Deed from John and Alice Jacobs Johnson, 5 May 1834

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To J. Smith President &c,
This Indenture, made this fifth day of may in the year of Our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty four, between , and Elsey [Alice Jacobs] Johnson, wife of the said , of the Township of , county of Geauga, and State of Ohio, of the one part, and Joseph Smith Junior of the organised on the 6th. of April, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty, in the , Seneca County and State of New York, and was called the church of the latter day saints by a of the of said Church assembled in the Township of , county of Geauga and State of Ohio, on the 3rd day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand, eight hundred and thirty four, in trust, for the uses and purposes herein after mentioned of the other part, Witnesseth, that the said , and Elsey Johnson wife of the said , for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred twenty two dollars and thirty cents, current money, to them in hand paid at and upon the sealing and delivery of these presents, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have given granted, bargained sold released confirmed and conveyed, and by these presents do give grant bargain sell release confirm and convey unto him the said Joseph Smith Junior and his successors in the Office of Presidency of the aforesaid Church all the estate right title interest interest property claim and demand whatsoever either in law or equity which he the said , and Elsey Johnson his wife have in to or upon, all and singular, a certain lot piece or parcel of land situate lying and being in NO. 9. in the 9th. range of Townships, in the connecticut Western Reserve, in the State of Ohio, and which is also in the county of and is known as part of lot NO. 30. in tract one and is bounded as follows, to wit, On the south by land belonging to formerly the farm of , commencing near the north east corner in the centre of the road leading from to and running west on the north line of said land 22 rods, thence north 17 rods to a stake marked No. 1. thence east to the centre of said road, from thence to the place of beginning supposed to contain one acre and 154½ rods subject to all highways that may be on said land be the same more or less, with all and singular the houses, Woods, waters, ways privilegs and appurtenances thereto belonging, or in any wise pertaining. To have and To [p. 478] hold and all singular the above mentioned and described lot piece or parcel of land situate lying and being as aforesaid, together with all and singular the houses and privileges thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining unto him the said Joseph Smith Junior of the Church aforsaid, and his successors in office, forever, in trust for the use of the members of the Church aforesaid, according to the of said Church And the said and Elsey Johnson his wife do by these presents, bind themselves and their heirs forever to Warrant and Defend all & singular the before mentioned and described lot piece <​or​> parcel of land with the appurtenances thereto belonging, unto him the said Joseph Smith Junior President of the church aforesaid and his successors in Office appointed according to the articles & covenants of the church aforesaid, against the claim or claims of them the said and Elsey Johnson his wife, their heirs and assigns, and against all lawful claims or demands of all persons whatsoever. In testimony whereof the said and Elsey Johnson his wife, have hereto set their hands and seals the day and year aforesaid—
Signed Sealed and Acknowledged & Delivered in presence of
Elsa Johnson L.S.
The State of Ohio)
S )
Personally appeared and Elsey Johnson his wife to me personally known as signers and sealers of the foregoing instrument, and acknowledged that they did voluntarily sign and seal the same and that the same is their tru act and deed, And I having fully made known and explained to the said Elsey Johnson the contents of the foregoing deed and having likewise examined her separate and apart from her said , she declared that she did, of her own free will and accord, voluntarily sign seal and ackknowledge, and as her free act and deed, deliver the same without the force coercion or compulsion of her said , and that she is still satisfied therewith. the fifth may 1834
Justice of the Peace
Recd. July 30th. & Recorded Aug 4th. 1834 Wm Wilber Dep. Recorder [p. 479]


  1. 1

    See Minutes, 3 May 1834.  

  2. 2

    The two references in this document to “the articles and covenants” of the church do not appear to be direct references to the circa April 1830 document titled “Articles and Covenants,” which does not contain the information cited in the text. Rather, this phrase seems to indicate the standard practices or procedures of the church as an organization. It appears that, at times, “articles and covenants” was used to refer to the body of church organizational procedures. John Corrill, for example, referred to a compilation of JS’s revelations as the “Book of Articles and Covenants.” (Corrill, Brief History, 21; see also Revelation, 23 Apr. 1834 [D&C 104].)  

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    TEXT: Both instances of “L.S.” (locus sigilli, Latin for “location of the seal”) are inscribed within hand-drawn representations of seals.