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I work as part of a research team. Our research member John Smeltzer had to know where George had his ferry in Illinois. The ferry was near where Clifton Terrace Park is today. Thus, knowing which county George moved to in Missouri, where he built a brick house, resulted in finding this data.

Brick House Slough at the end of Dresser Island Drive and Smelzer Lake adjoin where this family owned land.

It appears George was involved in the Underground Railroad. He was sued for transporting a slave on his ferry.

George's family is linked together through will (his son David's), probate and land records. Thus, more than his records will appear on this page.

Records Gathered

Census

  • 1790 Pendleton County, South Carolina
    (possibly on what is named Smeltzer Mountain today)
    MALES:1 16 or older, 1 under 16
    FEMALES:3 females
    NOTE:No slaves
  • 1800 Pendleton County, South Carolina
    (enumerated between George Stamps & Francis Bradley)
    MALES:3 under 10, 1 10 - less than 16, 1 26-45
    FEMALES: 2 under 10, 1 10 - less than 16, 1 older than 45
    NOTE:No slaves
  • 1817 Portage des Sioux Township, Saint Charles County, Missouri
    1 male +45, 4 males 18-45, 1 male under 18
    4 females over 14, 1 female under 14
  • 1819 Portage des Sioux Township, Saint Charles County, Missouri
    1 male over 45, 1 male under 18
    1 female over 14, 3 females under 14
    1 slave 16-45

--Schmelzer 15:33, 5 March 2009 (EST)

Land

Madison County, Illinois

  • NW 20 05N 09W 3 08/30/1814 MADISON
  • SE 20 05N 09W 3 08/30/1814 MADISON
  • N2FR 29 05N 09W 3 08/30/1814 MADISON
  • Thank you Ben Reavis & David Smeltzer for providing me with this information.
    Book B, Page 18
    Date: 12-16-1814 ; recorded 12-31-1814
    Grantor William O’Bannon and wife Betsey
    Grantee: George SMELSER
    Consideration: $235.00
    Description of land: SE fractional Section 4, and the W fractional 1.4 section 4, and fractional Section 5, Township 3c North. Range 10 West consisting of 164.88 acres
    Witnesses: Jacob SMELSER and William WOOD
    The description includes the additional statement: “in Illinois Territory , adjoining the Mississippi River , including the ferry, building, and all the appurtenances thereto belonging.”

--Schmelzer 15:33, 5 March 2009 (EST)

Saint Charles County, Missouri

  • Book C, Page 11-12
    County of St Louis Missouri Territory 14 Feb 1813
    Know all men by these presents that we Louis Labeaume and Suson Chavel Debrieul his wife of the County of Saint Louis and Territory of Missouri, for and in consideration of the sum of eight hundred and thirty seven dollars money of the United States paid to us by Mr George Smelser of the County of Madison Illinois Territory the receipt whereof we do hereby acknowledge, do hereby give, grant, sell and convey unto the said Geroge Smelser his heirs and assigns forever a tract or parcel of Land containing five hundred fifty eight arpens less or more situated in the County of St Charles Territory aforesaid about Twelve miles less or more from the Town of Saint Charles bounded in the following manner. Benginning (sic) at Mr Samuel Griffith corner on the Missouri river due north course to the Mississippi the line must be three arpens from Griffith well, thence east nine arpens on and down the Mississippi, thence South Sixty two arpens with Dennis? Beckwith's line to the Missouri Thence nine arpens West on and up the Missouri to the Place of beginning, Containing in the whole five hundred and fifty eight arpens less or more Together with all and singular the houses, buildings, improvements, rights, priveleges, hereditaments, and appurtenances thereto belonging or in any wise appertaining to the only proper use and behoof of the said George Smelser his heirs and assigns forever And we Louis Labeaume and Suson Chavet Dubrieul his wife for ourselves our heirs, executors or administrators, Do covenant with said George Smelser to hold as aforesaid and that we will warrant forever defend the same to the said George Smelser his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims and demands of all persons whatsoever.
    In witness whereof we have hereto set our hand and seals this fourteenth day of the month of September the Year One thousand eight hundred and thirteen
    Suson Labeaume (L.S)
    L Labeaume (L.S.)
    Signed Sealed and delivered
    in Presense of us
    G?? Sar??
    B Berthold

    County of Saint Louis Missouri Territory
    September 14 of the year 1813
    Before me one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Saint Louise Personally appeared the above named Louis Labeaume and Suson Chauvet Dubrieul his wife who have acknowledged the above act to be their own act and deed for the purposed therein contained and having taken ???? Suson Chauvet Dabrieul, She has declared She had signed the above instrument of willing of her own accord and consent without force or any collusion whatever. In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and Seal


Bernd Pratte (L.S.)

Recorded this 27 January 1814
??? J. Devore R ex officia

  • Book C, Pages 194-195
    This indenture made this sixteenth day of December in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred & fourteen Between John Walker William 'B O Banion & his wife Betsey of the one part and George Smelser of the other part all of the Territory of Missouri & County of St Charles Witnesseth That the said Walker, O Banion & Betsey his wife hath bargained sold and confirmed & by these presents Do bargain, sell and confirm unto the said George Smelser his heirs & assigns for the consideration of one thousand Dollars to us ??? and paid by the said Smelser the receipt here of we do hereby acknowledge, a certain (off page) or parcel of land situate and lying in the point of Missouri in the Territory and District aforesaid on the Mississiippi including the tract of land known by the name of Squires ferry formerly bought of Louis Labeaume being a part of a large Survey granted to the said Labeaume from the Governor of Spain from him the said Labeaume granted to James Piper from him transfered to the above named (off page) Squires from the said Squires transfered to us the said Walker O Banion and his wife Betsey and bounded as follows beginning at a oak on the Mississippi at whats called (dark area) C??er corner turning from thence by line south forty arpens to an ash tree on said Labeaumes line, thence West five arpens to a hackberry thence North forty arpens to two maple trees on the bank of the Mississippi, thence East five arpens down the said River to the place of beginning, containing two hundred arpens.
    To have and to hold the above bargained premises with the apurtenances to him the said George Smelser his heirs executors administrators and assigns forever
    Furthermore we do for ourselves our heirs executors administrators forever warrant and defend the same from all persons whatever claiming any title to said bargained premises.
    In Witness where of We have here unto set our hands and affixed our seals the day & date above written
    John Walker (Seal)
    W. B. OBanion (Seal)
    Betsey OBanion (Seal)
    Signed sealed & delivered in the presence of
    Nathaniel H Overall
    Ebenr Ayers

