In Consideration of the Love I Have

Sarah Lanier Dell Fletcher passed away, according to her headstone, on 31 July 1894. She is buried with her husband, John Almarine Fletcher, in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in what is now Dixie County, Florida. She was a minister’s wife and, twenty years before her death, deeded property for the use of a church. The terms of the deed, I believe, reveal her heart. Below is an image of the deed with the transcription following it.

Lafayette County, Florida, Deeds, C:81, Sarah L. Fletcher to Methodist Episcopal Church South, 23 October 1894; Clerk of Circuit Court, Mayo; digital image received in email from Betty Mikell, 18 August 2013.

Lafayette County, Florida, Deeds, C:81, Sarah L. Fletcher to Methodist Episcopal Church South, 23 October 1875; Clerk of Circuit Court, Mayo; digital image received in email from Betty Mikell, 18 August 2013.

State of Florida           §          Know all men by these presents

County of Lafayette   §          that I Sarah L Fletcher for and in

Consideration of the love I have

For the cause of church and from an earnest desire to promote his heritage on Earth do give and grant and by these presents convey unto Charles Dell Fletcher John J. Gornto John L Fletcher Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church South and to their successors in office for the use and benefit of said Church The following described lands

To wit: The North West quarter of the North East quarter of Section fifteen Township Eight South of Range Thirteen east containing (39 92/100) Thirty nine Ninety two one hundredths acres Lying & being in the County of & State aforesaid In trust that said premises shall be used kept & maintained and disposed as a place of Divine Worship

for the use of the Ministry and membership of the afore said church also as a place of Residence for the preacher who may from time to time be appointed to said place in the mission or circuit subject to the discipline [?] & ministerial appointments of said Church or from time to time authorized and declared by the General Conference of said church and the annual conference within whos [sic] bounds the said premises are situated and that said Trustees to have and to hold the property aforesaid for the use aforesaid free from the Claimes [sic] of myself my heirs my executors or administrators and from the claims of all others whomsoever

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand

and seal this the Twenty first day of August eighteen

hundred and Seventy four

In Presents of Witnesses         §    Sarah L. Fletcher  (seal)

M M Michan                          §

N C Singletary                       §

Emma D. Michan                   §

Recorded the above deed on the 23rd day of October

A.D. 1875                              Howell Hawkins

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