Sunday, February 15, 2015

Beaver Creek Purchase

I have previously written about the land purchases of my 7th-great-grandfather John Booher Sr in Sullivan County, Tennessee. In 1808, John bought 130 acres in neighboring Washington County, Virginia for $600. This land was located along Beaver Creek, a branch of the Holston River. A transcription of the land purchase is below (from Deed Book 4, pgs 103-104):

This Indenture made the 20th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eight between Francis Smith esquire of Washington County in the Commonwealth of Virginia of the one part and John Booher of Sullivan County in the State of Tennessee of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Francis Smith for and in consideration of the sum of six hundred dollars in specie to him well and truely in hand paid by the said John Booher at and before the unsealing and delivery hereof the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted bargained and sold by these presents doth grant bargain and sell unto the said John Booher and to his heirs and assigns a certain tract piece or parcel of land situate lying and being on the waters of Beaver Creek a branch of Holston River in the County of Washington aforesaid containing one hundred and thirty acres and bounded and described as followeth viz.

Beginning at a white oak corner to the old survey and with a line of the same South 31 degrees West 8 poles to two white oaks Grays corner thence with his lines N 39 degrees W 167 poles crossing Beaver Creek to a white oak by the Great Road N28 degrees W122 poles to two poplars on a ridge N 8 degrees W 30 poles to Millers line thence with same N 66 degrees and 70 poles near a black oak corner to Miller and the line of the old survey thence with the same S 31 degrees E 268 poles to the place of beginning. The above described tract being part of John Buchanan's old survey. Together with all and singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any were appertaining. To have and to hold the above described tract piece or parcel of land unto him the said John Booher his heirs and assigns to the only proper use and behoof of him the said John Booher his heirs and assigns forever. And he the said Francis Smith for himself and his heirs doth covenant promise grant and agree to and with the said John Booher his heirs and assigns by these presents that he the said Francis Smith the above described tract piece or parcel of land with the appurtenances unto the said John Booher his heirs and assigns against all persons whomsoever claiming or to claim shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents. In witness whereof the said Francis Smith hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first afore written. - - In the 15th line on the first page the word South and the word 68 poles to two being first wrote on erasure. Sealed and delivered in the presence of 

Francis Smith {seal}

At a Court held for Washington County the 20th day of September 1808.

This was likely the land that John Booher Sr settled on after moving from Sullivan County in March 1818. According to the will of John Booher Sr, this land was acquired by his son Isaac Booher after the death of John's wife Barbara.

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