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MECKLENBURG COUNTY DEEDS FOR EZELLS
 
Compiled and Transcribed by Richard E. Hausen 
Annotations by Mr. Hausen
24 Aug 2001 Contact: Richard E. Hausen Page 1 of 3 The following deeds for the Ezell family are taken from the Index, Film # 0032528, Family History Center, Salt Lake, Utah. Mecklenburg Co. was formed in 1767, from Lunenburg Co. The first deed for Ezell was March 4, 1767. and this portion of the Index will go through 1851. About four from this group are missing. The final deed on this Index ends with 1923. I will attempt to get these deeds from where I ended in 1851, through the end at a later date.
In addition to the deeds, I shall include other information pertaining to the Ezell family; ie names, relationships and in some cases notes about principals on deeds that may be information as to where the land is located---adjoining land owners and witnesses. The Ezells in this group of Mecklenburg County Deeds can be traced back to old Surry County and ended up in Mecklenburg Co. as part of Surry became Sussex, then Brunswick, then into Lunenburg and then finally part of the original Surry Co. became Mecklenburg, but also part of Lunenburg. This applies especially to John Ezell, Sr., born 1707, to George Ezell and Rebecca Delke; George was the son of George and Elizabeth Clark, and that George was the son the original Timothy Ezell, and Mary DeTorres --------------------------------------------------------------- 1. 3/9/1767: John Ezell Sr. appoints Benjamin Baird his attorney. This John is the son of George and Rebecca Delke. Deed Book 1, page 348. Whereas Benjamin Baird, Gent, has notified me that he intends to travel in the North and South Carolina, and as far as Georgia. I, John Ezell Sr., of Mecklenburg County, planter, do appoint him to be my true and lawful attorney, to recover all sums of money that are due me from William Avory (Avories), William Twitty, David Holloway of South Carolina. Witness, John Ezell, Jr., Rebecca Claiborne. NOTE: At the same time of the above instrument, a duplicate instrument was made between the above Benj. Baird and one of the witnesses above, Rebecca Claiborne. John Sr. and John Jr. were both witnesses and is in the same book, and the following page, 349. Two Claibornes later marry two Ezell sisters, the daughters of Robertson Ezell, which will be shown in later deeds. NOTE: 3/9/1767: Deed bk. 1, page 349. Rebecca Claiborne also signs a deed that is a duplicate of the above Power of Attorney. Both John Sr., and John Jr. are witnesses. 2. 6/13/1768: John Ezell Sr. to John Jr. for two negroes. Deed Book 2, Page 58 Know all men by these presents that I, John Ezell Sr. of the County of Mecklenburg, planter, for and in consideration of the sum of Two Hundred pounds, Current money of Virginia, to me in hand paid by John Ezell Jr. of the aforesaid County, whereof I do hereby acknowledge the receipt and myself therewith fully and entirely satisfied have bargained, sold and delivered and by these presents in plain and open market according to just form of law in that case made and provided, do bargain, set over and deliver unto the said John Ezell Jr., one negroe named Sal and one negro named Winnie, to have and to hold the said negroes forever from all persons whatsoever to him and his heirs forever. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the fourteenth day of December 1768 Teste: S. John Ezell, Sr. William Ladd George Vaughan At a court held for Mecklenburg County the 13th day of June, 1768, this Bill of Sale was Acknowledged by John Ezell Sr., a party thereto and ordered to be Recorded. John Tabb 3. 12/20/1768: John Ezell Sr. to John Ezell Jr.; Book 2, page 59, for 250 acres NOTE; This deed is an important deed to the Ezell researchers as it brings together John Ezell, Sr., his son John Ezell Jr., son Benjamin and his son William. All three sons and the father own land adjoining each other... Benjamin was reportedly born circa 1733, but could have been born earlier. If so, there is a slight possibility that this William could be the son of Benjamin. Note in my deed # 8, that William and his wife JEAN sells 300 acres to Henry Pennington. The 300 acres was deeded to William in 1763, by John Sr. I mention this because John's son William is supposed to be married to Sarah Gilliam. It could not be John Sr.'s brother William, because that William married Martha Stokes. The Question? Where does Wm's wife Jean figure in? This deed, also is dated same day John