he Old Home Place
From: Montgomery County Deed book T, page 550
1 SARAH M. SILES
For the love and affection I entertain for Robert Ivey Jarman and William James Jarman, the sons of Robert S. Jarman, I do hereby give, transfer, and convey unto them my property in Montgomery County, District 15, cattle. hogs, one bay horse colt, and household furniture.
I do give to Robert Ivey Jarman, the son of Robert S. Jarman, the following property: one yoke of oxen, one cow and calf and their increase, and one feather bed of furniture.
I do give to William James Jarman, the son of Robert S. Jarman, the following property: 15 head of hogs and increase, and one bay horse colt, one table, and one trunk.
To have and to hold the same to the said Robert Ivey Jarman and William James Jarman and their heirs forever. I covenant and agree for myself and heirs to warrent and defend the title to said property to said Robert Ivey Jarman and William James Jarman and their heirs against the lawful claims of all persons whatever, this the fifth day of September 1844, witness my hand and seal. Sarah M. Siles
Witnesses: Josiah Jarman and John S. Davidson
2 STATE OF TENNESSEE & COUNTY OF MONTGOMERY
Know all men by these presents, that I Thomas H. Batson, for and in consideration of the love I bear to and for the cause of Christ and from an earnest desire to promote his heritage on earth, do give and grant and by these presents convey unto James K. Ramey, Thos. H. Batson, Albert L. Green, J. Wesley Green, and others, as a Board of Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and to their successors in office, the following described parcel or lot of land being and lying in the village of Louise in the 16th District, county of Montgomery, and state of Tennessee: beginning at a hickory tree on the East side of a branch, thence running South 30 degrees West 18 poles to a stake; thence North 75 degrees West, 9 poles to a stake; thence North 30 degrees West 18 poles to a stake, thence South 75 degrees East 9 poles to the beginning corner, and containing one acre more or less. In trust, that said lot shall be used as a place on which to erect a church house, and shall be used, kept, and maintained and disposed of as a place of Devine Worship for the use and benefit of the Ministry and membership of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Subject to the discipline, usage, and ministerial appointments of said church, as from time to time authorized and declared by General Conference of said church, and the annual conference within whose bounds said premises are situated. And the said trustees are to have and to hold the property aforesaid for the use aforesaid free from the claim or claims of myself, my heirs, my executors, or Administrators and from the claims of all others whatever, with the exception that the L&N Railroad to hold a railroad and mineral right to the lands of which the aforesaid lot formed a part. And with this exception, I bind myself, my heirs, my assigns, my executors, or Administrators to warrant and defend the title there of against the lawful claims of others.
In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this April 16,1894.
W.T.S. Cook, Witness
M.M. Cockerell, Witness
Registered April 17,1894 by C.D. Bailey, Clarksville
J.M. Rogers, R.M.C.
From: Deed Book A
3 EARLY DEEDS
Tennessee County, North Carolina--Recorded in Deed Book A, Page 65, Montgomery County, Tennessee--Indenture made this 1st day of September 1791 between Captain Samuel Budd of the state of Maryland and James Winchester and George Winchester. whereas, by letters Patent #11, bearing date the 18th of February 1786, was granted to Samuel Budd for his services as a Captain in the Continental line, a tract of land containing 3840 acres, lying on both sides of Lick or Budd’s Creek of the south side of Cumberland River. This indenture, for and in consideration of the sum of 500 Spanish milled dollars to him in hand paid by the Winchesters, all of the before described tract of land, and containing 1835 acres of the original tract, to them as tenants in common and not as joint tenants. In witness he has set his hand and affixed his seal the day and dates first above written.
Deed book A, Page 67--Indenture made the 1st day of September 1791 between Captain Samuel Budd of the state of Maryland and Richard Graves of Kent County, Maryland for and in consideration of the sum of 1000 Spanish milled dollars to him in hand paid, for a tract of land containing 2000 acres. In witness he has set his hand and affixed his seal the day and date first above written.
Acknowledged September 3,1791 before John McNary, Judge of the District.
From: The Corn Sheller
4 GRACE CHAPEL
The land on which the community of Grace Chapel was built was deeded by T.G. Davie to J.A. Bagby, F.A. Anderson, Mrs. James Darnell and H.L. Cornell on Oct. 24, 1893.
Grace Chapel was on the Kentucky state line on what is now Ft.
