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Avon Lake, OH
1874 Tazewell County, VA Land Transaction Between Thomas H. Gillespie and George W. Gillespie
(Note: Thomas H. Gillespie is George W. Gillespie’s father. These 200 acres are later purchased in 1886 by the "heirs at law of William Johnson, alias William Cline")
This deed made on the 19th day of October, 1874 between Thomas H. Gillespie of the first part, and George W. Gillespie of the second part, both of the County of Tazewell and State of Virginia, whereas on the 2nd day of December, 1857, William P. Floyd and William Gillespie sold to Lewis Low a tract of land lying in the County of Tazewell containing two hundred acres, being part of the Warder Land, and executed to the said Low their title bond, binding them to convey to the said Low good title with general warranty to the said land, when the purchase money therefore should be fully paid, and whereas on the (left blank) day of 18 (left blank) the said Lewis Low transferred to William H. Fogleman by a writing entered? on the said title bond, assigned the same to George W. Gillespie, and whereas the legal title to the said land is in Thomas H. Gillespie: Now therefore in consideration of the promises/premises?, and for the further consideration that the purchase money for the said land has been fully paid off and discharged, to wit four hundred dollars, the said Thomas H. Gillespie doth grant with general warranty unto the said George W. Gillespie a certain tract of land or parcel of land, lying and being in the County of Tazewell, being part of the Warder land, containing two hundred acres beginning at a point on Mud Lick, from which a line running S.67 w willpas? the Indian Grave, and a maple, and continuing the line to Coal Creek, then so far as Coal Creek, and Mud Lick that a line drawn from Coal Creek to Mud Lick N. 67 E? will contain two hundred acres. Witness the following signature and seal.
Th. H. Gillespie
In Tazewell County Court Clerk’s Office October 19, 1874
This deed of conveyance from Thomas H. Gillespie to Geo. W. Gillespie was presented in this office acknowledged by the said Thomas H. Gillespie to be his act and deed and admitted to record.
Geo. Un. Dabney
In 1874, Thomas H. Gillespie sold to his son, George W. Gillespie, 200 acres of land (the same 200 acres later sold to the heirs of William Cline Johnson) for a total of $400 dollars. William Gillespie initially executed a “title bond” for the sale of this land to Lewis Low back in 1857. In other words, title would not convey until Low fully paid for the land. The bond was executed to protect Low if he made full payment to William Gillespie but Gillespie failed to convey the land to Low.
Apparently, Low transferred his interest in this land to William H. Fogleman, who in turn assigned his interest in the land to George W. Gillespie. George W. Gillespie then paid his father, Thomas H. Gillespie, $400 for the land.
As is obvious from the 1886 Land Deed, George W. Gillespie probably executed a similar “title bond” with William Cline Johnson, probably for $400 or so. At William’s death, the “heirs at law” conveyed the remainder of $200 for the land to “pay it off.”
Where is this “title bond”? It must have been entered into between 1874 and 1886. This does not mean that William was not living on this land prior to 1874. He could have been a tenant farmer on this same land prior to this time. This 1874 document merely meant that William’s rent was being paid to various landlords at different times. What is certain is that William did not enter into a title bond with George Gillespie until at least 1874 because George Gillespie didn’t have clear title to the land until then.
Avon Lake, OH