Dennis Cook sells a farm to Simon Blubaugh, 1880

The following 1880 deed transcript was provided to Korns.org courtesy of Margaret Gagliardi. This deed may explain why the farm that Dennis Cook is shown living on in the 1876 Beers map is still locally known as the Blubaugh Place. I believe that this deed may be related to the Jacob Cook home place that is 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, but the boundaries certainly do not match those of a modern plat of the Blubaugh place. MORE STUDY IS NEEDED. The 1949 book ”The Genealogy of Michael Korns, Sr. of Somerset County Pennsylvania"refers to the farm that I know as the Blubaugh Place as having been the "Original Farm Home of Michael Korns, Sr.". It is possible (and perhaps even probable, but not proven to my satisfaction yet), that this is the farm that Michael Korn sold to Jacob Cook in 1817; click here to see a transcript of the 1817 deed.

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Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Deed Book 58, Page 271-272
Dated 7 Feb 1880, Recorded 18 Mar 1880

DENNIS COOK & wife to SIMON BLUBAUGH (with survey map)

This Indenture made the seventh day of February one thousand eight hundred and eighty between DENNIS COOK and ELIZABETH his wife of Southampton Township, Somerset County Pennsylvania and SIMON BLUBAUGH of Alleghany County Maryland. Witnesseth that the said parties of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of Six thousand Dollars ($6000.00) Dollars lawful money of the United States of American unto them well and truly paid by the said party to the second party at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledge Have granted bargained sold aliened enfeoffed released conveyed and confirmed and by these present do grant bargain sell align enfeoff release convey and confirm unto the said part of the second part his heirs and assigns forever al the following described property Viz: A certain tract of land situate in Southampton township Somerset County Penna Containing One hundred and ninety four acres and one hundred and thirty five perches more or less bound and described s follows to wit: adjoining land formerly owned by DANIEL GAUMER and WELLERSBURG COMPANY and by land now owned by JESSE BEAL, BENJAMIN BAKER and others lately the same tract of land which said grantor one of the heirs and legal representatives of JACOB COOK dec’d late of Southampton township, Somerset County Penna came into Court and took the above described tract of land at the appraised value $6413.60 which reference thereto being had in the Orphans Court Recorded of Somerset County Penna Vol. 8, Page 253 and 254 more fully at large appears.

Survey of map is entered here (see image below).

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Together with all and singular the improvements ways waters, water courses right liberties privileges hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining and the reversion and remainders, rents, issues and profits thereof and all the estate right title interest property claim and demand whatsoever of the said parties of the first part in law equity or otherwise howsoever of in and to the same and every part thereof. To have and to hold said described Real Estate hereditaments and premises hereby granted or mentioned and intended so to be with the appurtenances unto the said part of the second part his heirs and assigns to and for the only proper use and behoof of the said part of the second part heirs and assigns forever. And the said parties of the first part their heirs executors and administrators do by these presents covenant grant and agree to and with the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns that the said party of the first part and their heirs all and singular the hereditaments and premises herein above described and granted or mentioned and intended so to be with the appurtenances unto the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns against them the said parties of the first part and their heirs and against all and every other person or person whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof Shall and will warrant and forever defend. In witness whereof the said parties of the first part have to these presents set their hands and seals Dated the day and year first above written.

DENNIS COOK
ELIZABETH COOK

Sealed and delivered in presence of MICHAEL LONG, BELLE C. WINSTEAD

Received the date above mentioned of the above named party of the second part the sum of Six thousand dollars consideration money in full.

DENNIS COOK
ELIZABETH COOK

State of Pa, Somerset County SS. On the seventh day of February 1880 before me the subscriber a Justice of the Peace came the above named DENNIS COOK and ELIZABETH COOK his wife and acknowledged there above deed to be their act and deed and desire to have it recorded. Said ELIZABETH COOK being of full age and by me examined separate and (apart) from her said husband and the contents of said deed being first made Known to her declared that she signed sealed and delivered said deed of her own free will and accord without coercion or compulsion of her said husband.

Witness my hand and seal the day and year above written. MICHAEL LONG, J.P.

Recorded 18th March A.D. 1880. WM. B. FREAEE, Recorder

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Here, below, is the plat from the deed. From the shape of the tract, it is obviously the same property that was mentioned in Dennis Cook's Nov. 14, 1864 petition regarding the estate of Jacob Cook.

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The tract that is colored green below shows the boundaries of the Blubaugh place in 2008. If the deed above does relate to this property, it has been replatted beyond all recognition. In fact the deed above may relate to some other tract that Dennis Cook got from his father Jacob's estate

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L. Dietle.
September, 2009

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