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Indenture Between John Mason and Anthony Wright

Loudoun County, Virginia, Deeds 1789-1790

pp. 416-418

This Indenture made this twentieth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine between John Mason of Bucks County in the State of Pennsylvania of the one part, and Anthony Wright of the County of Loudoun of the other part.  Witnesseth.  Whereas John Carlyle, attorney in fact for George William Fairfax, Esquire, by his certain indenture of lease bearing the date the first day of May in the year of our Lord seventeen hundred and sixty one, in consideration of the rents and covenants therein mentioned had demised, granted and to farm let unto James Ross, his heirs, a certain tract of land lying in County of Loudoun and bounded as in and by the said recited indenture of lease is set forth and described and containing one hundred and fifty acres of land with the appurtenances unto said James Ross, Joseph his son and James his son, and the longest liver of them as by reference to the said indenture, being had may more fully and at large appear, the same being recorded amongst the records of the County Court of Loudoun.  And on the first day of October seventeen hundred and seventy two said James Ross, by his indenture of assignment which was duly proved and recorded in Loudoun County Court did assign and set over unto John Mason, party to these presents, the said one hundred and fifty acres of land with the appurtenances as by reference to said deed will fully appear.  Now this indenture witnesseth that John Mason in hand paid by Anthony Wright, by these presents doth bargain, sell, release and confirm unto Anthony Wright his heirs the tract of land above described and all houses, orchards, profits and appurtenances to the same belonging.  And also the term of years to come which John Mason now hath or may or ought to have.  To have and to hold the one hundred and fifty acres of land and premises with appurtenances unto Anthony Wright and his assigns under the rents and covenants in said recited indenture of lease contained.  In witness whereof John Mason hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day, month and year first above written.                         John Mason

Sealed and delivered in the presence of Patrick Cavan, George Emrey, James Byrne, Barnett Hough

Received this twentieth day of December seventeen hundred and eighty nine the sum of two hundred pounds current money of Virginia it being the consideration expressed to be paid on the perfection of this deed.  Given under my hand the date above.                                              John Mason

Teste Patrick Cavan, George Emrey, James Byrne

At a Court held for Loudoun County, January the 11th, 1790.  This indenture and the receipt thereon endorsed was proved by the oaths of Patrick Cavan, James Byrne and Barnett Hough, three of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

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  1. Do you know the parents of John Mason of Loudoun Co. VA? I have a lot of Masons connected to the Brents and Porters but do not have him in my database. Thanks in advance.

    • John Mason owned the land – he sold it to Anthony Wright. But John Mason had rented the farm to James Ross and his sons, Joseph and James. This rent was for the life of these three people. So even though Anthony Wright bought the land, he had to abide by the indenture, or rent that had previously been made. Does this explanation help?

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