    Personally came before me a Justice of the Peace in the County of St Charles, John Walker, William B OBanion and his wife Betsey, she being seperately examined from her husband each and all of them signors of the above instrument acknowledged same to be their volluntary act and Deed for the purposes therein contained. Given under my hand and Seal this Sixteenth day of December in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred & fourteen and of our independance thirty ninth
    Ebenr Ayres (Seal)
    Recorded the 24th March 1815
    Wm Christy Jr Recorder
  • Book F, Pages 127-128
    Know all men by These Presents we Louie Labeaume and Susanne Channet Dubruille his Wife from the County of Saint Louis Missouri Territory for and in consideration of the sum of One hundred dollars to us paid by George Smelser of the County of St Charles Territory aforesaid Have Granted Bargained and Sold and by these presents We do Grant Bargain and Sell unto sd George Smelser a tract or parcel of land containing thirty four arpents situated in the of Saint Charles Bounded as follows viz Beginning at a locust tree on the Bank of a slue of the Mississippi Thence South six arpents to an Elm Thence West Ten arpents to a red bud. Thence North Two arpents to the Slue and with the meanders of the same to the Beginning Containing in the which thirty four arpents less or more and Bounded on one side by the line of the land sold to James Piper and by the other sides by the land sold to John and Francis Nash with all the right and priveleges thereto belonging or in any wise appertaining for the only proper use Benefit and behoof of him sd George Smelser his heirs and assigns forever and we L Labeaume and Susanne his wife do covenant to and agree with sd Ge Smelser his heirs and assigns that we are Lawfully possessed with the premises. That we have full power and Lawful authority to Sell and Convey the same to the sd Geroge Smelser his heirs and assigns forever. And that we shall Warrant and defend sd Premises against the lawfull claim or Claims of any person or persons Lawfully Claiming or toll???? the same. In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands and Seals this twenty ninth day of the month of March in the Year One Thousand Eight hundred and nine
    Suson Labeaume (Seal)
    L Labeaume (Seal)
    Signed Sealed and Delivered in presence of
    Ganne?
    Henry Grauot?
    (the document preceeding this one is dated 1819)
  • Book H, Pages 320-321
    To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting. Know Ye that we Wilson L Overall and Mary his wife of the County of St Charles and State of Missouri for value received of George Smeltzer of the aforesaid County and State, the receipt whereof we do hereby acknowledge and do acquit him the said Geroge Smeltzer their heirs and assigns forever all that certain tract or parcel of Land containing four hundred and eighty four arpents situate about three miles and a half from the Village of Portage Des Sioux, and the aforesaid County and State buted bounded and and described as follows, beginning at a box elder a corner to land belonging to Griffith Brown, Running East with Johnsons line fifteen arpens and one pole to a Stake thence North twenty four arpents to a Stake in the prairie thence West eight arpens to a hackberry on Stephen Bests corner, thence North sixteen arpents to 2 Cotton Woods on the Mississippi, thence West seven arpents and one pole to an elm thence South forty two arpens to the place of beginning containing in the whole four hundred and eighty four arpens To Have and to hold the said premises with all and Singular the houses and building improvements right previleges hereditaments and appurtenances thereto belonging or in any wise appertaining to only proper use and behoof of the said George Smeltzer his heirs and assigns forever, and we Wilson L Overall and Mary his wife for ourselves our heirs executors and administrators Do covenant with the said George Smeltzer his heirs and assigns that we are lawfully seized of the premises, that they are free of all incumberances and that we have good right to sell and convey the same to the said George Smeltzer to hold as aforesaid and that we will warrant and defend the same to the said George Smeltzer his heirs and assigns forever, against all the lawful claims and demands of all persons whatsoever, in witness whereof we have hereuntil set our hands and seals this fifteenth day of January one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight.
    Wilson L Overall
    Polly Overall
    Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of
    Wm H Moreing
    Ezra Overall

    State of Missouri
    County of St Charles
    Be it remembered that on this twenty first day of January in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight, before me a Justice of the Peace within and for the County aforesaid personally came Wilson L Overall and Mary his wife both personally known to me to be the persons whose names are subscribed to the foregoing instrument of writing as having executed the same and severally acknowledged the same to be their act and deed for the purposes therein mentioned she the said Mary being by me first made acquainted with the contents thereof and examined sepperate and apart from her husband whether she executed the same Deed and relinquishes her dower to the land and tenements therein mentioned voluntarily freely and without compulsion or undue influence of her said husband acknowledged and declared that she executed the said Deed and relinquished her Dower in the said land and tenements therein mentioned voluntarily freely and without compulsion or undue influence of her said husband.
    Taken and testified the day and Year aforesaid Joseph Sumner J. P.

    "Arpent" interlined & in page 3rd lines 11 & 12 same words erased with the pen
    Filed for Record 21st day of July 1828 & Recorded the 18th day of August 18(off page)
    Wm Christy Jr Ex Officio Recorder.
  • Book H, Pages 342-343
    To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting Know Ye, that I George Smeltzer of the State of Missouri and County of St Charles for and in consideration of my natural love and affection towards my sons David Peter and John Smeltzers of the aforesaid State and County I do make this my deed of gift to the said David Smeltzer, Peter & John Smeltzer to a certain tract or parcel of Land, situate in the Township of Portage Des Sioux and County of Saint Charles, known by the name of Smeltzer's ferry, butted, bounded and described as follows viz, beginning at a Stake on the Mississippi River at whats called Labeaum lower corner running from thence with his line South forty arpent to an ash tree on said line, thence west five arpent to a hackberry, thence North forty arpents to two maple trees on the bank of the Mississippi, thence East five arpents down said river to the place of the beginning, containing two hundred arpents, To Have & To Hold, the aforesaid premises with the ferry buildings improvements, the rights and previleges, thereto belonging or in any way apportaining for the only proper use benefit & behoof of the said David and John & Peter Smeltzers Moreover I do give and convey, all the right that I may have to the aforesaid premises
    In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 6th day of September 1828.
    George (his X mark) Smeltzer (seal)

    State of Missouri
    County of St Charles
    Be it remembered that in this 6th day September in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and twenty eight, before me one of the Justices of the peace, within and for the County aforesaid appeared George Smeltzer, who is personally known to me to be the person whose name is Subscribed the foregoing instrument to be his act and deed, for the purposes therein contained. Taken & Certified the day & Year aforesaid.
    Danl Griffeth J.P.

