Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

And I think it’s because all that legal language gives me a headache!

I have been studying all these real estate documents that my grandfather was involved with since I got home from work this afternoon and I’m about all bugged out.

Basically what they show is a lot of real estate deals that he was a party to, mostly as a seller. Not a surprise. He was a land developer.

I have saved 4 documents:

  • 1 with his and my step-grandmother’s signatures,
  • 1 with their address in Fort Worth,
  • 1 that contains what may have been among his last signatures, as it was dated about 1 1/2 months before his death from liver cancer, and
  • 1 document that contains my step-grandmother’s address in Stephenville, TX, dated about 15 years after my grandfather’s death and only about 2 months before her death

The document containing my grandfather’s signature written just weeks before his death is particularly poignant, as the writing is uneven and a bit shaky, obviously not the forceful and confident signature found on earlier documents.

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