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1770 Indenture Between Sarah Foster and Benjamin Mason

An indenture is another word for deed – used mainly in colonial days and the early days of our country.  I wanted to share this, first for the wording of indenture, and for the handwriting.  Like today, everything is precisely written, facts mentioned several times, to make sure all the T’s were crossed, and I’s dotted. 

The handwriting of this indenture is beautiful, quite different from most I’ve seen.  Each letter and word is so exact, today it could be a font.  Would you have guessed the last name of the seller to be Foster?  The capital ‘F’ is very elaborate, and you must look carefully at the ‘s’, otherwise you may think it a second ‘o’.  The G’s, whether upper or lowercase swoop back in an elaborate half circle.  The uppercase L looks much like an S, there, again, having an elongated tail on the end – and they are all exactly the same.  The uppercase S is quite ordinary in comparison.

Benjamin Mason is my fifth great-grandfather.  His daughter, Ann Mason, married Captain John Linton in this same year, 1770.  Benjamin was a vestryman for Cameron Parish.  He was also a lawyer according to page 400 of the Loudoun County 1784-1785 Deed Book – ‘Know all men by these presents that I, Henry Alexander, of County of King George in the Commonwealth of Virginia, by these presents do nominate, constitute and appoint, my trusty friend, Benjamin Mason of Loudoun County, my true and lawful attorney.’

Benjamin Mason died in 1795.

This Indenture made the thirteenth day of January in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and seventy, and between Sarah Foster, of the County of Prince William of the one part, and Benjamin Mason, the son of George Mason, deceased, of the other part.  Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of seventy-seven pounds current money of Virginia, to the said Sarah Foster in hand paid by the said Benjamin Mason, at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents, the receipt whereof doth hereby acknowledge and thereof doth release, acquit and discharge the said Benjamin Mason, his heirs, executors and administrators by these presents, she, the said Sarah Foster hath granted, bargained, sold, aligned, released and confirmed and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell, align, release and confirm unto the said Benjamin Mason in actual possession now being by virtue of a bargain and sale to him thereof made by the said Sarah Foster for one whole year by indenture bearing date the day next before the day of the date of these presents and by for of the status for transferring into possessions and his heirs all that tract or parcel of land situated, lying and being in Cameron Parish in the County of Loudoun and bounded as followeth.  Beginning at a white oak on Broad Run being corner tree to Neilson and Waters, extending then with their line south

Forty-eight, west one hundred and forty poles to a small red oak, then south sixteen, east twenty-six poles to a branch of the said Broad Run, then up the said river and binding therewith south eighty-six, west sixty poles, then north eighty, west sixteen poles to a white oak, corner tree to William Byles, then with his line south one hundred and six poles to a red oak in the line of Sampson Turley, then with Turley’s line and binding therewith north seventy and west one hundred and forty-eight poles to an elm on Piney Branch, then north fifteen, east ninety-two poles to two red oak, corner to James Murray, still continue the same course north fifteen, east with Murray’s line one hundred and thirty-six poles to Cork’s line, then with his line south sixty eight, east one hundred and five poles to his corner near the lands of Abraham Warford, then with Warford’s line north twenty-two, east one hundred and eighty-two poles to a white oak, hickory and dogwood, his corner near the main Broad Run, then down the said run and binding there with being routed to a straight line in south sixty-nine, east to the beginning, containing two hundred and twenty-six acres, and all houses, buildings, orchards, ways, waters, profits, commodities, appurtenances whatsoever to the said premises hereby granted or any part thereof belonging or in any wise appertaining and the revision and reversions, remainder and remainders, rents and profits thereof and also all the estate right and the interest use, trust property claim and demand whatsoever of him, the said Benjamin Mason, of in and to the said premises and all deeds, evidences and writings touching or in any wise removing the same, to have and to hold the land hereby conveyed and all and singular other the premises hereby granted and released and every part and parcel thereof, with their and ever of their appurtenances unto the said Benjamin Mason, his heirs and assigns for ever to the only proper use and behoof of him, the said Benjamin Mason and of his heirs

And assigns forever.  And the said Sarah Foster, for herself, her heirs, executors and administrators, doth covenant, promise and grant to and with the said Benjamin Mason, his heirs and assigns by these presents that the said Sarah Foster, now at the time of sealing and deliver of the presents hath good power and lawful and absolute authority to grant and convey the same to the said Benjamin Mason in manner and form aforesaid.  And that the same promises now are and so forever after shall remain and be foresaid clear of and from all former and other gifts, grants, bargains, sales, dower rights and

