Monday, January 24, 2011

Two Notable Deeds

February 14, 1835

Hawkins County, Tennessee Deed Book 15: 397-398

George Gibson of Putnam County, Indiana to Simon Collins of Hawkins County, $150, tract on Black Water Creek, part of a 300-acre tract granted by the State to James Johnson and Moses Humphrey, containing 50 acres more or less and witness by Vardy [his mark] Collins, Burrell [his mark] Sullivan and Morgan Collins.

Hawkins County, Tennessee Deed Book 15: 398

Jordan Gibson to Simeon Collins, of Hawkins County, $200, the west fork of Black Water Creek, part ofa 300-acre tract granted to James Johnston and Moses Humphreys... a patent line south of Powells Mountain, Signed by Jordon [his mark] Gibson and witnessed by Vardy Collins and Alfred Collins.

Note: Vardy Collins was a well-known Melungeon, and Collins and Gibson were common Melungeon surnames around Black Water Creek (and Newman Ridge). Note also that in 1835 Hancock County was still part of Hawkins County.

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