Sr. gave the two negroes above. This indenture, made this thirteenth day of December in the Eighth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third, by the grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, and in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and Sixty Eight, Between John Ezell Sr. of Mecklenburg County, planter, of the one part and John Ezell Jr. of the aforesaid county of the other part: Witnesseth that the said John Ezell Sr. for and in consideration of the sum of Fifty Pounds of good and lawful money of Virginia to him in hand paid by the said John Ezell Jr. before the sealing and delivery of these presents hath bargained, sold, aliened and confirmed and by these presents doth bargain, sell, alienate and confirm unto John Ezell Jr., a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in Mecklenburg County containing by estimation two hundred and fifty acres be it more or less bounded as follows: BEGINNING at the head of Clara Pattilo; thence along the said Patillo to a white Oak to corner; thence along a line of marked trees to the Spring Trees; thence up the said Branch to the road; thence along the said road to John Buggs line; thence along the said line to BENJAMIN EZELL's LINE; thence along the said Ezell's line to John Stogner's line; thence along the said Stogner's line to Stafford's line; thence along the said line to William Ezell's line; thence along the said Ezell's line to the BEGINNING, and the revision and revisions and remainders right estate, benefit claims or demands of, in, or to the same or any part thereof: TO HAVE AND TO HOLD to him, the said John Ezell, Jr., his heirs, executors, administrators or assigns forever and the said John Ezell Sr., for himself and his heirs and assigns and will warrant and forever defend the said Tract of Land from all persons whatsoever to the only use and behoof of them the said John Ezell Jr. to him and his heirs forever. In Witness whereof the said John Ezell Sr. hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year above written. Signed, Sealed and Delivered in the presence of S. John Ezell Sr. John Ladd William Ladd George Vaughan 4. 3/28/1 200768: John Ezell Sr., to John Stogner for 200 acres. More land of John Sr. adjoining that of Benjamin. Deed Book 2, page 121-22 This Indenture, made the 28th day of March, in the Seventh year of our Sovereign Lord George the Third, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, and in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Sixty Eight Between John Ezell Sr., of Brunswick County, Planter, of the one part and John Stogner of Mecklenburg County of the other part: Witnesseth that the said John Ezell for and in consideration of the sum of fifty pounds of good and lawful money of Virginia, to him in hand paid by the said John Stogner before the sealing and delivery of these presents, hath bargained, sold, alienated and confirmed and by these presents doth bargain, Sell, Alienate and Confirm unto the said John Stogner a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in Mecklenburg County containing by estimation Two Hundred Acres, be it more or less, bounded as follows: BEGINNING at BENJAMIN EZELL'S LINE; thence along the said line to John Ezell, Sr. ; thence along the said Ezells line to Saban Stafford's line; thence along said Stafford's line to Hicks' line; thence along Hicks' line to the BEGINNING, and the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders, right estate, benefit, claim, demand of, in or to the same or any part thereof TO HAVE AND TO HOLD to him the said John Stogner his heirs, executors, administrators or assigns forever and the said John Ezell for himself and his heirs and assigns will warrant and forever defend the said tract of land from all persons whatsoever, to the only use and behoof of him, the said John Stogner to him and his heirs and assigns forever. In witness the said John Ezell hath hereunto set his hand and seal the Day and Year above written. Signed, sealed & Delivered John Ezell in the presence of Wm. Robinson, John Ladd, Saban Wright Jordan Mabry, Samuel Lark March the twenty eight day one thousand seven hundred and sixty eight; Memorandum that quiet and peaceable possession was this day had and taken of the within mentioned land and premises of the within named John Ezell to the within named John Stogner According to the terms and efect of the within written deed. John Ezell Same witnesses as above. At a Court for Mecklenburg County the twelfth day of September 1768. This indenture and Memorandum of Livery and Seizen was endorsed and acknowledged by John Ezell Sr., party thereto and ordered be recorded. 