A Missed Clue in Boilerplate

Every so often it is good to review material that one located early in one’s research. That’s the case with an 1833 deed from Coshocton County, Ohio. Thomas Chaney transfers property to his son Abraham with payment to be made to Abraham’s sister, Elizabeth Rampley.

The payment I was familiar with. I grabbed it because it tied Elizabeth (my ancestor) to Thomas and Abraham.  In fact, I concentrated on that phrase to the exclusion of the phrase where Thomas indicated that the property in Coshocton County, Ohio was to serve as Abraham’s share of Thomas’ estate. Thomas does not mention whether the money given to Elizabeth was in lieu of her share in Thomas’ estate.

We mentioned the deed in a recent issue of Casefile Clues. 

It always pays to read the entire deed–even if you think there can’t be any more good stuff in it. Never assume that the rest of the deed is just “boilerplate.”

It may not be.



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