Research Data

Exhibit A. Examples of Deed Information from county records

Examples of deed information from County records’ used to construct map of Bidwell.

The original deeds are hand written most likely with quill pins dipped into containers of ink,

by recorders with a variety of writing skills. Reading the original documents is a real research challenge.


Deed Date: 11/10/1853 Recording Date: none stated Sale Amount: $600

Source: Butte County Recorders Office; Book A, page 168

Grantor(s): George W. Brooks, of the Town of Bidwell

Grantee(s): E. L. Dickerson & C. H. Stombs

Property location/description: Land in the Town of Bidwell, lying on the

street known as Newcomb Street, and bounded on the north by the lot of

Wells & Sexton, on the south by the lot of Lewis & Harris, and on the east

by said Newcomb Street, being Twenty feet on said street & running back

seventy feet together with all the appurtenances, tenements and .....

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Deed Date: 12/8/1854 Recording Date:12/11/1854 Sale Amount: $100

Source: Butte County Recorders Office; Book A, page 266-267

Grantor(s): R. T. Van Norden , of the town of Bidwell

Grantee(s): George L. Gould

Property location/description: A certain piece of property in the said town

county & state and known as the Ferry Office lot commencing about five feet

to the south of the south corner of said office and running thence to the

Feather River to a stump on the upper side of the Ferry Landing, thence up

said river about one hundred feet to the Frenchman Garden where it strikes

the said river, thence up said fence to the Garden gate about sixty feet, and

from thence direct to the place of beginning, together with all the

improvements and appurtenances thereto belonging. Said property being

and fronting on the south side of said river.

I also sell and convey the lot of ground on the north side of said river, in said

town, county & state aforesaid that fronts to the foresaid lot known as the

ground on which one of the abutments of the Old Bidwell Bridge was built in

1851 by R. L. Van Norden & Co. Said lot commencing at an oak stump at the

upper site of the Ferry Building on the north side of said river, thence up said

river following the shore, about one hundred & fifty feet to a Sycamore

stump at the waters edge, thence back from said river about 200 feet to an

oak tree of medium size, thence down said river to an oak stump about fifty

feet from the location of the old ferry house in a westerly direction and

from thence to the river to the oak stump as the place of beginning.

Together with all the improvements and appurtenances thereto.

Research Note: A deed for this same property is recorded on 12/12/1854

from George L. Gould to J. E. N. Lewis & R. T. Van Norden.

Note that Lewis name added on that deed and listed first.

Price was reasonable, $100 in each exchange (sic)

Deed Date: 4/23/1855 Recording Date: 4/23/1855 Sale Amount: $500

Source: Butte County Recorders Office; Book A, page 296-297

Grantor(s): George Lowry of town of Bidwell

Grantee(s): A. J. Burr

Property location/description: Sale of one undivided one half of the following

described property, to wit: The one undivided half of the lot known as Burr’s

Lot, and the one half of the lot known as the Pratt Exchange lot, being in all

the half of about forty feet fronting on Union Street in the town of Bidwell,

lying between Smith’s book Store and Brown & Spears lot.