Following on yesterday's post on records from the Culpeper County Court, this is a transcription of a document entered in 1807 between my 5th-great-grandfather Joseph Thornhill and Martin Nalle (Culpeper Deed Book BB, page 490).
This Indenture made the 2nd day of March in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and seven between Joseph Thornhill of Culpeper County and State of Virginia of the one part and Martin Nalle of the County and State aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that the said Joseph Thornhill in order to secure the payment of one hundred and two dollars fifty cents due the second of September used bearing interest from this date which sum is justly due Mary Thornhill of the aforesaid county and in consideration of the sum of one dollar in hand paid by the said Martin Nalle before the ensealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged he the said Joseph Thornhill hath granted bargained and sold by these presents doth grant bargain and sell unto the said Martin Nalle the house and lot which the said Thornhill purchased of Peter Gregory (8,45) lying and being in the town of Stevensburg on the south side of the Main Street arranging from East to West through the said town and the reversion and reversions remainder and remainders yearly and other rents species and profits thereof and to every part and parcel thereof, and also of the right title interest trust property claim and demand whatsoever both at law and equity of him the said Joseph Thornhill unto or out of the said house and lot.
To have and to hold the said property before mentioned to be hereby granted with their and every of their appertenances unto the said Martin Nalle his heirs executors, administrators and assigns forever, aperatrust, nevertheless that the said Martin Nalle shall as dower as conveniently he can after the payment of the aforesaid mention sum shall become due proceed to sell the house and lot for the best price that can be obtained after advertising the same at the Courthouse of the said County ten days or longer and out of the monies arising from such sale in the first place to pay all reasonable charges attending the sale and then other debts before mentioned and the balance of the money if any to the said Joseph Thornhill or to his executors.
As witness whereof the said Joseph Thornhill hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first written.
Signed sealed and delivered} Joseph Thornhill, Martin Nalle
In the presence of Hugh McKellup, Reuben Zimmerman, James Joyce
At a Court held for Culpeper County the 21st of September 1807
This Indented deed of trust from Joseph Thornhill to Martin Nalle was proved by the oath of Hugh McKellup, Reuben Zimmerman and James Joyce witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.
Teste, John Jameson, Ct Cul
From a search online, it looks like this transaction may have been to Martin Nalle (1777-1835). Perhaps Mary Thornhill, Joseph's sister, was Martin's first wife, and this transaction was to provide a dower for Mary. I need to go back to the Culpeper Court to know more information, and will add this to the list of things to check when I go back.
I am estimating that by 1807, Joseph Thornhill was about 30 years old, and working as a taylor having learned the trade from James Joyce and business from close association with Hugh McKellup. The other witness, Reuben Zimmerman, was born in 1765 and died in 1842 in Stokes County, North Carolina.