Charlevoix County Index to Deeds, 1881 – 1901

I searched the Index to Deeds, 1881 – 1901 for the following families: Ellison, Van Buren, and Robinson. Remember that Enoch Robinson was Benjamin Walker Ellison’s brother-in-law, married to BWE’s half- sister Annie Hudson. BWE’s middle son William Arthur married Anna Van Buren, her father was George Van Buren.

There was a serious fire at the county courthouse when in Boyne City on 8 OCT 1887 and many deed/mortgage books were destroyed. There are no records to replace what is burned, but we may want to check FHL’s microfilm # 965402 Abstract of deeds by township, Charlevoix County, 1861 – 1974. I know that sometimes after courthouses burned, individuals would record the land they owned in case of future disputes. This may be in the abstracts. The original deeds are gone though.

The following Deed Books were destroyed: Volumes 1 through 7, Volumes 9, 11, 12, 15 and 17.

Mortgage Books destroyed: Volumes 1 through 7, Volumes 9 – 15 and Volume 18.

Remember that Tax Assessment Rolls can replace some of this information, as in a Land Description and amount of acreage. The Tax Rolls will also tell you when someone with property, including personal property, began being taxed in a particular location. Know the tax rules to assess when you have found someone dropped off the tax rolls; it was not always due to death.

There is only one mention of Ellison in the Index to Deeds. We can, though, substitute BWE’s Land Patent from the Federal government for this missing deed. I do suspect the Ellison’s also owned property in Boyne City – the BW Ellison & Company Brewery.

A Grantor is the person who sold the property. A Grantee is the person who bought the property. A Mortgagor is the person who loaned the money and the mortgagee borrowed the money.

With this information, we can now order the correct film of the original book of deeds through the Family History Center. If any of you do this, please would you share a copy with me and I will post it for everyone? I will not be looking these deeds up anytime soon.

Index to Deeds 1881 – 1901 Charlevoix County, Michigan FHL US/CAN Film 965396

Date               Grantor                                Grantee               Sec/Twp/Range     Vol/Pg #

FEB 1882       Robinson, Enoch K & wife    Joseph R. Buster    6  32  5         8     256

FEB 1885         Van Buren, George              H. Nalford             16  32  5              13    22

MAR 1886      Van Buren, George & wife       S.S. Robert         16  32  5            14   416

NOV 1899       Robinson, Enoch K & wife       Herman Suler     6  32  5             40   35

MAY 1900      Robinson, Enoch K & wife   Paul J. Sischnewski   6  32  5    40  295

MAY 1900      Robinson, Eliza A.      Paul J. Sischnewski             6  32  5       40  295

Date              Grantee                              Grantor               Sec/Twp/Range       Vol/Pg #

NOV 1888     Robinson, Enoch K.       United States           6      32      5            23   79

NOV 1888     Robinson, Enoch K.        State of Michigan    6      32      5         21    428

APR 1891      Robinson, Annie H.         Samuel Horton       6      33       6         31    178

JUL 1899       Van Buren, Oren         Lucretia H. Powers      Lots 7 & 8          38   416

Of the Village of Boyne Falls

OCT 1900       Ellison, Mony A. (Mary)    ______ Night        12    32    5      40    519

Date               Mortgagor                    Mortgagee                Sec/Twp/Range    Vol/Pg #

JUN 1883     Robinson, Enoch K & wife   Eliza A. Robinson   6   32  5           8   152

Date               Mortgagee                 Description                                           Vol/Pg #

AUG 1886        Van Buren, George & Wife            Discharge of Mortgage     17   24

Notes: The second section of the Index with Surnames beginning with V was missing entirely.

The Charlevoix County Index to Deeds, 1881- 1901 is available on microfilm from the Family History Centers. It is microfilm number 965396.

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