Thanks for your reply. The email system worked this time.
I will try what you said the next time I get a chance to go to Schuyler County.I guess I don't hold out much hope because I have tried it from the Westbrook angle three different times and it just isn't there.
Can you answer a question for me because you seem to know a lot about deeds?In 1859 Deberryman Westbrook (father of Alex) bought land in Schuyler County Missouri for $600 cash, by hand paid.There was evidently an acre set aside as a cemetery on this land too.I can't find out what happened to this land.I have looked everywhere I can think of, even got my Uncle to go to the court house and look.There is no record of this land ever being resold, but he died in 1863-64 (can't remember without looking) in Davis County Iowa.There is no mention of the land in his will, no sale of the land, nor is it given as part of an inheritance. The only thing that would make me even wonder about the land is that one of his sons received some money for taking care of cattle during the winter.Of course, there is no mention as to the sale of cattle, nor are the cattle listed as an asset. Evidently his 2nd wife must have been dead by then, as there is no mention of her either.All of his children are mentioned from both marriages in a newspaper notice placed in the Davis County paper.Is there any other way to find out what happened to this land in Schuyler County Missouri?Alex seems to be the only one who appears to have stayed in Schuyler County until Susan came back after marrying in Illinois. I thought maybe Alex went to Illinois too, but I can't find him there in 1870 either.It would appear he was in Schuyler County at the time of his father's death.I am just so lost on the Abbotts and Westbrooks.It doesn't help to sort them out when Susan's children married into the Abbott family too.It makes me not trust my aunt's memory.
Maybe I should have replied to this by private email, but I imagine other people have some of the same questions regarding land transfers as I do.I have really looked for that land transfer in Missouri.Deberriman died in the 1860's.His daughter-in-law Nancy must have died between 1870-72. And sometime shortly after 1880 Alex and his second wife died in some kind of an epidemic.There is no 1890 census, and wouldn't you know that Alex and Nancy are missing in the 1870 census.Also, Rachel Abbott died in Nebraska, but where did Reuben die?Questions, questions.