We found this record a while ago, and have always been a bit puzzled by it, so I'm hoping for some input. The first bit appears that Sarah Penrod may still be living (dated 1807). The second bit dated 1812 seems as if she's died.
I suppose I'm confused as to whether Sarah Penrod is deceased or not in 1807, and if her daughter (Mary Bateman) is the individual responsible for distributing the 8 shares of land, or if Mary is simply selling her land?
Is Christian Rice inheriting land from Sarah Penrod via Mary Bateman?
It's always seemed like an inheritance to me, but never having seen one before, I would love a second opinion here! I do not know who Christian's mother is, only that his father died when he was a child, so it's quite possible this is his mother who had since remarried (although none of his children are named Sarah). Here's the land record:
To all people to whom these present shall come, John Bateman and Mary his wife, of Somerset Township, Somerset County and State of Pennsylvania send greeting, know ye that we the said John Bateman and Mary his wife, for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and twenty dollars, lawful money of the United States to them in hand paid, hath released, remised, and forever quit claims and by these presents doth for themselves and their heirs and assigns remise release and forever quit claim all the estate, right, title, interest, claim and demand whatsoever, of them the said John and Mary of into and out of the one undivided eighth part of a certain, messuage, and tract of land situate in the township County and State first above-mentioned, adjoining on the south of Christian Rice and Michael Walters on the north Jacob Lehmer, Peter Copp and others on the east and west being the messuage, land of plantation whereon Mrs. Sarah Penrod now lives and occupies, with the appurtenances unto Christian Rice, innkeeper, of Milford Township in the County and State aforesaid his heirs and assigns. To have and to hold the said messuage, tract of land and promise above mentioned and described unto him the said Christian Rice, his heirs and assigns to the only proper use and behalf of him the said Christian Rice, his heirs and assigns forever, so that neither he the said John Bateman, nor Mary his wife, nor his or her heirs or assigns nor any other person or persons for him, her or them, or in his, her or them, or in his her or their names or right shall of May by any way or means whatsoever at any time hereafter claim, challenge or demand any estate, right, title, interest, claim or demand of in or to said messuage, lands, and premises, right, title interest, claim, or demand of in or to the said premises or any part or parcel thereof they and every of them shall be forever bound by these presents; and the said John Bateman, and his heirs the said messuage, lands, hereditaments, premises with the appurtenances to the said Christian Rice, his heirs, and assigns against him the said John Bateman and Mary, his wife, and his and her heirs shall and will warrant and forever defend. In witness whereof the said John Bateman and Mary, his wife, have hereunto interchangeably set their hands and affixed their seals the twelfth day of December in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and seven. Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of Sam Selby, Jeane Selby. John Beatman (seal)Mary Beatman seal) Received the 12th day of December 1807 of the within named Christian Rice - One hundred and twenty dollars lawful money of the United States, it being the full consideration money within mentioned.
Witness at signing Sam Selby Jeane Selby
Be it remembered that on the 12 Day of December, John Bateman and Mary, his wife, for and in consideration of the sum of Ten Dollars lawful money of the United States to them in hand Paid by Christian Rice at or before the signing - here of hath this day granted, bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant, bargain and sell unto him the said Christian Rice all the personal estate, goods, and chattels that may be coming or legally their share of distribution of personal estate of Mrs. Sarah Penrod at her decease, the said Mary Bateman being one of the legal representatives at the decease of the said Sarah Penrod. To have and to hold the said distributive share of personal estate unto him the said Christian Rice, his heirs, and assigns forever and to and for no other use, interest, or purpose whatsoever. In Witness where of they have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year above written, signed, sealed and delivered in presents of Sam Selby and Jeane Selby, Somerset County.
John Beatman (seal), Mary Bateman (seal)
Personally came before me Jacob Schnider, Esquire, a Justice of the Peace in and for Somerset County James Clark, who being sworn according to law, doth depose and say that he is well acquainted with the handwriting of Samuel Selby and that to the best of his knowledge the name of Samuel Selby to the above deed is witness of said deceased. Sworn and inscribed Before me 28th October 1812 Jacob Schnider (seal) James Clark