Stafford County, Virginia, Deed and Will Book, 1690, pp. 158a-159a
To all Christian people, I, John Snead, of New Kent County in Virginia, planter, the nephew and heir of Samuel Snead, late of Stafford County, deceased, send greetings. Whereas Samuel Snead did purchase from Burr Harrison of ye county aforesaid as he was ye attorney of Robert Horsington, six hundred acres of land in Stafford County and upon the Yeocomico Creek, being part of a dividend of two thousand acres of land belonging to ye said Robert Horsington out of which was reserved ye first six hundred acres for said Burr Harrison and ye second six hundred acres that sold to my said uncle as by ye deed of sale dated ye 21st of February 1669 will appear duly executed and acknowledged in Stafford County on which said six hundred acres of land my said uncle did erect a house and make a plantation, on ye upper most part thereof in his lifetime and dying without heirs of his body or other disposition by will, ye said six hundred acres of land, and all other, his land, did descend to me ye said John Snead, his heir at law, and since his death I have entered into and upon ye said six hundred acres of land and have sold and conveyed to Hugh Tomlinson ye lowermost three hundred acres of ye said six hundred acres next and adjoining to ye land of Burr Harrison. Now know ye that I, the said John Snead, for the sum of six thousand pounds of good tobacco and cask in hand paid me by Jonathan Whittall of the County of Stafford, planter, have sold unto ye said Jonathan Whittall, his heirs, all that tract of three hundred acres of land now in ye possession of him, ye said Jonathan Whittall, being ye uppermost half of ye said six hundred acres being on Yeocomico Creek aforesaid beginning on ye land sold to ye said Hugh Tomlinson and extending up Yeocomico Creek for its breadth and from thence into ye woods, ye courses and extent of ye grand patent and so along ye back line of ye creek and so along ye land of said Hugh Tomlinson, ye patent course to have and to hold to him the said Jonathan Whittall. In witness I have set my hand and seal this 9th day of April 1690 John Snead
In presence of George Brent, Richard Foote
I, John Snead, above said do by these presents appoint George Brent my attorney in Stafford County to acknowledge this my deed to Jonathan Whittall. As witness my hand and seal this 9th day of April 1690.
Richard Foote, George Clemens