Let’s take a look at deeds in the Luzerne Registrar of Deeds Index for Grantor and Grantee and see what we find for Titus. These deeds are available at FamilySearch for viewing and downloading. They are all very complicated in the land descriptions so what follows is just a summary of what I found.
Grantee – This is the person buying the land from the Grantor who sells the land.
- Titus Seward grantee buying from Elisha Myers grantor et. al. Vol. 16, pg. 72, 24 Sep 1814, Date of Record 11 Apr 1815 Huntington Twp. – Titus Seward paid $50 to Elisha Myers both of Huntington, for Lot #53 2nd Division, 43 acres one hundred 56 perches allowance for roads, Patent Book FI Vol. 9 page 571 granted unto Abiel Fellows and Stephen [Harrison] Elisha Myers (Seal) Mary X Myers (Seal), Witnesses Charles E. Gaylord, Samuel Chapin.
- Titus Seward grantee buying from Erastus Bacon et al Vol. 20 pg. 151, 14 Feb 1821, Date of Record 9 Mar 1821 Huntington Twp. – Erastus Bacon & wife to Titus for Five hundred dollars, Lot # 48 first division in the undivided lands of Huntington, 38 acres strict measure Patent Book H, No. 5 page 596. Signed by Erastus and wife Mary Bacon, witnesses Elisha Myers, Enos Trescott.
- Titus Seward grantee buying from David S. Dodge Vol. 22, page 318, Date of Record 5 Mar 1828 Assignment. I cannot find this deed in the books.
- Titus Seward grantee from Bernard Sybert et al, Vol. 25, pg. 30, 27 Mar 1822, Date of Record 11 Apr 1828, Huntington Twp. I cannot find this deed in the books.
Grantor – What follows is not in date order.
- Seaward, Clarisy and Titus to Phineas Preston Vol. 15, pg. 435, 24 Nov. 1814, Date of Record 7 Dec 1814, Huntington Twp. – Titus Seward sells to Phineas Preston in Huntington Twp. $100.00, tract of land part of the undivided of said township and part of Lot No. 49 first Division. Patent 10 Jun A.D. 1814 Patent Book H Vol. 9 page 571 granted unto Abiel Fellows and Stephen Harrison, Signed Titus and Claricy Seward (Seals) Witness Enos Seaward and Charles Gaylord.
- Seaward, Clarisy and Titus to Ebenezer Trescott, Vol. 20 pg. 152, 15 Feb 1821, Date of Record 9 Mar 1821 Huntington Twp. – Titus and Clarissa his wife to Ebenzer Trescott for $750.00, Lot #48 first Division part of the undivided lands, Patent Book H Vol. 9 page 571 Signed by Titus and Clarissy (Seal) Witnesses Enos Trescott and Joseph Dugan.
- Seaward, Clarisy and Titus to Peter S. Trescott, Vol. 25 pg. 26, 26 Dec, 1827, Date of Record 11 Apr 1828, Huntington Twp. I can’t find this one in the books.
- Seaward, Clarissa and Titus to Freeman Munrow Vol. 31 pg. 57, 21 Jul, 1835 Date of Record 4 Jan 1836 Fairmount Twp. – Titus Seward Fairmount Twp. to Freeman Munrow in Huntington Twp. $150 – very complicated deed – Signed by Titus and Clarissa Seward (Sealt, Witnesses John Dodson and C. Dodson. Clarrissa is examined separate and says she did this voluntarily.
- Seaward, Clarycy and Titus to George G. Gaiser, Vol. 41, pg. 160, 9 Dec. 1844 Date of Record 12 Dec 1844, Fairmount Twp. I cannot find this one in the books.
- Seaward, Clarissa and Titus to Wm. L. Hillinger Vol. 44, pg. 402, 10 Apr, 1847 Date of Record 26 May 1847 Fairmount Twp. – $125 for land in Fairmount Twp. Patented by John Koons dated 12 day of July 1824 and deeded to Titus Seward 9 day of October 1841. Witnesses Jos . H. Saycock and Rachel Smith.
- Seaward, Clarissa and Titus to Samuel R. Franklin, Vol 45, pg 531 17 Dec 1840, Date of Record 5 Nov. 1847, Fairmount Twp. – $$100.00 land in Fairmount Twp. 100 acres with allowances for roads, Witnesses were John Dodson and John Coughlin.