    in the 11th line of this deed from ???? page 1st after the word "forty" one word stricken out-with the pen
    Filed for Record 26th November 1828 & Recorded the 16th day of Dec 1828
    Wm Christy Jr E Officio Recorder
  • Book H, Pages 343-344
    To all to whom these present shall come Greeting. Know Ye that I George Smeltzer of the County of Saint Charles and State of Missouri for and in consideration of My natural love and affection towards my sons David Peter and John Smeltzers of the aforesaid County and State I do make this my deed of gift, I do give grant and convey unto the aforesaid David, Peter and John Smeltzer a tract of Land containing thirty four arpent, Situate in the aforesaid County bounded as follows, viz beginning at a Locust tree on the bank of a Slue of the Mississippi, thence South Six arpent to a Elm, thence west ten arpents to a red bud?, thence North two arpents to Slue-with the meanders of the Same, to the beginning, containing in the whole thirty four arpents less or more, bounded on one side by the land formerly belonging to James Piper, and on the other side by the land owned by John & Frances Nash, with all the right and privelege thereto belonging or in any wise appertaining for the only proper use and behoof of them the said David, Peter, & John Smeltzer, their heirs and assigns forever, In witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 6th day September 1828
    George (his X mark) Smeltzer (seal)

    State of Missouri
    County of St Charles
    Be it remembered that on this 6th day of September in the Year of Our Lord eighteen hundred & twenty eight before me one of the Justices of the peace within and for the County aforesaid appeared George Smeltzer who is personally known to me to be the person whose name to Subscribed to the foregoing instrument of writing as having executed the same and acknowledge this instrument to be his act and Deed for the purposes therein mentioned Taken and Certified the day and Year aforesaid.
    Daniel Griffeth J.P.

    In this Deed after the word "land" in the 5th line from the bottom 1st page one word erased with the pen and in the acknowledgment after the word "Lord" all erased to the word "eighteen" with the pen.
    Filed or Record 26th Novr 1828 & Recorded 16th December 1828
    Wm Christy Jr Ex Officio Recorder

--Schmelzer 15:33, 5 March 2009 (EST)

Boone County, Missouri

  • Thank you David Smeltzer for providing me with this information.
    Original Land Patents Boone County MO
    Missouri Pioneers Vol II, 1968, page 20
    George SMELTZER 1821

History

  • St. Charles County, Missouri, early court records, 1808-1815
    977.839 P2b

    Item 710
    Dated 5 September 1815
    The court appoints Griffith Brown, overseer of roads leading from George Smelcers ferry on the Mississippi River to Portage Des Sioux
  • Anonymous
    History of Madison County, Illinois : illustrated :
    with biographical sketches of many prominent men and pioneers.
    Edwardsville, Ill.: W.R. Brink & Co., 1882, 641 pgs

    Page 123
    August term 1816
    George Smeltzer was licensed to keep a ferry--the 4th in the county--across the Mississippi north of the mouth of Piasa


    Page 129
    1817
    Ferries--The authorities of the county had granted licenses to seven ferries, as follows:
    1st George Smeltzer, north of Alton; this ferry had previously been run by a Mr. Langford, at or near the mouth of Wood river, whence Smeltzer moved it up several miles beyond Alton. This ferry had, in 1817, what was considered the best site; it paid an annual license of $12.00
    2d. Samuel Gillham and Joseph Meacham, at the mouth of Little Piasa, Alton. This ferry was started by Col. R. Easton, the founder of Alton, in opposition to Smeltzer's ferry above, without success, -- which may be seen from the fact, that the county taxed this concern at the rate of $2.00 per annum.


    Page 376
    ...A man by the name of Piper had a ferry across the Mississippi at the mouth of Hop Hollow, above the site of Alton. This ferry afterward came into the possession of Michael Squire and a man named Smeltzer, and at the time the town of Alton was founded was known as Smeltzer's ferry. For much of the time the landing place on the Illinois side was several miles above Alton. Smeltzer built a brick house on the Missouri side with brick made on the Illinois side of the river. This house gave the name to the "Brick House Bend," and was in existence till 1866, in August of which year it fell down. Smeltzer was a great miser. He was accustomed to ride with a tow-string bridle. Once when sick he told his brother-in-law that he had a barrel of silver dollars buried, but died finally without telling where the money was hidden.
  • Historical articles, St. Charles, Mo:
    originally printed in the St. Charles journal
    977.839/S1 H2o

    Volume 2, Page 273
    Ferry Licenses issued 1820 or 1821
    David Mc Nair
    Gro. Smelcher
    John Frazier


    Volume 2, Page 295
    Colonel John Glover made a trip through Missouri in 1826 and his diary recites "when I came to St. Charles I found the ferry men to be a deceitful, cunning, shuffling band of men disposed to use all manner of chicanery to avoid their promise held out to travelers to induce them to cross at his ferry. Bill-fifty cents. I would therefore advise all travelers to cross at Smelsers' Ferry". An "Early History of St. Charles" by J.C. Holmes in 1912 commented that "waiting up to six hours for a ferry in 1834 was not uncommon".


    Volume 4, Page 769
    Ferry Licenses issued 1818:
    Wm Eckerts
    Peter Mseltzer (transcription error in book)
    George Smelcer
    John Frazer

--Schmelzer 15:33, 5 March 2009 (EST)

Probate

These records are found in the minutes of the probate court and administrators' applications.

  • State of Missouri
    County of St Charles
    William Christy junior Clear of the County Court within and for the County of St Charles
    To all who shall see these presents. -- Greeting
    Know Ye that whereas George Smelcer of the County aforesaid died intestate as is said and Mary Smelcer his widow having given satisfactory Security and complied with other requisitions of laws. I do by these present give and Grant unto the said Mary Smelcer full power and authority to Administerall all singular the goods chattles rights and credits of said deceased, lying and being within the State aforesaid and to ask demand & legally require and receive all and all manner of debts, and demands due and oweing to said deceased, and demands due and oweing to said deceased, and well and faithfully to dispose of the same according to Law, And lastly I do by these presents Constitute and appoint the said Mary Smelcer administratrix of all and singular the goods and chattles rights and credits of the aforesaid George Smelcer deceased. In testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand, and affixed the seal of said Court this 14th day of January 1830. Wm Christy jr
    Recorded this 14th January 1830
    Wm Christy, Jr
    C. Cty. Ct.

    Wednesday morning the second day of March 1831
    Court met pursuant to Adjournment
    Present as on Yesterday
    It is ordered by the Court that Mary Smeltzer, Administratrix of George Smeltzer pay to the following heirs or their legal representatives out of the assets in her hands the sum of eighty Dollars each on their giving to her refunding bonds for the same according to Law to wit, Margarette, Susa, Mary, Temperance, Ruth, (Susanna wiped out) & Catharine Smeltzer, and that she also pay to the widow of said George the sum of Two hundred and forty Dollars in part of her Dower of said Estate.

