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     This document is an example of a deed poll recording the result of a 'sheriff's sale' of a tract of land in the town of Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania. It is written on parchment ~ tanned and stretched calfskin ~ and bears a wax seal.
     The transaction that was recorded in this document took place on 15 February 1783. The property, lot #141, had been owned by Josiah Rees, a shoemaker residing in the town of Reading, who died intestate and with certain debts at the time of his death. The sheriff of Berks County, Philip Kremer, settled the estate by holding a sale, which resulted in George Shoemaker, a mason also residing in Reading, paying one hundred pounds for the property.