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William Harle Indenture

Fairfax County, Virginia

This Indenture made the tenth day of September in the year of our Lord God, one thousand seven hundred and fifty five and in the twenty-ninth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord George the Second, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith.  Pursuant to the last Will and Testament of William Harle deceased bearing date the the twenty-ninth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty-nine, between Charles Broadwater and Benjamin Sebastian, executors of the said William Harle, deceased, of the County of Fairfax, Gentlemen, of the one part, and Lee Massey of the same County, Gentleman, of the other part.  Witnesseth that they, the said Charles Broadwater and Benjamin Sebastian, executors as aforesaid, for and in consideration of the sum of seventy-six pounds and one shilling current money to them in hand paid by the said Lee Massey, the receipt whereof is hereby confessed and acknowledged and themselves therewith fully satisfied and paid, and thereof and of every part and parcel thereof do hereby acquit and discharge the said Lee Massey, his heirs, executors and administrators forever by these presents, do grant, bargain, sell, alien, release and convey and by these presents have granted, bargained, sold, aliened, released and conveyed unto him, the said Lee Massey in his actual possession now being by virtue of a bargain and sale to him thereof made by Indenture bearing date the day next before the day of the date of these presents and by force of the statute for transferring uses into possession and to his heirs and assigns forever all that tract or parcel of land containing by estimation two hundred acres of land be the same more or less, being part of a greater tract of land containing as per deed for the same from the proprietors of the Northern neck of Virginia four hundred and sixty-four acres of land formerly granted to John Harle by deed bearing date the eighth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty eight and by him the said John Harle, sold and conveyed to the said William Harle by deed of lease and release bearing date in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty-seven, and recorded among the records of the County of Prince William, relation being thereunto had been, more full and at large appear situated lying and being in the Parish of Truro in the County of Fairfax, and is bounded as followeth to wit:  Beginning at a maple being the beginning tree of the above mentioned patent and from thence binding with the courses of the said patent, south thirty-eight degree, east eighty poles, thence south sixty-nine degrees, east forty-nine poles, thence south fifty-nine degrees, east seventy-four poles, to a large white oak on a level and from thence along part of the line of the said patent south fifty-three degrees, east sixty-nine poles to a corner chesnut tree between the said William Harle and John Trammell, who purchased the remaining part of the said tract of land from the said John Harle, and from thence north eleven degrees, east crossing the said tract of land three hundred forty-four poles to a small red or willow oak standing on the south side of the aforesaid Pimmits Run and supposed to be in the giving line of the aforesaid patent, thence up the said run the several courses and meanders thereof to the first station and beginning to contain two hundred acres of land be the same more or less and also and in the same manner do bargain, sell to the said Lee Massey, one other small tract or parcel of land containing by estimation forty-five acres of land be the same more or less granted to the said William Harle by deed from the proprietors office of the northern neck of Virginia bearing date the tenth day of June in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and forty-three.  Beginning at a black oak corner tree to the land of Captain Thomas Pearson and running thence north twenty-nine and an half degrees west one hundred and eighty-four poles to a forked locust tree thence north thirty-five degrees east twenty-eight poles to the top of a stoney hill, thence along the line of the said Pearson, south thirty-eight degrees, east one hundred and sixty poles, thence south twenty-three degrees west sixty-four poles to the first beginning, containing forty five acres of land be the same more or less.  In witness whereof they, the said Charles Broadwater and Benjamin Sebastian, executors of the last Will and Testament of the said William Harle, deceased, have hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals the day, month and year being first above written.

                                    Charles Broadwater, Benjamin Sebastian

Received of Mr. Lee Massey the within mentioned sum of seventy-six pounds and one shilling current money, it being the full consideration mentioned to be paid for the within mentioned two several tracts or parcels of land received this tenth day of September, one thousand seven hundred and fifty-five, per us.

                                   Charles Broadwater, Benjamin Sebastian

At a Court held for the County of Fairfax, 16th March, 1759, Charles Broadwater and Benjamin Sebastian acknowledged this lease and receipt to be their acts and deeds which are admitted to record.

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