Campbell. It was east of Piney Fork Creek, north of West Creek on the
Bridgewater Mill Road.
From: Memorabilia of Montgomery County
Clarksville was sold on Nole Sharer's mortgage claim for $14.00 in 1810.
6 GEORGE FREEMAN DAVIS
To: Harry Davis For a valuable consideration, cash in hand paid, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, we, George Freeman Davis, Hezekiah Davis and Clinton Davis have this day bargained and sold and do hereby transfer and convey unto Harry Davis, his heirs and assigns forever, all our right, title, claim and interest in and to the following described real estate, together with all improvements thereon, situated in the 18th District of Montgomery County, Tennessee, to-wit:
FIRST TRACT: Beginning at a stake on the East bank of middle prong of Budd's Creek, in Baggett's line; and runs with said line North 86 degrees West 54-1/4 poles to McCarty's Southeast corner; thence with his line North 9 degrees East 15-2/5 poles to white oak; North 4 degrees East 37.8 poles to a stake and pointers; thence North 37 degrees West 102-1/2 poles to a stake in Will Davis' line; thence with said line, North 44 degrees East 59 poles to a stake, formerly a white walnut on Budd's Creek; thence up said creek 59-3/5 poles to a cedar on East bank of Creek, corner between Dave Davis and Bailey Davis; thence South 9-1/2 degrees West, up middle prong of Budd's Creek, 46-1/2 poles to a dogwood; thence North 85-3/4 degrees East 4 poles to a dogwood; thence up said creek, or nearly with its meanders, South 30 degrees East 24 poles; South 4 degrees East 26 poles; South 23-1/2 degrees West 6 poles; South 1-1/2 degrees West 44 poles to the beginning, containing 58 acres, more or less. Being the same property in which Dave Davis, et al conveyed all their interest to Will Davis, grantors and grantee all being heirs of Hezekiah Davis, Jr., by deed dated October 24, 1919, recorded in the Register's Office of Montgomery County, Tennessee, in Deed Book 60, page 435.
SECOND TRACT: Sounded on the North by Burrell, Joe and Charles Davis; on the East and South by Tempe Davis, and on the West by McCarty, containing 4 acres, more or less.
Being the same property conveyed by Mrs. Mollie Davis, and husband, O.L. Davis to William Davis and Bailey Davis by deed recorded in Deed Book 44, Page 444, and the interest of Bailey Davis conveyed to William Davis by deed recorded in Deed Book or Official Record Volume 24, page 337, Register's Office of Montgomery County, Tennessee.
The said William Davis, also known as Will Davis, died in testate in Montgomery County, Tennessee on February 16, 1953, survived by his widow and four children- Harry, George Freeman, Hezekiah and Clinton Davis, as his sole and only heirs at law, and Mrs. William Davis, widow of the said William Davis has since died.
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD all of our right, title claim and interest in said property, together with all improvements thereon, unto HARRY DAVIS, his heirs and assigns forever.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF we hereunto signed, this 14th day of July, 1966.
From: Montgomery County, Tennessee Deeds, Volume 2; 1797-1804
7 SAMUEL THORNTON TO DAVID PEEPLES
Deed from Samuel Thornton to David Peeples
Indenture made this 15th day of November 1802, between Samuel Thornton of Montgomery County, and David Peeples of the same county for and in consideration of the sum of six hundred and ten dollars to him in hand paid, for a tract of land containing three hundred and five acres, lying on Yellow Creek.
Signed: Samuel Thornton
From: Montgomery County Deeds, Book 28, page 12
8 WORKMAN DEED
Land for Missionary Baptist Church at Southside, Tennessee
R.W. Workman To Deed: Baptist Church Southside, Tennessee For the love and affection that I have for the cause of Christianity and the advancement of the cause of Christ. I do hereby give and transfer to the Reverend C. A. Barnes and F. T. Fox Trustees for The First Missionary Baptist Church of Southside, Tennessee A lot of ground at Southside on which to build a Church for the benefit of the said Missionary Baptist Church (To be used for Church purposes and none other.) And bounded as follows:
Beginning in a post oak South West corner of School Property, sums South 88 degrees East 16 poles to a stone then South 2 degrees West 8 poles and 15 links to another stone, then North 88 degrees West 17 Poles & 9 links to Grants line, thence North West 8 Poles 12 links to the beginning. To have and to hold this same to said Barnes and Fox and their successors in office for the purposes above mentioned forever. I covenant with the said Barnes and Fox Trustees, that I am lawfully signed of said land and have a good right to convey it and that it is unincumbered.