Title of dower, judgements, executions, titles, troubles, charges and ? whatever made and committed or suffered by the said Sarah Foster or any claimant in by or under her, them or any of them the quit rents hereafter to grow and payable to the chief Lord of the ?, his heirs and successors for and in respect of the premises only, excepted and foreprized.  And lastly that the said Sarah Foster, her heirs, all and singular, the premises hereby granted and released with the appurtenances unto the said Benjamin Mason, his heirs and assigns against her, the said Sarah Foster and her heirs or any other person claiming in by her, them or any of them, and will forever warrant and defend the same by these presents.  In witness whereof the said Sarah Foster hath hereunto set her hand and seal the day and year first above written

Sarah Foster

Sealed and delivered in the presence of Howson Hooe, Patrick Hamrick, William Foster, James Foster, Benjamin Mason, John Howell

Received of Benjamin Mason seventy-seven pounds, the full consideration within mentioned this 13th day of January 1771.

Sarah Foster

Test – Howson Hooe, Patrick Hamrick, William Foster, James Foster, Benjamin Mason, John Howell

At a Court held for Loudoun County April the 8th 1771

This indenture together with the receipt thereon endorsed was proved by the oaths of

Benjamin Mason, Sr., William Foster and James Foster, three of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Test.  Charles Binns, Clerk of the Court

Nicholas County Deaths – 1855 – Part 1

Listed below are deaths in Nicholas County from 1855.  Birth and deaths were located in the county unless otherwise stated.

  • James Crow, age 3 months, son of William and Nancy Crow, died December 55, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Nancy Ann Wilson, age 2 years, daughter of Harry and Hester Wilson, died July 15, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Tolney Foster, age 34, farmer, born in Fayette County, son of Henry and Esther Foster, died September 20, 1855, of cholera.
  • Esther Foster, age 59, born in Ohio, daughter of John and Sarah Whittington, died September 20, 1855, of cholera.
  • John W. Bishop, age 5, son of Silas and Rose Ann Bishop, died November 12, 185, of whooping cough.
  • Charlotte E. Bishop, age 1, daughter of Silas and Rose Ann Bishop, died October 4, 1855, of whooping cough.
  • Patrick Brady, age 82, born in Stafford County, Virginia, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Brady, died September 30, 1855, of cancer.
  • Sarah O. Redman, age 1, daughter of Washington and Rachel Redman, died September 23, 1855, of whooping cough.
  • Alexander Dampier, age 22, son of Henry and Martha Dampier, died October 6, 1855, by arson.
  • Thomas J. McCormick, age 12, slave of Thomas J. McCormick, died February 15, 1855, of consumption.
  • John H. McCormick, age 26, born in Bourbon County, son of Thomas J. and Sarah McCormick, died September 24, 1855, of diarrhea.
  • James Fulton, age 1, son of John L. and Elizabeth J. Fulton, died August 21, 1855, of whooping cough.
  • Hetty F. Brewer, age 2, daughter of John and Levinia Brewer, died November 20, 1855, of whopping cough.
  • Joseph Evans, age 48, son of John and Margaret Evans, died October 13, 1855, of cholera.
  • William H. Canon, age 2, son of Thomas and F. Canon, died April 13, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Mary Jane Marion, age 31, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca Hord, died April 22, 1855, ?
  • Christopher Kimes, age 12, son of Stephen and Mary Kimes, died November 5, 1855, of typhoid fever.
  • Columbus W. Congleton, age 5, son of Columbus and Walker Congleton, died August 15, cause unknown.
  • Agnes Haus, age 46, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Johnson, died October 3, 1855, of consumption.
  • Harrison Dale, age 35, born in Virginia, son of Solomon and Mary Dale, died August 10, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Joseph B. Bramble, age 3, son of John Mason and Mary Jane Bramble, died December 22, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Mary Collier, age 65, born in Montgomery County, daughter of Eliza Wells, died August 17, 1855, of congestive fever.
  • William Thomas, age 15, son of James and Nancy Thomas, died July 15, 1855, of typhoid fever.
  • Elizabeth Wilson, age 10 months, daughter of John and Elizabeth Wilson, died April 8, 1855, of pneumonia.
  • Preston Talbott, age 15, slave of Preston Talbott, died February 15, 1855, of typhoid fever.
  • Mary Ann Wilson, age 29, daughter of John and Rachel Rogers, died September 16, 1855, of disease of the lungs.
  • Wilson Branch, age 22, son of Abner and Ellen Branch, died August 6, 1855, of typhoid fever.

