Deed from Isaac and Elizabeth Hale, 25 August 1830
and , Deed, , Susquehanna Co., PA, 25 Aug. 1830; printed form with handwriting of ; signatures of and , witnessed by and ; two pages; JS Collection, CHL.Single leaf measuring 15⅝ × 12½ inches (40 × 32 cm). Printed form filled in with ink. Portions of the paper are ruled with graphite. On the verso, the document bears a docket in the handwriting of , identifying it as a deed from to JS, and an endorsement in the handwriting of Norman I. Post, recording fees and taxes paid. Seals on recto, likely stamped after signing, and embossed seal on verso with possible image, partially legible: “[SU]SQUEHANNA. CO. [S]EAL.”
On 6 April 1829, JS entered into an agreement with his father-in-law, , to purchase for $200 a thirteen-and-a-half-acre portion of the Hales’ property in , Pennsylvania, including a frame home, a barn, and other improvements. The agreement required JS to pay $114 by 1 May 1829 and the balance of $86 by 1 May 1830. JS paid the first installment but when he missed the second, Hale allowed him to pay interest on the payment and extended the due date, rather than rescinding the contract. By 26 August 1830, the property was transferred to JS.The deed, featured here, acknowledges that JS made payment in full on 25 August 1830. At the time and signed the document, two brief additions were inserted, as was a notation acknowledging the insertions. Two witnesses also signed the deed: JS’s friend and Justice of the Peace . The following day an addendum was added in which Isaac and Elizabeth Hale jointly acknowledged before Lane that the document represented “their act & deed,” and Elizabeth separately affirmed that she signed “of her own free will & not from any fear or Coersion on the part of Her said Husband,” a statement confirming that she received a privy examination separate from her husband as required by law in land transactions involving the “estate of the wife.” This interest was commonly called the wife’s “dower interest.”Within a few days of concluding this transaction, JS and departed , never to reside there again. They moved to ’s home in , New York, staying there until they moved to in January 1831. In June 1833, JS and Emma sold the Harmony property for $300 to , the neighbor on the east side of the property.