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State of Louisiana
Parish of Livingston
Louisiana State Seal

Act of Sale
William Akers, Administrator to Rufus S. Haight
12 June 1844

Be it Known and Remembered, that on this the Twelfth day of June, in the year of our Lord, one thousand Eight hundred and forty four, and in the year of the Independence of the United States of America the Sixty Eighth

Before me, Jacob J. Watts, Judge of said Parish, and duly authorised by law to exercise the powers of Notary Public therein:

Personally came and appeared before me, the said Judge, William Akers, Administrator of the estate of Elihu T. Murray, deceased, who did declare and say, that for the consideration hereinafter expressed, he does by these presents in his capacity of Administrator as aforesaid, grant, bargain, sell, convey, transfer, assign, and set over, with a full guaranty [sic] against all troubles, debts, mortgages, claims, evictions, donations, alienations, or other Incumbrances whatsoever unto Mr. Rufus S. Haight, a citizen of the Parish of Livingston, here present, accepting and purchasing for himself, his heirs, & assigns, and acknowledging delivery & possession thereof, the following described tract of land, lying, situate, lying, & being in the Parish of Livingston.

First, a certain tract of Land containing two hundred & sixteen acres, more or less, lying on the East side of the river Ponchatoulas, in said Parish, & bounded North by lands of Samuel Richardson, on the South by lands of Richard Wade, on the East by lands of Joshua B. Curtis, & on the west by Ponchatoulas River, being the late residence of Elihu T. Murray, deceased;

Second, Two hundred & one 60/100 acres, also lying in the aforesaid Parish, & being Lot No. one & Two of section No. Eleven of Township No. 7 South of Range No. Seven East, making, in all, Four hundred & Seventeen acres, together with all the buildings, improvements & appurtenances, thereunto, belonging, or in any wise attached, and all the servitudes, customs and rights of ways thereto appertaining.

To have and to hold, the said before described tract of land, unto the said Purchaser, his heirs, and assigns, to their proper use and behoof forever, and the said administrator, in his capacity as aforesaid, and in the name of the heirs of the said Elihu T. Murray, deceased, shall and will warrant and defend the title to the aforesaid described lands, against the lawful claims of all persons, whomsoever, by these presents, the said Administrator, moreover, subrogating the said purchaser, to all the right and actions of warranty which the Heirs of the said Elihu T. Murray, deceased, had or may have against their own vendor, or the vendors of their vendor, hereby authorising the said purchaser to exercise the said rights and actions in the same manner as they might or could have done.

This sale is made for, and in consideration of, the sum of six hundred and sixty Dollars, for which amount the purchaser has furnished his three promisary notes, dated August 1st Eighteen hundred & forty three, with Harmon Turner as surety, One Note payable Twelve months after the aforesaid date, the second Note payable Two years after the aforesaid date, the third Note payable three years after the aforesaid date, and each for the sum of Two hundred and Twenty dollars payable to E. T. Murray or bearer, & all bearing ten percent interest from the aforesaid date, which said notes are paraphed “Nevavictur” by me, the said Judge, in order to identify the same with this Instrument, and in order more fully to secure the full & final payment of the aforesaid notes at maturity as well as the interest and casts? that may accrue, the said before described land, and improvements, stand specially mortgaged and hypothecated, & the purchaser binds himself, his heirs, & assigns, not to alienate, deteriorate, or other wise encumber the aforesaid land and improvements, to the prejudice of this act of Hypothecation.

This sale is made by virtue of an adjudication, made by the Honorable Jacob J. Watts, Judge of the Parish of Livingston, acting in his capacity of auctioneer in & for said Parish, on the Twelfth day of June 1844, and which said act of adjudication of the said before described lands to Rufus S. Haight as the property of Elihu T. Murray deceased is now on file in the office of the Probate Court of the afore said Parish.

Thus done and passed at my office in the town of Springfield, the day, month and year first above written in the presence of Darlin B. Cason and Bartholemew Settoon, competent witnesses residing in said Parish, who have hereunto signed their names together with said appearers & me , said Judge.

[Signed]
Wm. Akers, Administrator
R. S. Haight

[Witness]
D. B. Cason
Bartholemew Settoon

Jacob J. Watts, P Judge

Truly Recorded, April 12th 1870
Geo. D. Wells, Recorder
Tangipaho Parish, Louisiana

Source: Conveyance Records - 1835-1865, Livingston Parish, Louisiana (FHL Film 0355915)

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