You’re stuck. You were tracing your ancestor’s land ownership, and everything was going just fine. He bought; he sold; he bought; he sold; he bought again . . . but when and where is the sale of that last tract? It’s clear he didn’t own the land when he wrote his will, so what happened to it?
Since the recording of deeds was not a legal requirement for most of US history, it’s entirely possible that your ancestor sold his land and signed a deed, but the grantee simply didn’t record it at the county court house. But there’s another common possibility that isn’t commonly considered.
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