A deed is the written legal document transferring ownership of property, not just land, and it may contain a variety of pieces of genealogical information such as full names of parents, children, siblings, spouses, previous residences, etc.

The United States of America,
No. 16222
To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greetings
Whereas William D. Parker of Union County, Ilinois
has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States, a Certificate of teh Register of the Land Office at Kaskaskia, whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said William D. Parker according to the provisions of the Act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled "An act making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands," for
The South West quarter of the Southwest quarter and the North East quarter of the South west quarter of Section Twenty-five in Township Eleven South of Range Two west in the District of lands subject to sale at Kaskaskia Illinois containing Eighty Acres.
according to the official plat of the Survey of the said Lands, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General, which said tract had been purchased by the said William D. Parker
First day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty five ...

"William Parker married my ancestral grandmother, Miseniah Kitts Outland. Miseniah was the daughter of John Kitts and unknown who lived in Stewart County, TN. Miseniah married my ancestral grandfather, Jeremiah Outland in Calloway County, KY in 1825. William married first a Nancy LNU at this time. William bought land on the Ridge in Union/Jackson County. The Ridge changed counties back and forth until the current line was decided. A lot of my Union County line is right there in Ridge Precinct or the surrounding area."

Contributed 18 Feb 2018 by Melissa McCord

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