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Territory of Missouri
County of Ste. Genevieve
Ste. Genevieve Seal

18 August 1813
Estate of Jonathan Preston, deceased

Know all men by these presents that I Jane Preston of the Territory of Missouri and County of Ste. Genevieve for and in consideration of the sum of fifty dollars the receipt whereof I hereby acknowledge I have granted bargained and sold and by these presents do grant bargain and sell ----- Elisha Belsha my right to a certain claim of land at this time as will also as what may be my share of my mother’s part hereafter to a tract of land situate in the County aforesaid adjoining John Duval on the south and against? by a claim of James Berry’s on the East and so being the Tract which Jonathan Preston ----- and under the Spanish Government which tract is ----- to be held by the heirs and representatives of the said Preston after ----- two hundred and sixty acres of the whole tract which the said Preston had sold in his life time To have and to hold my part of the aforesaid claim make him the aforesaid Elisha Belsha his heirs or assigns against one my heirs or any other person ----- to hold under ----- but ----- clearly ... did and make a right to the said claim that it is the said Belsha’s life.

In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal the 18th of August in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred & thirteen.


Jane X Preston
(her mark)      

Witness: Isidore Moore

This day the within named Jane Preston personally appeared before me I. Moore one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Ste. Genevieve and acknowledge the foregoing willing to be her act and deed for the purpose within mentioned.

Given under my hand the 15 day of August 1813.
Isadore Moore

Rec’d & Recorded the 10th of June 1814 Tho. Oliver, Clk

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Territory of Missouri
County of Ste. Genevieve
Ste. Genevieve Seal

18th August 1813
Estate of Jonathan Preston, deceased

Know all men by these presents that we Joseph A. Massey & Sarah Massey his wife late Sarah Preston of the Territory of Missouri and County of Ste. Genevieve for and in consideration of the sum of fifty dollars in hand ... paid, the receipt whereof I hereby acknowledge I have granted bargained and sold and by these presents do grant bargain and sell ----- Elisha Belsha my right to a certain claim of land at this time as will also as what may be my share of my mother’s part hereafter to a tract of land situate in the County aforesaid adjoining John Duval on the south and against? by a claim of James Berry’s on the East and so being the Tract which Jonathan Preston ----- and under the Spanish Government which tract is ----- to be held by the heirs and representatives of the said Preston after ----- two hundred and sixty acres of the whole tract which the said Preston had sold in his life time To have and to hold my part of the aforesaid claim make him the aforesaid Elisha Belsha his heirs or assigns against one my heirs or any other person ----- to hold under ----- but ----- clearly ... did and make a right to the said claim that it is the said Belsha’s life.

In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal the 18th of August in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred & thirteen.

Jos. A. Massey
Sarah X Massey
(her mark)      

Witness: Isidore Moore

This day the within named Jane Preston personally appeared before me I. Moore one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Ste. Genevieve and acknowledge the foregoing willing to be her act and deed for the purpose within mentioned.

Given under my hand the 15 day of August 1813. Isadore Moore

Rec’d & Recorded the 10th of June 1814 Tho. Oliver, Clk

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Territory of Missouri
County of Ste. Genevieve
Ste. Genevieve Seal

9th March 1819
Estate of Jonathan Preston, deceased

Personally appeared before me Clerk of the Circuit of the County aforesaid in vacation, the within named James Preston, and being duly sworn deposes & says that there are heirs & Representatives whatever of the within named Jonathan Preston deceased namely a widow and five children all living and further that the said deceased died without any will as far as he knows & believes, and that he will well and truly administer all and singular the Goods & chattels, rights & credits of the said deceased and pay his debts as far [as] his goods & chattels, rights & credits will extend and the law directs, and that he will make a true and perfect Inventory of all the goods & chattels, rights & credits and also a perf[ect] account when thereto required.

James X Preston
(his mark)      

Sworn & Subscribed before me 9th March 1819
Tho. Oliver, Clk

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Territory of Missouri
County of Ste. Genevieve
Ste. Genevieve Seal

9th March 1819
Estate of Jonathan Preston, deceased

Know all men by these presents, That we James Preston, Elisha Belsha and David Cripps, of the County of St. Genevieve and Territory of Missouri, are held and firmly bound unto William Black Governor of the territory aforesaid, and to his successors in office, in the penal sum of One thousand six hundred dollars, which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators firmly by these presents.

Witness our hands and seals this 9th day of March 1819.

