Section VI - Massey Data Bank One Maryland Massey Family by George Langford, Jr. 1901-1996
©Cullen G. Langford and George Langford, III, 2010

 
Maryland Land Records, Kent County, JS #18, pp. 394-397
Gideon Pearce & wife Ann to Thomas Witherspoon: Deed dated  May 14, 1737
 
May 14, 1737: Thomas Witherspoon, skinner of Kent County in Maryland, buys for ¬£10 from Gideon Pearce, farmer, and wife Ann, also of Kent County, Lot No.95 in the designed town, Georgetown, along the Sassafras River.  Acting for the Crown: witnesses Jervis Spencer and Thomas Hynson, Justices of the Peace; James Smith is Kent County clerk.
 
This indenture made this 14th day of May one thousand seven hundred thirty and seven between Gideon Pearce of Kent County and province of Maryland, farmer of the one part, and Thomas Witherspoon, skinner of the same place, of the other part. Witness that the same Gideon Pearce for and in consideration of ten pounds currency to him in hand paid, the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge thereof, doth acquit exonerate and discharge same Thomas his executors administrators and assigns forever and hath given granted bargained sold and conveyed and by these presents doth give grant bargain sell convey and confirm unto the said Thomas Witherspoon his heirs and assigns forever all that parcel of land being one lot of designed town as now laid out and called Georgetown being a part tract of land called Colchester lying in Kent County in the aforesaid province upon Sassafras River and there it is commonly called the Ferry Point which said lot of land is known and distinguished by Lott No. 95 on the platt and certificate of the designed town lodged and kept by Mr. Gideon Pearce, designer of said County, reference being thereto and may more particularly appear together with all land easements privileges and appurtenances unto the said Lott No. 95 belonging or in any manner appertaining and also all the estate right title interest claim and demand of him the said Gideon Pearce of in the same as any part thereof. To have and to hold the same lot of land and premises with the appurtenances unto him the said Thomas Witherspoon his heirs and assigns and to him and their [illegible] proper use benefit and behoof forever.  And the same Gideon Pearce doth hereby for himself and his heirs covenant and agree to and with the said Thomas Witherspoon his heirs and assigns that he the said Gideon Pearce and his heirs the aforesaid lot of land and appurtenances unto the same Thomas Witherspoon his heirs and assigns against him the said Gideon Pearce his heirs and all and every other person or persons whatsoever shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents and also Ann, wife of the said Gideon Pearce, does by making herself a party to these presents and by putting her hand and seal thereto renounces and relinquishes and conveys all her right and claim of dower in and to the same lot of land premises to the same Thomas Witherspoon his heirs and assigns forever and further the said Gideon Pearce and his wife and their heirs [illegible] shall and will at any time hereafter at the request of the said Thomas Witherspoon his heirs or assigns at his or their proper cost and charge in the law do perform or cause to be done and performed any other deed for the sure making of the premises unto the said Thomas Witherspoon his heirs and assigns as by his or their counsel learned in the law shall be advised or required. In witness whereof the parties to these presence have set their hand and seal the day and year above written.

                                                                                                                                                 Gideon Pearce
                                                                                                                                                 Ann Pearce [her mark]

Signed sealed and delivered
in the presence of us:
Jervis Spencer
Thomas Hynson
Gideon Pearce & wife Ann to Thomas Witherspoon JS:18:394