Monday, January 13, 2014

Amanuensis Monday - Councill Family Trees in Land Records

I posted a few weeks ago about following my Councill family through transactions in the Maryland land records. Here is another entry that helps to solidify the relationships between the Councills. The tricky thing was sorting out all of the John Councills. This entry is from the Queen Anne's County Court Book STW 9, page 414 from the Maryland Land Records site.

This indenture made this fifth day of January in the year 1811 between Henry Council, William Council, Elijah Council and John Council/Son of Edward Carey Council/ son and heir of John Council late of Queen Anne's County in the state of Maryland of the one part and John Council another of the children and heir of the said deceased of the same county and state of the other part. Whereas the land John Council the elder in his lifetime was seized in fee of and in a tract of land called Emory's Chance Corrected lying and being in Queen Anne's County and... Tom's Fancy Enlarged lying in the same county... and Hindsley's Plain Enlarged all which said lands by his last will and testament bearing date the 22nd day of December in the year 1795, he devised unto the above named John Council for his natural life only, and whereas it was the known instruction of the said John Council to ? his said lands to his said son in fee simple?, and the said Henry Council, William Council, Elijah Council and John Council (son of Edward Carey Council/Son and heir of John Council deceased) being sensible thereof, is willing to convey and release their rights in the same land unto their said brother and Uncle John Council.

Page 415 continues the transaction and shows the signatures of Henry, William, and Elijah Councill and the mark of John Councill. John "the Elder" Councill was the son of Henry Councill. John the Elder's grandson John, son of Edward Carey Councill is my 3x great-grandfather. I will post John the Elder's will in a future post. It leaves parts of Hawkins Pharsalia to his sons Edward Carey, Samuel, and James and clearly leaves the tracts of land named above to his son John. Thanks to Cindy of the Eastern Shore Facebook group for pointing me to this entry!

Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts.

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