5. 3/9/1772: John Ezell, Jr. and Martha, his wife to John Stogner. Book 3, Page 317-318. This deed is important to Ezell researchers in that it names the wife of John Ezell, Jr. as Martha. It also brings up another question. This John, Jr. has also been named as the John Ezell who married Elizabeth Adams, and was the father of another Benjamin, born in 1748-49 as shown in the Albemarle Parish Register. Could it be that he married Elizabeth Adams first, and Martha is his second wife. Could his son Benjamin have been named after his brother Benjamin. It does prove one thing... This John and Martha and or Elizabeth, "CANNOT" be the father of Benjamin, of Brunswick Co., who is the father of Wyatt M.; Buckner, William, Davis and Sally. Buckner was signing deeds as witness in the 1770's, meaning he was full grown then. The Benjamin born in 1748-49 could not have produced children old enough to sign deeds and wills. With roughly 18-20 years to a generation, Buckner would have to have 18-20 years old not until 1885 to 1888. Notice too, that Hannah, the wife of John Sr. no longer appears on his deeds as she did in the Brunswick County deeds. This Indenture, made this seventeenth day of October in the eleventh year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King and the year of our Lord 1771 Between John Ezell, Jr. of Mecklenburg County, planter, of the one part and John Stogner of the aforesaid County of the other part: Witnesseth that the said John Ezell for and in consideration of the sum of twenty five pounds of good and lawful money of Virginia to him in hand paid by the said John Stogner before the sealing and delivery of these presents, hath bargained, sold, alienated and confirmed and by these presents doth bargain, sell, alien and confirm unto the said John Stogner a certain tract or parcel of land lying in Mecklenburg County containing by estimation two hundred and forty acres, be the same more or less and bounded as follows: BEGINNING at William Ezell's corner tree; thence along said William Ezell's line to the old road; thence along the old Road to the head of Race Paths; thence along the Race Paths to a red oak to John Ezell Sr. line; thence along said John Ezell's line to the Spring Branch; thence up the Spring Branch to the Old Road; thence up the Old Road to John Bugg's line; thence along said Buggs' line to Benjamin Ezell's line; thence along said line to John Stogner's line; thence along said line to Saban Stafford's line; thence along said line to the BEGINNING, and the revision and revisions, remainder and remainders and right estate, benefit of, claim, or demand of, in, or, to the same in any part thereof; TO HAVE AND TO HOLD to him the said John Stogner, his heirs, assigns, administrators forever and the said John Ezell, Jr. for himself and his heirs and assigns will warrant and forever defend the said tract or parcel of land from all forever, whatsoever to his only use and behoof of his the said John Stogner, to his and his heirs and assigns forever in Witness whereof the said John Ezell, Jr., hath herewith set his hand and seal the day and year above written: Signed, sealed and Delivered in the presence of: John Ezell, Jr. John Bugg, William Crutchfield, Saban Mathis MEMORANDUM: that quiet and peaceable possession are this day had and taken of the within mentioned land and premises of the within named John Ezell to the within named John Stogner___________to the intent and effect of the within written deed. John Bugg Wm. Crutchfield John Ezell, Jr. Saban Mathis At a court held for Mecklenburg County on Monday, the 9th day of______1771 this indenture and memorandum and seizen endorsed was acknowledged by the said John Ezell, a party thereto, and Martha, his wife, she having been first privately examined as the law requires and Ordered to be recorded... 6. 4/11/1772: John Ezell Jr., Saban Stafford and John Stogner Jr. to Lewis Parham. Deed Book 3, Page 395. 