November 11,1893 (Signed) R. W. Workman
Witness W. J. Lyle
State of Tennessee: Montgomery County.
Personally Appearing before me: C. B. Ewing Deputy Clerk, clerk of the County Court of said County. R.W. Workman, the within named bargainers with whom I am personality acquainted and who acknowledged that he executed the within instrument for the purposes therein contained.
Witness my hand at office this 24th Day of March 1894
(Signed) C. B. Ewing Deputy Clerk
Received at 12:16 o'clock March 24,1894
Registered March 26,1894
(Signed) J. M. Rodgers
From: Montgomery County Deeds, Book M, page 181
9 JOHN CHESTER
Samuel Jordan of Montgomery County, November 3,1830 to John Chester. $450 paid 173 acres, a tract of land in Montgomery County on the waters of Brushy Fork of the Piney Fork of the west forks Red River including 60 acres said Jones bought of William Clements; also 13 acres adjoining granted August 24,1818 to Richard Jones assignee of Bennet Searcy and John C. McLemon also 100 acres granted by State of Tennessee to John Jones assignee of Hardy Grizzard August 22,1818 grant #12381. Sum of 173 acres
Wit: Moses Oldham
Joseph W. Whitefield.
From: Montgomery County Deeds, Book 3, page 48
29 December 1853. William Griffey to John Chester $212.80 paid 38 acres District 4 bounded by Levi Chester, R.W. Daniel, H.T. Jordan.
From: Deed Book 20; Page 623
10 WORKMAN - WYATT DEED
In this instrument for the purpose therein contained my hand
at office this 19th day of November 1884 (signed) R.D. Moseley, Clerk;
Deed Book 20 Page 623 October 31,1874
Deed for the cemetery at Southside, Tennessee
Controlled by the Trustees of the Southside United Methodist Church
Received 1 45/60 o'clock PM November 19,1884
Registered November 20,1884.
James Wyatt and R. W Workman To Deed: Trustees for M.E. Church South: J. M. Dickson, James Wyatt, J.L.Phipps, W.C. Harris, A.J. Phillips, R.W.Workman, J.T. Batson, J. Smith, R.L. Batson
Mr. James Wyatt and R.W. Workman for and in consideration of the love we have for the dead have this day given and do hereby transfer and convey to John McCauley Dickson, James Wyatt, J.L. Phipps, W.C. Harris, Josha Smith, R.W. Workman, John T. Batson, Joshua Smith, and R.L. Batson Trustees for the M.E. Church South at Southside, Tennessee and their successors, The following piece or parcel of land to be used as a burying ground or graveyard. Lying and being in the State of Tennessee, county of Montgomery, civil district 16. Bounded as follows. Beginning is Black Oak with 4 1/2 poles South 5 degrees that of James Wyatt and R.W. Workman's cornering John McCauley Dickson west boundary line.
Thence 18 poles to a lime stone rock and North 9 poles to a lime stone rock. Thence east 18 poles to a lime stone rock and pointers. Thence south 5 degrees west 9 poles to the beginning corner by estimation one acre be the same more or less to have and to hold. The same unto said Trustees their successors forever for the purpose afore said.
We covenant with and find ourselves our heirs and our representatives to warrant and forever defend the title of said land to said Trustees and their successors aforesaid against the lawful classes of all persons whomsoever witness our hands this September 18,1883.
___ (signed) R.W. Workman
___ (signed) James Wyatt
As to R.W. Workman
State of Tennessee Montgomery County
Personally appeared before me R.D. Moseley, Clerk of this County Court of said County, James Wyatt & R.W. Workman the afore named bargainers with whom I am personally acquainted and who acknowledges that they for the purpose wherein contained, witness my hand at office this 15th day of April 1884.
R.D. Moseley, Clerk
From: Montgomery County Register of Deeds
11 DEED OF GEORGE BAGGETT
Richard Baggett and wife
To: George Baggett
We have this day bargained and sold, and do hereby transfer and convey to George Baggett the following tract or parcel of land, lying and being in 20th Civil District of Montgomery County, Tennessee. The consideration of this conveyance is $160.00, One Hundred & Sixty Dollars, to be paid as follows: Cash in hand, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged Four dollars, $4.00, one note dated May 2nd, 1921 and due in 12 Twelve months with 6% interest for $156.00.
