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belonging to Michael Cox

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The following pages contain deeds from the Fayette County Courthouse, Michaelís will, written in 1814, and papers concerning the settlement of his estate. George Dearth was co-executor with Michael Cox Jr. of Michael Sr.ís will. Some of the probate records of this procedure were found in Orphans Court records at the courthouse in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Additional records were never delivered to Uniontown. They remain locked up, safe in the hands of John and Emily Cox, in the black box on Michael Cox Jr.ís farm in West Liberty, West Virginia.

 

Original Deed on Fruit Hill

from Patent Book Number 4, page 488
Transcription of the Deed on Fruit Hill

Fayette County, Pennsylvania Deeds
abstracted from copies of originals
from Fayette County Courthouse
Patent Book Number 4, page 488

THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

Whereas Michael Cock of the County hath requested to take three hundred acres of land including and improvement on the Waters of Dunlapís Creek adjoining land of Armstrong Porter, Obed Garwood, Charles Gause and others in Luzerne Township in the county of Fayette (provided the Lands is within the last Purchase made of the Indians) on which he agrees to pay immediately into the Office of the Receiver General, for the Use of this State, at the Rate of ten Pounds per hundred Acres, in Gold, Silver, Paper Money of this state, or Certificates, agreeable to an Act of Assembly passed the first day of April 1784, Interest to commence from the first day of March 1769. These are therefore to authorise and require you to survey or cause to be surveyed, unto the said Michael Cock at the place aforesaid, according to the Method of Townships appointed, the said Quantity of Acres, if not already surveyed or appropriated, and to make Return thereof into the Secretaryís Office, in Order to Confirmation, for which this shall be your Warrant.

IN WITNESS whereof the Honorable Charles Biddle, Esq. Vice President of the Supreme Executive Council, hath hereunto set his Hand and caused the Less Seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed, the Sixteenth Day of February in the Year 1786.

To JOHN LUKENS, Eqr, Surveyor General

Note written vertically on front side of document: "To Alex McClean Eqr. Deputy Surveyor Execute this Warrant, and make Return of Survey into the Surveyor Generalís Office according to Law "

for John Luckin Eqr
Edw Lynche
Signed Cha Biddle V.P.


Rťsumť of Deeds Listed at Fayette County Courthouse

Fayette, County, Pennsylvania

Book A, page 92 - Michael Cox from Joseph Peters: Luzerne Township

Book 255, page 127 - Michael Cox from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Luzerne Township

Book A, page 309-Michael Cox from William Ramsey et al: Luzerne Township

same page, Michael Cox from John Cunningham et al: Luzerne Township

Book C, page 616 - Michael Cox from William Oliphant: German Township

Book C, page 1081? - Michael Cox from Samuel Wilson: German Township

Book D, page 344 - Michael Cox from John Patterson: Dunlap Creek

Book 29, page 596 - Michael Cox from Catharine Cochran: Tyrone Township

Book 107, page 169 - Michael Cox from Monon Nat Bank

Book D, page 75 - Martin Cox from Michael Cox and wife: Luzerne Township

Book A, page 210 - Jacob Cox from Michael Cox and wife: Dunlapís Creek

Book E, page 35 - Michael Cox from James Roberts: Luzerne Township

Book E, page 90 - Jacob Cox from Ann Kendall et al: Luzerne Township

same book-Michael Cox from Jno Kendall et ux: Luzerne Township

Book E, page 183 - Jacob Cox from David Merchant: Union Township

Book 43, page 394 - Joseph Cox from William Park: Dunbar Township

Book 99, page 477 - Joseph Cox from Enoch McLaughlin: Dunbar Township

Book N, page 330 - Joseph Cox from Samuel Dunlap: Dunbar Township

Book B, page 159 - Peter Cock from Michael Cock et ux near Brownsville

Book B, page 182 - Michael Cox from Martin Cox

Book F, pg. 370 - Michael Cox to William Homan (also Peter Cox)

Book H, page 258 - Michael Cox to Henry Black

Book L, g.267 - Michael Cox to William Johnston

 

DEED: Book A, page 92

PARTIES: Joseph Porter to Michael Cock

DATE OF TRANSACTION: dated Philadelphia 1 September 1784

DATE OF RECORDING: 7 January 1786

PARTY OF THE FIRST: Yeoman Joseph Porter, Fayette Co., Pennsylvania

PARTY OF THE SECOND: Michael Cock

LOCATION: did grant to be surveyed, 30 acres adjoining Armstrong Porter, Obed Garwood, Charles Gause, and Michael Cock, Luzerne Township, Fayette Co., Pa.

