Emett To Jones

Submitted by Carole Ruff

Following is my transcription of the Emett to Jones Deed of Trust as recorded at Frederick Co., VA, DB 24B:136-138, 29 Nov 1794.

Note: The maiden name of Mary Emett was "Stephens". She was the widow of John Emett, and a daughter of Maj. Lewis Shirley Stephens and his wife, Mary Rittenhouse.


This Indenture made this Twenty Ninth day of November in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Four Between Mary Emett, of the County of Frederick in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Widow, of the one part, and Barbara Jones, Administratrix, with the will annexed of Joseph Jones, late of the said County and Commonwealth, now deceased, of the other part. WITNESSETH:

That the said Mary Emett, in consideration of the sum of One Hundred and Fifteen Pounds Fourteen Shillings current money of Virginia, to her in hand paid, by the said Barbara Jones, at or before the Sealing and Delivery of these presents, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, and for other good causes and considerations here hereunto moving hath granted, bargained, sold, aliened, and confirmed and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell, alien, and Confirm, to the said Barbara Jones, her heirs and assigns, a certain plantation or tract of land situate, lying, and being in the County of Frederick and Commonwealth of Virginia, being the same that was granted by Deeds recorded in the Court [ * ] of the District composed of the Counties of Frederick, Berkeley, Hampshire, Hardie, and Shenando, from Lewis Stephens Senior to the said Mary Emett, and is bounded as follows:

Beginning at three Hickories in the line of Laurence Stephens, thence No 6 Et l62 poles to near a white oak, then No 4l Wt 70 poles to where a Red Oak formerly stood, then No 58 Wt 34 poles to a dead Hickory near a waggon road, then So 32..30" Wt 188 poles to a large White Oak, then 64.. 30" Et l72 poles to the Beginning containing One Hundred and Forty Six acres more or less together with all and singular the appurtenances to the said tract of land and every part thereof belonging or in any wise appertaining and all the right, title, and interest of her the said Mary Emett as well in equity as in law of in or to the premises and every part thereof.

To have and to hold the said tract of land with the appurtenances to the said Barbara Jones her heirs and assigns forever, Provided always and under this express condition, that if the said Mary Emett her heirs executors or administrators shall on or before the twenty ninth day of November One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Six well and truly pay or cause to be paid to the said Barbara Jones her Executors, Administrators, or Assigns the aforesaid sum of One Hundred and Fourteen Pounds Fourteen Shillings with legal interest thereon from the date of this Indenture that then this Indenture and everything therein contained shall cease, determine, and... [cont'd @ DB 24B:138 which was not copied] ______


*a single unreadable word. The only word that comes to mind, but does not seem to fit the faded remains, is "complex." The missing word may contain the letter "p", but that is no more than a guess. An attorney friend of the transcriber has suggested that a practice instead of crossing out an incorrect word was to actually scrape it from the page and this may be the intention in this case.

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