This indenture made the 17th day of December A. D. 1846 between Rebecca Harper, Samuel W. Harper, and James H. Featherston of the County of Sumner & State of Tennessee of the first part and Henry B. Lauderdale of the County & State aforesaid. Witnesseth that for and in the consideration of the sum of Twelve Hundred dollars the receipt of six hundred dollars of which is hereby acknowledged to be paid to the hands of Samuel W. Harper two hundred dollars to be paid on the 30th day of May 1847, two hundred dollars to be paid on the twenty fifth day of December 1847, two hundred dollars to be paid on the twenty fifth day of December 1848, for the payment of which said several sums the said Henry B. Lauderdale hath this day executed his several promissory notes or bonds made payable to the said Samuel W. Harper and to his hands this day delivered. The said Rebecca Harper, Samuel W. Harper & James H. Featherston have this day bargained, sold, and by these presents do convey and sell unto the said Henry B. Lauderdale, his heirs and assigns a certain tract of land situated lying and being in the County of Sumner & State
of Tennessee on the Waters of Goose Creek, District No. 14 containing by estimation One Hundred & seventy eight acres and one half acre and bounded as follows: Beginning at an Elm standing in the fork of a Branch running South fifty one degrees, West with a small branch or drain 73 poles to an Ash on the Bank of said drain; thence South 31 degrees, West 39 1/2 poles to a planted rock near a small drain; thence South 70 poles to a planted Rock in Samuel Bradley's North boundary and South West corner to Benjamin S. Harper's; thence North 88 degrees, 10 degrees West with old marked line 128 to a planted Rock with a sugar tree pointers and corner to James Stovall; thence North three fourths of a degree East with an old marked line 175 poles to an Elm William Stovall's corner; thence South 80 degrees East 37 poles to a stake on the Road; thence North 66 1/2 East 54 poles to a stake in said Road; thence North 32 degrees East 26 poles to a White Oak and corner to Samuel Rickman; thence East 32 poles to the middle of the branch; thence South with the ruinous meanders of said branch 112 poles to the beginning. To have and to hold to him his heirs and assigns forever. The same is unencumbered and we have a good right to convey and we covenant and bind ourselves our heirs & representatives forever to warrant and defend the title to the said land to the said Henry B. Lauderdale, his heirs and representatives against the lawful claims of all persons whatsoever. Said tract includes a meeting house, a church deeded by Wm. Harper, dec'd to Trustees, which is excepted in this deed until by the previsions of the trust Deed ( if there be any such previsions or conditions) the said trust Estate shall expire or be forfeited. And it is further agreed between the above mentioned contracting parties that the said Samuel W. Harper & James H. Featherston remain on said premises till the 15 day of February 1847. In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and affixed our seals the day and date aforesaid. Rebecca (her mark) Harper (Seal), Samuel W. Harper (Seal), James H. Featherston (Seal)
Signed, sealed & delivered in our presence:
James A. Malone
State of Tennessee, Sumner County - Personally appeared before me Wm. S. Munday, Clerk of the County Court of said County, James A. Malone, Wm. Stuart subscribing witnesses to the within deed who being first sworn depose and say that they are personally acquainted with Rebecca Harper, Samuel W. Harper, and James H. Featherston the bargainers and that they acknowledged the Execution of the same in their presence to be their act and deed upon the day it bears date & for the purposes therein contained. Witnessed my hand at office this 19th day of December 1846. Wm. S. Munday, Clerk
Rec'd for registration 19 December 1846 at 12 o'clock AM. J. Bruce, Reg.
Registered & Examined 13 January 1847. J. Bruce, Reg.