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 .....
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.