JAMES PILCHER LEASED LAND ADJOINS THOMAS MCABOY 1777
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA
This indenture made this twenty fourth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven. Between Bertrand Ewell and Jesse Ewell of the county of Prince William of the one part and Joseph Stephens of said County of the other part. Witnesseth that Betrand and Jesse Ewell for the rents and covenants on the part of Joseph Stephens his heirs during the life of said Joseph Stevens his wife Mary Stephens and his son William Stephens and during the life of the longest liver of either of them (as by a bond and agreement made and given and said Joseph Stephens by said Bertrand the sixth day of December one thousand seven hundred and seventy three) all that parcel of land in this county of Prince William on the No. Et. Side of the road to Quantico Warehouses and on both sides of Beaver Dam Run beginning at a red oak in the fork of the said road and the road to Dumfries warehouses extending down the Quantico Road to two red oaks and one hickory at the corner of the old field where the said Joseph formerly lived, then by a line of marked trees crossing the Beaver Dam Run to a hickory in line of Cornelius Kincheloeâ€™s land and is corner to the land leased Leonard Milstead and JAMES PILCHER thence with the said Kincheloeâ€™s line to the Beaver Dam Run opposite the land leased to Thomas McABoy, thence down the said run, the meanders thereof to a fork of the said run, hear a tobacco ground cleared and tended by Archibald Bigby, thence from the said fork by a line of marked trees to the first beginning including the plantation where said Joseph now lives containing one hundred acres together with all houses, outhouses, gardens belonging. To have and to hold the said parcel of land to the said Joseph, his wife Mary and his son, William, and the life of the longest liver of them paying yearly the sum of four hundred pounds of current money of Virginia upon the first day of January every year with the quit rents due by law and if unpaid the space of sixty days next and not sufficient on the premises to pay the same by distress that then said Bertrand and Jesse into the premises to reenter. And that Joseph Stephens his heirs shall not commit waste or sell any of the timber wood or stone from the said premises and may be lawful for the said Bertrand and Jesse to cut down and carry away all dead and fallen trees and such part of the stone as they shall choose from any of the premises or Quarries during the said term if not wanted for the plantation use. In witness whereof the said parties have set their hands and seals in presence of
Charles Ewell Bertrand Ewell
John Whitfield Jesse Ewell
Joseph (X) Stephens
At a court held for Prince William County the 4th day of February 1777.
This lease was acknowledged by the said parties and admitted to record.
SOURCE: Prince William County Deed Book T, 1774-1779, Pages 296-298, by Ruth and Sam Sparacio.