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State of Louisiana
Parish of St. Helena
Louisiana State Seal

Sale of Schooner
Micajah Spiller to Richard Wade and Samuel Rankin
20 November 1820

This day before me, James McKee, Notary Public in and of the parish of St. Helena and State of Louisiana, duly commissioned personally appeared Richard Wade who produced and exhibited to me an instrument of writing requesting the same to be admitted of Record and which is in the word and figures following, to wit, --

Know all men by these presents that I, Micajah Spiller of the State of Louisiana and Parish of St. Helena, have this day bargained, and sold unto Richard Wade and Samuel Rankins, both of the aforesaid State and Parish, the whole of the schooner Admiral of the Amite, with all her sails, Riging [sic], cables and anchors, with all other appurtenances for and in Consideration of the sum of nine hundred Dollars, and by these presents, do Grant, bargain, sell, and Convey, assign and set over for me, myself, my heirs and assigns, all my right, title, claim and interest to the said schooner Admiral of Amite to them, the said Richard Wade and Samuel Rankins, one half to Each, and to their heirs and assigns for ever; and by these presents do warrant and defend the said Schooner to them, the said Wade and Rankins free from and Clear of all incumberances whatever.

Given under my hand this Twentieth day of November one thousand Eight hundred and twenty.

Micajah Spiller

Signed in presence of
Thomas Kennedy
Jeremiah Spiller

This day before me, James McKee, Notary Public in and for the Parish of St. Helena and State of Louisiana, duly commissioned, personally appeared Thomas Kennedy and Jeremiah Spiller who declared that they were present at the signing and delivery of the foregoing Instrument of writing and by request of the Contracting parties became subscribing witnesses thereto.

Sworn and subscribed before me, the said Notary this twenty first day of March Eighteen hundred and twenty one.

Thomas Kennedy
Jeremiah Spiller

Be it Remembered that having carefully compared the foregoing with the original and finding them to agree in all respects, I, the said notary, have returned said original to the party who produced it and have declared the same of record this twenty first day of March Eighteen hundred and twenty one.

James McKee, Not. Pub.

Source: Conveyance Records - St. Helena Parish, Louisiana (FHL Film 0355804-pg. 119)

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