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Loudoun County Deed – Edwards to Smith

Edward Barber Edwards is my 4th great-grandfather.  The date of this deed is interesting, September 14, 1795, because this must have been very close to the date he married Nancy Linton, daughter of Captain John Linton and Ann Nancy Mason.  Their first child was born in 1797.  Edward had purchased this land in 1792 – perhaps that was when he moved to Virginia from Maryland.  The Edwards family, Edward’s parents Jonathan and Sarah Barber Edwards, as well as most of his siblings, also moved to Loudoun County, and eventually further west to Kentucky.

Loudoun County, Virginia, Deeds 1795-1796

pp. 124-125

This indenture made this fourteenth day of September in year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety five between Edward B. Edwards of County of Loudoun of one part and George Smith of County of Loudoun of other part.  Witnesseth that in consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds current money of Virginia to him in hand paid, Edward B. Edwards by these presents doth bargain and sell unto George Smith, his heirs, all that tract of land situated in the county aforesaid.  Beginning at a stone on the side of Church Road and thence with Davis’ line three different courses to a stake in the edge of an old field, thence north twelve degrees, west one hundred and twenty-nine poles to Carter’s line, thence with Carter’s line south thirty-two degrees, west one hundred and ten poles to a white oak in the head of a drain and corner to Daniel Fisher, thence with Fisher’s line south forty degrees, east two hundred and ninety-one poles to a hickory by the side of Church Road, corner to said Fisher, thence north seventeen degrees, east eighty-six poles to the beginning; containing one hundred thirteen acres and twenty-five poles of land, more or less, which tract of land Edward B. Edwards purchased of Elizabeth Pitzer by deed bearing date the fifteenth day of November one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two as by said deed duly recorded among the records of Loudoun County will more fully appear.  Together with all houses, gardens, profits and appurtenances, to have and to hold the premises with the appurtenances unto George Smith, his heirs, and Edward B. Edwards and his heirs against all persons shall warrant and forever defend by these presents.  In witness whereof the party to these presents hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year first above written.                                         Edward B. Edwards

Received 14th September 1795 the within mentioned consideration in full.
Edward B. Edwards

At a court held for Loudoun County September 14, 1795
This indenture of bargain and sale and receipt thereon endorsed were acknowledged by Edward B. Edwards, party thereto and ordered to be recorded.

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  1. Regarding your comment, “Edward Barber Edwards is my 4th great-grandfather” perhaps you can help me fit an odd puzzle piece in the early history of Washington Co., KY. My ancestor James Dowling was a bondsman on a 15 Oct 1798 Washington Co. Marriage Bond. I’ve never been able to make any connection with this info…”Bond for Edward B Smith & Jane McIntire by Edw. B Smith & James Dowling. Witness: John Reed”. Please send me your thoughts.

    • I have checked several of my books and can’t find a connection. There are three marriages for an Edward B. Smith – probably father and son. The other two are to Anne Lancaster on November 28, 1826 and Teresa Riney on October 7, 1827. I do know many of the Smith’s came from Maryland – would your James Dowling have been part of that Catholic group that moved to Washington County? In the Washington County Bicentennial History there is a family story of James Dowling – it was submitted by Robert E. Durbin. If you don’t have this I would be glad to send it to you.

  2. I’d love to have a copy of Robert E Durbin story on James Dowling. On the question of the MD to KY migration. If James Dowling wasn’t directly connected to the MD families that journeyed to the area of Cartwright Creek, he may have traveled with them as a hired gun.

    I’ve never determined the wife of James Dowling but I believe it may have been a Montgomery. Elisha Montgomery & James Dowling are listed together as paying military tithes to John Caldwell in 1788-1791. That militia operated around the waters of Cartwright and Hardin’s creek.

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