Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 23264

Washington County (Utah). County Recorder Deeds (Pine Valley)

Dates: 1878-1951.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

Deeds are official contracts transferring property ownership. According to Utah law, no transfer or sale of property is valid unless it is recorded by the county recorder. (Laws of Utah, 1852. "An Act Regulating Transfers of Possession of Land and Real Estate," p. 66-67). Deeds include the names of buyer and seller, a legal description of the property, and specify the terms of the transfer. They are signed by the grantors (sellers) and witnesses. All documents in this series relate to property in western or north central Washington County, which includes Enterprise, Pine Valley, Ivins, Gunlock, Santa Clara, and Pinto. The records include not only deeds, but a wide variety of documents relating to real estate. These include: probate judge's deeds, indentures, quit claim deeds, warranty deeds, mortgages, mining claims, mining deeds, court decrees, auditor's tax deeds, preemption, desert land and homestead certificates, leases, agreements, right of way deeds and easements. They also include a few miscellaneous records.

The county recorder began Deed Book N as a record of mining activity in western and northern Washington County. He recorded the minutes of a meeting organizing the Riggs Mining District, as well as the bylaws and regulations for the Gunlock and Fort Pierce mining districts. In addition to these districts, he recorded notices of location and mining deeds for claims in the Volcanic, Santa Clara and White Rock mining districts. Amid the mining records, the recorder entered deeds transferring land in the Pine Valley town site from the Federal Government to the probate judge, and then deeds transferring town lots from the probate judge to inhabitants of Santa Clara and Pine Valley. Thereafter, in succeeding deed books, he began to record an increasing variety of land related documents.

Deed Record Book NN and N 1-N 4 primarily contain warranty or quit claim deeds, transferring property from one individual to another, but they also contain tax deeds and sheriff's deeds, in which property was sold to recoup delinquent taxes or unpaid debts. They include right of way deeds, which authorize a telephone or telegraph company to install and operate telegraph and telephone equipment; and corporation deeds for the sale of company land. They contain court decrees relating to estate settlements or other judgments involving land made by 5th District Court, and homestead certificates conveying land to individuals from the United States government. They contain conveyances from the State of Utah to individuals or corporations who purchased state land.

In addition to land related documents, a few miscellaneous records pepper this series. These include incorporation records, powers of attorney, bishop's and stake president's certificates. Book NN contains the petition to incorporate the city of Santa Clara (1914).

Arrangement

Chronological by date recorded.

Related Records

Official records from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 7067, contain deeds and other land related documents relating to this area which were recorded after 1951.

Abstracts (sectional land) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 16432, contain chronological histories of land ownership by section.

Land claims adjudication record books from Washington County (Utah). Probate Court, Series 22875, contain the probate court hearings which generated the transfer of land from the probate judge to individuals in Santa Clara.

Water certificates and deeds from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23251, contain deeds and other documents relating to water rights which were recorded after 1889.

Land certificates from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23279, contain previously recorded deeds and other land related documents.

Deeds (Saint George) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23286, may contain additional documents relating to land north of Saint George.

Miscellaneous records index from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23468, references miscellaneous records in this series.

Abstracts (Saint George) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23554, contain documents referred to in the abstracts for Santa Clara.

Abstracts (towns) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23555, contain chronological histories of property ownership by town site plat and block.

Mining deeds from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23669, contain mining deeds and other mining related documents recorded after 1901.

Powers of attorney index from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23685, provides reference to the powers of attorney recorded in these books.

Mining records from Tutsagubet Mining District (Utah). Recorder, Series 23690, contain the records of the Tutsagabet Mining District in southwestern Washington County.

Mining notices of location from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 81372, contain mining notices of location recorded after 1891.

Grantee indexes from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82703, references all records in this series recorded after 1888 by name of buyer or receiver.

Grantor indexes from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82704, reference all records in this series recorded after 1888 by name of seller or giver.

Mortgages from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82705, contains mortgages recorded after 1884.

Miscellaneous record books from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82707, contain miscellaneous records recorded after 1947.

Water claims index from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82708, references documents in this series related to water rights.

Agreements and leases from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 84209, contain agreements and leases recorded after 1923.

Auditor's tax deeds from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 84213, contain auditor's tax deeds recorded after 1935.

Deeds from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 84219, contain deeds recorded in Washington County before 1878.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

Washington County Deed Records in this series were microfilmed by Utah State Archives in July and August 1973 and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in April 2001.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Separate indexes were microfilmed for Deed Books N and N 1, which list both buyer and seller. The documents in all books are referred to in abstracts, which provide reference based on location. After 1888 grantee and grantor indexes provide reference based on the names of buyer and seller.

Indexing Terms

  • Land titles--Registration and transfer--Washington County (Utah).
  • Land titles--Registration and transfer--Pine Valley (Utah).
  • Pine Valley (Utah)--Deeds.

Container List

REEL DESCRIPTION
3 Jan 1926-Mar 1932 (Deed Record Book N 2, to page 482)
4 Mar 1932-May 1934 (Deed Record Book N 2, from page 483)
4 May 1934-Oct 1943 (Deed Record Book N 3)
4 Nov 1943-Oct 1948 (Deed Record Book N 4, to page 446)
5 Oct 1948-Jul 1951 (Deed Record Book N 4, from page 447)
1 Apr 1878-Jun 1891 (Deed Record Book N)
2 Aug 1891-Mar 1917 (Deed Record Book N N, to page 787)
3 Mar-Dec 1917 (Deed Record Book N N, from page 788)
3 Dec 1917-Jan 1926 (Deed Record Book N 1)