Mortgage: Lemuel Dunham to Betsy Dunham, 30 Oct. 1861


Know all Men by these Presents, That I

Lemuel Dunham of Hartford in the County of Oxford and State of Maine in consideration of the sum of seven hundred dollars paid by Betsy Dunham of Hartford aforesaid the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, do hereby give, grant, bargain, sell and convey unto the said Betsy Dunham her heirs and assigns forever a certain piece of land situated in Hartford aforesaid being a part of lot numbered nine in the tenth range of lots in said Hartford and bounded as follows. Viz. Westerly by a line drawn North and South from a stake and stones standing on the North side of the road leading through said lot on the North and South by the original lot lines, Easterly by land owned by David Mason containing fifty acres more or less. Also one other piece adjoining the above and thus described. Viz. Beginning at the southeast corner of land owned by Robert Bates in 1853. Then East about forty rods to a stake and stones standing near an old causeway Bridge, then south untill it strikes land formerly owned by Benjamin Ellis. Then West on the lot line untill it strikes land formerly sold to Robert Bates. Then North to the first mentioned bound containing thirty acres more or less, being the same this day deeded me by James Starbird.

To have and to hold the aforegranted and bargained Premises, with all the privileges and appurtenances thereof to the said Betsy Dunham her heirs and assigns, to her and their use and behoof forever. And I do covenant with the said Betsy Dunham her 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 Betsy Dunham to hold as aforesaid. And that I will Warrant and Defend the same to the said Betsy Dunham her 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 Betsy Dunham suitably support and maintain the said Betsy Dunham and provide her with suitable clothes, food, drink, medicine and nursing and all other things necessary for her comfort in the house of 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 Betsy 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 Lydia A. wife of the said Lemuel in token of relinquishment of her right of Dower in and to said premises have hereunto set our hands and seals this twenty ninth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty one.

Lemuel Dunham [Seal]
Lydia A. Dunham [Seal]

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered, in presence of,
Wm H. Atwood }
Nathl Perley } for Both

Oxford SS. Hartford Oct 30th 1861. Personally appeared the above named Lemuel Dunham and acknowledged the above instrument to be his free act and deed.

Before me,
John D. Long Justice of the Peace.

[Recorded 30 Oct. 1861, Oxford County (Me.) Deeds (Eastern District), Book 126, Page 149.]

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