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Monday, July 28, 2014

Amanuensis Monday~David W. Graves to Malcolm Decker Land Deed

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 subject is a Land Deed from David W. Graves to Malcom Decker, dated 28 March 1877.1
The State of South Carolina
                                                     Know all men by these presents that I David W. Graves of the County of Chesterfield in the State aforesaid in consideration of the sum of two hundred ($200) dollars to me in hand paid at and before the Sealing of these presents by Malcolm Decker of the County of Chesterfield in the State aforesaid (the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged) have granted, bargained,  Sold and released and by these presents do grant, bargain, Sell and release unto the said Malcolm Decker all that certain piece, parcel or tract of land Situate lying and being in the County of Chesterfield in the State of South Carolina containing 217 acres more or less bounded on the North by Thompkins  line and on the East by the Public Road and the Thomas land on the South by a small Branch or brook and only West by the McIntyre land and has such form, marks and bounds  as is represented by a platt of resurvey made by Randal McDonald and certify by him on the 23rd day of the December  one thousand eight hundred and twenty two (1822)  a copy of which plat is hereunto annexed Together with all and singular the Rights, Members, Hereditaments  and Appurtenances to the said premises belonging or in any wise incident or appertaining to have and to hold all and Singular the said premises performed mentioned unto the said Malcolm Decker his heirs and Assigns forever, And I do hereby bind myself, my heirs Executors and Administrators to warrant and forever against all and singular the said premise unto the said Malcolm Decker his Heirs and Assigns against myself and my heirs and all other persons lawfully claiming or to claim the Same or any part thereof.  Witness my hand and seal this twenty eight (28th) day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy seven (1877) and in the one hundred and first (101st) year of the Sovereignty of the United States of America
                                                                       David W. Graves
Signed, Sealed and delivered}
in the presence of }
T. G. Blue}
P.J. Stafford}

The State of South Carolina
Chesterfield County
                                                                    Personally appeared before me P.J. Stafford and made oath that he Saw the within named David W. Graves, Sign, Seal and as his act and deed deliver the within Written deed and that he with Thomas G Blue witnessed  the execution thereof.
Signed before me}                                             P. J. Spofford
the 4th day of October 1880}
Thomas F. Mulloy

The State of South Carolina}
Chesterfield County}
                           I, Donald Matheson a Notary Public duly commissioned and qualified do certified unto all whom it may concern that Mrs. Mary Ann Graves the wife of the within named D. W. Graves did this day appear before me and upon being privately and Separately Examined by me did declared that she was freely, voluntarily and without any compulsion, dread or fear of any person or persons  whomsoever renounce, release and forever relinquish unto the within named Malcolm Decker his Heirs and Assigns all her interest and Estate and also all her right and claim of dower of, in or to all and Singular the premises within mentioned and released given under my hand and Seal this 25th day of December Anno Domenici Eighteen hundred and Seventy Seven.
D Matheson  (LS)}                                   Mary Ann Graves
Notary Public}

Auditors Office}
Chesterfield County}
                            Recorded in the Sales Book “A”, Oct.  4, 1880
                page 165                     C. L.  Evans, Auditor
                           Recorded 4th  Oct. 1880
          Origin’l dlvd to Malcolm Decker

Chesterfield County Deed Book 6, pages 151-153
David W. Graves married Mary Anne Gulledge abut 1872, Mary Ann was the daughter of Daniel Gulledge and Jane Henderson. about the same time Malcolm Decker married Catherine Gulledge, the sister of Mary Anne.
On the same day the above action took place, Catherine Decker “release unto the said David W. Graves all my third interest in one track of one hundred seven (107) acres of land more or less in Chesterfield County, situate on Bay branch and bounded on the North, West and the South by lands of M. G. TANH? and W. W. Knight, and on the East by Estate lands of Daniel Gulledge,…”2
These two transaction seems to be a consolidation of the 2/3 interested (Mary Ann & Catherine) in land formerly belonging to Daniel Gulledge and the selling of the consolidated parcel to Malcolm Decker. 
David W. Graves is my 3rd Great Grandfather.
[1] Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Deed Book 6: pages 151-153, David W. Graves to Malcolm Decker; Register of Deeds, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
[2] Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Deed Book 5: pages 327-328, C[atherine] Decker to the D. W. Graves Deed; Register of Deeds, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

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