I found this deed while looking through the land records at the library in Leavenworth, Kansas. Brantley Stafford was a brother to my husband’s 3rd great grandfather, Eli Stafford. He also settled in Leavenworth County. I believe that Ruth Sprey is Brantley’s daughter.
This Indenture made this fifteenth day of June AD One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty eight by and between John Sprey and Ruth Ann Sprey his wife of the first part and Brantley Stafford of the County of Leavenworth and state of Kansas of the second part, Witnesseth that the party of the first part in consideration of the sum of five hundred and twenty five dollars duly paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have granted bargained and sold and by there presence do grant bargain and sell the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns for ever all that part and parcel of land situated in the County of Leavenworth and State of Kansas to wit: The undivided half of of the South East quarter of the South West quarter of Section four (4) Town Eleven (11) in Range twenty [unreadable] of land with all and every the appurtenances thereto belonging unto him the said Brantley Stafford and to his heirs and assigns forever, and the said John Sprey and Ruth Ann Sprey [?] with the said Brantley Stafford his heirs and assigns that the possession to the said premises with the appurtenances to the said Brantley Stafford his heirs and assigns will forever Warrant and defend.
In witness whereof the said John Sprey and Ruth Ann Sprey his wife has signed these presents this 15. day of June AD one Thousand Eight hundred and Sixty eight. (50 [?] Stamp affixed)
John Sprey (seal)
Ruth A Sprey (seal)
State of Kansas
County of Leavenworth} In this 15. day of June AD one thousand Eight and Sixty eight before me the undersigned a Notary Public in and for the County of Leavenworth and State of Kansas personally came John Sprey and Ruth Ann Sprey his wife who is personally known to me to be the identical persons is affixed to the foregoing instrument of deed as grantors and acknowledged the same to be there own voluntary act and deed for the use and purposes therein mentioned. In winter whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my official seal this 15. day of June AD 1868.
Wilson H Fox
Recorded October 23. AD 1868 at 3 1/2 o’clock PM
John W.othieweiz Register of Deeds