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Misc Stories

BY EPHRAIM S. WILLIAMS

INDIAN DEEDS OF REAL ESTATE [From the Detroit Evening News, May 5, 1885. ] Miss Ouellette, of Windsor, is at work in the Wayne county register of deeds' office making a transcript of the original deeds of land, dating from the Indian grants in 1770-76 to later dates. The old records are remarkably well preserved and the penmanship forms excellent specimens of chirography. The documents are in French, and the names appearing speak the antiquity of many of the families now prominent in Detroit. A number of the land grants made out by the aboriginal occupants of the soil are signed by the Indian chiefs, hieroglyphics taking the place of, signature, the settler or official writing the name underneath. One chief deeds a strip of land, and scratches what is supposed to represent the sum. Another chief, known as Kegon, " makes some wandering European happy by affixing the figure of a fish to the conveyance of a strip of land. "McKaugh" scrawls the figure of a bear, while "Wawaskeisch" appends a flying deer, suggestive of the fleeting nature of the land claimed for centuries as his inheritance. "The curious often ask why the land in this vicinity was laid out in such narrow strips, running from one to three miles back from the river, " remarked James A. Visger, deputy register of deeds. N"The fact is the early settlers were afraid to separate themselves for fear of attack from their many ™eg. As a consequence they would negotiate with the chiefs for from 600 to 3, 200 or 1, 500 feet frontage on the river, running for miles back. This gave them sufficient territory, besides an equitable division of the river front, and them the advantage of mutual protection.

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