Emancipation of Three Slaves

Today I want to share with you three slave emancipations from Washington County.  Black family history is sometimes very difficult to follow.  Hopefully this can help just a bit.  I do not have the original documents, but am using Pioneer History of Washington County Kentucky by Orval W. Baylor.  Mr. Baylor wrote for the Springfield, Washington County newspapers for a number of years.  Next time I am at the courthouse I will ask about these papers and if I find the originals will add them to this blog.

Know all men by these presents that I, Martin D. McHenry, of the County of Washington in the State of Kentucky, do hereby emancipate, set free and forever discharge from slavery a small mulatto girl named Maria, about seven years old last fall, being the same that was raised in the family of my deceased father and being the child of a Negro woman, Phoebe, who lived in my father’s family, and a reputed child of Harry, a mulatto man, who was emancipated by my father.  Given under my hand and seal this 1 day of April 1835.

M D. McHenry

Teste. John R. Wharton, D. H. Spears

Know all men by these presents, that I, Ann Spalding, widow of John Baptist Spalding, deceased, possessing an entire estate during widowhood, by virtue of the last will and testament of the aforesaid John Baptist Spalding, in a mulatto man slave, named Phillip; and I Stephen Spalding, the only claimant to the remainder of the said slave, at the marriage or death of the aforesaid Ann Spalding, (the other claims to the remainder of the aforesaid being extinguished by purchase), do solemnly agree to relinquish and abandon, or several and respective rights and titles to the ownership of the aforesaid Phillip, and the said Phillip is by force of this instrument, freed and emancipated from all service, which we and our heirs, have a legal claim to.  In witness we hereto set our hands and seals, this 8th day of January 1804.

Ann Spalding, Stephen Spalding

At a County Court held for Washington County the 2nd day of February 1807.  This instrument of writing was acknowledged by the within named Ann Spalding and Stephen Spalding to be their act and deed and ordered to be recorded.

Teste. John Reed, Clerk, Washington County

Know all men by these presents, that I, Barnabas McHenry, of Washington County and State of Kentucky, do fully emancipate Harry Pile, a slave now belonging to me, to go out free December the twenty-fifth in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-six:  I do hereby relinquish all right, title and claim to the aforesaid Harry after the date aforesaid, he shall not be free until he shall have made up all the time which he shall have absconded, by faithful services subsequently to the date aforesaid and repaid in the same way, all costs which may have been occasioned by his absconding, and then even in that case all my right, title and claim to him shall forever cease – he shall be free.  In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal on this second day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eight.

Barnabas McHenry

Acknowledged and recorded 2nd May 1808.  John Reed, Clerk Washington County

1900 Washington County School Census Report

Another page from a school census report from Washington County – this time from the year 1900 and district 46.  All the names are very familiar to me – especially Joseph B. Carrico, my great-grandfather – and his son, my grandfather, Joseph R. Carrico.  The Hamilton’s and Smith’s are cousins.

In an age when birth records were not officially kept, school census records are a good source!  It gives the father’s name, or mother if the father is deceased.  In one instance a mother has a different surname from her son, presumably she married again after the death of her husband.

Washington County 1900 School Census Report

District 46


J. L. Mudd

  • Mary G. Mudd, December 23, 1881, age 18
  • Annie C. Mudd, March 5, 1886, age 14
  • Willie R. Mudd, June 17, 1890, age 10
  • James A. Mudd, November 24, 1892, age 7

R. M. Osbourn

  • Willie E. Osbourn, April 3, 1891, age 9
  • Victor Osbourn, December 24, 1892, age 7

Mary J. Hamilton

  • Robert Hamilton, April 10, 1886, age 14

Ed Hamilton

  • Teresa Hamilton, April 21, 1881, age 19
  • Joseph E. Hamilton, March 13, 1883, age 17
  • Mary H. Hamilton, March 29, 1887, age 12
  • John A. Hamilton, July 29, 1888, age 12
  • Francis Hamilton, August 6, 1890, age 10
  • Colbert Hamilton, August 29, 1892, age 7