- Seaward, Clarey and Titus to Abraham Miller et. all Vol. 46, pg. 581, 28 Apr 1848, Date of Record 31 May 1848 Fairmount Twp. – Sold to Abraham Miller and Andrews Fredle of Switzerland in Germany for $150.00, 50 acres and thirty six perches and allowances for Roads. To John Koons his Patent dated the 12th day of July 1824 and by deed 9 October 1841 Witnessed by G. Burrows Charles Denison, Signed by Titus Seaward.
- Seward, Claressa and Titus to John Kahl Vol. 47, pg. 82, 13 May 1848, Date of Record 17 Jul 1848 Fairmount Twp. – $500 for land in Fairmount Twp. very detailed deed. Witnesses G. C. Mc Warne and Silas Dodson. Clarrissa is once again examined separately.
- Seaward, Clarissa and Titus to George S. Miller, Vol. 53, 583, 3 Feb 1849, Date of Record 2 Jun 1852 Fairmount Twp. – $96 – 25 acres and sixty two perches strict measure. Witness John Koons, again Clarissa is examined.
- Seward, Clarissa and Titus to John Coughlin Vol. 54 pg 179 (not 174), 19 Jun 1848, Date of Record 3 Aug 1852 Fairmount Twp. John married their daughter Dianna.
Titus Seward & Wife to John Coughlin )))) This Indenture made the nineteeth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty eight Between Titus Seward of the Township of Fairmount County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania, and Clarissa his wife of the one part and John Coughlin of the same place of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Titus Seward and Clarissa his wife for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred dollars lawful money of the State of Pennsylvania to them in hand well and truly paid by the said John Coughlin at or before the ensealing or delivery hereof the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge and therefore do acquit and forever discharge the said John Coughlin his heirs executors administrators have granted bargained sold alienad en______released and confirmed and by these presents do grant bargain sell alien ____release and confirmed unto the said John Coughlin and to his heirs and assigns forever all that part of tract of land surveyed on a warrant to Samuel Hall, dated 21st December 1792 situate in Fairmount Township, Luzerne County and State of Pennsylvania. Bounded and described as follows viz: Beginning at a stone corner on the line of Columbia and Luzerne Counties, Thence and said line South six and a half degrees West, sixty one perches to a stone corner, thence by lands of Washington Sutliff & Titus Seward South eighty five degrees East two hundred and sixty nine & a half perches to a stone corner thence by land of J.M. Alterton North five degrees East sixty one perches to a stone corner, thence by lands of Frances Myers and Henderson Baker North eighty five degrees West, two hundred and sixty nine perches to the place of beginning. Containing one hundred and two acres and one hundred and four perches strict measure be the same more or less. The said land having been sold for taxes by the Treasurer of Luzerne County to Daniel Montgomery who thereby became seized in fee for the same and in and by his last Will and Testament authorized his executors to sell the same, and Samuel York hath since been appointed Administrator and conveyed the same to Titus Seward by deed bearing date the ninth day of June 1848. Together with all and singular the houses outhouses barns stables gardens , orchards meadows, fields, fences, ways woods, water, water courses rights liberties, privileges hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining, and the reversions and remainders, rents, issues and profits thereof; and also all the estate right and title interest use trust property possession claim and demand whatsoever of them the said Titus Seward & Clarissa his wife in law or equity or otherwise howsoever of into or out of the same. To have and to hold the said one hundred & two acres and one hundred and four perches hereditaments and premises hereby granted and released or mentioned or intended so to be with the appurtenances unto the said John Coughlin his heirs and assigns forever to the only proper use and behoof of him the said John Coughlin his heirs and assigns forever — And the said ___ f ____heirs executors and administrators covenant promise and agree to and with the said — heirs and assigns by these presents that the said ___ and ___ heirs the said above mentioned and described __hereditaments and premises hereby granted and released or mentioned and intended so to be with the appurtenances unto the said — heirs and assigns against the said — and heirs and against all and every other person or persons whomsoever lawfully –claiming or to claim the same or any part or parcel thereof shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents. In Witness whereof the said parties together present have hereunto set their hands and seals. Dated the day and year first above written. Titus Seward (Seal) Clarissa (her mark) Seward (Seal)
Sealed and delivered in the presence of us Silas Dodson
Received the day of the date of the above written indenture of and from the above named John Coughlin one hundred dollars in full of the consideration money for the above premises It being the consideration money above mentioned in full Witness present at signing Silas Dodson. Titus Seward
Luzerne County SS: Be it remembered that on the nineteenth day of June A.D. 1848 before Silas Dodson Esquire one of the Justices of the Peace of the said County came the above named Titus Seward & Clarissa his Wife and acknowledged the above indenture to be their act and deed, and desired the same might be recorded as such according to law. The said Clarissa being of full age and by me dully examined separate and apart from her said husband, and the contents thereof being first made known to her declared that she did voluntarily and of her own free will and act seal and as her act and deed signed the said Indenture without any coercion or compulsion of her said husband. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written. Silas Dodson, Justice of the Peace. Recorded 3 Aug 1852.
