My sixth-great-grandfather, Jacob Roush, bought this parcel of land on March 4, 1803—just three days after the Ohio General Assembly met for the first time in Chillicothe to officially declare Ohio’s statehood. The deed indicates that Jacob was already a resident of Washington County, but I have yet to determine exactly where he was living prior to this purchase. I do know that his daughter, Catharine Roush, was married to Peter Lallance in Marietta (the county seat) in January 1799. Washington was the parent county out of which Gallia County was formed.
James Munro by his attorney Benj. Ives Gilman to Jacob Roush
Recorded 12th July 1804
Know all men by these Presents I James Munro of Providence in the State of Rhode Island, Gentleman, for in consideration of the sum of Four hundred dollars to me is here paid before the ensealing hereof by Jacob Roush of the County of Washington and State of Ohio, Yeoman, have bargained & sold & by these Presents bargain & sell to the said Jacob Roush his heirs & assigns, the one hundred acre lot n. °745 drawn in my name lying in Township No. 5 in the 14th Range of the Ohio Companies purchase bounded as follows viz. North on lot No. 398 drawn in the name of Abijah Hammond, South on land sold by the Ohio Company to Jonathan Stone, East on the Ohio River and west on Section No. 8 being a reserved Congress lot, all which will more fully appear by the [?] & Records of the Ohio Company reference thereunto being had. __To have & to hold the said Grantee Premises with the appurtenances to him the said Jacob Roush his heirs and assigns in fee simple forever, and I the said James Munro do promise & oblige myself my Heirs Executors & administrators to warrant & defend the above granted Premises against the Claim & Demands of any person or persons whomever.__In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this Fourth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & three__James Munro by his attorney Benj. Ives Gilman. Signed Sealed & Delivered in presence of William Parker, J
William Parker Junr[,] Joseph Gilman___ Washington County State of Ohio, Marietta 4th March 1803, Benjamin Ives Gilman personally appearing acknowledged the foregoing Instrument by him subscribed as agent for James Munro, to be his Voluntary act & Deed, before Joseph Gilman one of the Judges of Territory of the United States north west of the River Ohio.
Citation: Gallia County, Ohio, Deed Book 1: 69-70, James Munro to Jacob Roush, recorded 12 July 1804, Recorder’s Office, Gallipolis; Family History Library microfilm 317,675.