More information available --Schmelzer 15:33, 5 March 2009 (EST)

Related Children's Documents

Will

  • In the name of God, Amen I David SMELSER of the County of St Charles and State of Missouri considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound and perfect mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will and testament in manner and form following that is to say, first I give and bequeath to my two Brothers Peter and John SMELSER their heirs and assigns all my right title and interest that I have in and to two tracks of land lying in the county of St Charles as the place known by the name of Smelsers ferry one track containing two hundred ar(may be double s)ents and the other Thirty four arpents conveyed to me Peter and John SMELSER by George SMELSER by deeds dated the 6th day of September 1828. I also give and bequeath to my said Brother Peter SMELSER his heirs and assigns one hundred and Sixty acres of land it being the South west quarter of Section Three in Township fifty seven of Range Six in the State of Missouri, and also a track or lot or lot of land in the County of St Charles it being the same Deeded to me by Henry Ryon, I also give and bequeath to my Brother John SMELSER his heirs and assigns my plantation in the County of St Charles containing Three hundred arpents it being the same deeded to me by Robert and Nancy Avery I also Give and bequeath to my affectionate mother Mary SMELSER for and awning her life my negro Girl L(S)ewese and if the said Negro Girl Should have any child or children between now and the death of my Mother the said child or children are to descend to and belong equally and jointly to my nephew and niece Thomas and Mary Ann Orton and at the death of my mother the said Negro Girl L(S)ewese is to descend and belong to my Brother John SMELSER and his heirs and assigns, I also give and bequeath to my Sister Temperance Orton my ?uzard mare and Colt. I also give and bequeath to my Brother John SMELSER my Volle?teer(n) mare. I also give and bequeath to my nephew David Beamon my D???s filly, I also give and bequeath to my nephew George W. Ryon my black whip yearling Colt. I also give and bequeath to my nephew John Beamon my other whip colt if it should be alive. I also give and bequeath to my neice Mary ? S. Sullivan my black filly I also give and bequeath to my Brother Peter SMELSER my Sir Archer mare I also will and bequeath to my Brother John SMELSER my Clachin Saddle and bridle-I further more wish and direct all my other property of what ever kind to be Sold and after paying all my just debt and demands that may be against me, what money there is left belonging to my Estate I give and bequeath to my mother Mary SMELSER, and I hereby appoint Peter and John SMELSER Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In Witness whereof I have here untio set my hand and seal the Twenty Second day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-eight.
    Signed by David Smelser
    Witnesses
    Daniel Griffith
    Archable Caldwell
    John Keeny
    --Schmelzer 15:33, 5 March 2009 (EST)

Land

  • Book H, Pages 509-510
    To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting Know Ye that we Daniel Johnson and Susanna his wife of the County of Saint Charles and State of Missouri, for and in consideration of the sum of sixty Dollars to us in hand paid by Wilson L Overall and Asa Griffith, both of the County and State aforesaid, the receipt whereof we do have by acknowleges, we do grant bargain sell and convey unto the aforesaid Wilson L Overall and Asa Griffith, all our right title interest & Claim as heirs at law of George Smeltzer, the said Susanna deceased father, our undivided part part of a tract or parcel of land situate in the County of Saint Charles & State aforesaid, being part of larger tract of land granted to Louis Labeaume by the Spanish Government, buted bounded and described as follows beginning at a boxelder tree a corner to Land belonging to Griffith Brown running East with Johnsons line fifteen arpens and one pole to a stake thence North North twenty four arpents to a Stake in the prairie thence West eight arpents to a hackberry tree on Stephen Bests corner thence north sixteen arpents to two cottonwoods on the bank of the Mississippi river thence west seven arpents and one pole to an Elm thence south forty two arpents to the place of beginning containing in the whole four hundred and eighty four arpents to have and to hold aforesaid premises with all the appertenances thereto belonging to the only proper use and behoof of the said Wilson L Overall and Asa Griffith and to warrant & defend the aforesaid tract of land from ourselves, our heirs, executors Administrators and all persons whomsoever claiming through us, lawfully or ??????????? In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this tenth May one thousand eight hundred and thirty one
    Daniel Johnson (Seal)
    Susanna (her X mark) Johnson (Seal)
    Attest Montgomery Perry
    Mary Griffin

    Be it remembered that on this tenth day of May one thousand eight hundred and thirty one appeared in open court Daniel Johnson and Susanna Johnson his wife, who was proved to the Court by Ebenezer D Ayres & Levi Johnson examined on oath to be the persons whose names is subscribed to the foregoing instrument of writing as having executed the same, the contents of said instrument of writing was made known and explained to her and she the said Susanna, being examined sepperately and apart from her husband whether she executed the same, voluntarily freely and without compulsion or undue influence of her said Husband and does not wish to retract In testimony whereof I William Christy, Jr Clerk of the Circuit Court within and for the County aforesaid, have hereunto affixed the seal of said Court this tenth day of May AD 1831 Wm Christy Jr
    Filed for Record 16th of May 1831 & Recorded the 11th day of June 1831
    Wm Christy Jr Ex officio Recorder
  • Book T, Page 270 - 271
    To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting Know ye that I Catherine Ryan of the County of St Charles and State of Missouri for and in consideration of the sum of fifty dollars to me in hand paid by Wilson L Overall and Asa Griffith of the aforesaid County and State the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge I do this day grant bargain and sell unto the aforesaid Wilson L Overall and Asa Griffith all my right title and interest as heir at law of George Smeltzer my deceased father of a certain undivided tract or parcel of land situated in the Township of Portage des Sioux in the County and State aforesaid containing four hundred and Eighty four arpens more or less buted bounded and described as follows, begining at a boxelder a corner to land belonging to Archable Collwell, formerly owned by Griffith Brown turning East with Johnson line fifteen arpens and one pole to a Stake thence north twenty four arpens in the Prairie thence west eight arpens to hackberry on Stephen Bests corner thence north sixteen arpents to two Cottenwoods on the bank of the Mississippi thence west seven arpens and one pole to an Elm, thence South forty two arpents to the place of beginning to have and hold the aforesaid premises with all and singular the improvement rights and privaledges thereto belonging or in any wise appertaining to the only proper use and behoof of the said Wilson L Overall and Asa Griffith their heirs and assigns forever, in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 6th day of April 1832
    Catherine (her X mark) Ryan

