Friday, March 6, 2015

Montgomery County Land

In January I wrote about the 1837 land patent of my 6th-great-grandfather Jacob Booher in Montgomery County, Indiana. According to a land deed from the Montgomery County Court, Jacob acquired 160 acres in the county from Jehu and Rachel Harland on 20 October 1834. Jacob paid $1000 cash for the southeast quarter of section 34 in township 20 north of range 3 west. Jehu had acquired the west 80 acres in January 1834, and the east half from a land grant issued to John Harlan in April 1825.

When Jacob Booher died without a will in 1845, his son Guardianas Booher went about settling the estate. Although his sister, Mary Mahala Booher Hampton (first wife of Michael Hampton) died in 1831, Guardianas distributed land to her children as heirs of Jacob Booher. A land deed was recorded in Montgomery County Court showing Guardianas' half-brother Jonathan Booher purchasing the interest from Samuel Hampton (son of Michael Hampton and Mary Mahala Booher) and his wife in 1852 for $33.33. The land was located on the west half of the south east quarter of section 12 township 19, neighboring the 80 acre plot of land purchased by Jacob Booher in 1837.

In 1847, Mary's daughter Margaret Jane Hampton sold her interest to Guardianas Booher.

The land can be seen on the 1878 Indexed County Land Ownership Map (via Ancestry) in the upper right corner of Franklin Township, Montgomery County.

Thanks again to the assistance of Paul Snyder, Wabash College '16, for going to the Montgomery County Court Recorder's Office to pull copies of these land deeds.

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