Wexford County Michigan Deeds Liber 16 Page 553

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Deeds from other families

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 group of deeds is for a family with the surname of BURDICK, who lived in Colfax Township, Wexford County, Michigan. Although these Burdicks may be distantly related to our Burdick ancestors, we have not documented any relationship. You can find out more about the family members here. In this group of deeds, there are no principals such as grantor, grantee, or witness who are also principals in the group of deeds executed by our family. This evidence, along with some vital records helped me conclude that this branch of Burdicks were not closely related to our branch, and did not consider themselves family.

Date: 4 Oct 1883
Liber: 16
Page: 553
Location: Territory of Decota (sic)
Grantor: Matthew P. Gilbert and Elvira Gilbert his wife of Bismark, Decota (sic) Territory
Grantee: H.R. Burdick of Cass County, Michigan
Witnesses: E.A. Corey
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 17 April 1884
Clerk/registrar: J.J. Thorp
Location of land: Section 10 Colfax, Wexford, MI
Consideration: $800
Description: SE 1/4 and the E 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of Section 10 T23N R10W.

This appears to the the first transaction for Harrison R. Burdick and his family in Wexford County. The deed was executed in the territory of Decota (sic), on 4 October 1883, and recorded in Wexford County on 17 April 1884, the next spring. Apparently the Gilberts headed west to find their fortunes, and H.R. Burdick took up where they left off in Wexford.

This land is in the same township that our Burdick ancestors owned land in, but in section 10 instead of section 4. The red outline represents the land owned by our ancestors, and the blue outline is the land described in this transaction. You may click on the outline to enlarge this map.


The remainder of the transactions for this family slice and dice this original purchase of 240 acres.

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