Steele vs Walker, Jones & unknown claimants
Joseph Steel and Christina Steel, Pltffs. vs the unknown Claimants of the Southeast Quarter of Section No. 34, Township No 96, Range No. 6, West of the 5th P.M. Allamakee county, Iowa, and Austin Walker and Andrew G. Jones, Defendants.
You and each of you are hereby notified that on or before the 26th day of October, A.D., 1903, there will be on file in the office of the Clerk of the District Court of Allamakee county, Iowa, the petition of the Plaintiffs in which they state that Plaintiff Christina Steel is the owner in fee simple of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter, and that plaintiff Joseph Steel is the owner in fee simple of the West Half of the Southeast Quarter, and the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter, all in said Section No. 34, Township No 96, Range No. 6, West, in Allamakee county, Iowa. That they trace their title to all of said lands by a perfect chain of conveyances from Thomas F. Smith since Dec. 29, 1858, and that Plaintiffs or those under whom they hold directly or indirectly have during all said time been in the actual, open, peaceable, notorious and adverse possession of all said lands since said date under said conveyances. That the West Half of the Southeast Quarter of said Section No. 34, was conveyed by the United States by patent to Austin Walker March 10, 1852, and the East Half of said Southeast Quarter was conveyed by the United States by patent to Andrew G. Jones March 10, 1852, and said Walker and Jones conveyed all said lands to Thomas F. Smith, from whom Plaintiffs trace their title, prior to Dec. 29, 1852, but the deeds of conveyance were lost and never recorded, and Defendants only claim of title is based on the failure to record said deeds before they were lost.
~source: Postville Review, November 6, 1903
~transcribed by S. Ferrall
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