John R. Hill

  • John W. Hill, October 14, 1890, age 9

John R. Johnston

  • Teresa E. Johnston, March 18, 1883, age 17
  • Cora R. Johnston, December 16, 1884, age 15

Sylvester Smith

  • Bert Smith, June 16, 1882, age 17
  • Cleveland Smith, October 9, 1884, age 14
  • Edward Smith, July 5, 1886, age 12

Joseph Johnston

  • Hubert Johnston, February 14, 1892, age 8

Sidney Osbourn

  • Edward Osbourn, July 22, 1884, age 15

Joseph B. Carrico

  • Jessie Carrico, March 21, 1880, age 19
  • Fletcher Carrico, February 4, 1882, age 17
  • Joseph R. Carrico, January 15, 1884, age 15
  • Ellen Carrico, March 12, 1886, age 13
  • Mary A. Carrico, January 23, 1888, age 11

Pat Hamilton

  • Maggie Hamilton, October 22, 1882, age 18
  • Garland Hamilton, June 3, 1883, age 16
  • John Hamilton, August 8, 185, age 14
  • Joseph A. Hamilton, January 23, 1890, age 10

Will Riney

  • James E. Riney, October 12, 1888, age 11
  • Robert Riney, July 24, 1898, age 9
  • Leonard Riney, February 22, 1896, age 6

Thomas Medley

  • Joseph Medley, June 15, 1881, age 19
  • Emmanuel Medley, August 27, 1887, age 13

Rosa Medley

  • Maggie Medley, December 13, 1880, age 19
  • William Medley, October 10, 1882, age 17
  • Mary C. Medley, December 29, 1887, age 12
  • Della Medley, May 27, 1890, age 9

B. F. Spalding

  • Joseph E. Spalding, June 25, 1890, age 9
  • Albert Spalding, October 1, 1892, age 7
  • John B. Spalding, Apeil 14, 1894, age 6

Thomas P. O’Bryan

  • Lawrence O’Bryan, February 2, 1892, age 8
  • Regina O’Bryan, June 6, 1894, age 6

Ben O’Daniels

  • Alphonse O’Daniels, April 10, 1882, age 17
  • Claude O’Daniels, January 17, 1886, age 14
  • Nick O’Daniels, March 22, 1887, age 13
  • Albert O’Daniels, March 12, 1892, age 9
  • John O’Daniels, September 29, 1881, age 19
  • Abner O’Daniels, May 29, 1892, age 7

Susan Newitt

  • Edwin Spalding, September 29, 1886, age 14

Charlie Higdon

  • Ophelia Higdon, May 7, 1884, age 16
  • Charlie A. Higdon, June 12, 1888, age 13

John Mattingly

  • Anne Mattingly, January 5, 1884, age 16
  • John Mattingly, March 12, 1887, age 13
  • Clarence W. Mattingly, May 15, 1890, age 10
  • Mary E. Mattingly, June 21, 1892, age 8

Miles Osbourn

  • Teresa Osbourn, February 15, 1882, age 19

James O’Daniels

  • Thomas O’Daniels, April 21, 1890, age 10


Civil War Deaths – March 7 to May 28, 1862

It was very moving to type the following death records.  Civil War soldiers from the Kentucky Infantry and Cavalry, a few men whose last names began with the letter T, one page from a book of many.  Of the 24 men on this list only 8 were killed in battle or of a gun shot wound.  The rest were victims of typhoid fever, pneumonia, bronchitis or other diseases.  It seems such a waste of precious life.  God bless these men who gave everything for their country – and all those who continue to do so today.