ORIGINAL PATENT:

CONSIDERATION : 20 Pounds

SIGNATURE: Joseph Porter, 28 Dec 1785

WITNESSES: John Cunningham, William Ramsey

JUSTICE OF PEACE: Natl. Breading

RECORDER: Natl. Breading

EXAMINATION OF DOWER: none

DEED: Book A, page 209-210

PARTIES:

DATE OF TRANSACTION: 17 Sept 1787

DATE OF RECORDING: ? Apr 1788

PARTY OF THE FIRST: Michael Cock, Elizabeth, his wife, Luzerne Township

PARTY OF THE SECOND: Jacob Cock, Eva his wife, Luzerne Township

LOCATION: East side of Monongahela River on Dunlapís Creek, adjoining Henry Swindler, Andrew Oliphant, Cocks other land, Beginning heap of stones Corner to Henry Swindler by his line, N 70 W 18 perches to post, Corner to Peter Cock, Cock line N 7 & 55 perches to post, by said Michael Cocks, East 72 perches to post, Andrew Oliphants, his line S 15 & 70 perches to post his corner, by Henry Swindlers S 77 1/2 perches W 58 perches to White Oak, then another of his lines, N 74 1/2 W 77 perches to Beginning, 53 acres allowing 6 % for roads.

ORIGINAL PATENT: Michael Cock, 1786
CONSIDERATION: 20 pounds lawful money of Pennsylvania
SIGNATURE: Mich ____ Elizabeth Cock X [her mark]
WITNESSES: Thos Gregg, George Smith
JUSTICE OF PEACE: Nat Breading
RECORDER:
EXAMINATION OF DOWER: Elizabeth Cock

 

DEED: Book D, page 75, Fayette Co., Pennsylvania

PARTIES:

DATE OF TRANSACTION: 1798

DATE OF RECORDING:

PARTY OF THE FIRST: Michael Cox, Elizabeth, his wife, Fayette County

PARTY OF THE SECOND: Martin Cox, their son

LOCATION: 50 acres on branch of Dunlapís Creek

ORIGINAL PATENT: 1786 Michael Cox "Fruit Hill"

CONSIDERATION: natural love and affection. son, 5 shillings, lawful money

 

DEED: Book D, page 343

PARTIES:
DATE OF TRANSACTION: 12 Sep 1801
DATE OF RECORDING:
PARTY OF THE FIRST: Jacob Cox, Eva, his wife & Martin Cox, Rebekah, his wife
PARTY OF THE SECOND: Nimrod Gregg
LOCATION: 50 acres, 53 acres on branch of Dunlapís Creek
ORIGINAL PATENT: Michael Cox "Fruit Hill"
CONSIDERATION: $1200.00

SIGNATURE: Jacob Cox, Eve Cox, Martin Cox, Rebekah Cox
WITNESSES:

DEED: book F, page 370, #1

PARTIES:

DATE OF TRANSACTION: 28 July 1810

DATE OF RECORDING:

PARTY OF THE FIRST: Peter Cox, Magdalin, his wife, Fayette Co., Pennsylvania

PARTY OF THE SECOND: William Homan

LOCATION: Lot or Piece of land situated on Coxís Run in Luzerne Township; Beginning at stake on Michael Coxís line at the corner of said Homanís other land ____ ____ of the aforesaid Peter Cox, S one degree, W 12 perches to a Walnut Thence N 89 1/2 degrees E 10 perches to a stake and then by the Homanís other land, N 45 degrees & 16 perches to place of beginning, containing 64 perches, strict measure.

ORIGINAL PATENT: Michael Cox, Elizabeth his wife, Patent Book N4 pg. 488, conveyed Part thereof to Peter Cox & wife Magdalin

CONSIDERATION: $5.00

SIGNATURE: Peter Cox, Magdalin Cox

WITNESSES: Joseph Cox, Jacob Cox, Jr.

