In January 1855, as a followup to an earlier request, the men who signed this affadavit requested a copy of the deed to the Jewish Cemetery within the City Cemetery grounds. The affadavit claims the deed had never been recorded by the City and the original had become lost.
As a result of this correspondence, there is detailed land survey information within the Common Council documents. A land survey gives the exact location of the grounds in a way that today, with the proper instruments, the area could be measured accurately.
We the undersigned - Abraham Kohn and
Jacob Rosenberg being duly sworn, declare
herewith, that on or about the months of July
or August 1846 the several members of the
Jewish Congregation Anshe Mayriv
of the City of Chicago to wit:
Isaac Zieigler and others contributed
towards the payment of
=Forty five Dollars=
for the purchase of the Burying Ground from
the Common Council of the City of Chicago,
the said sum of =Forty five Dollars was
duly paid into the city Treasury, for which the
Common Council gave a Deed for the said property
to Benedict Shubart in hand for the Congregation,
which Deed has never been recorded, & is now
lost, & further Deponents cannot say.
Subscribed & sworn to before
me this 5th day of Jany. 1855
HW Zimmerman, City Clerk