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AND SOUTH JEFFERSON COUNTY, NY

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LAND RECORDS AND DEED INFORMATION FOR ADAMS, NY PROPERTY
The following information is taken directly from documents on file at the:

JEFFERSON COUNTY COURT HOUSE
Department of Records Management
175 Arsenal Street
Watertown, NY
13601


MINERVA A. DIXON
to
FLOYD H. DIXON

THIS INDENTURE Made the 30th day of September, in the year Nineteen Hundred and thirty-nine between MINERVA A. DIXON of the Town of Adams, Jefferson County, New York, party of the first part, and FLOYD H. DIXON of the same place, party of the second part.

WITNESSETH,  That the said party of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of One dollar and less than one hundred Dollars, lawful money of the United States, paid by the said party of the second part, does hereby remise, release and forever quit-claim unto the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever,

ALL THAT TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND,  situate in the TOWN OF ADAMS, County of Jefferson and State of New York, bounded and described as follows:  Beginning in the center of a creek near a stake in the bank thereof in the southerly line of a lot formerly owned by Patrick Coughlin, now owned by John Dryden, and thence running south 39 degs. east 3 chains 85 links to the center of a cedar post; thence south 78 degs. 30' east 10 chains 68 links to a cedar stake; thence north 35 degs. east 1 chains 95 links to a cedar stake; thence south 60 degs. east 6 chains 73 links to the center of a highway leading from Adams Center to Watertown called Church St.; thence north along the center 4 chains 25 links to a corner of land owned by Gabriel Pitcher; thence north 59 1/2 degs. west 13 chains 84 links to the center of aforesaid creek; thence down the middle of said creek as it winds and returns to the place of beginning, containing 14 acres of land, be the same more or less.

Being the same premises conveyed to William C. Bailey by A. F. Saunders, Referee, by deed dated Oct. 12, 1899, and formerly owned by Charlotte Wakefield and Emory Wakefield.

Being the same premises conveyed to Will J. Dixon and the grantor herein as tenants by the entirety by Edwin M. Copeland and wife by deed dated November 20, 1918, and recorded November 20, 1910, in the Jefferson County Clerk's office in Liber 3584 at page 300.  The said William J. Dix departed this life October 6, 1933, leaving him surviving as sole owner of said premises his wife, the grantor herein.

Together with the appurtenances and all the estate and rights of the party of the first part in and to the said premises.  To have and to hold the above described premises, unto the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever.

In witness Whereof, The said party of the first part has hereunto set her hand and seal the day and year first above written.

MINERVA A. DIXON (L.S.) State of New York County of Jefferson SS:  On this 30th day of September in the year Nineteen Hundred and thirty-nine before me, to the subscriber, personally appeared Minerva A. Dixon to me known and known to me to be the same person described in, and who executed the within Instrument, and he acknowledged to me that he executed the same.

                                            Donald A. Wiltse        Notary Public

                                            Signed:            Fred H. Moore (?)
                                                                     Clerk

Recorded Oct. 3, 1939 at 3:31 PM


ADA M. CRONK

to

FELIX M. RING & ano

THIS INDENTURE Made the 30th day of September, in the year Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-nine, Between ADA M. CRONK   of the Town of Ellisburg, Jefferson County, New York, party of the first part, and FELIX M. RING and ADA M. RING, both of the Village of Adams, County of Jefferson and State of New York, parties of the second part.

WITNESSETH, that the said party of the first part, in consideration of One Dollar, lawful money of the United States, paid by the parties of the second part, does hereby grant and release unto the said parties of the second part, their heirs and assigns forever,

ALL THAT TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND,    Situate in the TOWN AND VILLAGE OF ADAMS, County of Jefferson and State of New York, and bounded and described as follows:    On the west by the center of Main Street; on the north by lands of Nelson Green and Joseph Coon; on the east by lands of Julia Bond and lands now formerly in the possession of G. B. R. Whipple and on the south and southwest by lands of the Baptist Church, the Seminary Lot, Titus Barrett (Bassett); Thomas P. Saunders and William Puffer to the center of Main Street aforesaid, supposed to contain two acres of land, more or less.

Being the same land deeded by William Wright and wife April 14, 1864 to Olive A. Stearnes.

Excepting and Reserving therefrom the land conveyed by Juliette Lewis and husband, by Warrant Deed dated June 9, 1868, to Solon D. Hungerford and Julia Bond, and which deed was recorded in the Jefferson County Clerk's Office July 13, 1868, in Book of Deeds Number 177 at page 5.

Also Excepting and Reserving therefrom a small parcel of the above described premises heretofore sold and conveyed to Ambrose Johnson.

Also Excepting and Reserving therefrom that portion of said premises which was conveyed by Elizabeth D. Kirkland to Henry Adelbert Bettinger May 14, 1908, by deed recorded in Liber 326, page 298, in Clerk's office of Jefferson County, NY.

This conveyance is made subject to a certain mortgage dated January 7, 1926, given by Delia A. Enos and Henry M. Enos to George W. Hannahs, and recorded in Jefferson County Clerk's Office January 14, 1926, in Liber 223 of Mortgages at page 269, which said mortgage, by an instrument in writing, was thereafter assigned by the said George W. Hannahs to the Citizens and Farmers Trust Company, Adams, NY which said assignment is dated October 2nd, 1965, and is recorded in Jefferson County Clerk's Office in Liber 6 of Assignments of Mortgages at page 93, and entered in Liber 223 of Mortgages at page 269.  The principal amount of the aforementioned mortgage was $800, and there is now due and unpaid thereon the sum of Six Hundred Fifty ($650) Dollars with interest thereon from the 7th day of July, 1939, which said mortgage and the amount due and to grow due thereon the parties of the second part herein covenant, assume and agree to pay as part of the purchase price herein.

