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Deed for Ferry Farm Land, 7 July 1748

Deed for Ferry Farm Land

Fredericksburg, 7 July 1748. “This Indenture made the seventh day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & forty eight Between Lawrence Washington and Nathaniel Chapman1 Gent. Executors of the last Will & Testament of Augustine Washington of the County of King George Gent. deceased of the one part, and Anthony Strother2 of the said County of King George Gent. of the other part, Whereas the said Augustine Washington in his lifetime was Seized in his Demesne as of fee, of and in one Certain tract or parcel of Land with its Appurtenances lying & being in the said County of King George Containing by Estimation one hundred & sixty five Acres, more or less . . . This Indenture Witnesseth that the said Lawrence Washington & Nathaniel Chapman in pursuance of the trust reposed in them by the said Will, And for & in Consideration of the sum of one hundred & ten pounds Sterling money of England, to them in hand paid (in bills of Exchange) by the said Anthony Strother . . . Do Give Grant Bargain Sell, Alien, Assign & Confirm unto the sd Anthony Strother his heirs & Assigns forever, All the af[oresai]d tract or parcell of Land . . . .”

D, King George County Deed Book 3, 1743–52, pp. 276–77, Vi Microfilm.

This land was part of GW’s Ferry Farm inheritance. By the terms of Augustine Washington’s will, GW received Ferry Farm opposite Fredericksburg in King George County, 3 lots in Fredericksburg, 10 slaves, half of the tract of land on Deep Run, and a one-fifth share of his father’s residual property. The will provided for the sale, “if my Executors shall think it for the benefitt of my said son George,” of a portion of Ferry Farm (will of Augustine Washington, 11 April 1743, DLC:GW).

1Nathaniel Chapman (d. 1760), a Fredericksburg merchant and an original member of the Ohio Company, was associated with Augustine Washington’s iron operations. He was also named in Lawrence Washington’s will as an executor for Lawrence’s estate.

2Anthony Strother (1710–1765) was one of the appraisers of Augustine Washington’s estate. Augustine Washington had purchased a large part of Ferry Farm from the widow of William Strother (died c.1732) in 1738.

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