Monday, February 11, 2013

Amanuensis Monday: Thomas Avent to Hosea Tapley Deed

"Avent to Tapley

This Indenture made the 25th twenty fifth Day of May in the Year of our Lord 1743 Between Thos Avent of Northampton County in North Carolina & Hosea Tapley of the sd County Witnesseth that the sd Thos Avent for & In consideration of the sum of five Hundred Pounds Rock Money to have in hand paid by yo sd Hosea Tapley before the ensealing & Delivery of these Presents the receipt whereof he the sd Thos Avent doth hereby Acknowledge thereof & of every [?] Doth fully freely & absolutely acquit exonerate & Discharge the sd Hosea Tapley his Heirs Exrs & Ad[?] by these Presents & for [?] other causes & considerations him thereunto moving hath granted bargained sold Aliened & Enpossed & confirmed unto the sd Hosea Tapley his Heirs or Assigns & doth by these Presents bargain sell [?] & confirm unto the sd Hosea Tapley his Heirs Exrs Admrs or Assigns a certain Tract or Parcel of Land containing Two Hundred Acres of Land Lying in the County afd bounded as followeth, [?] Beginning at a red Oak in Joshua Slops Line yn along the sd Line to a Pine a corner of John Richards land yn along his Line to a Pine a corner of Arthur Harris's Land yn along his Line to a Pine another corner of the sd Harris's Land yn along a Line of marked Trees to the first Station, the Dividing of Edward Crews it being Part of a greater Dividend of Land granted to Thos Avent for four hundred acres, with all woods waters Reversion & Reversions remainder & Remainders thereof & of every Part thereof and all the Estate right Title thereunto To have & to hold the said two Hundred Acres of Land & all & singular other the Premises herein before mentioned & intended to be hereby granted with every of its Appurtenances unto the sd Hosea Tapley his Heirs & Assigns forever & the sd Thomas Avent for himself his Heirs & Exrs & Admrs doth covenant & grant to & with the sd Hosea Tapley his Heirs & Assigns that he the sd Thomas Avent at & before the ensealing & Delivery of these Presents is & Stands Lawfully seized of & in the above Demised Premises of a pure & perfect Estate of Inheritance in fee simple & hath good right full power & Lawful Authority to grant sell & convey the same & that the sd Land & Premises is free & clear from all other gifts grants Titles Dowers or rents & from all manner of Incumbrances whatsoever that hath or may Claim any rights or Title thereunto & the said Thos. Avent doth further oblige himself his Heirs Exrs or Admrs unto the sd Hosea Tapley his Heirs or Assigns that he the sd Thos Avent will make any other Deed or Instrument in Writing for the better Surety of the above mentioned Premises as by the sd Hosea Tapley his Heirs or or Assigns or his or their ocuncil Learned in the Law shall be Reasonably Devised Advised or Required.  In Witness whereof the sd Thos Avent hath hereunto put his Hand & Seal the Day & Year above written------------

Thos. Avent & a Seal

Signed Sealed 7 Delivered in Presence of }
Edward Crews Francis Eldridge Arthur Harris }
Northampton County JC/   May Court 1743

The Preceding Deed from Thos. Avent to Hosea Tapley was acknowledged in open Court in Due form of Law & on Motion was [?] to be Registered.
[?] JEdwards Cler[?]"

Deeds and Mortgages - Northampton County, N.C., Book 1, p. 76-77, May 1743
I believe this Thomas Avent was my 6th great-grandfather.  My records indicate he died in 1733; however, my information is not sourced.  While searching online, I found other information indicating he did not die until 1751.  (This, of course, gives me an assignment for the next time I go to the North Carolina Archives!)  Also, considering that Thomas Avent's daughter, Mary, married Hosea Tapley's (also my 6th great-grandfather) son, Joel, then that lends weight to my theory that the Thomas Avent from the deed is one and the same as Thomas Avent, my 6th great-grandfather.

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