- Seward, Claricy and Titus to Samuel Myers Vol. 56 pg. 121 24 Apr 1845 Date of Record 29 Jun 1853 Fairmount Twp. – $300 in Fairmount Twp. 53 acres tract of land in the name of Samuel Baker deeded to Titus Seward by deed bearing the date 24 April 1830.
- Seaward Titus to Elmer Seaward Vol 57, pg. 76 4 Mar 1834, Date of Record 14 Dec. 1853 Agreement – Between Titus and Elmer his son, Huntington Twp.
Luzerne Co., PA Probate Court – Vol 57, pg. 76 4 Mar 1834, Date of Record 14 Dec. 1853 Agreement
Titus Seaward to Elmer Seaward ___ Articles of agreement and concluded the forth day of March 1834 between Titus Seaward, of the one part, and Elmer, his son, of the other part, bothe living in the State of Pennsylvania, County of Luzerne, Township of Huntington. The condition of this obligation is such, that the said Elmer is to release all claime to a certain tract of land adjoining Solomon Desevau, Henry Potter, and other s for the consideration of Two Hundred dollars, which is to be aplide on a certain tract of land, core___as follows: One hundred acres adjoining lands of Barney Callender, Peter Boston, and others, taken off from the East end of a tract of Samuel Baker, in said Township, whereon is erected a sawmill, five acres cleared, part in wheat, on the aid farm for which hundred acres, the aid Elmer Seaward is to pay Five hundred dollars, tow hundred red’c three hundred to be paid if the said Titus Seaward should used for his natural support. And the said Elmer Seaward is to keep the sawmill in good repair for sawing, for Titus Seaward to saw what logs he wishes to get in and saw himself, or have saw’d and the said Titus to leave it in as good repair as he finds it. If the said Titus Seaward should want to build a grist mill, and keep the privilege of the water, he is to release one hundred and twenty five dollars, on the above mention sum for and in these considerations, the said Elmer Seaward is to have a good Deed, clear from all incumbrance from ___________assigns, within five years from the date above mentioned, Us witness our hands and Paul Seaward Titus Seaward (Seal) Elmer Seaward (Seal)
Luzerne County SS – Peronally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace in and for said County, Paul Seward, who, being duly sworn deposes and says that he subscribed the within agreement as a witness, and that he saw the said Titus Seaward and Elmer Seaward sign and seal the same, on the day and year it purports to have been done as their respective act and deed.
Sworn and subscribed before me, this 11th day of November 1853. J.C. Penington, J.P. Paul Seaward
Recorded 14 December 1853.
14. Seward et al Titus Est to Joseph Moss Vol. 64 pg. 265 12 Mar 1855, Date of Record 12 Feb 1856 Fairmount Twp. TYPE UP T. Stevens to J. Moss.
