Genealogy Ramblings

Indenture – Simon Hancock to Honorable John Tayloe, Esquire

Note by Phyllis Brown:  This is a wonderful example of just what you can learn from a deed.  Not all are as detailed as this one, of course, but you are given not only the names and counties of residence of the two parties, but the names and relationships of five other instances of this piece of property being sold – plus the date of the will of John Linton, Sr. (especially important since that particular will book for Stafford County has been lost or destroyed).


DEED BOOK Q 1763-1768 PART 1

pp. 474-479

This indenture made this 19th day of April in year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty-seven between Simon Hancock of County of Loudoun of one part and the Honorable John Tayloe, Esquire, of County of Richmond of other part.  Witnesseth that for the sum of fifty pounds current money of Virginia, Simon Hancock hath sold unto John Tayloe (in his actual possession now being by virtue of a Bargain and Sale for one year and by force of statute for transferring uses into possession) and to his heirs all that parcel of land being in County of Prince William (formerly Stafford) containing one hundred acres being the lowermost part of a larger tract of land lying in County of Prince William (formerly Stafford) between the mouths of Occoquon River and Neabsco Creek and bounded as by a deed of sale from Martin Scarlett, gentleman, of County of Stafford to Thomas Norman of county aforesaid dated the thirteenth day of March in year one thousand six hundred and eighty seven relation being thereunto had may appear, which said tract of land Thomas Norman aftwards sold unto Ann Scarlett, widow of the said Martin Scarlett, and was by her devised to Ann Linton, wife of John Linton, who being seized thereof in right of the said Ann by his last will and testament dated the twelfth day of February in year 1727 gave and devised out of the said tract of three hundred acres the above mentioned one hundred acres (on which was the plantation where the widow Kidd then lived) to his daughter Ann Linton and to the heirs of her body lawfully begotten whereby the said Ann was seized of the said one hundred acres fee tail and afterwards marrying with William Hancock the said estate tail was docked by an inquisition taken before Benjamin Grayson, gentleman, Sheriff of County of Prince William, the thirteenth day of December 1749 by virtue of a writ in the nature of an Ad Quod Damnum, after which inquisition William Hancock and Ann his wife, by their deed dated the 12th of April 1750 for the consideration of one hundred pounds sterling did sell and convey the said one hundred acres of land unto John Linton, late of the County of Prince William, deceased, as by the said deed and inquisition recorded in the secretary’s office may appear which said tract of land John Linton and Jane his wife conveyed to Simon Hancock, the said party to these presents by deeds bearing date 22nd day of August in year 1757 and all houses, buildings, ways and appurtenances whatsoever belonging, to have and to hold said parcel of land unto John Tayloe, his heirs and assigns forever.  In witness whereof said Simon Hancock hath set his hand and seale                          Simon Hancock

In presence of T. Blackburn, Travers Nash, John Ballendine, Thomas Lawson

At a court held for Prince William County the 4th day of May 1767.  This release together with the receipt thereon endorsed was proved by the oaths Thomas Blackburn, Travers Nash and Thomas Lawson, three of the witnesses subscribed to be the act and deed of said Hancock and was on motion of John Tayloe admitted to record.

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