The Oldest Episcopal Church in Illinois
Records from 1834 - 1879

June 19, 1834

This indenture made and entered into this nineteenth day of June, Anno Domini eighteen hundred and thirty four, between Dennis Rockwell of Morgan County and State of Illinois of the one part and Bazaleel Gillett of said County and State of the other part. Witnesseth, that said Dennis Rockwell for and in consideration of five hundred dollars to him paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, doth hereby grant, bargain, sell and convey unto the said Bazaleel Gillett his executors, administrators and assigns, for uses and under the restrictions hereinafter mentioned, the following lot or parcel of land lying and being in the Town of Jacksonville in said County and State, and bounded as follows viz, beginning at the intersection of the south side of State Street and east side of Church Street in Chandler's addition to said Town, and running due east on the south side of State Street one hundred and eighty-eight feet, eleven inches, then due south, one hundred and seventy feet seven one half inches, thence due west one hundred and eighty eight feet eleven inches, thence due north to the place of beginning, which lot of land shall forever and exclusively for the sole use of the first Protestant Episcopal Society in said Town, and now organized under the name of Trinity Church. There shall within five years from date be erected on said lot a neat and commodious building for divine worship, as near as may be in the center of said Lot, the building shall front or face the South on Morgan Street and no other building whatsoever shall ever be erected on said lot, but the lot kept for the erection of a church alone, and whenever the society above mentioned shall become incorporated, said Gillett, his executors, administrators or assigns are required and authorized to execute immediately thereafter and deliver to said society a good and sufficient warranty deed of said lot, with its appurtenances, for the use of said society as aforesaid, and their successors forever. To have and to hold said granted and bargained premises as aforesaid to him the said Gillett, his executors, administors and assigns with all the privileges and appurtenances to the same belonging, and the said Rockwell for himself, his heirs and assigns doth covenant with the said Gillett, his executors, administrators and assigns that he assigned in fee of said premises, that he has good right to sell and convey the same, that they are free of all encumbrances and that he will warrant and defend the same to the said Gillett his executors, administrators and assigns, against the claim of all persons whatsoever and Eliza, wife of said Rockwell, in token of the relinquishment of her right of Dower in and to said premises has hereunto set her name and affixed her seal.

In witness whereof the parties above named have hereunto set their names and affixed their seals the day and year first above written.

(Signed) Dennis Rockwell (Seal)
E. Rockwell (Seal)
Bazaleel Gillett (Seal)

Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of Geo. Rearick. This deed was recorded the 8th July, 1834, and acknowledged before George Rearick, J. P. the 30th day of June A.D. 1834. Recorded Page 224, Book G, Deed Record, Morgan County, Illinois.


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