159 acres This Indenture made this 11th day of April, one thousand Seven hundred and Seventy Two BETWEEN Saban Stafford, John Ezell Jr. and John Stogner of the County of Mecklenburg of the one part and Lewis Parham of the County of Mecklenburg of the other part: WITNESSETH that the said Stafford, Ezell and John Stogner Jr., for and in consideration of the sum of Twenty Five Pounds Current money of Virginia to them in hand paid by the said Lewis Parham, the receipt whereof they doth hereby acknowledge, hath given, granted, bargained, sold, aliened, enforced and confirmed and by these presents doth give, grant, bargain, sell, enforse and confirm unto the said Lewis Parham and to his heirs and assigns forever one certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Mecklenburg and bounded as follows: BEGINNING at the said Road on the North prong of Stith's Creek; thence up the said Creek as it meanders to a corner white oak; thence South to a red oak corner tree East to a black jack on the head of Lick Branch; thence Northeast to a white oak saplin; thence west to the Main Road; thence along the said road to a corner white oak of WILLIAM EZELLS; thence down the Little Fork of Taylor's Creek to a forked_______; thence up a branch of said creek to a red oak; thence a new line betwixt William Robinson and said Stafford to a white oak; thence along the same to the Beginning. containing one hundred and sixty nine acres, be the same more or less, Together with all ______, orchards, fences, waterways, woods, profits, commodities, advantages, and their appurtenances whatsoever to the same belonging to or in any wise appertaining; TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the aforesaid tract or parcel of land together with the afore recited premises and any part and parcel thereof with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said Lewis Parham, their heirs and assigns forever to the only proper use and behoof of the said Lewis Parham, his heirs and assigns forever and the said Stafford, Ezell Jr., and Stogner Jr. for them and their heirs do covenant and agree with the said Lewis Parham, his heirs and assigns that they the said Stafford, Ezell Jr. and Stogner, to their heirs the above mentioned land and premises with their and every of their appurtenances with the said Lewis Parham, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns against them the said Stafford, Ezell Jr. and Stogner Jr., their Executors, and assigns against all persons whatsoever shall and will warrant and defend . In witness whereof, the said Stafford, Ezell Jr. and Stogner Jr. hath hereunto set their hands and seals this day and year first above written. Signed, Sealed and Delivered in the presence of: Laban Stafford John Mabry John Ezell, Jr. William Dorean John Stogner, Jr. John Lucas NOTE: Rebecca Watson and 5 brothers sell to Ephfriam Mabry 373 acres bounded by Ezells on Flat Creek. 12/14/1772 NOTE; John Lucas (witness to above deed (6) sells to Wm. Jeffries 116 ac. Witnessed by EDWARD EZELL 5/10/1773 NOTE: John Stogner sells to Neavel Gee 440 acres bounded by Benjamin Ezell, Hicks, Parham, William Ezell and John Ezell, Sr.. NOTE: George Vaughan sells to Isham Davis 50 acres on Taylor's Creek adjoining John Ezell, Walker, Kirk and Moon. 9/8/1777 7. 12/12/1776 also 10/13/1777 : John Ezell and Martha, his wife, and James and Susanna Connell of Anson County, North Carolina to John Harper of Dinwiddie County for 110 pounds, 207 acres in Mecklenburg County and bounded by the forks of the Road near Bowen's Shop, thence to Burton, Merrimoon, the Sawscaffold Branch, James Williams, Howell Pennington, William Drumwright, Birds Old Road. Deed Book 5, page 105 and 106. Signed John and Martha Ezell and James and Susanna Connell: Witnessed by Drumwright and Pace. The entire first page of this deed is unreadable and the summary was taken from Mecklenburg Co. Deeds, 1777 - 1799. James and Susanna Connell in this deed own this land together with John and Martha. I saw at one time the name of an Ezell girl who married a Connell but can't find it in my marriage records. 8. 4/13/1778: William Ezell, and wife, Jean, sell to Henry Pennington, 300 acres. Deed Book 5, Page 228-229. This 300 acres and a deed thereto can be found in Lunenburg Co., later Mecklenburg. See following: the actual deed from Lunenburg Co must be ordered from the Library of Virginia. Family History Center only has the following summary. same land recorded both counties. Lunenburg County Deed Book 9, pages 335-337,12, Sept. 1763: John Ezell to William Ezell, both of Lunenburg County, 5 pounds, 300 acres; Lunenburg Co. on Little Creek, at Taylors Road. Witt: Saml Marshall Jr.; William Robison, William Boin. Recorded 8 Dec. 1763 Sig: John Ezell This Indenture, made this twenty-fourth day of February in he year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight, Between William Ezell, and Jean, his wife of the county of Mecklenburg