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… With a flair

Perhaps the biggest problem with casting a wide research net for a genealogy presentation is the vast array of neat stuff that ends up on the cutting room floor.

But The Legal Genealogist can’t resist sharing this bit of neat stuff even if I can’t figure out how to neatly work it in to a keynote about Ohio law.

What follows is a series of signatures — and talk about signing off with a flair!

The occasion was the signing of what became known as the Treaty of Brownstown on 25 November 1808. The “Sachems, chiefs, and Warriors of the Chippewa, Ottawa, Pottawatamie, Wyandot, and Shawanoese nations of Indians” endered into an agreement with the United States to cede a strip of land 120 feet wide “from the foot of the rapids of the river Miami of the Lake Erie, to the western line of the Connecticut reserve” and another strip “to run southwardly from what is called Lower Sandusky, to the boundary line established by the Treaty of Greenville” for roads connecting settlements in Ohio and Michigan.1

It was signed for the United States by William Hull, Governor of Michigan Territory and Indian Agent.

And then it was signed by the representatives of the tribes.

Take a look; there is no need for words.

Signature page, Treaty of Brownstown, 1808 (click to enlarge)

Signature page, Treaty of Brownstown, 1808 (click to enlarge).2

See what I mean?

Neat stuff.


  1. See Wikipedia (, “Treaty of Brownstown,” rev. 25 Feb 2013.
  2. Treaty of Brownstown, 25 Nov 1808; (, citing Ratified Indian Treaties, 1722-1869; NARA microfilm M668, roll 3.
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