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Title Property transfer records compiled by Edward Mendenhall from 1800 to approximately 1890.
Object Name File, Document
Scope & Content Property transfer records compiled by Edward Mendenhall from 1800 to approximately 1890.

The Mendenhall Title Index is named for Edward M. Mendenhall who owned a private title agency. The files are a comprehensive set of handwritten cards in envelopes organized by property legal description. The cards are 4 inches by 9 inches. They include property deed transfers from 1808 until about 1890. The Guide to the Mendenhall Title Index provides information about renumbering of In Lots and Out Lots.

The Mendenhall index is sometimes referred to as the "Mendenhall Title Abstract Mill". Mr. Mendenhall owned a title company, a private business, and was also county surveyor for a time. Mr. Mendenhall recorded property deed transfers on cards at the court house.

Judge Duncan Whitney, a former county prosecutor, gave the Mendenhall Index to DCHS in 1996. Library volunteers prepared a case to house the card collection in specially prepared envelopes labeled by township section. The south facing side holds county and rural property records. The north facing side holds city property records, some by subdivision.

Cards are in order by legal description and subsorted by volume and page. The subsort usually matches the date the deed was executed. Some deeds were filed many years after the executed transaction date.

The left side of the south facing is Virginia Military Lands for county property west of the Scioto River.

The right side of the south facing cabinets is U.S. Military Lands for county property east of the Scioto River.

The left side of the north facing cabinet describes City Lots

The left side of the north facing cabinet describes villages (the village name is written on the envelope)
Catalog Number FIC2015.3.12208