Said land is described and bounded as follows: Begins at ash about one pole to North of road and runs North 3 degrees East passing a hickory stump at 2 1/4 poles, Dan Black's southwest corner, continuing same course with his line in all 34 1/2 poles Black's corner, thence with his line again North 87 1/2 West 40 poles to a stone on West bank of hollow thence South 3 degrees West 29 1/2 poles to a Stone on North edge of road thence South 81 East 40 1/4 poles to the beginning containing 8 acres & being a part of the tract of land conveyed to R. Baggett by J.M. Harris, Deed of Record in Deed Book No. 18 on page 687, page 4484 & 485 R.O.M.C. TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the same unto the said George Baggett heirs and assigns forever, with covenants of general warranty. We covenant that we are lawfully seized and possessed of said land, have a right to convey, and the same is unencumbered. A lien is expressly retained to secure the deferred payments. W.D. Harper, Witness and Notary signed, Richard and Mary Baggett (their marks) This 2nd day of May, 1921.
From: Deed Record from Montgomery County, Tennessee
12 DARNAL CAMPBELL TO WILLIAM MCCAWLEY
Tennessee Deed 31 1/2 Acres
Lying on Dry Fork of Half Pone Creek
This Indenture made this 10th day of May one thousand eight hundred and Twenty Between Darnal Campbell of the County of Montgomery and state of Tennessee of the one part and William McCawley of the County and state aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth the said Darnal Campbell for a valuable consideration of the sum of ninety five dollars to him in hand paid before the subscribing and delivering these presents the receipt whereof he doth by these presents ad knowledge hath
bargained sold aliened enforced and confirmed and doth by these presents bargain grant grant align enforceth and confirm unto William McCawley his heirs and assigns forever all that tract or parcel of land situated lying and being in the county and state aforesaid and on the waters of dry fork of half pone beginning at a Spanish oak and dogwood on the south west side of the spring branch thence west to a dogwood and white oak thence north to Thomas Hunters south west corner thence east to the head of the spring branch to two poplars thence down the ? the spring being the line to the Beginning the whole to contain thirty one acres and a half be the same more of less to have and to hold the aforesaid tract of land with all advantages in any wise appertaining thereon and the said Campbell doth covenant and agree with the said William McCawley to warrant and defend the aforesaid bargained premises unto the aforesaid William McCawley against all claims of al and every person or person whatsoever claiming witness whereof I set my hand
and seal Darnal Campbell
E. H. Davis
William MacAdam }
Samuel K. Clifton }
Willis Harris }
Thomas Williams }
State of Tennessee Montgomery County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions January Term 1823
The within deed of Conveyance from Darnal Campbell to William McCawley was produced in open Court and the Execution thereof duly proven by the Oaths of Willis Harris and Thomas Williams two of the subscribing
witnesses thereto and on motion ordered to be certified for registration.
Registered December 10th 1823
Testament of Andrew Vance, Clerk of Montgomery County Court
From: Sumner County, Tennessee Register of Deeds, Vol. A; page 140
13 WILLIAM CAMPBEL
This Indenture made this Seventh day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred and ninety Seven between William Campbell of the County of Montgomery and Commonwealth of Tennessee of the one part and John Hinds of the County of Bourbon and Commonwealth of Kentucky of the other part.
