sum of two hundred and twentyone dollars, and sixtynine cents, payable to S. M Tinsley & Co or order on or before christmas day next, with twelve per cent interest per annum from date until paid. Now if said note shall be paid according to it’s tenor and effect, this deed is to be void and of no effect; otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.
In Testimony Whereof, the said party of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year aforesaid.
William Bridges
John M Bridges
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Signed Sealed and delivered In presence of
W Lavely4
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State of Illinois, }
Sangamon County.
Before me, the undersigned a Justice of the peace for the County aforesaid, personally came William Bridges & John M Bridges who are known to me to be the real persons by whom and in whose names the above conveyance was executed, and by whom and in whose names the above conveyance was executed, and by whom and in whose names said conveyance is proposed to be acknowledged, and acknowledged that of their free will, that they executed said deed for the purposes therein expressed. And the said wi of the said being by me first examined separate and apart from he said husband and the contents of said conveyance being first made known to he acknowledged that freely and voluntarily and without any compulsion or coercion from he said husband he executed the same and forever relinquish all he rig[ht] and claim of Dower in and to the lands and tenements in said conveyance desc[ri]bed.
Given under my hand and seal, this 21st day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-four
W. Lavely J. P.[Justice of the Peace]
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State of Illinois }
Sangamon County
I. Benjamin Talbott recorder for said county do Certify that the within Mortgage Deed is Recorded in my office in Book V. pages 232 & 233
Benjamin Talbott R.[Recorder] S C6
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John. M & Wm Bridges }
To Deed7
Seth M. Tinsley
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Filed February 28th 1845
J. Calhoun
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Filed for Record at ½ after 2. Oclock PM
March 21st. 1844
Fee $1.009
1Abraham Lincoln filled in the blanks in the first two sections of this partially printed document. William and John Bridges signed their own names.
2“69” changed to “59”.
3The land described here is located along Lick Creek, about three miles southeast of Curran in west-central Sangamon County, Illinois.
4Lavely signed his own name.
5Lavely filled in the blanks and signed his name.
6Talbott wrote and signed this certification.
7Talbott wrote this docketing.
8Calhoun wrote and signed this docketing.
9Talbott wrote this docketing.

Copy of Partially Printed Document Signed, 2 page(s), Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).