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Transcription of Grace Howe's adoption papers

 

Barker M. Howe

Laura L. Howe

Grace Howe

Article of Adoption

State of Iowa

Black Hawk County

Filed for Record the 6th day of August A.D. 1887 at 8 o’clock a.m.

Recorded in Book 47 Page 435.  Land Deeds

Cha. D. Becker, Recorder

M.E. Owens, Deputy

  

Be it known by these present:

          That we Barker M. Howe and Laura L. Howe his wife residing at this city of Cedar Falls in Black Hawk County Iowa do hereby adopt as our own this minor child Grace whose further name is not known and the names of whose parents are not known whose residence is at said City of Cedar Falls and whose age is four years on the 5th day of September 1886.  The said child shall hereafter be known and called Grace Belle Howe and we herby confer upon her all the rights privileges and responsibilities which would pertain to her if born to us in lawful wedlock.

          In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands on this 4th day of August 1884.

                                                  signed: Barker M Howe

                                                              Laura L Howe

  

State of Iowa

Black Hawk County Iowa                                                                                                                                   

On this day of August 1884 before me a Notary Public in and for said County personally came Barker M. Howe and Laura L. Howe his wife whose names are affixed to the foregoing instrument of adoption and William Morris Mayor of the City of Cedar Falls in Black Hawk County Iowa and whose name is affixed to this consent to such adoption here to ???? each to us known to be the identical persons who have severally signed this same and each acknowledged the same to be their voluntary act and did witness my hand and Notorial Seal at the date above written.

 

                                                  signed: ???????

                                                              Notary Public

 

Be it known that whereas it has been shown to me that the child Grace - named in the foregoing instrument of adoption signed by Barker M. Howe and Laura L. Howe is a resident of the City of Cedar Falls in Black Hawk County Iowa and that she has been and remains abandoned by her parents whose names and residence are not known. Now therefore I Wm Morris the Mayor of the City of Cedar Falls aforesaid do hereby consent to the adoption of the said child Grace by the said Barker M. Howe and Laura L. Howe the said name is to be called and known as Grace Belle Howe and said child is hereby given to these for the purpose of such adoption as provided by law.

 In witness whereof I have hereunto signed my name and affixed the seal of the said city.

 

                                                  signed: Wm Morris

                                                              Mayor of the City

                                                              of Cedar Falls, Iowa