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That Park Again

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lo the Editor of the Couritr : In your issue of the 21st instant is an article over the lignature of " Sixth Ward," in which he suggests the taking of the oh] burial place in the sixth ward, and mnking it a public park. He seeras not to know much of the history of the old burial place. He m&kes a great mlstake when he says the city owns it. Tbe city owu it juut a much as it owns the court house square, id no more, m he wlU find on an exiimination of the records In the office of the Register of Deeds. He will then flnd that the United States sold ,that land to Thomas Chainbers, Thomas Chumbera sold it to Andrew Nowlaud. At an early day a lady of the then village of Anti Arbor, gathered by contribution, money suffleieut to buy the old burial lot (and her remains with a grand daughter lay In that lot now). Mr. Nowland deeded wlth warranty deed the lot to Lorcn Mills and James T. Allen, in trust for a burial grouod. Afterwards Messrs. Mills and Allen gave to Mr. Nowland, a quit claim deed. Then Nowland, by warranty deed, deeded the same lot to Haivey Uumscy, supervisor of the township of Ann Arbor, and hls successors in office, that lot to be used as a burial lot 80 you see the lot is the property of the township of Ann Arbor. Twice a lawyer wtao dealt largely In land and was reported to be a good land lawyer tried to have the city take possession of that lot and make a park of it, but failed in each attempt It there is nny virtue in a warranty deed the land belongs to the Township of Ann Arbor, and not to the city. When the fenco was being built, M'. Nowland extended the east and west fence so as to include some rods of bis own land for a private burial place of hls own.


Ann Arbor Courier
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