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Title Deed of conveyance [manuscript]: ... between Shab-eh-nay, a chief of the United Bands of Chippewas, Ottawas & Pattawatamis [sic]... and A[n]sel A. Gates... 1845 Dec. 1-5
Author Shabni (c.1775-1859)
Document Type Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Official copy of an indenture, dated Dec. 1, 1845 in Washington City, Illinois, for sale of land by Potawatami Chief Shab-eh-nay (Shabbona) to Ansel A. Gates of Lee County, Illinois. The deed documents the transfer of title to 640 acres, section 23, township 38, north range through third east principal meridian in DeKalb County, Illinois to Gates for $1200. The land was part of the reserve awarded to Shab-eh-nay and his Band for their use by the treaty of Prairie du Chien of July 29, 1829. The deed was originally signed by Shab-eh-nay and by Indian agent, Richard S. Elliott. Appended is certification signed by Edward F. Brown, Commissioner of Deeds for the State of Illinois, on Dec. 2, 1845 in the District of Columbia, Washington County, stating that Shabbona, through his interpreter W.B. Beaubien, had full understanding of the foregoing transaction. On that same date, Elliott and Ret. Brigadier General George Gibson witnessed Gates’ payment of $1200 to Shab-eh-nay; Elliott also certified the authenticity of the copies on Dec. 5, 1845 in Washington, Ill.
Names Gates, Ansel, A; Elliott, Richard S.; Brown, Edward F.; Beaubien, W. B.; Gibson, George
Places Lee County, DeKalb County, Washington, Illinois, United States
Keywords indenture, debt, deed, sale of land, reservation, treaty, interpreter, property, Indian agent, payment, financial transactions, money
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 3216
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue