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Hamilton County, Ohio Deeds Book 148. Page 344

Property in Section 32 Township 4 Fractional Range 2

Refiling of lost Deed originally dated 21 March 1818

1/4 Acre on South Side of County Road for Church & Burial lots

Deed John Downey To Joseph Edwards

This Indenture made the twenty-third day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-three, between John Downey and Susannah Downey both of the County of Dearborn and State of Indiana of the first part and Job Edwards of the County of Hamilton and State of Ohio of the second part. Witnesseth that whereas on or about the twenty first day of March in the year Eighteen hundred and eight-teen the said party of the first part conveyed by deed in fee simple to (J___) Nelson, Barnabas Niles and (__) Stevens and their Successors as Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Columbia Township, in Said County of Hamilton, Ohio for a Meeting house and Burial grounds Lot or either of them, the following lot or parcel of ground to wit: All that certain Lot of ground lying and being in the County of Hamilton, State of Ohio, to wit. One fourth of an acre in the thirty second Section fourth Township and Second fractional Range of the Miami Purchase Beginning in the West line of a twenty seven and nine-tenths acre tract conveyed by the grantors to John (Bruce or Rance) by deed bearing date about the date last aforesaid and recorded Book R.2 page 32 of the Records of said County. Thence with the South line of the County Road North eighty four and one fourth degrees East one chain and fifty eight links, thence South one chain fifty eight links thence South eighty four and one fourth degrees West one chain and fifty eight links to the West line of said twenty seven and nine tenth acre tract. Thence North one chain and fifty eight links to the place of beginning for the only use and purpose of occupying the same as a Burial ground and Meeting house Lot for the Methodist Episcopal Church of Columbia Township aforesaid. And Whereas the deed made by the grantor as aforesaid to said Trustees has been lost or destroyed without ever having been recorded, and the Trustees of said Church have all long since died and there are none now in being to whom to make another Deed confirming the title of said Church to said Lot, and whereas the said Lot has been used as a Burying place and many persons have already been buried on the same, and whereas it is desirable that the same should continue to be a Meeting house lot and a place for Burying the dead for all time to come and for no other purpose. Therefor to (___) to the said Church the said Lot for the purpose aforesaid and in which the said Grantors (__) to me (__) the said Job Edwards. The said John and (___) given granted conveyed and confirmed and by these grant convey and confirm to the said Job Edwards and his heirs and assignees forever all the above described Lot of land with the appurtenances thereunto belonging in Trust for the uses and purposes said--That is to say to permit and allow the said Methodist Episcopal Church of Columbia Township to use, occupy and enjoy the same as a Burying ground or for a Meeting house Lot or Both at their pleasure and if (Trustees) again should be appointed for said (___) then the said Edwards shall in all things relating to said Lot be governed and controlled by said Trustees. It is intended by the grantors that the said Edwards shall not take any beneficial interest in said Lot, but shall hold the same as a mere Trustee for the uses aforesaid. In Witness whereof the said grantors have hereunto set their hands and seals this day and year first above written.

Signed, Sealed and Delivered

In presence of us (Signed) John Downey

A.C. Downey Susannah Downey (her mark)

Wm W. Northcott

State of Indiana, Dearborn County, (___) Before me A.C. Downey, as Notary Public by authority of Law duly appointed and qualified personally appeared the above named grantors and acknowledged the signing and sealing of the above deed to be their voluntary act and (_-) for the purposes therein set forth and the said Susannah has (___) the same time examined separate and apart from her said husband and the full content of said deed made known to her by me. She did then and there declare that the Signed and Sealed be (___) as her act and deed and that she is still content with the same.

Witness my hand and seal at

Wilmington the 20th day of July 1843

A.C. Downey N.P.