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James Adkins Morgan
1880 Indenture

J.V. Gross & wife
Deed to James A. Morgan

This indenture made and entered into this 15th day of July A.D. 1880 by and between J.V Gross & Jerusha Gross, his wife of the first part & James A. Morgan of the second part all of Jackson County, Alabama.

Whereas the said J.V. Gross as administrator of the estate of Madison Davis dec'd did in presence of an order of the Probate court of Jackson County Alabama, sell the within described land belonging to said estate at public sale to the highest bidder for said J.V. Gross being the highest and best bidder the sale of said land was confirmed by the Probate Court and on the 25th day of November 1868 said Court made an order for said J.V. Gross to make a deed to one Nathaniel Wilborn to whom said Gross has bargained it. Wilborn failing to take land in the year 1871 said Gross sold said land to James A. Morgan for the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars which has all been paid to receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged in pursuance whereof the party of the first have this day bargained and sold & by these presents do sell Convey & deliver unto this party of the second part in presence of an order of the Probate Court of Jackson County, Alabama granted 25th day of Nov 1868 all their title claim and interest in the said tract or parcel of land known and described as N.E. qr. of S.E. qr. of SE qr. of section two (2) also a part of the west half of the South E. qr. of N.W. qr. of Section (1) one all in Township (6) six. Range (5) East containing ninety three & 3/4 93 & 3/4 acres more or less. To have and to hold unto themselves, their heirs, executors and assigns to warrant forever, defend the title to the above described land, against the lawful title claim or demand of all persons whomsoever claiming. In testimony whereof the parties of the first part have hereunto set their names and affixed their seals this day and date first above written.

John V. Gross (seal)
Jerusha Gross (seal)

State of Alabama}
Jackson County}

Ruben Z. Giddens an N.P. acting justice of the peace for the county & state aforesaid hereby certify that John V. Gross & Jerusha Gross his wife whose names are signed to the forgoing conveyance & who are known to me acknowledge before me on this day that being informed of the conveyance they executed the same voluntarily on the day the same bears date, and I further certify that the said Jerusha Gross known to me to be the wife of John V. Gross being examined by me separate and apart from her husband touching her signature, acknowledged that she signed the same without fear compulsion or coercion on the part of her husband. Given under my hand and seal 17th day of July 1880.

Reuben Z. Giddens
N.P. Ex Off J.P.

State of Alabama}
Jackson County}

I John B. Tally Judge of Probate hereby certify that the foregoing Deed of Conveyance was filed in my office for registration duly recorded and compared. Given under my hand this first day of April 1881.

John B. Tally
Judge of Probate

Jackson County Deeds, Book 10: 582-583, County Probate Office, Scottsboro, Alabama