Thomas Stevens Esq. To Joseph Moss )))) This Indenture sworn the twelfth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty five, Between Thomas Stephens executor of the last will and testament of Titus Seward late of the township of Fairmount County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania deceased of the one part and Joseph Moss of the township of _____________County and State aforesaid of the other part: Whereas the said Titus Seward in his life time and at the time of his death was seized in his ______as of fee of and in a certain tract of land situate in the township of Fairmount County and State aforesaid containing about two hundred and seventy five acres, and whereas letter testamentary were in due form of law co-written to the aforesaid Thomas Stevens; and whereas by the petition of the said Thomas Stephens to the ___Judges setting forth that the personal estate of the before said Titus Seward was not sufficient to pay his just debts a schedule of which together with his inventory of said debts and also a statement of all the real estate of the said Titus Seward was there to attached and praying said Court to allow him to make sale of so much of said ___as the said Court should judge necessary for the purposes afore said and there upon it ____considerate well ordered by the said Court that the lands here in after described should be sold according to the prayer of said petition: and whereas in ______________of the said Order and by force and virtue of the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in such Cases made well provided afterwards to wit on the said Eighth day of July A.D. 1854 the said Thomas Stevens did _____the said premises in the township of Fairmount aforesaid ____to sale at public venue or auction the herein afterwards described land part of the above said two hundred and seventy five acres after duly advertising the same according to law and there and there did sell the same to the said Joseph Moss for the sum of one hundred and sixty-three dollars and twenty two cents he being the highest bidder and that that the highest and best price bidden for the same which sale on report thereof to the said Judges roles on the thirteenth day of January A.D. 1855, confirmed by the said Court and it was considered and adjudged by the same Court that the same should be and ________form and stable forever as by the records and proceedings of the same Court reference being therewith ____will more fully and let ____appear; Now this Indenture Witnesseth that the said Thomas Stevens for and in Consideration of the aforesaid sum of one hundred and sixty three dollars and twenty two cents to him in hand paid by the said Joseph Moss at and before the ensealing and delivery hereof the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath grantee bargained solee ___confirmed and b these presents doth grant bargain, sole ____and confirm unto the afore said Joseph Moss his heirs and assigns that piece or parcel of land Situate in the township of Fairmount and State aforesaid bounded and described as follows. Beginning at a Sugar Tree corner in line of Calaway Harvey, thence North seventy two degrees east one hundred and thirty nine perches to a corner, thence South eighty degrees East thirty perches to a corner thence South fifteen degrees East fifty perches to a post corner, thence South East about twenty perches to a post and stones, thence South fifteen degrees East one hundred and forty one perches to a corner thence North forty two and a half degrees West two hundred and three perches to a Sugar Tree Corner, the place of Beginning Containing one hundred and two acres and sixty one perches – Strict measure be the same more or less. Together with all and singular the eights liberties, privileges hereditaments and appurtenances, whatsoever thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining and the _____________rents issues and profits thereof; and also all the estate rights, title, interest, property claim and demand whatsoever of the said Titus Seward in his life-time at and immediately before the time of his decease or of him the said Thomas Stephens in law or equity or otherwise howsoever of in to or out of the same; To have and to hold the said piece or parcel of land hereditaments and premises hereby granted or mentioned and intended so to be with the appurtenances unto the said Joseph Moss his heirs and assigns to the only proper use and behoof of the said Joseph Moss his heirs and assigns forever and the said Thomas Stevens doth Covenant promise and agree to and with the said Joseph Moss his heirs and assigns by these presents that the said Thomas Stevens hath not committed or willingly or willingly suffered to be done or committed any act matter or thing whatsoever whereby the premises aforesaid or any part thereof is are or shall or may be impeached charged or encumbered in title share or estate or otherwise howsoever. In testimony whereof the party of the first part hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year aforesaid. Thomas Stevens (Seal)
Sealed and delivered in the presence of J.C. Pennington and William Buckle
Luzerne County SS Before me the subscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for the said county, personally came the above named Thomas Stephens Executor of the last will and testament of Titus Seaward who in and form of saw acknowledge the above Indenture to be his act and deed as such executor to the and that the same might be recorded as such according to law. Witness my hand and seal the 31st day of March A.D. 1855 J.C. Pennington JP (Seal) Recorded 12 February 1856.
When I transcribe the deeds, I strive to write them correctly but the handwriting can be a real challenge and the words can be difficult because of the misspellings. So please understand that they are done as best I can.
So it looks like the land in the last deed had to be sold to pay for debts that Titus had acquired. This means we would need to look a more court documents, like the Court of Common Pleas and maybe seek out an Estate file if it survived. In the next post we will review Titus’ will and the Orphan’s Court records to see what we can learn about Titus’ life.