Patent For WIlliam Lawson Of Falling River, Virginia

Virginia Patents: Book 23, Pages 1120 – 1122.

GL, SLC, UT (Film 029, 339) By Blodwen W. Boyle. 2 August 1984

George the second by the Grace of God and Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c To all to whom these presents shall come greeting.  Know ye that for diverse good causes and considerations but more especially for and in lawful money for our use paid to our Receiver General of our Revenues in this our Colony and Dominion of Virginia We have given, granted and confirmed and by these presents for us our heirs and Successors do give grant and confirm unto William Lawson one certain tract or parcel of land containing one hundred and forty three acres lying and being in the County of Brunswick on the North side of Falling River and bounded as followeth (to wit) Beginning at an elm on the said River Thence North twenty three degrees East one hundred and twelve Poles Crossing a Branch one hundred and twenty six poles to a white oak Thence North twenty Degrees West one hundred and four Poles to a Hiccory Thence South fifty-seven Degrees West thirty eight Poles to a small red oak Thence North eighty two Degrees West fifty Poles to a pine Thence South fifty five degrees West Ninety eight Poles to an Elm on Falling River as aforesaid and Thence Down the said River as it meanders to the beginning.  With all woods under woods swamps marshes low grounds meadows feedings and his due share of all Veins Mines and Quarries as well discovered as not discovered within the bounds aforesaid and being part of the said Quantity of one hundred and forty three acres of Land and the Rivers Waters and Water Courses therein contained together with the Privileges of hunting hawking fishing fowling and all other profits Commodities and Hereditaments whatsoever to the same or any part thereof belonging or in anywise appertaining To Have Hold Possess and Enjoy the said Tract or Parcel of Land and all other the before Granted Premises and every part thereof with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said William Lawson and to his Heirs and Assigns forever To the only use and behoof of him the said William Lawson his Heirs and Assigns forever.

To be held for our Heirs and Successors and of our manner of East Greenwich in the County of Kent in free and common ?soceage? and not in Capita or in Knights Service Yielding and Paying unto us our Heirs and Successors for every fifty acres of Land and so Proportionably for a lesser and greater quantity than fifty acres the Fee Rent of one schilling yearly to be paid upon the Feast of Saint Michael the arch angel and also Cultivating and improving three acres part of every fifty of the Tract above mentioned within three years after the Date of these presents Povided always that if three years of the said Fee Rent shall at any time be in arrear and unpaid or if the said William Lawson his Heirs or Assigns do not within the space of three years next coming after the Date of these presents Cultivate and Improve three acres part of every fifty of the Tract above mentioned Then the Estate hereby Granted shall cease and be utterly Determined and thereafter it shall and may be lawful to and for us our Heirs and Successors to Grant the same Lands and Premises with the Appurtenances unto such other Person or Persons as we our Heirs and Successors shall think fit In Witness whereof we have caused these our Letters Patent to be made Witness our Trusty and well loved William Gooch Esq. our Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief or our said Colony and Dominion at Williamsburgh under the seal of our said Colony the twentieth Day of August one thousand seven hundred and forty five In the Nineteenth Year of our Reign.

                                                                                          S/ WILLIAM GOOCH