This land deed became a major challenge to identify the parties involved and their relationship to each others.
- Annie Gathings is Anne Haynie, daughter of Henry Haynie and his wife Sarah; Ann is the wife of Graham Gathings
- Mary Lear is Mary Haynie, daughter of Henry Haynie and his wife Sarah; Mary is the wife of Alexander Lear.
- Eli Rivers is believed to be Elijah Rivers; his parents are unknown. I have only found him listed in the 1860 Census and this land deed.
1860 CENSUS: Chesterfield County, South Carolina; Roll: M653_1217; Image 277; Family History Library Film: 805217; Page 137B(stamped), Line 12, Dwelling #616, Family 615, Elijah RIVERS, Male, age 66, Wheelwright, born in SC; Jno. RIVERS, male, age 17, born in SC and Daniel RIVERS, male, age 13, born in SC.
- J. H. Gathings is James H. Gathings, son of Grahm Gathings and Ann Haynie.
- S. Meyers belied to be Shepherd Myers, husband of Clarisa Jane Teal.
Anson County, NC
Book 22, Page 408
Annie Gathings & Mary Lear to Eli Rivers
This indenture made and entered into this the 27th day of January one Thousand Eight hundred and Eighty One between Annie Gathings and Mary Lear of the state of North Carolina and County of Anson of the first part and Eli Rivers of the State of South Carolina and County of Chesterfield of the second part. Witnesseth: that the parties of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of Sixty dollars in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged has bargained, sold, and conveyed, and by these presents doth bargain, sell and convey unto the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever their individual interest in and to a certain tract or parcel of land lying on the waters of Thompson Creek in the county of Chesterfield and state of South Carolina, adjoining the lands of W. A. Thurman, Isaac Hurst & Others, containing Eighty Eight acres, more or less, and known as the Estate lands of Harvey Haynie, our part and interest being one third of said Eighty Eight acres--to have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land to the said parties of the second part, his heirs & assigns forever. And the said parties of the first part doth hereby covenant to warrant and defend the aforesaid land to sd party of the second part his heirs & assigns forever. In witness whereof we hereunto set our hands and seal.
Signed in the presence of}
J. N. Gathings
State of North Carolina}
Anson County} I, John C. McLancklin, Clerk of Superior Court, for the said county of Anson hereby certify that the due execution of the foregoing deed of conveyance by Annie Gathings and Mary Lear, was proven before me this day by the on hand examination of S. Meyers, a subscribing witness thereto. Let the deed of conveyance with this certificate be registered. This the 9th day of April, A.D. 1883.
John C. McLancklin
Clerk of Superior Court
April 10th, 1883. Then the foregoing Deed and Certificate came into my hands and was duly registered.
Register of Deeds
 North Carolina, Deed Book: Deed Book 22, page 408, Annie Gathings & Mary Lear to Eli Rivers; Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.