Source: Richmond County, NC Deed Book NN, Page 308 - 309
Transcribed by Edith R.
Richmond Co., NC
Date of Deed: 11 July 1885
Filed for Record: Sept 7th, 1885
Grantors: James Northam, William H. Northam and wife, Mary K. Northam
Grantee: School Committee in Dist. No. 50, being: Erving H. Edwards, Natt T. Covington and William H. Hicks
School Com. Dist. No. 50, From James Northam & others
State of North Carolina }
Richmond County }
This Deed, Made this eleventh (11th) day of July 1885, by James Northam and William H. Northam and wife Mary K. Northam, of Richmond County, and State of North Carolina of the first part to Erving H. Edwards, Natt T. Covington and William H. Hicks, School Committee in Dist. No. 50 and their successors in office of Richmond County and State of North Carolina of the second part. Witnesseth: That said James Northam and William H. Northam and his wife Mary K. Northam in consideration of One Dollar to them paid by said Erving H. Edwards Natt T. Covington and William C. Hicks, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have bargained and sold, and by these presents do bargain, sell and convey to said Erving H. Edwards, Natt T. Covington and William C. Hicks Committee as aforesaid - and their successors in office, all the right, title interest ^and^ estate of the party of the first part in and to a tract or parcel of land in Richmond County State of North Carolina adjoining the lands of James Northam and William H. Northam and others bounded as follows, to-wit, viz: Beginning in the centre of the old Piney Grove road, at a point One hundred and forty yards from the centre of the Guilford Road on the north side of a small branch and west of said Guilford road, at a lightwood stake, and runs from thence about West seventy yards, thence about North seventy yards, thence about south east seventy yards, thence about South seventy yards to the beginning, Containing one acre, to be used and occupied for free public school purposes only, and so long as the same may be so used and no longer. And to revert to the Grantors herein, and their lawful heirs and when said parties of the second part and their successors in office do cease to use said lot of land for the purpose of a free school for the benefit of childred of white parentage who are entitled under the law to attend as pupils. To Have and to Hold the aforesaid tract or parcel of land and all privileges and appurtenances thereto belonging
to the said Erving H. Edwards, Natt T. Covington and William H. Hicks
School Committee and their successors, to their only use and behoof forever,
or until said lands cease to be used as specified. And the said James Northam
and William H. Northam and wife Mary K. covenant that they are seized of
said premises in fee, and have right to convey the same in fee simple; that
the same are free and clear from all incumbrances, and that they will warrant
and defend the said title to the same against the claims of all persons
In Testimony Whereof, The said James Northam and William H. Northam and wife Mary K. Northam have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year above written. James Northam (Seal)
Attest: -- W. H. Northam. (Seal)
Mary K. Northam. (Seal)
State of North Carolina, )
Richmond County. )
I, Frank Sandford, Justice of the Peace, do hereby certify that James Northam and William H. Northam
and Mary K. Northam his wife, personally appeared before me this day, and acknowledged the due execution of the within deed of Conveyance. And the said Mary K. Northam being by me privately examined, separate and apart from her said husband, touching her voluntary execution of the same, doth state that she signed the same freely and voluntarily, without fear or compulsion of her said husband or any other person, and that she doth still voluntarily assent thereto. Witness my hand and private seal, thiseleventh day of July A. D. 1885.
Frank Sandford J.P. (Seal)
State of North Carolina, )
Richmond County. ) The foregoing certificate of Frank Sandford, a Justice of the Peace of Richmond County, is adjudged to be in due form and according to law. Therefore let the same, with this certificate be registered. Witness my hand, this11th day of July 1885.
Z. F./T. Long Clerk
Filed & Recorded Sept. 7th 1885.
A. L. McDonald
Register of Deeds.