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Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

Tag: land sale

Details of a transaction.

RALEIGH, May 20, 1869.

K.P. BATTLE, ESQ.:

Dear Sir: I have to state that Jeptha Horton and myself purchased of William Smith (free colored) his tract of land (less than 100 acres) lying in the vicinity of Raleigh, and not long afterwards sold it to John Hutchins, of Wake county, who paid the purchase money, and received a proper deed for the same about the year 1853.

I have conversed with Mr. Horton, and he thinks both he and I signed the deed, and that Smith’s deed to us was at the time delivered over to Mr. Hutchins. Mr. Horton was the active agent in the purchase and sale of this property, and my own recollections at this late date of the entire transaction are very meagre and imperfect. Yours, W.W. VASS

The deed from Wm. Smith, barber, to W.W. Vass and Jeptha Horton in fee, is registered and date February, 1853.

Wm. Smith bought of John Suggs in 1838 and 1826, as appears from the registry books. BATTLE & SONS.

The Daily Standard (Raleigh), 27 May 1869.

Where Thunder Swamp Branch crosses the main road.

Adam Winn to Lemuel Cherry

State of North Carolina, Duplin County   }         This indenture made this 30th of July 1841 Between Adam Winn of the one part and Lemuel Cherry of the other part and both of the same State and County witness that I the said Adam Winn for and in consideration of the sum of twelve dollars to him in hand paid by Lemuel Cherry before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath given  granted bargained and sold do by these presents bargain sell and make over unto him the said Lemuel Cherry his heirs executors Administrators & assigns forever a certain ankerage or tract of land lying and being in the County of Duplin and on the waters of thunder swamp it being part of the land that Adam Winn bought of Lucy Win and part of the old Jonson tract of land and I the said Adam Winn doth assign over to the said Lemuel Cherry all the right title interest or claim in the before mentioned land containing ten acres more or less and begins and runs as follows (viz) Begins on main road that runs in Wayne and where thunder swamp branch crosses the main road an runs up said road to a large pine and then corners a new made corner and then runs a strait line of marked trees to William L. Hills line and then with Hills line to said Cherrys line then down said Cherrys line to the beginning and I the said Adam Winn doth my heirs executors & admrs or assigns no warrant and defend the before mentioned lands unto him the said Lemuel Cherry his heirs executors admrs or assigns forever against all other person or persons whatsoever laying any claim to the same in witness whereof I the said Adam Winn have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and date first above written signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Kenan Millard and Wm P. Cherry   Adam Winn (seal)

North Carolina, Duplin County Court January term 1852

The due execution of the foregoing deed is proved in open Court by the acknowledgement of Adam Winn the bargainor and ordered to be registered.  B.F. Grady Clk

Grantor Book 20, Page 407, Duplin County Register of Deeds Office, Duplin County Courthouse.

In the 1850 census of North Division, Duplin County: Adam Winn, 45, farmer, with William, 13, Marshal, 11, John, 9, Woodard, 7, Woodley Winn, 5, plus Moses Simmons, 18. Adam reported $3800 in real property.  [Sidenote: Lemuel Cherry, 71, white, farmer, is listed four households away from Adam Winn in this census. His household included Elender Young, 50, who was white. Elender Young was likely the mother of America Young, who married Adam Winn’s brother Charles Winn.  Also, though Adam’s sons are listed as free, they were in fact his own slaves. More about that later. — LYH]