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Monday, March 31, 2014

Amanuensis Monday~Land Deed-Annie Gathings & Mary Lear to Eli Rivers


Amanuensis Monday is a genealogy blogging theme. It was started by John Newmark who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog.

His definition of Amanuensis is:
Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.
Today’s posting is a North Carolina Land Deed where Annie Gathings and Mary Lear (sisters) are selling 88 Acres of Land located in Chesterfield County, South Carolina to Eli Rivers. This land was their share of the estate lands of Harvey Haynie that the two sisters inherited after the death of their Father. 

Annie Gathings & Mary Lear to Eli Rivers
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}                                                      Annie Gathings
S. Myers                                                                                  Mary Lear
J. H. Gathings [James H. 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.
P.J. Coppedge
Register of Deeds

Annie Gathings was the wife of Graham Gathings. Graham died at a Richmond Hospital on 4 July 1864 while serving during the Civil War. Annie and Graham had 4 children; one son and three daughters. James H. Gathings witness to above deed is the son of Annie Gathings one of the parties executing the deed.  Mary Lear mentioned above is Annie Gathings sister. Annie and Mary are daughters of Harvey Haynie, deceased.
[1] North Carolina, Deed Book: Deed Book 22, page 408, Annie Gathings & Mary Lear to Eli Rivers; Register of Deeds, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina.


  1. At that time I wonder how common it was for two women to inherit land.

  2. It's not very frequent that you see this happening. As we moved into the 1900's and with the women suffrage movement it became more prevalent.