Being the same premises conveyed by Ross C. Scott, Jr. individually and a executor and others, to Ada M. Cronk, by warranty deed dated the 31st day of December and recorded in the Office of the clerk of Jefferson Count in Book No. 421 of Deeds at page 455.

Together with the appurtenances and all the estate and rights of the party of the first part in and to the said premises.  To have and to hold the above granted premises, unto the said parties of the second part, their heirs and assigns forever.  And the said Ada M. Cronk party of the first part, does covenant with said parties of the second part as follows:  First. - - That the parties of the second part shall quietly enjoy the said premises.  Second. -  - That the said Ada M. Cronk, party of the first part will forever Warrant the title to said premises.   Third. -  - That the grantor receive _ the consideration for this conveyance as a trust fund to be applied first forthe purpose of paying the cost of any improvement, that has been commenced upon the premises and has not been completed at least four months before the making and recording of this deed, and that the grantor will apply the same first to the payment of the cost of improvement before using any part of the total of the same for any other purposes.

In Witness Whereof, The said party of the first part has hereunto set her hand and seal the day and year first above written.

                                ADA M. CRONK                        (L.S.)

$2.50 I. R. Stps. Aff & Canc.
State of New York County of Jefferson Town of Adams SS:  On this 30th day of September in the year Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-nine before me, the subscriber, personally appeared Ada M. Cronk to me known and known to me to be the same person described in, and who executed the within Instrument, and she duly acknowledged to me that she executed the same.
 

Albert E. Smithler
Notary Public
Recorded Oct. 3, 1939 at 3:49 PM


                  Fred H. Moore (?) 

Clerk

Sue McGraw Robertson is looking for any information or links to the following:

On 24 May 1819 Ebenezer Sumner purchased property in Adams from Elijah Sumner.

A parcel of land situate in Great lot number three in the Town of Adams aforesaid being part of the Southwest Subdivision of said lot number three Bounded as follows -

Beginning at the north west Corner of Jacob Ellingwoods land thence north nine degrees East fifteen Chains and twenty links to a Stake and Stones North of a Small Brook thence South Fifty nine degrees East fourteen Chains to a Stake thence South nine degrees west ten chains and thirty four links thence north Eighty one degrees west thirteen chains and Seven links to the place of Beginning Containing sixteen and one half acres of land.

Ebenezer held this land until 1 April 1827 when he sold it to Elisha Morgan.

In the 1820 census in Adams listed next to each other are Hezekiah Sumner, Elijah Sumner, Reuben Sumner, and Ebenezer Sumner.  What I think is that Hezekiah is the father of the other three - I also think that Hezekiah dies in Jefferson County -probably in Adams.

Hezekiah Sumner used land that he purchased from Nicholas Law as collateral security for a mortgage on 24 May 1816 (this may be when he purchased that land - but I do not have a copy of the sale) -

From the land records I have read it looks like Ebenezer and his family stay in Adams until 1827 - when they moved to Watertown.

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HISTORIC FACTS OF
JEFFERSON COUNTY,
NEW YORK

HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
OF SOUTH JEFFERSON, NY

HISTORIC WRITINGS
BY ADAMS, NY RESIDENTS
HISTORY OF HOMES
AND LAND IN ADAMS, NY

HISTORY OF ADAMS AND
JEFFERSON COUNTY, NY
TOWN AND VILLAGE NAMING ORIGINS
JEFFERSON COUNTY JOURNAL
TRANSCRIPTIONS

Tuesday, March 10, 1896

Tuesday, March 31, 1896

June 16, 1896

Wednesday, April 18, 1945

Wednesday, March 15, 2000
Adams, NY Celebrates 200 Years!

Permission to reproduce
these archival papers granted
by The Jefferson County Journal
MEMORIES OF
THE OLD HOMESTEAD
BY HENRY LYMAN

NORTH ADAMS CHURCH
OFFICIAL RECORDS
Membership records,
births, deaths, baptisms,
excummunications,
burial locations

PATRICK - THOMPSON
CEMETERY RECORDS
Patrick Road, Adams, NY
This cemetery sits on the town line
for Adams and Rodman.  The majority
of the cemetery is in the town of Adams.

POTTER'S OF
JEFFERSON
AND ONEIDA COUNTIES
RECORDS:  LAND & DEEDS REMINISCENSES OF ADAMS, NY
RING FAMILY RING' STORE HISTORY;
INCLUDING COOPER AND
DWIGHT BLOCK
VITAL RECORDS INFORMATION
FOR THE UNITED STATES
VILLAGE OF
ADAMS, NEW YORK SETTLED IN 1800

F. W. WOOLWORTH
OF RODMAN, NY

EVOLUTION OF THE DEPARTMENT STORE
Woolworth's, Watertown, NY,
Belk, Bloomingdale, Gimbel's, Harrod's,

Hudson, Macy's, Marshall Field, Wanamaker, Montgomery Ward


KING OF THE FIVE-AND-DIME

FRANK WINFIELD WOOLWORTH, 1852-1919

WATERTOWN, NY:
Concern for Woolworth Building Future

WOOLWORTH CLOSES ALL STORES

WOOLWORTH CLOSES VARIETY STORE ERA

WOOLWORTH VIRTUAL MUSEUM
YEARBOOK TRANSCRIPTIONS:
1923 ADAMS HIGH SCHOOL

1924 ADAMS HIGH SCHOOL
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