William P. Arnett Land Deed
Original from the Tennessee State Library and Archives
Roll no. 117
Book U (January 1851-Nov 1852)
Type record: Deed
What is significant? (1) William P. Arnett’s farm bordered on William Arnett’s farm [William P’s father]. (2) His farm did not border Peyton’s Creek but William Arnett’s farm did, so William P. Arnett’s farm was very near Peyton’s Creek. (3) William P. Arnett’s farm is next to the farms of Harry WILLIAMS and Hopkin RICHARDSON. [NOTE: Hopkin Richardson is in at least the 1840 and 1850 Smith County Census’s]. (4) the date of the land transfer is 25 Oct 1850. [NOTE: Some dates are hard to read in the original text: (a) Published land deed books use the 25 Oct 1850 date. (b) It is recorded in the Jan 1851-Nov 1852 deed book. The follow-on clerk record must be May 1852 and not May 1837 as it appears in the original.] (5) William P. Arnett is selling his farm in 1850? Why? William Arnett and family moved to Graves County, KY between in 1853. (6) William P. Arnett purchased a farm from Joseph Edens in Graves County, Kentucky on December 19, 1850.
Transcribed 9 September 2001
I William P. Arnett have this day bargained, sold, and delivered unto John G. Andersan and do hereby transfer and convey to said Andersan and his heirs forever for the consideration of one hundred and seventy -five seventy five [Transcriber comment: as written] dollars to me in hand paid a _______ of land in the state of Tennessee Smith County and _______ _______ containing by estimation seventy acres to the same more or less and bounded as follows. To wit beginning in a _______ _______ and coffee nut and ash running thence south with a line agreed _______ between Harry Williams and Hopkin Richardson or nearly so to a large _______ red _______ _______ on the west side of the point thence continuing the same course to a sugartree on the top of the ridge thence the same course to a _______ in Hopkin Richardson’s south boundary thence east thence east with said south boundary to a dogwood and popular thence south east on the same course to a birch thence north or nearly so to William Arnett’s line thence north or nearly so to a dogwood near William Arnett’s field thereas down the hill with the top of the same to a large red _______ near the _______ end _______ _______ of the hill and _______ thence a direct course to the beginning to have and to hold the same to the said John G. Andersan his heirs and _______ forever I do ________ with the said Andersan that I am lawfully _______ of said land have a good right to convey it and that the same is _______ _______ I do further covenant and _______ my self my heirs and representatives to warrant and _______ defend the title to the said land and every part thereof to the said Andersan his heirs and _______ against the lawful claims of all persons whatever this the 25th day of October 1850.
Wm. Brine (?) William P. Arnett (seal mark)
Levi J. Smith
Tennessee Smith County
Personally appeared before me William ___ ___ Wilburn clerk of the County Court of Smith County William P. Arnett the within named bargainor with whom I am personally acquainted and who acknowledged that he esecuted the within deed for the purposes therein contained _______ my hand at office the 7th day of May 1837 [1857?].
_______ _______ May 1837 [1857?] at 3 pm
W_______ Wallurne Clerk
NOTE: the dates within the deed are hard to read. They seem to say 1837 but that cannot be right. At closer examination the “5” in 1850 looks like “3” but seems to actually be “5” with close study. The deed above this one is 1849. The deed below is 1850 even though it also looks like 1830.