From: Early Land Records of Tennessee
14 EARLY LAND RECORDS
Howell Adams to George Nevill 323 acres on Barton's Creek, December 1,1801
John Abuck to Wright Bonds 640 acres on the north side of the Cumberland River, February 22,1785
John Addleman to unnamed 274 acres east fork Yellow Creek, October 12,1792
Sarah Allen to Jonathan Learvin 640 acres on Piney Fork of Little West Fork of Red River, March 11,1797
John Anderson to James Ford 640 acres on Sulphur Fork, November 13,1796
Zadok Badwell to Joseph Dixon 1000 acres on east fork of Barton's Creek, September 30,1785
Samuel Barton to Peter Farmer 1000 acres on Little West Fork, July 19,1797
William Belts to Howell Hicks 274 acres on Saline Creek, (no date)
John Gray Blount to Jethro Ballards 640 acres on the south side of Spring Creek, September 30,1785
John Gray Blount to Joel Bladsby 1000 acres on a branch of Spring Creek, September 30,1785
John Gray Blount to John Bromer 1000 acres on the north side of Red River, September 30,1785
John Gray Blount to Tobias Steadman 640 acres on the south side of Red River, September 30,1785
John Gray Blount to Allen McDaniel 640 acres on the south side of Spring Creek, September 30,1785
John Browner to Robert Nelson 60 acres on the north side of Cumberland River, November 17,1797
Thomas & William Murray to John Waters 1000 acres on Pleasant Creek, October 13,1800
Henry Darnell to unnamed 503 acres on Spring Creek, February 20,1801
Henry Darnell to James Anthony Crutcher 1325 ac., January 18,1786
Henry Darnell to unnamed 163 acres on south side of Cumberland River, February 9,1801
John Diller to John Dickson 640 acres on the east branch of the upper fork of Barton's Creek, December 10,1788
Stockley Donelson to unnamed 640 acres on the first branch on the north side of Cumberland River, February 13,1797
Spear Fort to James Jones 640 acres on a fork of Brush Creek, June 4,1796
George Ginnis to James Russell 640 acres on a small fork of Yellow Creek, August 14,1797
Clement Godfrey to Edward Harris 274 acres on a fork of McAdoo Creek, February 19, 1801
John Good to Hayden Wells 228 acres on the east side of William Shaw's land, September 21,1797
Edward Harris to Clement Godfrey 274 acres on a fork of McAdoo Creek, February 19,1801
Edward Harris to unnamed 274 acres on a fork of McAdoo Creek, February 19,1801
Joseph Hart to William T. Tyrell 640 acres on the north side of Cumberland River, (no date)
Simon Henderson to Robert Slothhart 640 acres at the head of a branch, 1797
Hansel Hicks to William Betts 274 acres on Saline Creek (no date)
Jacob Hicks to Robert Nelson 228 acres on Little West Fork of Red River, November 4,1785
Henry Hill to John Kirkendall 640 acres on Little West Fork, May 5,1797
Henry Hill to Marmaduke Laremore 640 acres on West Little Fork, May 5,1797
Henry Hill to Thomas Parker 640 acres on Little West Fork, May 5,1797
James Johnston to William Tyrell 1000 acres on the flat lick of Little West Fork, June 4,1796
John Kirkendall to Henry Hill 640 acres on Little West Fork, May 5,1797
Marmaduke Laremore to Henry Hill 640 acres on Little West Creek, May 5,1797
William Lewis & William Tyrell to Josiah Parr 274 acres on Spring Creek, May 27,1796
Caleb Lindsay to unnamed 75 acres on Spring Creek, (no date)
John Madearis to James Mullis 640 acres on Fletcher's Fork of Red River, May 20,1797
John Madearis to unnamed 640 acres on West Fork of Red River, May 20,1797
Thomas Molloy to Alexander Cameron 491 acres on the south side of Cumberland River, December 30,1790
James Mullis to John Madearis 640 acres on Fletcher's Fork of Red River, May 20,1797
Robert Nelson to John Browner 60 acres on the north side of Cumberland River, July 20, 1797
Robert Nelson to unnamed 228 acres on the west side of West Fork of Red River, November 4,1785
George Nevill to Howell Adams 323 acres on the middle fork of Barton's Creek, December 1,1801
Thomas Parker to Henry Hill 640 acres on Little West Fork, May 5,1797
Josiah Parr to William Lewis & William Tyrell 274 acres on Spring Creek, May 27,1796
William Lewis & William Tyrell to Joseph Hart 640 acres on the north side of Cumberland River, (no date)
Hayden Wells to John Good 228 acres on the east side of William Shaw's land, September 21,1797
Hayden Wells to Elijah White 640 acres on the south side of Cumberland River, June 14,1797
Hayden Wells & John Owens to Jonathan Lynn 640 acres on the south side of Cumberland River, August 28,1797
Elijah White to Hayden Wells 640 acres on the south side of Cumberland River, June14,1797
Robert Young to unnamed 25 acres on Spring Creek, (no date)
Z to unnamed 274 acres on the north side of Cumberland River, December 14,1796
From: Semi-Weekly Democrat
July 19,1888--Mrs. S.H. McReynolds sold her dwelling house on Franklin Street east of the Barksdale place, through James T. Wood, real estate and insurance agent, for $3,000 to Mr. Jonathan Adams.
