Friday, May 20, 2016

Joseph Wright's land : Madison County, Indiana

Atlas and Directory of Madison County, Indiana, American Atlas Co., Cleveland, Ohio, 1901, 

Here is a section of the plat map of Madison County, Indiana showing Section 25 where Joseph Wright had his land.  You can see by this representation that his land was located on both sides of the railroad tracks.

You can see that he had 79 acres on one side and a 39 acre piece on the other.  This atlas was from 1901 and the land that he bought from his dad in 1867 was only 80 acres, so the section to the west had been added on to by later purchases.

Notice that there was also a 40 acre parcel next to this owned by Jas. & Joseph Wright - this was Joseph's son, James.  Next door you will also find land owned by William Hicks, who was James' father-in-law.

The homestead that stood there was torn down in the late 1980s.

The farmhouse that I grew up in was located on this map in Section 36 on the parcel that was owned by Margaret Starr.  The land in Section 36 didn't come into Wright hands until approx. 1915 or so.  Will have more on that later.

Friday, May 06, 2016

John Wright to Joseph Wright, Deed Book 33, page 280, Madison County, Indiana

Located the following deed at the Madison County, Indiana Recorder's Office that concerns my maternal 3rd-great grandfather, Joseph Wright, and pinpoints when he came to be in Madison County.  As a bonus, the document shows that the land was owned by his father, my 4th-great grandfather.

THIS INDENTURE WITNESSETH, That John Wright of Brown County, in the State of Ohio, CONVEY AND WARRANT TO Joseph Wright of Madison County, in the State of Indiana for the sum of Five Hundred Dollars the receipt of whereof is hereby acknowledged, the following Real Estate, in Madison County, in the State of Indiana: to wit  The South West quarter of the South East quarter, and the South East quarter of the South West quarter of Section Twenty Five (25) in Township Twenty One (21) North of Range Seven (7) East, containing Eighty Acres more or less.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, The Said John Wright has hereunto set his hand and seal this 1st day of November, 1867.

John Wright
Anna (her mark) Wright

Attest Jacob Hubbard, R.M.C.

STATE OF INDIANA, Madison County, Sct: Before me, James Mohan Recorder in and for said County, this 1st day of November, 1867, personally appeared John Wright and  acknowledged the execution of the annexed Deed.

WITNESS my hand and official seal.  James Mohan R.M.C.

I certify that the deed of which the above and foregoing is a true copy, was stamped with $ 0.50 Revenue, and recorded this 4th day of November, 1867 at 1 o'clock P.M.

James Mohan, Recorder of Madison County.

In the margin:  State of Indiana, Madison County, SS : Personally appeared Anna Wright, on this 29" day of Nov. 1870 and acknowledged before me the signing of the within Deed to be her free and voluntary act.  Witness my name and seal as Recorder date aforesaid - Jacob Hubbard R.M.C.


This was a good find for me, pinpointing land purchase by Joseph in Madison County.  The first record I have for him in Madison County prior was the 1870 census.  I knew that he had come to Madison County sometime just after the Civil War, as his son James was born 1868 in Madison County.  Now I have a definitive date.

Interesting to me that Anna (Wardlow) Wright, wife of John, had to come to Madison County from Ohio in 1870 to acknowledge the deed signing.