Civil War Deaths – March 7 to May 28, 1862

Kentucky Infantry and Cavalry

  • Robert Tober, Private, Co. H., 12 Ky Inf., died March 11, 1862, at G. H. No. 2&3, Nashville, Tennessee, of typhoid fever.
  • John Taylor, Private, Co. E., 12 Ky Inf., died March 13, 1862, at G. H. No. 5, at Louisville, Kentucky, of remittent fever.
  • B. F. Toombs, Private, Co. B, 15 Ky Inf., died March 25, 1862, at G. H. No. 6, Nashville, Tennessee, of typhoid fever.
  • Calvin Trent, Private, Co. K, 21 Ky Inf., died March 7, 1862, at Camp McClellan, of typhoid fever.
  • Erastus Taber, Private, Co. E, 22 Ky Inf., died March 22, 1862, G. H. Ashland, Kentucky, of typhoid fever.
  • Samuel Taylor, Private, Co. J, 3 Ky Cal., died March 17, 1862, G. H. No. 4, Nashville, Tennessee, of bronchitis.
  • Benjamin Tinsley, Private, Co. D, 6 Ky Inf., died April 7, 1862, Shiloh, Tennessee, killed in battle.
  • Richard L. Thornton, Color Securer, Co. K, 6 Ky Inf., died April 7, 1862, Shiloh, Tennessee, killed in battle.
  • Charles R. Tate, 1st Sergeant, Co. C, 9 Ky Inf., died April 7, 1862, Shiloh, Tennessee, killed in battle.
  • Thomas Turner, Private, Co. H, 9 Ky Inf., died April 7, 1862, Shiloh, Tennessee, fatal wound of chest at Shiloh.
  • Thomas Turner, Private, Co. K, 9 Ky Inf., died April 7, 1862, Shiloh, Tennessee, gun shot.
  • John T. Thompson, Private, Co. E, 11 Ky Inf., died April 27, 1862 at the regimental hospital, congestive fever.
  • Philip Tromwill, Private, Co C, 14 Ky Inf., died April 2, 1862, at 18 Brig. H., Ashland, Kentucky, of com. con.
  • Walter Taylor, Private, Co. C, 17 Ky Inf., died April 8, 1862, at Regimental Hospital, of pneumonia.
  • William Thompson, Private, Co. A, 21 Ky Inf., died April 7, 1862, Lexington, Kentucky, no cause given.
  • Elias Thorp, Private, Co. H, 22 Ky Inf., died April 1, 1862, 18 Brig. H., Ashland, Kentucky, of pneumonia.
  • John A. Thompson, Private, Co. B, 25 Ky Inf., died April 23, at 4 St. G. H., St. Louis, Missouri, of typhoid fever.
  • John Taner, Private, Co. G, 26 Ky Inf., died April 19, City G. H., St. Louis, Missouri, of gun shot wound.
  • J. Ticknor, Private, Co. G., 26 Ky Inf., no death date given, of mortal wound in chest.
  • L. L. Tomlinson, Private, 4 Ky Cav., Died April 2, 1862, G. L. No. 2, Bardstown, Kentucky, of gonorrhea.
  • Thomas Thresher, Corporal, Co. E, 5 Ky Inf., died May 4, 1862, G. H. No. 2, Nashville, Tennessee, of typhoid fever.
  • J. Thomas J. Turner, Private, Co. G, 13 Ky Inf., died May 28, 1862, Gothic H., Paducah, Kentucky, of debility.
  • Hezekiah Tabor, Corporal, Co. D, 20 Ky Inf., died May 2, 1862, at St. Luke’s G. H., Paducah, Kentucky, of gun shot wound.
  • Isaac Tillery, Private, Co. A, 24 Ky Inf., died May 16, 1862, at G. H. No. 1, Louisville, Kentucky, of acute colitis.

A Historical Sketch of Mercer County for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904

Ritchey and I visited Glover’s Bookery, located at 862 S. Broadway, in Lexington, Saturday.  They have a very large section of books on the history of Kentucky, as well as county histories.  You never know what you will find.  It depends on which estate sales they visited, or who has brought books in to sale.  Let me just say we hit the jackpot.  My pockets are now empty.  But it was money well spent!

One of my treasures is a small booklet by A. B. Rue, the author and photographer of Historical Sketch of Mercer County, Kentucky (Illustrated) The Within Photographs Were Made For The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis – and the date is 1904.

I had never heard of Mr. A. B. Rue.  There are Rues in Mercer County, but did not know one of them was a photographer – or that he had a wife who was a famous portrait painter!  The following biography gives us a good idea of the life of this couple.  In the 1900 census of Mercer County, Archibald Rue is 57, had been married 35 years, and was a photographer.  His wife, Jessie, was also 57, had six children, four of whom were living at the time, and she is listed as a portrait painter!  Their daughter, Lelia Linney, 33, divorced, a lady’s perfume saleswoman, was living with the couple, along with her three children, Jessie, Cleon and Margie.  Insco Rue and Margie Rue also live in the household with their parents – Insco is a photographer and Margie is in school.

