Richmond (?) Virginia: 1787. Unbound. Document printed on vellum and completed in manuscript. Signed by then-Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Beverley Randolph (29 May 1787). Size: 15" x 12" (worn along folds, affecting legibility of one line of manuscript text, soiled); traces of red wax seal. On verso in MS: "Owen Jarrett 172 Acres Greenbrier County." Very good. Item #1347
A little known Colonial Virginia imprint, of which no example appear to be in UVA. The document attests to the receipt by the Treasury of the Commonwealth of Virginia "for consideration of the Ancient Composition of One Pound Sterling, paid by one Owen Jarrett into the Treasure of the Commenwealth." The payment is for "adjusting the titles to compensate lands in the District of Augusta, Botetourt and Greenbrier." The 172 acres in question was located in Greenbrier County (in present-day West Virginia) and bounded by Muddy Creek. ¶ The life of Owen Jarrett (born 1760/1761 in Berkshire County, Pennsylvania, died 1859 [sic] in Kanawha County, West Virginia), is well documented. ¶ In order for the present document to be endorsed by Beverly Randolph as Lieut. Governor, a special insertion of the word "Lieutenant" in MS had to be made. ¶ THE TEXT: [Beverley Randolph] Esquire [Lieutenant] Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to all to whom the presents shall come, Greeting: Know ye, that [by virtue of a certificate in right of settlement given by the Commissioners for adjusting titles to compensate Lands in the in the district of Augusta, Botetout and Greenbrier, and in consideration of the ancient composition of one pound sterling paid by Owen Jarrett into the treasury of this Commonwealth] there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto [the said Owen Jarrett] a certain tract or parcel of land containing [one hunred seventy two acres by survey bearing date the second day of May, one thousand seven hundred and eighty five lying and being in the County of Greenbrier on the water of Muddy Creek and bounded as followeth to wit, Beginning at White Oak and Sequoia Tree east sixty poles to a Spanish Oak and Maple, north forty degrees East, thirty poles to two Poplars. Sourth sixty three degrees East one hundred and thirty four poles to a Spanish Oak and Maple North fifty six degrees East East forty poles to a White Oak and Dogwood on the top of a ridge, North twenty degrees West one hundred and seventy eight poles to a Buckeye and Hickory, North twenty desgrees East forty six poles to a Red Oak and Hickory, North thirty degrees West forty six poles (illeg.) West two hundred and eighty seven poles to the Beginning] with its appurtenances; TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said tract or parcel of land with its apputenances, to the said [Owen Jarrett] and his heirs for ever. In witness whereof the said [Beverley Randolph Esq. Lieutenant] Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, hath hereunto set his hand, and caused the lesser seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond, on the [Twenty ninth] day of [May] in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty- [seven] and of the Commonwealth the [eleventh]. / Beverley Randolph.