    State of Missouri
    County of St Charles
    Be it remembered that on this six day of April in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred thirty two before me one of the Justices of the County Court within and and for the county aforesaid appeared Catherine Ryan who is personaly known to me to be the person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument of writing as having executed the same and Acknowledged the said instrument to be her act and deed for the purposes therein mentioned. Taken and certified the day and year aforesaid.
    Daniel Griffith J.C.C.
    In the original deed Second page ninth line the word "all" interlines
    Filed for Record January Twenty Sixty Eighteen hundred and Forty Eight
    Benj Emmons Jr Recorder
  • Book K, Pages 88-89
    Know all men by these presents that I Benjamin Yount and Ruth my wife of the county of St Charles and State of Missouri for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and Twenty five dollars to me in hand paid by Asa Griffeth and Archable Caldwell the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have granted, bargained and sold and by these present do grant, bargain and sell unto the said Griffeth and Caldwell all the right title and interest that we have or are entitled to in the land of George Smelzer deceased late of the county of St Charles and State of Missouri, as heirs and legatees to the estate of the said George Smeltzer decd, which land hes in several difere tracts, the said Griffeth and Caldwell to have and to hold the aforesaid land with all and singular the rights, titles and interest by us thereunto acquired by virtue of our heirs? to the estate of the said George Smeltzer decd and we hereby covenant and agree with the said Griffeth & Caldwell that we will warrent and forever defend the title of said land against any person or persons claiming the same by through or under us. In testimony whereof we have hereunto at our hands and sign this 26th day of August 1835
    (Signed) Benjamin Yount (seal)
    Ruth Yount (seal)

    State of Missouri
    County of St Charles
    County Court August Term 1835
    Be it remembered that on this 26th day of August in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and thirty five in open court, came Benjamin Yount and Ruth his wife, both personally known to the Justices of said Court, to be the persons whose names are subscribed to the within and foregoing instrument of writing as having executed the same, and servally? acknowledged said instrument to be their act and deed for the purposes there in mentioned: She, the said Ruth being by the court first made acquainted with the contents thereof and examined separate and apart from her husband whether she executed the same Deed and relinquishes her Dower in the land and tenements therein mentioned, freely, voluntarily and without compulsion or the undue influence of her said husband, acknowledge and declared that she did execute the said Deed and relinquishes her Dower to the said land and tenements therein mentioned freely, voluntarily and without compulsion or the undue influence of her husband as aforesaid. (L ?) In testimony whereof I William Christy Jr, Clerk of said Court have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said court this first day of September A.D. 1835.
    (Signed) William Christy Jr, by Dpty J.D. Johnston
    Filed for record October 16th & recorded 7th December A.D. 1835
  • Book K, Page 142-143
    To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting
    Know ye that we Samuel Beaman and Mary his wife of the County of Green and State of Illinois, for and in consideration of the sum of fifty dollars to us in hand paid by Wilson L Overall ? the County of St Charles and State of Missouri the Receipt of which we do hereby acknowledge and acquite him the said Wilson L. Overall aforesaid his heirs Executors and Administrators for ever, have granted bargained and sold unto him the aforesaid Wilson L Overall all our right title and interest in and to a certain tract of Parcel of land belonging to the Estate of George Smeltzer our deceased father Situated in the county of St Charles in the point Missouri formerly own by Wilson L Overall and by him deeded by? George Smeltzer ?uted? buted bounded and described as follows beginning at a box elder a corner to said belonging to Griffith Brown, formerly but now by Archibald calwell running East with Johnson's line fifteen arpents and one pole to a stake thence north twenty four arpents to a stake in the Prairie thence west Eight arpents to hackberry on Stephen Best corner thence North Sixteen arpents to two cottonwoods on the bank of the Mississippi thence west Seven arpents and one pole to an Elm thence South forty two arpents to the place of beginning Containing in the whole four hundred and eighty four arpents to have and to hold the said premises with all and Singular the houses, improvements Rights and privileges heriditements and apentenances thereto belonging or in any were appertaining to the only proper use and (another and?) behoof of the aforesaid Wilson S?L Overall his heirs and assigns forever and we Samuel Beaman and Mary his wife for ourselv our heirs Executors Administrators do covenant and agree that we will warrant and defend the aforesaid Land from ?? my heirs executors administrators and all persons lawfully claiming the same through us In testimony whereof we have here unto set our hand and seal this (signed) Samuel Beemon (Seal)
    Mary Ann Beamon (Seal)

    State of Illinois
    Green County
    Be it remembered that on this fifth day of March one thousand eight hundred and thirty three Samuel Beeman and Mary Ann Beeman, personally came before the county commissioner Court of said Green County and acknowledged in Court that they severally Signed and Sealed the above deed of conveyance for the purposed therein expressed? and the said Mary Ann wife of the said Samuel being examined by us separate and apart From her said husband acknowledged that she Signed and Sealed said deed, the contents having been made known to her by us duly of her own accord and without the fear or coersion of Said husband and that she relinquished her dower in the premises here conveyed and we further certify that the said Samuel Beman and Mary Ann his wife are personally known to us to be the Same persons who Signed & Sealed Said Deed
    Given under our hands and Seals this 5th day of March 1833
    (Signed) Cyrus Johnan (Seal)
    Jesse V Mounts (Seal)
    J Lotton (or Sotton) (Seal)

    I Mortimer Kennett (or Kennelt) Clerk of the County Cors court for the County aforesaid do hereby certify that Cyrus Tallman, Jesse V Mounts and John Lorton whose names appear to the foregoing certificate are and at the time of Signing the Same ???? acting Judges of the Comrs Court in Green County Illinois and as such full faith and credit are and of right ought to be given to all their official acts In testimony when of I have hereunto set my hand Seal of office this 5th day of March 1833
    (Signed) Mortimer Kennett Clerk

    Filed for Record Jany 30th 1836
    & Record this 26th Feby 1836 Ludwell E. Lowell Recorder
  • Book K, Page 143-144
    This indenture made the twenty fourth day of March in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty five Between John Smeltzer of the County of St Charles and State of Missouri of the first part and Wilson Overall of the County and State aforesaid and Nathaniel Buckmaster, Sherman W Robbins and Robert Smith of the Town of Alton Madison County and State of Illinois of the second part. Witnesseth that the said party of the first part for and consideration of the Sum of Three Hundred and fifty dollars lawful money to me in hand paid by the said party of the second part at or before the ensealing and delivering of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and the said party of the second part there heirs executors and Administrators forever released and discharged from the same, by these presents have granted bargained, Sold, aliened, re???ed, released, conveyed and confirmed and by these presents do grant, bargain, sold alien, release, convey and confirm unto the said party of the second part and to their heirs and assigns forever, all that tract or parcel of land Situated in the Township of Portage De Sioux, in the county of St Charles and State of Missouri as what is called and Known by the name of Smeltzers Ferry Landing butted bounded and described as follows: beginning at a stake on the bank of the Mississippi River at what is called Labeaumes lower Corner, running from thence with said Labeaumes lower line south forty arpents to an ash tree on said line thence west five arpents to a huckberry tree thence north forty arpents to two maple trees on the bank of the Mississpi (sic) thence east five arpents on and down said river to the place of beginning containing two hundred arpents together With all and Singular the tenaments hereditements and appertenances thereunto belonging or in any way appertaining and the revention? and reventions? remainder and remainders, rents issues and profits thereof. To have and to Hold the above granted and bargained premises with the appertainances unto the said party of the second part their heirs and assigns to their own proper use benefit and behoof for ever and also the said party of the first part their heirs executors administrators do forever warrant and defend the above described premises form all and every person or persons in and through them. In witness whereof I have here... set my hand and Seal the day and year above written.
    (Signed) John Smeltser (Seal)
    Sealed & delivered in the presence of
    James (X) Keeney
    Joseph Sumner