The Danville News-Advocate, Boyle County, Kentucky

Tuesday, July 12, 1904

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, informally known as the St. Louis World’s Fair, was an international exposition held in St. Louis, Missouri, from April 30 to December 1, 1904.  More than 60 countries and 43 of the 45 American states, claimed exhibition spaces at the fair.  It is remarkable that I hold a small piece of what was shown to the world as part of Mercer County, Kentucky.  The photographs shown by A. B. Rue gave my little corner of the state a wonderful and varied history to share with the rest of the world, including the right to call Harrodsburg the first town in Kentucky and the oldest permanent American settlement west of the Appalachians.

I will have so much more to share with you from the pages of this booklet!

Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, Battle & Kniffin, 1888

Jefferson County, Kentucky

A. B. Rue, formerly a photographic artist of high repute in Louisville, is a native of mercer County, Kentucky; was born in 1842, and is a son of Nelson and Margaret (Adams) Rue, both natives of Kentucky, but whose parents came from new jersey at an early day and passed their lives in this state on a farm. A. B. Rue is the fourth in a family of nine children born to his parents. He remained on the home farm until 1861, when he enlisted in Company F, Nineteenth Kentucky Volunteers, and was in active service the three years following, being promoted to second-lieutenant in the meanwhile, and mustered out as a first-lieutenant at Louisville in 1865.  He took part in the following engagements:  Mill Springs, Cumberland Gap (and the campaign from the latter to the Ohio River), Arkansas Post, and in all the engagements by Grant in the siege of Vicksburg.  At the latter place he was taken ill and was unfit for duty about four months, after which he returned to his regiment in New Orleans and remained with it until mustered out as stated above, when he entered college at Cincinnati.  In 1866 he learned photography at Harrodsburg, Kentucky, and for seven years followed his vocation in various towns through the state.  In 1881 he located in Louisville at No. 341 Fourth Avenue, where his merits as an artist were soon recognized and where he was actively employed until 1888, when he moved to Harrodsburg, Kentucky.  He was married, September 5, 1865, to Jessie Anderson, a daughter of Henry T. Anderson, so well-known as a Reformed minister.  Mrs. Rue is celebrated as a portrait painter, and has studied under the best masters in America.  She has followed the art for many years, and is an artist of superior talents.  Mr. and Mrs. Rue are the parents of six children:  Lelia, Insco, Zoe, Letcher, Margie, and one dead.  Mrs. Rue is now a member of the Presbyterian Church, while Mr. Rue is a member of the Warren Memorial Presbyterian Church; he is a member of the G.A.R., I.O.O.F., K. of P., and K. of H.


Indenture from James and Ann Davis to Alexander Lewis

This is an addition to an Indenture, made in Mercer County, Kentucky, January 11, 1797, to an original indenture from April 27, 1790, between James and Ann Davis and Alexander Lewis.  Dick’s River as they mention in the indenture is known as Dix River today.

This Indenture made this 11th day of January 1797 between James Davis and Ann, his wife, of Clark County, of the one part, and Alexander Lewis, of the other part.  Witnesseth that whereas by a certain indenture of bargain and sale by the said James and Ann to the said Alexander Lewis made and executed on the 26th day of April 1790, and acknowledged before the Court of Mercer County, and ordered to be recorded on the 27th day of April 1790, it was the intent and meaning of the said James and Ann that the tract of land therein mentioned to contain one hundred and eighty acres, should adjoin to and bend on Dicks River as it meanders from the lower to the upper corners thereof and we, the said James and Ann, still being desirous that those our intentions should be fully understood and made manifest have hereunto set our hands and affixed our seals the day and date first above written and desire that the same shell be recorded and considered as a part of the Indenture herein referred to.

James Davis, Ann Davis

Executed in the presence of Joseph Davis, Ambrose Gordon, Jeremiah Brown, Thomas Wood

Mercer County            August County Court 1797

This Indenture was proved to be the act and deed of James Davis, a party thereto by the oaths of Joseph Davis, Jeremiah Brown and Ambrose Gordon, three subscribing witnesses thereto and is ordered to be recorded.                   Thomas Allin, County Clerk

Deed Book 3, Page 322