I have been doing genealogy research for years. I have never bothered to look at the location where a document was notarized! I think I always assumed the notarization took place where the event occurred!
Sometimes - it can change a story!
For Cotopaxi, we know that Elizabeth Saltiel joined her husband there sometime before the 1880 census was taken. Oral history claims that she had an affair with the local postmaster, Frank Wood.
Documents tell us that he was the postmaster from May 25, 1880 until July 29, 1880. And as far as the recorded documents go, he was the first postmaster in Cotopaxi.
On May 10, 1880, Frank Wood sold the Iron Arrow Lode to Emanuel Saltiel.
On June 19, 1880, Emanuel Saltiel created the Colorado Coal & Iron Co - which included the Iron Arrow Lode.
Jan 10, 1881, Frank Wood files a surety bond that is witnessed by Emanual Saltiel and A. C. McCoy
Mar 5, 1881, Frank Wood filed an affidavit of labor on the Cotopaxi Placer Mining Co.
And thus ends the records of Frank Wood in Cotopaxi.
I was reading through some of the other documents and found one dated April 21, 1881 between Elizabeth Saltiel and Charles Lamborn. It was notarized in New York City.
So now we have evidence that she had left Cotopaxi and was residing in NYC as early as April 1881.
I had always believed that she and her children were living in Cotopaxi in May 1882 when the Colonists arrived.....obviously that was not true.
Next, I went back through all the transactions I have with her name on it. The most recent was Dec 6, 1880, and it was notarized in Fremont County. So she relocated to NYC sometime between Dec 1880 and Apr 1881.
Interesting what you can learn by looking at where and when a document was notarized.
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