George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Matthew Ritchie, 1 June 1796

1 June 1796

THIS INDENTURE, made the first day of June in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and ninety six: BETWEEN General George Washington, of Mount Vernon in the State of Vrginia, and Martha his wife of the one part And Matthew Richie, of the County of Wshington in the State of Pennsylvania Esquire of the other part.

WITNESSETH that the said George Washington and Martha his wife, for and in consideration of the sum of Twelve Thousand Dollars, lawful money of the United States of America unto them as or before the Sealing and Delivery hereof by the said Matthew Ritchie well and truly paid the Receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged HAVE GRANTED BARGAINED and sold aliened released and confirmed and by these presents DO GRANT Bargain and Sell Alien Release and Confirm unto the said Matthew Ritchie and to his Heirs and Assigns,

A. CERTAIN TRACT or piece of Land Situate lying and being in Washington County in Pennsylvania aforesaid formerly Augusta County in the State of Virginia on the Waters of Millers Run, One of the Branches of Shirtee Creek which is a Branch of the Ohio River and bounded as follows: to Wit,

BEGINNING at a white Oak standing on the North side of Millers Run a Branch of Shirtee, thence North three hundred and Nineteen Poles to a white Oak, West Seven hundred and forty Poles to a Spanish Oak standing on the North side of a Hill South Six hundred and thirty Poles to a white Oak standing on the South side of a Hill, East seven hundred and forty Poles to a stake standing between two Sycamores and North Three hundred and eleven Poles to the BEGINNING Containing Two thousand eight hundred and thirteen Acres be the same more of less (It being the same Premises which by Letters Patent bearing Date the fifth day of July One thousand seven hundred and seventy four under the hand of John Earl of Dunmore Lieutenant and Governor General of the then Colony of Virginia and the Seal of the Said Colony was Granted and Confirmed unto the said George Washington in Fee)

Together with all and singular the Ways, Woods, Waters, Water-Courses, Rights, Liberties, Privileges Hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining; and the Reversions and Remainders Rents, Issues and profits thereof; and all the Estate Right, Title Interest Property Claim and Demand whatsoever of him the said George Washington and Martha his wife in Law, Equity or otherwise howsoever of in and to the same.

To Have and to Hold the said Tract or Piece of Land Hereditaments and premises hereby Granted with the Appurtenances unto the said Matthew Ritchie his Heirs and Assigns to and for the Only proper use and behoof of the said Matthew Ritchie his Heirs and Assigns for ever.

And the said George Washington for himself his Heirs Executors and Administrators Doth covenant Promise and Agree to and with the said Matthew Ritchie his Heirs and Assigns by these presents that he the said Geogre Washington and his Heirs the said Tract or Piece of land Hereditaments and Premises hereby Granted with the Appurtenances unto the said Matthew Ritchie his Heirs and Assigns against him the said George Washington and his Heirs and Against all and every other Person or Persons whatsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof shall and will warrant and forever Defend by these presents.

IN WITNESS whereof the said Parties have interchangeably set their Hands and Seals hereunto Dated the Day and year first above written

Go Washington (SEAL)

Sealed and Delivered M. Washington (SEAL)

in the presence of us

James Ross

Charles Lee

RECEIVED the day of the Date of the above written Indenture of the above named Matthew Ritchie the sum of Twelve thousand Dollars lawful money of the United States of America being the full consideration money above mentioned.

Witness present— G. Washington

Charles Lee.


The Second day of June A.D. 1796 Before me JAMES BEDDLE Esq., President of the Courts of Commonpleas in the first District of Pennsylvania came the above named George Washington and Martha his wife, and in due form of Law acknowledged the above written Indenture to be their and each of their Act and Deed and desired the same might be recorded as such—She the said Martha being by me separately and apart from her said Husband Examined Declared she executed the said Indenture voluntarily of her own free will and accord without any compulsion or undue Influence whatever.

Witness my hand and seal the Day and year foresaid—

James Beddle (SEAL)


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