The condition of the above obligation is such, That if the within bounden James Preston, administrator of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of Jonathan Preston deceased, do make or cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of him the said James Preston or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for him and the same so made do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the office of the Circuit Court of the county of St. Genevieve, at or before the 9th day of April next month; and the same goods and chattels, rights and credits of the said deceased, which at anytime after shall come to the hands of Possession of the said James Preston or into the hands or possession of any other person or persons for him do well and truly administer according to law; and further do make or cause to be made a true and just account of his said administration at or before the end of one year from and after the date hereof.

And all the rest and residue of the said goods and chattels, rights and credits which shall be found remaining upon the said administrators account, the same being first examined and allowed by the Circuit Court of the county where the said administration is granted, and shall deliver and pay to such person or persons respectively as the said court by its decree and sentence pursuant to the true intent and meaning of this act shall direct and appoint and if it shall hereafter appear that any last will and testament was made by the said deceased, and the executor or executors therein named do exhibit the same into the office of the said court, making request to have it allowed and approved by said court, then if the said James Preston within bounden being thereto requested, do render and deliver said letters of administration, then this obligation to be void and of no effect, otherwise to remain in full force and effect.

James X Preston {SEAL}
(his mark)                  
Elisha Bellsha {SEAL}
David X Crips {SEAL}
(his mark)                

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Territory of Missouri
County of Ste. Genevieve
Ste. Genevieve Seal

To Thomas Allen, William Canada [sic] & William Patterson


You are hereby appointed appraisers of all such goods and chattels late belonging to Jonathan Preston dec'd which maybe shown to you by James Preston administrator and that you return under your hands the amount thereof after you shall have sworn according to Law to discharge your duties.

This appointment in pursuance of power granted to me by Law as Clerk of the Circuit Court of the County aforesaid in vacation the 9th day of March 1819.

Tho. Oliver, Clk

Signed:  Thomas Allen
William Kenaday
William X Paterson
(his mark)      

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Territory of Missouri
County of Ste. Genevieve
Ste. Genevieve Seal

25th March 1819
Estate of Jonathan Preston, deceased

Personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace in the said County, the within named Thomas Allen, William Pat[t]erson and William Kennedy and took the oath prescribed by Law as appraisers of the Estate of Jonathan Preston decd. before they entered on the duty for which they were appointed, given under my hand this 25th of March 1819.

Barnabus Burns

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Territory of Missouri
County of Ste. Genevieve
Ste. Genevieve Seal

9th May 1819
Estate of Jonathan Preston, deceased


1 bed and bedstead $25.00
2 straw beds and bedstead $10.00
1 chest $3.00
1 table $2.00
the dishes $1.25
Woollen yarn $4.00
Cotton yarn $8.00
... and churn $11.00
1 plough and irons $11.00
1 horse $15.00
1 three year old colt $18.00
1 ... $10.00
1 ... $11.00
1 ... and calf $14.00
1 DO * $14.00
1 DO $14.00
1 DO $14.00
1 cow? and yearling $15.00
... $14.00
... $12.00
$150.00
... lambs $220.00
... $70.00
$290.00
the improvement for... $120.00
$50.00
* "DO" is the abbreviation for "ditto", meaning "same as above"

We the undersigned appraisers appointed to appraise the ... estate of Jonathan Preston dec'd do return this the appraisment value thereof amounting to two hundred & twenty-none dollars.

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Territory of Missouri
County of Ste. Genevieve
Ste. Genevieve Seal

21 May 1819
Estate of Jonathan Preston, deceased


Sale of the property
to Stear 1.00
to stear 11.10
to Cow and calf 19.25
to Cow and yearlin 18.00
to Cow and yearlin 18.00
to Cow and calf 16.00
to Cow and calf 17.00
to Cow and calf 18.50
to Cow and calf 15.00
to young pigs? 25.00

I as the administration of Jonathan Preston do make return of the foregoing as the account of sale of the personal property of said dec’d as sold by me.

Jm. X Preston
(his mark)    

Witness: Tho. Oliver

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Territory of Missouri
County of Ste. Genevieve
Ste. Genevieve Seal

26th August 1820
Estate of Jonathan Preston, deceased

Know all men by these presents that we the undersigned heirs and representatives of Jonathan Preston deceased for and in consideration of one hundred dollars worth of labor performed and done by within heirs for the said Jonathan Preston the ----- whereof ----- acknowledged ----- ----- ----- and ----- and by these presents do ----- ----- and sell with Elisha Belsha the purchase of the ----- ----- as appear to us by his written ---- claim) All---- ----- ----- ----- ----- of ----- ----- to One hundred acres of land ----- to in the northwest corner of a Tract of the hundred & forty acres adjoining John Duvall to be surveyed in the form of an oblong owning ----- the north West corner one half mile Southwardly thence eastwardly for ----- so as to ----- ----- the one hundred acres to have and to hold ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- all the appurtenances thereunto belonging unto him the above said Elisha Belsha & his heirs and assigns forever.

