Deeds, 1688-1850

Deed Book Index, 1688-1820
Grantor (Seller)
A - B - C - D - E-F - G - H - I-J - K-L - M - N-O - P-Q - R - S - T-V - W -X-Z
Corporations

Grantee (Buyer)
A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q-R - S - T-V - W- X-Z
Corporations

Deed Book Index, 1820-1850 (1724-1850)
Grantor/Grantee
A-B - C-D - E-F - G-H - I-J - K-L - M - N-O - P-Q - R-S - T-V - W-Z
Corporations

Beginning is 1688 land conveyances have been recorded at the Chester County Recorder of Deeds Office. While it was in the interest of both parties to record their contracts, many deeds and mortgages in 18th and early 19th century were not recorded. It was also not uncommon for Chester County residents to record their land conveyances in Philadelphia.

* The dates provided above represent recording dates. During the 18th and 19th century it was not uncommon for deeds to be recorded years, if not decades after the original transaction took place. The dates in italics represent the earliest and latest deed recorded during that time period.

Common Instruments Recorded
The most common instruments recorded are:
  • Deeds - Contract in which 1 party conveys land to another.
  • Mortgages - A conditional conveyance of land, designed as a security for the payment of money to another.
  • Lease/Release - A feudal form of land conveyance.
  • Grants - A grant of land from the proprietary government to another. Most grants for Chester County land are recorded at the Pennsylvania State Archives.
  • Patents - A deed that completed the transfer of land from the proprietary government to another. Most patents for Chester County land are recorded at the Pennsylvania State Archives.
  • Sheriff's Deeds - Contract in which the sheriff, as a result of a court order, conveys land to another.
  • Release - The relinquishment of a right or interest in a property to another. Typically the heirs of the original property owner.
Explanation of terms and categories: Grantor/Grantee Misc: Adm - Administrator of an estate. Assn - Assignee, individual acting on behalf of another to settle debts Dec'd - This individual is deceased. His/her heirs, executors/administrators are involved in this contract. et. al. - "And others" More than 1 grantor/grantee exists for this instrument. Exr - Executor of an estate. Trus - Trustee of an individual or organization. Guardian - Individual appointed to act on behalf of minors