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Notes from "The Descendants of Richard Parr" by Perry Louis Parr: Samuel Parr's name appears on the return of property for Union Township, Fayette Co., PA, in 1785 and 1786. In the first census of the U.S., 1790, he is shown as residing in Union Twp., Fayette Co., and head of a family of two free white males over the age of 16, one free white male under the age of 16, and four free white females. He purchased 40 acres of land, called "Wheatfield", "on the waters of Redstone Creek" from John McClelland; this he sold to Benjamin Bowman for $400 by deed dated 16 Jul 1804. This deed was made by Samuel McClelland as attorney for Samuel Parr. The deed giving power of attorney to Samuel McClelland is dated 17 November 1802. Samuel Parr was given a patent by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania dated 15 Jan 1802, to an 85-acre tract known as "Contentment" in Union Twp., Fayette Co., Pa. This he also sold, to Benjamin Bowman, for $850, by deed dated 17 Nov 1802. Both these deeds speak of Samuel Parr and his wife Sarah, formerly of Union Twp., Fayette Co., Pa., now of "Bolin Green Twp., Fairfield Co. in the Territory Northwest of the River Ohio". Hill's History of Licking Co., Ohio (which was formed from Fairfield Co.) states that Samuel Parr was the first settler of Newark Twp., Licking Co., and that he settled there in 1801, on the Licking Bottoms, just below the junction of the North and South Forks of Licking Creek. This spot proved to be unhealthy; the wheat was "sick". He later moved to a farm about three miles south of Newark; he purchased large tracts of land in that area. He built a fine brick house on this farm. The house was still in use in 1942. Here he spent the rest of his life. He died 5 Jul 1844 and was buried in the Baptist Cemetery at Van Burentown. His wife, Sarah, was born 16 Jun 1760 and died 29 Oct 1843. William Alva Parr, his grandson, said that her maiden name was Leonard.

23 Nov 1802 - Pg. 102, 2nd half, Fayette Co., Pennsylvania

To all people to whom these presents shall come, Samuel Parr of Bolin Green Township, Fairfield County in the Northwestern Territory of the United States of America and Sarah his wife send greeting. Whereas the proprietors of Pennsylvania by warrant deed(?) the twenty third day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy two did grant unto John McClelland, late Col. John McClelland of Fayette County who was killed by the Indians in the expedition against the Sandusky Towns, forty acres of land adjoining the lands of Richard Parr and others in the County of Fayette aforesaid. Which warrant has since been conveyed by deed poll from the widow and heirs of the said John McClelland unto the said Samuel Parr, but the patent not yet obtained. And whereas the said Samuel Parr having removed to the territory aforesaid with his family renders it inconvenient to attend to complete a title and having sold the same lands unto Benjamin Bowman of the County of Fayette the said Samuel Parr and Sarah his wife have thought fit to nominate and appoint and by those presents do nominate and appoint Samuel McClelland of Union Township of Fayette County and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania their lawful Attorney on their behalf, and in their names and stead, to make execute and deliver unto the said Benjamin Bowman, his heirs and assigns, a good and sufficient Title to the said forty acres of land as soon as possible after patent shall issue for the same hereby qualifying confirming and making stable the act of conveying as aforesaid as effectively as they the said Samuel and Sarah could or might have done were they present and did the same. And further to enable the attorney aforesaid the more effectually to convey the same the said Sarah doth hereby release unto the said Attorney in fact all her right of Dower of and in the said forty acres of land -- to the intent that he my repose the same unto the purchase. In witness whereof the said Samuel Parr and Sarah his wife have hereunto set their hands and seals the seventeenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two.

Sealed and delivered in presence of: { Samuel Parr (SEAL)

Joseph McClean { Sarah Parr (SEAL)

William McClean

*Proprietary underlined before signing}

Fayette County on the seventeenth day of November Anno Domino 1802 Before one the subscriber one of the Justices of the Peace, in and for said county, personally came Samuel Parr and Sarah his wife and acknowledge the foregoing letter of attorney and release of dower. The part of the said Sarah to be the voluntary act of each. > under my hand and seal same day.

Jonathan Rowland (SEAL)

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