Charleston and much of South Carolina is experiencing historic rains and flooding. I hope everyone impacted remains safe and that property damage is minimal. Once again I am proud of our City and State in how we are caring and watching out for each other during a crisis.
Like many, I have been home bound and in lock down mode to keep out of harms way. What started out as a chore to clean closets and boxes turned into a learning experience about the house and a real find regarding the history of the house. Sorting through papers I found something that reveals the origins of the house and schools me a bit on the original transaction of the property.
For months, since doing some research on the house I have been referring to the house that “my great-grandfather built in 1914”. Regularly omitting my great-grandmother from the equation (a curious blindspot given my lien to feminism). While going through lots of files and documents my father left (most of which were irrelevant), I found the original title to the house, dated Dec 14, 1914. I felt like my great-grandmother was teaching me a lesson.
The document shows that Amy S. Allen deeded the property to Henrietta C. Kuhne for $5. A number of stipulations were listed, including the following “any dwelling-house erected upon said lot shall cost not less than eighteen hundred dollars”. Recorded this 14 day of Dec 1914 in Book R Page 314 Fee 25 cents.
I need to do more research to understand why the property would be in my great-grandmother’s name, but I found this so interesting! And it taught me to now refer to the home my great-grandmother made!