    State of Missouri
    County of St Charles
    Be it remembered that on this twenty fourth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty five, before me one of the Justices of the peace within and for the county aforesaid appeared John Smeltser whose personally known to me to be the person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument of writing as having executed the Same and acknowledged the said instrument to be his act and deed for the purposed therein contained. Taken and certified the day aforesaid.
    (Signed) Joseph Sumner J.P.

    ?udwell E Powell Recorder
    Filed for Record Jany 1836
    & Recorded this 29th Feby 1836
  • Book K, Pages 144-146
    This indenture made the twenty fourth day of March in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty five Between John Smeltser of the Township of Portage De Sioux and County of St Charles and State of Missouri of the first part and Wilson L Overall of the aforesaid County and State and Nathaniel Buckmaster, Sherman W Robbins and Robert Smith of the Town of Alton Madison County and State of Illinois of the second part Witness that the said party of the first part for and in consideration of the Sum of fifty Dollars lawful money to me in hand paid by the said party of the second at or before the ensealing and delivering of these persents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and the parties of the second part their heirs executors and administrators forever released and discharged from the same by these presents have granted bargained and sold aliened and re???ed & released conveyed and confirmed and by these presents do grant bargain sell alien release confirm and convey unto the said party of the second part to their heirs and assigns forever All that tract of Land situate in the Township of Portage De Sioux in the county of St Charles and State of Missouri in what is called the Missouri front ???? bound as follows: beginning at a locust tree on the bank of the slue of Mississippi thence south six arpents to an Elm on the line of the (off page) ferry tract thence west ten arpents to a red bud, thence north two arpents to the aforesaid slue thence down and on the slue meandering of the same to the Beginning containing thrity arpents, Together with all and Singular the tenements, hereditaments and appertanances thereunto belonging or in any way appertaining and the revention and reventions remainder and remainders rents issue and profits thereof To have and to hold the above granted and bargained premises with the appertainances unto the Said party of the second part, their heirs and assigns to their own proper use benefit and behoof forever and the said party of the first part their heirs executors administrators do forever warrant and defend the above described premises from all and every person or persons whomsoever lawfully claiming the above described premises in and through them. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the day and date above written
    (Signed) John Smeltser (Seal)
    James (X) Keeney
    Joseph Sumner

    State of Missouri
    County of St Charles
    Be it remembered that on the twenty fourth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty five, before me one of the Justices of the peace within and for the county aforesaid personally appeared John Smelser who is personally known to me to be the person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument of writing as having executed the same and acknowledged the said instrument to be his act and deed for the purpose therein contained. Taken and certified the day and date aforesaid
    (Signed) Joseph Sumner J. P.
    Filed for Record 30th Jany 1836
    & Recorded this 29th Feby 1836
    Ludwell E Powell Recorder

    Below the above is recorded:
    To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting
    Know ye that we George Smelser and Mary his wife of the County of St Charles and State of Missouri for value received of Wilson L Overall of the aforesaid County and State the receipt wereof we do hereby acknowledge do hereby give grand sell and convey unto the Sd Wilson L Overalll his heirs and assigns forever a tract or parcel of land containing five hundred and four arpents situate in the Township of Portage De Sioux and County and State aforesaid bounded in the following manner: beginning at Samuel Griffith corner on the Missouri River thence due north corse to the Mississippi (this line must be three arpents from Griffith well) thence East nine arpents on and down the Mississippi thence South fifty six arpents to the Missouri thence nine arpents west to the place of beginning containing in the whole five hundred and four arpents with all and Singular the houses building improvements rights priveleges hereditaments and appertainances thereto belonging or in any ???? appertaining to the only proper use and behoof of the Sd Wilson L Overall his heirs and assigns forever and we George Smelser and Mary his wife for ourselves heirs executors and administrators and assigns do covenant with the said Wilson L Overall his heirs and assigns that we are lawfully Seige of the premises that are free of all incumberances and that we have good right to said and convey the same to the sd Wilson L Overall to hold as aforesaid and that we will warrant and forever defend the same to the Sd Wilson L Overall his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims and demands of all persons whatsoever in ??? whereof we have hereunto set our hands and Seals this fifteenth day of January one thousand eight hundred and twenty six
    Sign & Seal & delivered in the presence of
    David Smelser
    Preston Miller
    George (his X mark) Smelser
    Mary (her X mark) Smelser

    State of Missouri
    County of St Charles
    Be it remembered that on the twenty first day of January in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and twenty eight before me a Justice of the peace within and for the County aforesaid personally came George Smelser and Mary his wife both personally Known to me to be the persons whose names are subscribed to the foregoing instrument of writing as having executed the same and same acknowledged the Same to be their act and deed for the purposes therein mentioned, She the said Mary being by me first made acquainted with the contents thereof and examined seperate and apart from her husband whether she executed the said deed and relinquished her dower to the land & tenements therein mentioned voulenturely freely and without compulsion or undue influence of her Said husband, acknowledged and declared that She executed the Said deed and relinquished her dower in said lands & tenements therein mentioned boulenturely freely and without compulsion or under influence of her said husband. Taken and certified the day and year aforesaid.
    Joseph Sumner J.P.

