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Rankin Family History Project

State of Louisiana
Parish of St. Helena
Louisiana State Seal

Samuel Rankin:
Witness to James Ballard document
20 April 1832

Be it remembered that on this seventh day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred thirty two, before me, Burlin Childress, parish Judge & ex officio notary public in and for the Parish of St. Helena, State of Louisiana, duly commissioned & sworn, personally came James Ballard & presented the following Instrument of writing, requesting the same to be admitted of record in the words & figures following, to wit:,

Know all men by these presents that I, James Ballard, have this day bargained & sold unto my two oldest sons of lawful age, namely John and Ira E. Ballard, for the consideration that they shall comfortably maintain me, James Ballard & Eleanor, my wife, during our natural lives {namely} and improvement in the dividing ridge between Tangipahoa and Natalbany in the parish of St. Helena, [and having] the place of my present residence, also one horse & one mare & colt, also twenty-one head of cattle & about fifty head of hogs. The only other consideration of this obligation is that whatever part or portion of the above named property shall remain at our deaths, namely at the deaths myself & wife, then my two above named sons shall equally divide the effects ... their surviving Brothers & sisters of any remains.

Given under our hands & seal, the twentieth of April 1832 at the Parish of St. Helena, State of Louisiana.

James Ballard {seal}
John Ballard {seal}
Ira Ballard {seal}

James H. Hanney
Samuel Rankin


Be it remembered that after having carefully compared the foregoing with the original on file in my office and finding them to agree in all respects, declare the same duly recorded the day and date above mentioned.

Source: Conveyance Records - St. Helena Parish, Louisiana (FHL Film 0355804-pg. 354)

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