Friday, September 9, 2011

Cash Sale Not Completed Before Purchaser Dies

We have discussed cash sales of federal lands in Casefile Clues before. Those files are typically uninformative--they pretty much indicate the purchaser made the payment and where the patent was issued.

This one potentially may be different and I'm debating obtaining a copy of the file for use in an upcoming newsletter.

Thomas J. Rampley appears to have initiated the purchase and James Shores is listed as his assignee. Thomas J. Rampley died in Coshocton County, Ohio, in 1823 and James Shores was his son-in-law. The question is whether or not there will be other information in the file.

The use of "assignee" makes me think Thomas signed over "assigned" his rights to James, but that's not necessarily what happened. And it is possible that there is some mention of Thomas' heirs in the file. It is also possible that Thomas' heirs are not mentioned in the file. The children of Thomas are known with reasonable certainty, but probate records on Thomas do not clearly list his heirs. It may be worth obtaining this file. My hope is that the "assigning" was not done while Thomas was alive...that would make things more interesting.

I think I will obtain a copy of the file---just to see what it contains. Stay tuned-subscribe now and get in on the details when the records have been obtained.

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