    Filed for Record 30th Jan 1836
    Recorded March 1st 1836 Ludwell E Powell Recorder
  • Book K, Pages 326-327
    To all to whom these presents shall come Greetings. Know ye that we Robert Hairston and Margaret his wife formerly Margaret Smeltzer of the County of Lincoln and State of Tennessee for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred and ??? dollars to us in hand paid by Wilson L Overall of the County of St Charles and State of Missouri before the sealing and delivering of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have and by these presents do hereby grant bargain sell and convey to the said Wilson L Overall his heirs and assigns forever all the right title claims and interest which we have in and to the following described tract or parcels of land belonging to the estate of George Smeltzer deceased father to said Margaret Hairston one of said tracts situated in the said County of St Charles and State of Missouri lying in the township of Portage des Sioux in what is called the point butted bounded and described as follows. Beginning at a Boxelder corner of Archibald Caldwells land formerly Griggith Browns running east with Johnstons line fifteen arpents and one pole to a stake thence north twenty four arpents to a stake in the prairie thence west eight arpents to a hackberry on Stephen Bests corner thence north sixteen arpents to two cotton woods on the bank of the Mississippi, thence west seven arpents and one pole to an Elm thence South forty two arpens to the place of beginning containing in the whole four hundred and eighty four arpents. Also one other tract situated in the County of Boone and State of Missouri bounded and described as follows the patent No 340, being the North west qarter of section thirty six in township forty seven (off page) Range containing one hundred and sixty acres. Also one other tract or lot of land situate in the said county of Boon and State of Missouri and is patent No 343 is the west half of the South west quarter of section twenty five in township forty seven North of the Missouri River containing eighty acres. The aforesaid tracts or parcels of land were purchased by said George Smeltzer of the United States and patented and numbered as above described. To have and to hold all the right title claim interest and demand which we the said Robert Hairston and Margaret Hairston his wife have in and to the above described tracts of land and bargained premises to the only proper use benefit and behoof of him the said Wilson L Overall his heirs and assigns forever. And the said Robert Hairston & Margaret Hairston his wife do covenant and agree to and with said Wilson L Overall his heirs and assigns that we will warrant and forever defend to the said Wilson L Overall his heirs and assigns all the right title claim interest and demand which we have in and to the above described tracts of land from ourselves our heirs and all persons claiming by through and under us and our heirs. In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands & seals this 19th day of July in the year of our Lord 1836.
    Robt Hairston (Seal)
    Margaret (her X mark) Hairston (Seal)

    State of Tennessee
    Lincoln County
    I Charles Boyles Clerk of the County court of said County do certify that Robert Hairston one of the foregoing bargainers with whom I am personally acquainted came this day before me and acknowledged that he executed the foregoing deed of conveyance for the purposed therein expressed. And I do also certify that Margaret Hairston wife of said Robert Hairston the other bargainers with whom I am personally acquainted appeared this day before me and being by me examined separately and apart from her said husband says that she executed this dded of conveyance freely and without constraint by her said husband Given under my hand at office this 19th July 1836.
    C Boyles, Clerk

    State of Tennessee
    Lincoln County
    I, George W Dennis chairman of the county court of said County do certify that Charles W Boyles who signed the foregoing certificate then was & yet is clerk of said Court & that his certificate is in due form. Given under my hand and seal this 4th day of August 1836.
    George W. Dennis (Seal) Chairman
    Filed for Record September 17th 1836

    Recorded January 7th 1837
    Ludwell E Powell Recorder
  • Within the probate records for John & Temperance ORTON, their children Thomas & Mary Ann are named. Their guardian is John Smelser.

    This Deed made and executed this sixth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty six by and between Thomas Orton & Clarissa Orton his wife of the first part and Daniel G Overall of the second part all of the county of Saint Charles in the State of Missouri Witnesseth That the said Thomas Orton and wife for and in consideration of the sum of Four hundred dollars to them in hand paid by the said Daniel G. Overall the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have granted bargained and sold and by these presents do grant bargain and sell unto him the said Daniel G Overall and to his heirs and assigns forever the one undivided sixth part of a certain tract of land containing Four hundred and eighty four arpens situated about three miles and a half from the village of Portage De Sioux in the county and State aforesaid and being the same tract of land conveyed by Wilson L Overall and Mary his wife to George Smeltzer by deed dated the 15th day of January 1828 and recorded and recorded in the Recorders office of St Charles County on the 18th day of August 1828 in Book H page 320 and following reference being had to the said deed will more fully and at large appear. To have and to hold the said undivided interest of them the said Thomas Orton and Clarissa Orton his wife to him the said Daniel G Overall and to his heirs and assigns forever in and to the said tract of land free and clear from the claim of them the said Thomas Orton and wife and from all and every person by through or under them. In testimony whereof the said Thomas Orton and Clarissa Orton his wife have hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals on the day and year first written.
    Thomas Orton (Seal)
    Clarissa Orton (Seal)
    Signed sealed and delivered
    In the presence of
    Wm G Pettus
    W L. Overall Jr
    Ezra Overall

    State of Missouri SS
    County of St Charles
    Be it remembered that on this twenty third day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty six before me the undersigned one of the Justices of the peace within and for the County aforesaid appeared Thomas Orton and Clarissa Orton his wife who were proven to be the same persons who have executed the foregoing instrument of writing as parties thereto by the oath of Wilson L Overall Jr and Ezra Overall two respectable witnesses examined before me on oath and they severally acknowledged the said instrument to be their act and deed. She the said Clarissa being by me first made acquainted with the contents of said instrument and upon examination seperate and apart from her husband, she acknowledged and declared that she signed the said instrument and relinquished her dower to the lands therein conveyed freely and voluntarily and without any compulsion or undue influence of her said husband. Taken and Certified on the day and year aforesaid
    Wm G Pettus Justice of the Peace
    Filed for Record September Twenty Third Eighteen Hundred and Forty Six

    --Schmelzer 15:33, 5 March 2009 (EST)
  • Saint Charles County, Missouri
    Book U, pages 284-285
    This deed made & entered into this 10th day February 1849 between Charles Ryan of the first part and W L Overall of the second part witnesseth That the said party of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of ninety two dollars to him in hand paid by the said party of the second part the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged do by these present bargain sell and convey unto the said party of the second part and to his heirs and assign forever all my right title and interest as heir at law of Henry Ryan and Catharine Ryan formerly Catharine Smeltzer to the tracts of land situated in the State of Missouri viz. Two in the County of Boone conveyed to George Smeltzer by patent from the general land office. One tract containing one hundred & sixty acres being the North West quarter of Section thirty six in township forty Seven of range thirteen and the second tract containing eighty acres being the West half of the South West quarter of Section twenty five in township forty seven North of (range stricken out) the Missouri river. The other two tracts in the County of St Charles and township of Portage de Sioux in the State of Missouri being part of a large tract of land granted to Louis Labeaum by Spanish government. One is a tract known as the lake tract bounded as follows, beginning at Thomas & William Kerr's South corner in Henry Brown's line running west said Thomas and William Kerr's North twenty three arpents and two poles, to a Stake on the bank of the Slough of the Mississippi river thence West up said Slough eleven arpents and two poles to a maple tree thence South with Smeltzer's line twenty arpents and two poles to a Walnut tree it being Henry Brown's North west corner thence east with Browns line eleven arpents and two poles to the beginning containing two hundred and fifty nine arpents more or less. The Second tract is an undivided tract or parcel of land belonging to the heirs of George Smeltzer (deceased stricken out) bounded as follows beginning at a box elder tree a corner of Archibal Caldwell land running East with Johnsons line fifteen arpents and one pole to a stake thence north twenty four arpents to a stake in the prairie thence West eight arpents to a Hackberry tree Wilson L Overall corner thence North Sixteen arpents to two Cotton Woods on the bank of the Mississippi River thence West Seven arpents and one pole to an Elm tree thence South forty two arpents to the place of beginning containing four hundred and eighty four arpents more or less To have and to hold the same unto the said party of the second part and to his heirs and assigns forever In testimony whereof the party of the first part have hereunto set his hand & seal this day & year aforesaid
    Charles W (his X mark) Ryan (Seal)
    Attest Jos H Alexander
    D. G. Overall

