Deed Transfer
Robert Johnston to Sons
Andrew and William

TRANSCRIPT OF DEED — Filed 13 December 1844:

Giles County, Tennessee
Deed Book R, Page 249  

Robert Johnston )
to )
Andrew & William Johnston   )

This Indenture made and entered into this thirteenth day of December in the year of our Lord 1844, between Robert Johnston of the County of Giles and State of Tennessee of the one part and Andrew Johnston and William Johnston, his two sons, both of the same county and state. Witnesseth that the said Robert Johnston for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which he hath and beareth unto his said two sons, to wit, the said Andrew Johnston and William Johnston, as well as the further consideration, that they the said Andrew & William will render unto the said Robert Johnston and his wife Susannah during their lifetime, for their maintenance and support, one third of the production of the cleared land hereinafter conveyed, hath given, granted, bargained, sold and conveyed and by these presents doth give, grant, bargain, sell and convey unto the said Andrew Johnston and William Johnston, their heirs, a certain tract or parcel of land situate, lying and being in the said County of Giles and State of Tennessee in Civil District Number 2 on the waters of Ford’s Creek, a branch of the Elk River. Beginning at a White Oak, running North 108 poles to a Beech and Ley on Jesse Well’s corner, thence West with said Wells line, 78 and 7/10 poles to a stake in the crooks of the lane, Wells’ corner, thence South with Wells line 27 poles to a Black Gum in another crook of the lane, Wells’ corner, thence West with Well’s line 109 poles to two small Hickories, thence South 82 poles to a Beech: thence East 187 and 9/10 poles to the beginning, containing 109 acres. To have and to hold the said tract, piece or parcel of land, with all and singular the improvements, hereditaments and appurtenances thereto belonging, or in anywise pertaining, to them the said Andrew Johnston & William Johnston, their heirs and assigns, with the following limitations and restrictions, to wit, that the said Andrew and William are not to sell or convey the said land or in any manner dispose of it, during the natural lives of the said Robert Johnston and Susannah his wife, so as to deprive them of their present place of residence and the means of support herein above specified. In testimony whereof the said Robert Johnston hath herewith set his hand and affixed his seal the day and date above written.

Robert Johnston (seal)

Witnesses: Decr 30th, 1844 Ackd.
James Patteson, Charles C. Abernathy

State of Tennessee
Giles County

Personally appeared before me Edward D. Jones, clerk of the County Court of Giles County, the within named Robert Johnston with whom I am personally acquainted and who acknowledged that he Executed the within Deed for the purposes therein contained. Witness my hand at office this 30th day of December A.D. 1844

E. D. Jones, Clerk

State of Tennessee
Giles County
Registers Office

The within deed and clerks certificate are duly registered in this office in Book R page 249 this 30th day of Decr 1844.

P.T.L. McCauless, Reg.


(TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition, defines a POLE as "a varying unit of length; especially one measuring 16.5 feet". LEY is an old word for grassland, meadow, or pasture — sometimes spelled LEA. This transcript was prepared by Jerry Thomas Johnson , a great-great grandson of William Johnston.)

Submitted by: Jerry Johnson