In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this 26th of August 1820.

Witness present: Barnabus Burns
Witness present: Jeremiah Belsha

Mary X Butcher
(her mark)      
Jos. A. Massey
George Preston
Sarah X Massey
(her mark)      
Jane X Preston
(her mark)      
Ann X Preston
(her mark)      

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Territory of Missouri
County of Ste. Genevieve
Ste. Genevieve Seal

26th August 1820
Estate of Jonathan Preston, deceased

Personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace for the County of Ste. Genevieve, Mary Butcher, Joseph A. Massey, J. Butcher, George Preston, Ann Preston, who acknowledge that they signed and sealed this within Conveyance and that it was truly their act and deed for the purpose therein mentioned also Sarah Massey who after being made fully acquainted with the Contents of the within Conveyance was examined apart from her husband when she acknowledged that the execution the within deed of Conveyance voluntarily and without compulsion or undue influence of her husband.

In Testimony whereof I certify the same this 26th of August 1820.
Barnabus Burns

Received & Recorded the 26th day of August 1820

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Territory of Missouri
County of Ste. Genevieve
Ste. Genevieve Seal

26th August 1820
Estate of Jonathan Preston, deceased

Know all men by these presents that we Mary Butcher late Mary Preston, widow and Relict of Jonathan Preston deceased, Jane Butcher late Jane Preston, daughter of the said Jonathan Preston deceased, Joseph A. Massey and Sarah his wife, late Sarah Preston, James Preston, George Preston and Ann Preston, all heirs and representatives of the said dec’d, Do hereby do voluntarily and unanimously agree with Elisha Belsha that he shall have the quantity of Land purchased by him from Jane Preston, Joseph A. Massey and Sarah his wife being that part of one hundred tract belonging to the Estate of Jonathan Preston deceased as appears by the Deeds executed by the said parties, on the 18th August 1813 and wherein by Calculation amounts to one hundred and twenty five acres, survey’d in the following manner to wit:

Beginning at the most southwestwardly corner of the original survey of the whole Tract and running thence Eastwardly with the old line between a tract of John Duvall’s and the same Belsha so as to make --- the whole of his improvement thence northwardly and parrallel [sic] with the line of the old survey so as to include 125 acres in a square or oblong.

In Testimony whereof we and each of us do set our hands and seals.
This 26th of August 1820.

Witness present Barnabus Burns
Witness present Jeremiah Belsha

Mary X Butcher
(her mark)      
Jos. A. Massey
George Preston
Sarah X Massey
(her mark)      
Jane X Preston
(her mark)      
Ann X Preston
(her mark)      

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Territory of Missouri
County of Ste. Genevieve
Ste. Genevieve Seal

26th August 1820
Estate of Jonathan Preston, deceased

Personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace for the County of Ste. Genevieve, Mary Butcher, George Preston, Joseph A. Massey, James Preston, Ann Preston, Jane Butcher who acknowledged that they signed and sealed this within Conveyance and that it was truly their act and deed for the purpose therein mentioned also Sarah Massey who after being made fully acquainted with the Contents of the within Conveyance was examined apart from her husband when she acknowledged that the execution the within deed of Conveyance voluntarily and without compulsion or undue influence of her husband.

In Testimony whereof I certify the same this 26th of August 1820.

Barnabus Burns

Received & Recorded the 18th day of October 1820

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State of Missouri
County of Ste. Genevieve
Ste. Genevieve Seal

The State of Missouri to the Sheriff of the County aforesaid,
Greeting:


WE command that you summon James Preston, administrator of Jonathan Preston deceased, if to be found in your bailiwick, to be and appear before the Justices of the County Court for the county aforesaid, at a court to be holden at the town of Ste. Genevieve, on the first Monday of February next;

Then and there before the said court to exhibit his account for settlement, and further to shew cause why an attachment may not be issued against him for not exhibiting the same accounts for settlement for one year past, and to do and perform such things in the premises as the court may deem just and right to order according to law, and certify to the court how you have executed this writ.

Witness THOMAS OLIVER,
Clerk of our said Court, at Ste. Genevieve, the 27 day of January, 1823
Tho. Oliver Clk

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