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Indenture Thomas Owsley to Valentine Peyton

Prince William County, Virginia, Deed Book

pp. 76-82

This Indenture made the twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth day of August in the year of our Lord 1740 between Thomas Owsley of Prince William County, Gentleman, of the one part and Valentine Payton of ye same county, Gentleman, of the other part.  Witnesseth that the said Thomas Owsley, for the sum of seventy pounds current money of Virginia, have granted unto the said Valentine Peyton and to his heirs and assigns, seven hundred and eleven acres of land being in Prince William County and upon the Little River of Goose Creek and the branches thereof being part of a tract of 1449 acres of land granted by deed to the said Thomas Owsley from the Propriators Office bearing the date of ye 14th day of May, 1740, and is bounded beginning at a white oak in a piece of low ground at about five poles distance from the mouth of a branch called Barton’s Branch and on ye East of lower side thereof and running thence N. to 2 red oaks and a hickory in Carter’s line, thence S.W. to a hickory and 2 white oaks thence S.E. to a white oak, thence East to the beginning (all which premises are now in ye actual possession of him, ye said Valentine Peyton by virtue of an Indenture of Bargain and Sale for one year and by virtue of ye Statute for transferring of uses into possession) to the only proper use and behoof of him, ye said Valentine Peyton and his heirs forever.  In witness whereof said Thomas Owsley hath set his hand and affixed his seal.

                                                           Thomas Owsley

In the presence of John Gregg, George Harrison and Daniel French

At a Court held for Prince William County, August the 26th 1740, Thomas Owsley achnowledged this Lease Release and Receipt to be his acts and deeds and they were thereupon admitted to record.  Then Anne, his wife, (she being first privately examined) relinquished her right of Dower in the land by this deed conveyed which was also admitted to record.

Know all men by these presents that I, Thomas Owsley, of Prince William County, am held and firmly bound unto Valentine Peyton in the sum of two hundred pounds sterling this sixth day of August 1740.  The condition of the obligation is such that if Thomas Owsley shall truly observe all articles mentioned in a pair of Deeds of Lease and Release in all things according to the meaning of the same deeds then this present obligation to be void and of none effect or else to remain in full force and virtue.                       Thomas Owsley

In the presence of John Gregg, George Harrison and Daniel French

At a Court continued and held for Prince William County August the 26th 1740 Thomas Owsley acknowledged this bond to be his act and deed and it was thereupon admitted to record.

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  1. Does anyone know when this Valentine Peyton was born and or died. I have one note that a Valentine Peyton d 1754? I understand there were many men by the name of Valentine Peyton. When Nicholas Brent Porter left Virginia he sold his land to “A” Valentine Peyton.

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