This is the 1879 signature of Conrad Haase, my step-3rd-great-grandfather. It was contained on a mortgage made out by his step-daughter and son-in-law, Frances and John Michael Trautvetter. Their mortgage was dated 1 Feb 1870 and was paid off in 1879. Frances would have been nineteen when she signed the mortgage, John would have been thirty. Tracking John’s deeds, especially those when he purchased the property and mortgaged part of it from his in-laws, has been particularly interesting.
Especially considering that the Trautvetters still owed Conrad money when he and his wife (Frances’ actual mother) divorced.
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I just assumed that the court clerk wrote those messages in the record books. I’ll have to pay more attention to these notes in the future.
Usually the clerk did–at least almost always the “legal part.” It can be a good place to get a signature.