Nauvoo Registry of Deeds, Deed Record Book A, 1840–1843
Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL, Recorder, Deed Record, Book A, 18 Apr. 1842–2 Sept. 1843; handwriting of and ; 235 pages; CHL. Includes notations.
Commercially produced bound volume measuring 18¼ × 12 × 1½ inches (46 × 30 × 4 cm). The volume contains 246 pages, including pastedowns and flyleaves, each measuring 18⅛ × 11½ inches (46 × 29 cm). The endpaper, including three flyleaves and a pastedown in the front and one flyleaf and pastedown at the back of the volume, are not lined. The interior pages consist of ledger paper ruled horizontally with thirty-four preprinted blue lines and two red double lines, demarcating a row at the top of the page, and ruled vertically with two red double lines, demarcating a column to the right of each page, now faded. The volume is composed of fifteen gatherings, each of which contains eight leaves, except for the fourth gathering, which has ten leaves, and the last, which has six leaves. The recto of the final leaf of the last gathering was glued to the flyleaf. The boards are covered in marbled paper, now faded. The cover has a calfskin spine and corners. The spine bears two labels, the first of which reads: “DEED RECORD | NAUVOO | A”. The title page of the volume has an inscription in graphite: “No 1 or Book of | Entry”.
The first inscribed page was paginated with the numeral 3, and there is consistent pagination in the handwriting of or running to the last page, numbered 237, resulting in 235 inscribed pages. The top of the first inscribed deed was labeled with “No. 1”, and each inscribed deed thereafter was assigned a number in like manner, except that there are two deeds labeled “190”. The volume contains 216 items, mostly deeds, dating from 20 April 1840 to 28 August 1843, recorded between 18 April 1842 and 2 September 1843. Inserted into the book between pages 2 and 3 is a slip of paper inscribed with what looks like material for JS’s multivolume manuscript history; this inserted slip is not included here. The title page and the flyleaves of the volume show significant discoloration and dirt buildup. The wear pattern indicates that a smaller booklet, an index for the volume, was stored in the book. The entire volume shows significant discoloration due to water damage and mold damage, the boards and cover are deteriorated, and several pages have a central vertical tear between 2 and 3 inches (5 to 8 cm) in length from the top of the page.
On 5 March 1842, the Nauvoo City Council appointed JS registrar for the city of , authorizing him to record and certify official deeds for land transactions. JS appointed as recorder for the Nauvoo registrar, and by mid-April 1842 Clayton began recording deeds into this record book. was doing general clerical work for the church beginning in April 1842 and was appointed a private secretary to JS on 11 June 1842. His handwriting also appears in this record book, though it is often difficult to distinguish which handwriting is Whitehead’s and which is Clayton’s. Along with other records, this record book was kept in JS’s Nauvoo office and transported to Utah Territory, where it was kept in the Church Historian’s Office. The spine bears a red-bordered label that reads “02473R | 9 Fo”, likely placed on the record by Church Historian’s Office (now CHL) staff in the 1950s or 1960s.
the said his heirs and assigns forever and we the said Ransom Shepard and Mary A. Shepard for ourselves our heirs and assign administrators and executors do warrant and forever defend the title of the lot or piece of land above described against any person or persons claiming it by through or under us or any other person in any manner whatever. In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our names and affixed our Seals this fourth day of February Eighteen hundred and forty-three
Ransom Shepard L. S
Mary A. Shepard L. S
Signed sealed and delivered)
in presence of
State of Illinois)
City of )
I an acting Justice of the Peace in and for said hereby certify that Ransom Shepard and Mary A. his wife whose signatures appear to the foregoing deed and who are personally known to me to be the persons described in and who executed the same did severally acknowledge that they did the same voluntarily and for the uses and purposes therein set forth. And the said Mary A. Shepard being by me examined seperate and apart from her said husband did acknowledge that she did the same and relinquished her right of dower in the premises freely, voluntarily and without compulsion of her said husband
Given under my hand and seal this 4th. day of Feb. 1843
J. P. L. S.
to Job V. Barnum for Pt of L 4 B 17 of addition
This Indenture Made and entered into this second day of February one thousand eight hundred and Forty three Between and his wife of the first part of the County of State of and Job V. Barnum of and aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth that the said and [p. 65]