    State of Missouri
    St Charles County
    Be it remembered that in this tenth day of February Eighteen Hundred and Forty nine before me Clerk of the Circuit Court within and for said County personally came Charles W Ryan who was proven to me by the testamony of Daniel G Overall and Asa N Overall his credible Witnesses by me sworn for the purpose to be the same person whose name is Subscribed to the foregoing instrument of writing as party thereto and acknowledged the same to be his act and deed for the purposes therein mentioned. In Witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed the Seal of said Court this tenth day of February A.D. 1849.
    L.S.
    Benjamin Eu???? P. Clerk
    By Joseph H Alexander Dep:Clerk

    In the original parts of the words Witnesseth & acknowledged & the words "to" and "two" written over (two stricken out) either words & this word between the words "two" and "Cotton" crossed out with ink lines.
    Filed for Record February Twelfth Eighteen hundred and Forty Nine.
  • Saint Charles County, Missouri
    Book U, Page 324
    Know all men by these present that I Wilson Ryan of the County of St Charles and State of Missouri for and in consideration of the sum of fifteen dollars to me in hand paid by Wilson L Overall of the aforesaid County and State, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged have granted bargained and sold unto the said Wilson L Overall his heirs and assigns all my rights, titles, interest and claims to an undivided tract of land belonging to the Estate of George Smeltzer Deceased and others situated in the County of Boone and State of Missouri and described as follows the North West quarter of section thirty six in township forty seven Range thirteen containing one hundred and sixty acres the said land was sold at Franklin by act of Congress and George Smeltzer became the purchaser and the west half of the south west quarter of section twenty five in Township forty seven North of the Missouri River of Range thirteen containing eighty acres, and all my right of redemption or interest that may accrue from a certain tract or parcel of land situated in the Point in the County of St Charles and State of Missouri, Known as the Lake tract, formerly owned by James Kerr and by him sold to Henry Ryan and by him conveyed to Wilson L. Overall by a mortgaged deed, which land is bounded as follows, on the north on the Slough on the West by lands of John Smeltzer, on the South by lands belonging to the Heirs of Henry S Brown and on the East by land belonging to John O'falin and others. The aforesaid tracts of land I do warrant and even defend to the said Wilson L Overall his heirs and assigns against myself and all other persons claiming through me, but no other. In testimony is here of I have hereunto set my hand
    H. N?. Ryan (Seal)
    Test Samuel Overall

    State of Missouri
    County of St Charles
    Be it remembered that on this twenty second day of April Eighteen Hundred and forty Six before me Clerk of the Circuit Court of St Charles County personally came Henry ? Ryan has proven to me by Wilson L Overall Jr and Samuel Overall two credible witnesses examined before me on oath to be the same person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument of writing as party thereto and acknowledged the same to be his act and deed. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix the seal of said Court at office the day & year aforesaid.
    L.S.
    Ludwell E. Powell Clerk
    By Benj E??ions Jr Deputy
    Filed for Record March tenth Eighteen Hundred and Forty Nine.

    --Schmelzer 15:33, 5 March 2009 (EST)

Miscelleneous Records

Indiana Territory, St. Clair County

(in present day Illinois)

  • Thank you David Smeltzer for this information.
    Indentured Servants, 1806-1812
    Personally Came before me John Hay, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, George Smelser, now twenty days arrived in this place from South Carolina, Pendleton District, and Beck, a Negro Girl Have aged about Seventeen and Eighteen who agreed and determined in my presence to serve the said George Smelser as a Bond Servant for forty years from this Date, Cahokia, this 3d day of November 1806.
    John Hay, Ck. C.C.P.

St. Clair County

  • St. Clair County Court Minutes, Marks & Brands 1807 - 1831
    Cahokia
    2 January 1810
    George Smelser marks with a half Crop off the left Ear, and a slit and Underbit in the right Ear, Brands G S, the S upside down

Adams County

  • Thank you John Smeltzer for this information.
    Quincy Whig
    March 22, 1871
    Taken originally from an article in the Alton Telegraph
    Furnished by the kindness of a lady residing near Upper Alton, who obtained the facts from Major Solomon Pruitt, one of the early pioneers of Illinois and still an honored resident of Madison county:
    During the month of June, 1809, Mr. David Price was killed by a party of Indians, and a Mr. Ellis was wounded at the same time. The place where the murder occurred, is familiarly known as Hunter's Spring, Alton. The following named gentlemen pursued the Indians: Major Solomon Pruitt, Tolwer Wright, Jos. Bartlett, James Stockton, George Moore, Capt. Able Moore, John Higgins, Philemon Higgins, John Vickroy, John Russell, Eli Langford, Thomas Blankenship.

    They traced the Indians through Godfrey as far as Rhodes' Point, and were gone about three days, when they returned home for recruits.

    The second party was composed of the following named gentlemen: Major Solomon Pruitt, Captain Able Moore, William Moore, George Moore, Bowlen Whitesides, Isom Gilliam (Sheriff of the Territory), Andy Emeret, John Russell, Eli Langford, George Smelser, Peter Wagoner, Ander Roberts, Towler Wright, Samuel Whitesides. Also three others, whose names cannot be recalled.


--Schmelzer 15:33, 5 March 2009 (EST)

Mentioned In Other Histories

PUBLICATION NO. 8 OF THE ILLINOIS STATE HISTORICAL LIBRARY(Smelser's Ferry)
A Biography of William McCune(Smelsers Ferry)
--Schmelzer 15:33, 5 March 2009 (EST)

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