JUSTICE OF PEACE: Thomas Gregg

EXAMINATION OF DOWER:

 

DEED: Book F, page 370 #2

PARTIES:
DATE OF TRANSACTION: 28 July 1810
DATE OF RECORDING: 11 Oct 1810
PARTY OF THE FIRST: Michael Cox
PARTY OF THE SECOND: William Homan

LOCATION: Beginning stake Nimrod Greggís line, adjoining road from mouth of Muddy Creek to Brownsville, then by said road, N 8 degrees East 8 perches to stake, N 51 degree W 22 perches by land of said Michael Cox to stake, S 1 degree W eight 8/10 perches to stake, by William Homan other land, S 41 degree W 16 perches to stake, N eighty 1/2 degree E to Beginning, containing 1 acre, 14 perches

ORIGINAL PATENT: Michael Cox, Book N 4 Pg. 488

CONSIDERATION: $15.00

SIGNATURE: Michael Cockes

WITNESSES: Joseph Cox, Jacob Cox, Jr.

JUSTICE OF PEACE: Thomas Gregg

RECORDER:

EXAMINATION OF DOWER:

 

While there are several deeds concerning Joseph Kelly and Peter Cox (same dates, same land description), we will include only the final deed.

 

DEED: Book K, page 85

PARTIES:

DATE OF TRANSACTION: 6 Feb. 1813

DATE OF RECORDING: 23 March 1813

PARTY OF THE FIRST: Peter Cox, Magdalin his wife, Luzerne Township, Fayette Co., Pennsylvania

PARTY OF THE SECOND: Joseph Kelly, Luzerne Township, Fayette Co.

LOCATION: On waters of Dunlap Creek, Township Fayette, Beginning post at Armstrong Porters running N 72 degrees, W 51 perches to stone, N 35 degrees W 58 perches to Red Oak in Obed Garwoods line, N 73 degrees E 72 perches to post, N 71 degrees E 37 perches 5/10 to post in Michael Cox line, S 40 1/2 E 79 perches to White Oak in Jacob Cox now Nimrod Greggís line, S 7 degree W 91 perches to Beginning containing 62 acres, excepting a lot containing 64 perches, conveyed by Peter and Magdalin to William Homan 28 Jul 1810. Part of Michael Cox Patent, conveyed to Peter Cox, 15 Dec 1791.

ORIGINAL PATENT: Michael Cox, 1 Apr 1786
CONSIDERATION: one deed said $600.00 one deed said $800.00 provided always pay $600.00 in Six Penal Bonds, 1st of Sept 1813, 1st of Apr 1815, 1st day of Apr 1816, 1st day of Apr 1817, 1st day of Apr 1818, 1st day of Apr 1819, with interest.

 

 

DEED: Book L, page 267

PARTIES: Michael Cox, Junior & George Dearth, Executors, Last Will and Testament of Michael Cox, Senior

DATE OF RECORDING: 7 May 1818

PARTY OF THE FIRST:

PARTY OF THE SECOND: Rev William Johnston

LOCATION: "Fruit Hill" bound on Dunlapís Creek, Luzerne Township, 100 acres N side of Fruit Hill, adjoining Thomas Gregg, Clement Curtis & others to highest bidder, Beginning post & stones on Clement Curtis line, N 40_____ W 88 5/10 perches to Maple, W/line of Thomas Gregg, N 48 1/2 degree, W 25 perches to White Oak, N 30 degrees E 53 8/10 perches to White Oak, S ___9 1/2 E 88 perches to White Oak by land of Nimrod Gregg, S 31 and 3/4 degrees, E 50 perches to post, S 3 degrees W 54 perches to post, by land of JOSEPH COX, DECEASED

CONSIDERATION: $1800.00

SIGNATURE: Michael Cox, George Dearth

 

DEED: Book P, page 344

PARTIES:

DATE OF TRANSACTION: 12 January 1815

DATE OF RECORDING: 24 March 1832

PARTY OF THE FIRST: Peter Cox

PARTY OF THE SECOND: George Dearth

LOCATION: Refer to DEED Book K, pages 85 & 86

ORIGINAL PATENT:

CONSIDERATION: TRANSFER OF MORTGAGE DEED

SIGNATURE: Peter Cox

WITNESSES: Dennis Springer, Silas Bailey

JUSTICE OF PEACE: Silas Bailey

RECORDER:

EXAMINATION OF DOWER:

 

 


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