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Indenture for Land Purchased by Joel L. James (October 4, 1850)
Taylor County, Kentucky, Deed Book No. 1, Pages 399-400

After the death of their father Jonathan James in 1843, Joel L. James, his brothers John James and George Washington James were compelled to pack up their families, leave Bedford County, Virginia, and head West during the great migrations of the 1850’s.  This migration westward is easily traced thanks in large part to the fact that the family could afford to buy and sell land as they migrated westward.  Researched and provided to the J.F. A. by Senior Researchers George and Ruth Alspaugh, the indenture below is the fist in a series of land transactions following their departure from Virginia that mark the migration westward of Joel L. James and his family.

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     This indenture made and entered 4th day of October 1850 between J. L. Heister of the County of Taylor and State of Kentucky of the one part and Joel L. James of the County and State aforesaid of the other part.

     Witnesseth that the said J. L. Heister for an in consideration of the sum of three hundred and thirty seven dollars & fifty cents in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted bargains bargained and sold and by their presents do grant bargain sell and convey unto the said Joel L. James his heirs & assigns a certain tract or parcel of land situate and being in the County aforesaid and bounded as follows:

     To wit beginning at a spanish oak and white oak corner to said Heisters & RP & Durham Sanders in John Ships line thense with said line W 45 E 48 ¼ poles to a black gum corner to said Ship’s line with another of said Ship’s line S 45 E 12 poles to a black oak corner to Isaac Graves line with said Graves line N 45 E 102 poles to a hickory gum to Wm. Parrot thense with said Parrott line N 33 W 46 poles to a dogwood and black oak thense south 50 W 36 poles to a stake in the center of SB Road thense with said road S 65 W 126 poles to a stake in said road thense S 36 E 61 poles to the beginning containing 67 ½ acres be the same more or less together with all and singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining to have and to hold the land hereby conveyed with the appurtenances unto the said Joel L. James his heirs and assigns forever and the said J. L. Heister for himself his heirs executors and administrators the aforesaid tract of land and its appurtenances unto the said Joel

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     L. James his heirs and assigns against the claims or claims of all and every person or persons whatsoever doth and will forever warrant and defend by these presents.

     In Witness whereof the said J. L. Heister together with Isaak Heister his wife who hereby relinquishes her right of dower in and to the lands conveyed in this deed hath hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year above written.

J. L. Heister  (Seal)
Polly R. Heister (Seal)

     State of Kentucky, Taylor County Sct J. Alfred F Gowdy Clerk of the County Court for the County aforesaid do certify that the deed from J. L. Heister and Polly R. his wife to Joel L. James was on the 9th day of October 1850 produced to me in my office and acknowledged by the said J.L. Heister to be his act and ded and the said Polly R. Heister being examined by me privily and apart from her husband declared that she did freely and willingly seal and deliver the said writing & wishes not to retract it & acknowledges the said writing again shown and explained to her to be her act and deed and consenteth the same may be recorded whereupon the said deed together with this Certificate hath been duly recorded given under my hand this 11th day of October 1850.

A.F. Gowdy Clerk