Burdick Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 80 page 440

This entry is part 23 of 99 in the series Deeds in the Family

I am posting information gleaned from land records in the areas where our family’s ancestors resided. You can read more about this project in the overview. You may also check my deed record listing, which I will update with each post.

This is a deed transcription I found in my book, after I thought my “Burdick” deeds were completed. This one explains a little about the transaction recorded in liber 46, page 590. In that deed, Mary J. Burdick sold all but a strip on the north side of her property in Colfax Township. In this deed, that strip is sold, after her death.

Date: 9 May 1911
Liber: 80
Page: 440
Location: Wexford County, Michigan
Grantor: Susie M. Longstreet, Fink C. Burdick & Cora E. Burdick his wife of Colfax, Wexford, MI and Mable C. Jones of Lake County Michigan, Heirs of Mary J. Burdick, deceased.
Grantee: Ethel Lewis of Chicago, Illinois
Witnesses: N.A. Reynolds, A. T. Bennett
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 24 May 1911
Clerk/registrar: Northrup
Location of land: Colfax, Wexford, Michigan
Consideration: $50
Notes: N. A. Reynolds was Mary’s nephew.
Description: A strip 4 rods wide off the north side of the SE 1/4 of the NE fractional 1/4 of Sec 4 T23N R10W, containing two acres more or less.

Mary Jane Burdick died on 8 May 1911. Although I do not know if the strip of land described here had a house on it, my guess is that it did not. The deed did not say, “and other valuable consideration”, a clue to a possible mortgage. It looks like it may have been two bare acres. According to the 1910 census of Colfax Township, Wexford County, Michigan, George and Mary Jane Burdick were living with her son Fink and his family. Although George Washington Burdick died a few years later, in 1914, he had signed his land to his wife before she died, and it seems that his other holdings had already been sold.

Things have changed a bit since this deed was executed. It would not be possible to legally sell a a land as an heir to an estate, if an estate had not yet been opened in probate court. I also wonder that George W. Burdick did not sign this deed as an heir to his wife’s estate.

  1. “1910 US Federal Census”, database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 November 2009), entry for Fink C. Burdick, [b.] 1859/1860, Colfax, Wexford County, Michigan.
Series NavigationBurdick Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 38 page 204 and Liber 41 page 54The Web


  1. I received a comment from one of Papa’s cousins (The Uncle Ross this person refers to was Ross P. Fenton, Papa’s grandfather):

    The strip of land that is involved in that transaction, I believe, was the original right of way for the Grand Rapids and Indiana RR lumbering spur that ran west from the mainline north of Manton. The GR & I is indicated on the Colfax map that you have displayed. As a kid I can remember going along these old right of ways as they seemed to be a place where you would often find wild berries (especially blackberries ) growing. There was an area on the West side of Uncle Ross’s farm where a line had been that was particularly lush with berries.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about these land transactions. They must have been the wheeler dealers of their time.

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