The following 1817 deed transcript and scans were provided to Korns.org courtesy of Margaret Gagliardi. I suspect, but have not been able to prove, that this is the sale of what is now known locally as the Blubaugh Place. For example, it has the same amount of acreage as the Jacob Cook home place that described as having a two story frame house and a stone barn in Dennis Cook ‘s 1864 petition to the Somerset County Orphan’s Court following Jacob’s death. For another example, the 1949 book The Genealogy of Michael Korns, Sr. of Somerset County Pennsylvania "refers to what I know as the Blubaugh Place as having been the "Original Farm Home of Michael Korns, Sr.".
I have tried laying the boundaries out in a computer drafting system, only to discover that I can’t read the metes and bounds-type compass bearings that are provided in these old deeds. If anyone can help with that subject, I would greatly appreciate it, because one way to know if it is the same property is to compare it to old and modern plats.
Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Deed Book 9, Pages 327-329
Dated 3 May 1817, Recorded 20 Oct 1817
MICHAEL KORNS to JACOB COOK
This Indenture made the third day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Seventeen Between MICHAEL KORNS of Southampton Township Somerset County and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Farmer of the one part and JACOB COOK of the Township and County and Commonwealth aforesaid of the other part yeoman, Witnesseth that the said MICHAEL KORNS for and in consideration of the sum of two thousand one hundred and fifty dollars lawful money of the United States to him in hand paid by the said JACOB COOK at and before the ensealing and delivery of these presents, the receipt and payment whereof I do hereby acknowledge and thereof acquit and forever discharge the said JACOB COOK his heirs, executors and administrators by these presents, hath granted, bargained, sold, aliened, enfeoffed, released and confirmed and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell, alien, enfeoff, release and confirm unto the said JACOB COOK and to his heirs and assigns, all that tract of land Called old Arnold’s Tract, Situate in the Township County and Commonwealth aforesaid Beginning at a heap of Stones a corner of JOHN BAKERS land thence South fifty four degrees west sixty nine and one half perches to a Line thence N 10 E 26 perches to Stones thence south 17 degrees west 17 perches to a post thence N 3 degrees west 3 ½ perches to a post N 75 W 97 perches to a Small white oak South 50 W 33 perches to a chestnut a corner of JOHN BEAL’s land, south 25 ½ perches to an Granwood? South 16 perches to a walnut S 15 E 11 ½ perches to a gum? South 90 perches to Stones, thence along JOHN RICHARD GUAMERS land S 63 E 157 perches to Stones thence along WILHEM’s tract so called N 42 E 63 perches to a white oak, N 456 E 14 perches to Stones north 5 East 69 perches to Stones the place of Beginning Containing one hundred and ninety acres of land with the allowance of Ten per Cent for _ &c, it being the same tract of land which SAMUEL RIDDLE? By his indenture or article of agreement sold to SAMUEL ARNOLD bearing date the third day of December AD eighteen hundred and four for the Consideration therein mentioned which said SAMUEL ARNOLD afterwards died leaving a wife called ELIZABETH and the following issue RACHEL who was intermarried with JOSHUA JONES, MARGARET ARNOLD, ELIZABETH who was intermarried with JOHN TRIMBLE, EASTER ARNOLD, and ANNA ARNOLD who by their deed of Conveyance bearing date the thirtieth day of September AD eighteen hundred and five for the Consideration therein mentioned conveyed all their interest of in and to the said land unto their Brothers SAMUEL, JOSEPH and DANIEL ARNOLD also heirs of the said SAMUEL ARNOLD dec’d and the said SAMUEL ARNOLD, JOSEPH & DANIEL by their Conveyance bearing date the twenty seventh day of march A.D. eighteen hundred and thirteen for the consideration therein mentioned Conveyed the said described tract of land unto JOHN ANDERSON of Bedford Penna and the said ELIZABETH ARNOLD widow of the deceased by her release bearing date the twenty seventh day of march AD eighteen hundred and thirteen conveyed and released all her dower right title and interest of in and to the said land unto the said JOHN ANDERSON for the consideration therein mentioned and the said JOHN ANDERSON by his conveyance bearing date the third day of may AD eighteen hundred and Sixteen for the consideration therein mentioned did Convey the said bounded and described tract of land unto the said MICHAEL KORNS and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania granted a patent unto the said MICHAEL KORNS on the fourteenth day of November AD eighteen hundred and Sixteen for three hundred and ten acres of land which was Surveyed on the fourth day of June one thousand seven hundred and Sixty seven in performance of an application No. 2491 dated the 20th day of January 1769 entered by CONLEY RUNDAL (or RANDAL) whose right in and to the said tract of land by virtue of Sundry conveyances and along possession duly proven became vested in the said MICHAEL KORNS, of which patented tract one hundred and two acres and a quarter is contained within the aforesaid bounded and described tract of one hundred and ninety acres of land being a part of the said tract of land Containing three hundred and ten acres, which said tract begins at a post thence by land of SAMUEL ROBERTS and land of NICHOLAS RANDAL north three hundred perches to a post, thence by land of JAMES MILLIGAN south eight degrees west two hundred and Seventy two perches to a post thence South thirty five degrees east three hundred and twenty Six perches to a chestnut and north eighty degrees east eighty nine perches to the beginning. Together with all and Singular the buildings, improvements, 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 title interest property claim and demand whatsoever of him the said MICHAEL KORN in law or equity or otherwise howsoever of in to or out of the same. To have and to hold the said tract of one hundred and ninety acres of land hereditaments and premises hereby granted or mentioned or intended so to be with the appurtenances unto the said JACOB COOK his heirs and assign, to the only proper use benefit and behoof of the said JACOB COOK his heirs and assigns forever and the said MICHAEL KORNS his heirs executors and administrators do hereby Covenant promise, grant and sign to and with the said JACOB COOK his heirs and assigns by these presents that he the said MICHAEL KORNS his heirs, the above mentioned and described premises hereby granted or mentioned or intended so to be, with the appurtenances unto the said JACOB COOK his heirs and assigns, against the said MICHAEL KORNS and his heirs, and against all and every other person or persons whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents. In Witness whereof the said parties to these presents have hereunto interchangeably set their hands and seals the day and year first above written. MAECHL KORNS (typed as spelled)
Sealed and delivered in the presence Tr_ _tz, ELISABEATH LEPLEY
Received on the day of the date of the above indenture of and from the above named JACOB COOK two thousand one hundred and fifty dollars in full for the consideration money above mentioned. MICHAEL KORNS
Witness Tr_ _tz
Somerset County SS before me the Subscriber one of the Justices of the peace for the said County personally came the above named KICHAEL KORNS and acknowledged the above indenture to be his act and deed, to the _ that the same might be recorded as such.
Recorded 20th October 1817 A. OGLE, Recorder
What follows is an enlargement that shows the unusual compass direction from page 327.
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