Advertisement for Truro Parish Glebe and Silver
[22 May 1767]
To be sold to the highest bidder, in consequence of an act of General Assembly, and pursuant to order of Vestry, on Friday the 22d of May next, on the premises,
The late Glebe Lands of Truro parish, in Fairfax county, containing by estimation 400 acres, but the exact quantity will be ascertained against the day of sale. Thereon is a brick dwellinghouse, with four rooms on a floor, passages above and below, and cellars; also a kitchen, meat house, corn house, coach house, and barn, together with sundry other houses, and a yard and garden paled in. The situation is high, dry, and healthy, with good water, some meadow, and a valuable peach orchard. The land lies within 2 or 3 miles of the navigable branches of Potowmack river, and by having the great post road from Alexandria to Williamsburg passing through it at proper distances from the former, and the town of Colchester on Occoquan, is rendered very convenient for a publican, and might possibly suit a merchant, perhaps a doctor. Eighteen months credit will be allowed, the purchaser giving bond and security as usual.
The Plate belonging to the said parish, before division thereof, will be sold at the same time and place, and on the same terms.
Printed in Virginia Gazette (Purdie and Dixon; Williamsburg), 2 April 1767.
The parish of Truro was authorized after the division of the parish (see Vestry Elections in Truro and Fairfax Parishes, 25–28 Mar. 1765, and notes) to sell the glebe and church plate and divide the bulk of the proceeds between Truro and Fairfax parishes (8 Hening description begins William Waller Hening, ed. The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619. 13 vols. 1819–23. Reprint. Charlottesville, Va., 1969. description ends 202–3). At the 23 Feb. 1767 Truro Parish vestry meeting GW and William Gardner were instructed to advertise the sale in the Virginia and Maryland newspapers and to employ a surveyor “to run out the said Glebe Land and make a Plott thereof.” At the vestry meeting at the glebe on the day of the sale, “Mr Thomazon Ellzey haveing return’d a Plott of a Survey, made of the Glebe Land pursuant to a former order of Vestry, containing three hundred eighty five Acres and an half only, which said Quantity of Land being exposed to Sale to the highest Bidder was purchased by Daniel McCarty Gent. at the Price of Three hundred and twenty two pounds Virginia Currency, Who gave his Bond with Mr Richard Chichester his Security, for the same, payable eighteen Months hence, to George Washington and William Gardner, Church-wardens, for the Use of this Parish.” The church plate was also purchased by McCarty (Truro Parish Vestry Book description begins Vestry Book of Truro Parish, Virginia, 1731–1802. Manuscript on deposit at the Library of Congress. description ends , 118–19, 121).