Mortgage: Lemuel Dunham to Charles Dunham, 9 May 1857


Know all Men by these Presents,

That I Lemuel Dunham of Hartford in the County of Oxford and State of Maine Yeoman in consideration of the sum of One thousand Dollars paid by Charles Dunham of Hartford County and State aforesaid the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, do hereby give, grant, bargain, sell, and convey unto the said Charles Dunham his Heirs and Assigns forever a certain piece or parcel of land situated in Hartford aforesaid it being lot numbered Eleven in the Eighth Range of lots in said Hartford containing one hundred and twentyfive acres more or less

Also another piece or parcel of land situated in Hartford aforesaid and bounded as follows to wit, Beginning at the Southeast corner of lot numbered twelve in the Seventh Range of lots in said Hartford, thence North on the East line of said lot to a line dividing said lot in the centre, thence West on said centre line to a line runing North and South dividing said lot in the centre thence South on said centre line to the South line of said lot, thence East on the South line of said lot to the first mentioned bounds, conveying one fourth part of said lot.

To have and to hold the afore-granted and bargained Premises, with all the privileges and appurtenances thereof to the said Charles Dunham his Heirs and Assigns, to his and their use and behoof forever. And I do covenant with the said Charles Dunham his Heirs and Assigns, that I am lawfully seized in fee of the Premises ; that they are free of all incumbrances ; that I have good right to sell and convey the same to the said Charles Dunham to hold as aforesaid. And that I will Warrant and Defend the same to the said Charles Dunham his Heirs and Assigns forever against the lawful claims and demands of all persons.

Provided Nevertheless, That if the said Lemuel Dunham, his heirs executors administrators or assigns shall during the natural life of said Charles Dunham and Betsy Dunham a Sister of said Charles Dunham suitably support and maintain the said Charles and Betsy Dunham and provide them with suitable clothes, food, drink, medicine and nursing and all other things necessary for their comfort in the house of the said Lemuel Dunham then this Deed as also a certain obligation bearing even date with these presents given by the said Lemuel Dunham to the said Charles Dunham for the sum of one thousand Dollars, for the faithful performance of the conditions aforesaid, shall both be void otherwise the same shall remain in full force and virtue

In witness whereof, I the said Lemuel Dunham and ________ wife of the said ________ in testimony of her relinquishment of her right of Dower in the above-described premises have hereunto set my hand and seal this ninth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty seven

Lemuel Dunham [Seal]

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered in presence of
John Larrabee

Oxford SS. May 9th 1857. Personally appeared the above-named Lemuel Dunham and acknowledged the above instrument to be his free act and deed. Before me,
John Larrabee Justice of the Peace.

[Recorded 17 Mar. 1860, Source: Oxford County (Me.) Deeds (Eastern District), Book 120, Page 98.]

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