By Don Taylor
I, Albert S Bodge of Gray in the County of Cumberland and State of Maine in consideration of thirty five dollars paid by John I. Bodge of Windham in the County and State aforesaid the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, do hereby remise, release, bargain, sell and convey, and forever quit-claim unto the said John I, Bodge his heirs and assigns forever all my right, title nd interest in and to one undivided fifth part of a certain piece or parcel of land situated in Windham containing seven acres more or less and being the same piece of land of which Betsey Bodge late of Windham died seized and possessed and adjoining the old homestead of the late John Bodge. Meaning hereby to convey all my interest as son and heir at lat of the said Betsey Bodge to all real estate owned by her in Windham.
To have and hold the same, together with all the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging, to the said John I Bodge and his heirs and assigns forever.
In witness whereof, I the said Albert S. Bodge and Lizzie M. Bodge wife of the said Albert S. in testimony her relinquishment of her right of dower and all claims in the above described premises, have hereunto set our hands and seals this twenty seventh day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy six.
Witness: Jacob Clark Albert S Bodge (Seal) Lizzie M. Bodge (Seal)
Jacob Clark, Justice of the Peace,
[Received August 9th, 1876 at 8 o’clock A.M. and recorded according to the original.
Attest Henry [?] Houston, Register
- Albert lived in Gray in 1876.
- Albert’s wife, Lizzie Bodge was living 27 June 1876.
- Albert’s mother, Betsey Bodge, died before 27 June 1876.
- Albert’s mother, Betsey Bodge, had 7 acres, adjoining the John Bodge homestead in Windham.
- There was a John I. Bodge living in Windham in 1876 who purchased a 1/5 share of the land from Albert for $35.
Note: Albert had a brother, John P. Bodge who was eight years older than Albert. This may have been Albert selling his share of the inherited property to his brother. The difference between “P” or “J” to be an “I” might be attributed to penmanship.
Alternately, it may have been a sale to another heretofore unknown Bodge, but I suspect it was Albert’s brother John.
Internet: Maine landrecords.com – Real Property Official Records Search. https://i2a.uslandrecords.com/ME/
[i] John Newmark started the “Amanuensis Monday” category in 2009 on his Blog, Transylvanian Dutch and many bloggers have followed suit using the tag. Google provides the following meaning for amanuensis: “A literary or artistic assistant, in particular one who takes dictation or copies manuscripts.”