Signed Sealed & delivered in presence of us
Rev. Jesse Drake; Sterling Waller
Edmund x Harell (Seal)
Mary x Harell (Seal)
Simon Harrell (Seal)
Edgecombe County February Court 1779~~
The Execution of the within deed of sale was duly proved in open Court by the Oath of Jesse Drake one of the subscribing Witnesses hereto. Ordered to be Registered. Test Edward Hall CC"
|Edgecombe County (NC) Real Estate Conveyances, 1775-1779, Vol. 3, p.382, Microfilm Call #C.037.40005|
"In North Carolina documents written in the 1700s, you will often see letters that look like "fs" which are really two "ss" put together. So Jesse looks like Jefse or Jeffe. And Assign looks like Afsign. Also, in this deed, the person who wrote it made his Capital "E's" look like S's but you can see the difference when you look at his Capital "S's". His capital S's have a bottom loop that goes from the right across the bottom, then from the left over to the right across the top. His capital "E's" look like the Capital S's but have no bottom loop. So look at the small word after Heirs and you will see the abbreviated version of Executioners - the first time it is Exc^r and the 2nd time it is kind of mushed up as Ecr^s.
If "Said" is abbreviated, transcribe it as such - "Sd"I'm not sure about the use of Consecrate. This deed was very oddly written, one I've not seen before. It used a LOT of additional not-needed words. My advice is to read more Edgecombe county deeds from the late 1700s to see if you can find some with these additional words. The typical deed says "granted, bargained, sold alienated and conveyed".
If any of my readers have any insights to share pertaining to transcribing 18th and 19th century deeds, please feel free to leave a comment below.
Exum (or Axum) Drake was my 5th great grandfather.
In addition, I am also descended from Harrells. I am not sure how Edmund and Mary fit in, but I'd be very interested to find out whether they are my ancestors!