From: Genealogical Journal of Montgomery County
16 LAND FOR SALE
July 11,1843--I wish to sell my farm on which I now live, containing 1,762 acres in Montgomery County about six miles North of Port Royal in the immediate neighborhood of Thomas Williamson's Mill.
Charles M. Warfield
From: Tennessee Watchman
17 SHERIFF’S SALE
February 22,1822---Exposed to public sale to the highest bidder for cash at the courthouse in Clarksville on Saturday the 13th of April next, all the right, claim and interest that John L. Hargrove has in and to 160 1/2 acres of land, lying on the south side of the Cumberland River, whereon the said Hargrove now lives, taken at the instance of Sylvania Waller, adm., B & H Neblett, William Matthews--taken to satisfy their debts and cost.
Sale about 12:00 and attendance by me.
B. King, Sheriff
From: Clarksville Gazette
18 YELLOW CREEK
January 8,1820---Notice that on Monday the 24th and the succeeding days if necessary, there will be sold at the dwelling of the late Capt. W.B. West on Yellow Creek, the following property:
1 yoke of oxen and cart
2 stills with the necessary apparatus
a quantity of corn, oats, wheat, rye, and fodder
a large quantity of cotton baled and in seed
farming utensils of all kinds
kitchen and household furniture
a number of other articles too tedious to mention.
From: Genealogical Journal of Montgomery County
19 PUBLIC SALE FOR DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAX, 1818
This list is found in the July 22,1818 edition of The Weekly Chronicle published in Clarksville by Burrell H. Peeples. It was contributed by Captain C.G. Hogan, Omaha, Nebraska. The paper lists property from other counties in the state. Only the Montgomery County portion is used here.
“Notice is hereby given, that in Direct Tax of the United States for 1816 on the following described property, situated in this state, having remained unpaid one year from the time of the notification fo the collector in whose district the said property lies, that the tax had become due and payable; the same or so much thereof as may be necessary to satisfy the said tax due thereon; with an addition of twenty per cent will be sold at Public Sale, at the Franklin Hotel, in the town of Franklin, in the county of Williamson, on the 24th day of August, 1818--Sale to commence at 10:00 A.M. and continue from day to day, until all are sold.
Names of Persons--Description of Property--Amount due Dollars & cents
Paul C. Abney--45 (torn) in Pond Woods--.26
Daniel Anderson--440 Acres on Blooming Grove--2.68
Reuben Bullard--one male slave--1.33
John Bosely--214 do in little grove 1.51
Amos Bird--106 do adj. Clarksville & one lot in Clarksville 8.12
Peter S. Bailey--400 do near Half Pone creek.
Adam Boyd’s heirs--1500 do near Clarksville 10.03
Zachariah Burch--640 do waters Red River 4.29
Harrison Boyd’s heirs--one lot in Clarksville .33
Robert Butler--640 acres
William Church--228 do on Spring Creek 1.53
Larkin Dawson--199 acres on Blooming Grove 1.84
John Diohinger--100 do M’Adoe creek .67
John Dickinson--640 do Half Pone creek 3.86
Nathaniel Dickinson--944 do south side Cumberland river 12.76
William Douglass--515 do Bud’s creek 1.68
William & Jo. Dunbar--250 do 1.68
Emanuel Davidson--200 do Fletcher’s Fork 1.34
G.M. Dradrick--8 perches, in Clarksville .50
From: Genealogical Journal of Montgomery County
The Senate and House of Representatives now in Session at Knoxville
Your petitioners in the County of Montgomery humbly showeth that whereas there are a Great number of the Citizens of the State of Tennessee and Others beside your petitioners who now has their claims filed in the Commissioners law puts it out of their power to obtain proper voucher until it is too late.
Your Petitioners also thinks it a grievance that the law requires the Testimony of the Original Grantee, Surveyor, and Chain Carriers who in many instances are living in the extreme part of the Country (We might say of the United States in some cases) where claims can be established without them. Therefore you petitioners prays that in your wisdom you will for the relief of honest citizens in such situations that you will take it into consideration before the Close of the Session and Grant longer time. Otherwise there are numbers of honest Citizens having just Claims will be materially injured and your petitioners are ever bound to pray--