Monday, July 15, 2013

Amanuensis Monday - 1880 Deed - M.D.L. Spurlock to S.V. Harrell - Claiborne Parish, Louisiana

On his TransylvanianDutch blog, John Newmark defines an amanuensis as “a person employed to write out what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.” For more information about this daily blogging prompt, see John’s post Amanuensis – Why?.

I have amassed quite a collection of scans of handwritten documents related to my ancestors—primarily marriage records, deeds, and wills. As I have been transcribing these documents, it occurred to me that most of these documents were not actually written by my ancestors, but rather dictated to someone else, and then transcribed by a clerk into official records.

M.D.L. (Marcus D. Lafayette) Spurlock was the oldest son of Ransom and Ellender (Vickers) Spurlock to survive the Civil War. From the records  it appears he was a party to numerous land transactions in the years following the war. In this deed, he sells 80 acres to Miss S. V. Harrell. There were several Harrell families in the 1880 census in Bienville and Claiborne parishes, but I have not been able to identify this particular Harrell woman.

Here is my transcription as well as an image of the deed as it appears in the Claiborne Parish record books:

“M. D. Spurlock


S. V. Harrell

Filed Nov. 23/80

State of Louisiana     )
Parish of Claiborne   )

August 12, 1880. Know all men by these presents that I, M.D.L. Spurlock, of the parish and state aforesaid in and for consideration of the sum of three hundred dollars have this the 12 day of August bargained, sold, transfered and delivered and do by these presents bargain, sell, transfer and deliver to Miss S. V. Harrell a certain piece of land known and described as, to wit:

The North half of the North East quarter of Section 25 of Township 19 North of Range 6 West, containing 80 acres more or less

The said S. V. Harrell to have and to hold the same forever.
Attest signed:                                                             Signed:
            John Vanhooser                                                        M. D. L. Spurlock
            W. M. Lugner

State of Louisiana     )
Parish of Claiborne   }

Before me, the undersigned authority came and appeared John VanHooser who on oath deposes that the maker of this deed signed the same on the day it bears date for the purposes there stated.

                                                                                    Signed:           John VanHooser

Sworn to and subscribed before me Nov. 23, 1880.                      J. R. Ramsey, Dy.Clk.D.C.
A true record Nov. 23, 1880                                                             J. R. Ramsey, Dy.Clk.D.C.”

Source: Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, Conveyance Records, M: 125, M.D.L. Spurlock to S. V. Harrell, 
23 Nov 1880; FHL microfilm 265,983.  

© 2013 Denise Spurlock

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