of the one part and Henry Pennington of the county aforesaid of the other part. WITNESSETH, that the said William and Jean for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds current money of Virginia to them in hand paid by the said Henry Pennington, the receipt whereof we the said William Ezell and Jean Ezell doth hereby acknowledge hath given, bargained, and sold and by these presents doth give, grant, bargain and sell unto the said Henry Pennington, his heirs and assigns for one a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the county of Mecklenburg and containing by estimation three hundred acres, be the same more or less BEGINNING at a corner white oak on the North Prong of Taylor's Creek; thence up the creek to the head as it meanders ; thence along a line of marked trees at the Road; thence up Taylor's Road to a corner black jack tree; thence along Naval Gee's line to a corner red Oak; thence along Gee's line to a corner red oak, thence along John Ezell's line to the beginning, and being a tract or parcel of land conveyed to the said William Ezell by a deed from John Ezell, together with all the houses, woods, waters and all other the appurtenances thereto belonging or in anywise appertaining---TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said land and appurtenances unto the said Henry Pennington, his heirs and assigns forever, and they the said William Ezell, and Jean, his wife, doth for themselves and their heirs and assigns doth covenant and agree with the said Henry Pennington that he the said William Ezell and Jean, his wife and their heirs the above granted land and premises unto the said Henry Pennington, his heirs and assigns forever against all persons, shall and will covenant and forever defend: IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Said William Ezell and Jean, his wife, hath hereunto set their hand and seals the day and year above written. Signed, sealed and Delivered in the presence of: William Ezell Balaam Jones, Wm. Bowen, Wm. Drumwright Jean Ezell Wm. Neale, William Ladd At a Court held for Mecklenburg County the 13th day of April, 1778, this indenture and the memorandum endorsed was proved by the oaths of William Drumwright, Balaam Jones, William Bowen, Witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. S. John Brown At a Court held for Mecklenburg County the 14th day of September, 1778, Jean Ezell, wife of William Ezell personally appeared in Court and having been privately examined absolutely relinquished her right of dower in the above conveyed by this indenture. S. John Brown, Clk of Court NOTE: 6/5/1778: Austin Willis of Halifax Co. NC sells 400 acres in Lunenburg Co. (Now Mecklenburg Co.) to John Ballard Jr. on Tamms Fork, and bounded by Benjamin Ezell and John Bugg. This is land that Willis purchased from John Ezell 12/5/1761 in Lunenburg Co. 9. 8/14/1779: Benjamin Ezell to Robert Nance; Deed Book 5, page 491- 492. 500 acres. Most of Benjamin's land was in Brunswick County and then Lunenburg Co. This may have been an early land grant, for I could never find Benjamin having bought this parcel, nor could I find it in the land grants. This is also the first time that Benjamin's son, Buckner Ezell, shows up in Mecklenburg County. Most of his land was covered in Brunswick Co. Deeds. Buckner has shown up on various deeds and wills as a witness prior to this. This indenture, made the fourteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine between Benjamin Ezell of the county of Brunswick of the one part and Robert Nance of the county aforesaid of the other part: Witnesseth that the said Benjamin Ezell for and in consideration of eight hundred pounds current money of Virginia to him in hand paid by the said Robert Nance, the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge hath given, sold, aliened and confirmed and by these presents doth give, grant, bargain, alien, enforce, and confirm forever, one certain tract and parcel of land containing five hundred acres, be the same more or less, lying and being in the County of Mecklenburg and bounded in the following manner: BEGINNING at a corner red oak tree of John Bugg's and Naval Gee's; from thence abounding by the said Gee's to a white oak corner tree by the branch; thence abounding by the said line to a red oak corner tree upon James Hicks' land and from thence abounded by a new line of John Buggs' to a white oak corner tree of John Ballards line; thence along the said Ballard line to a white oak and thence to a small red oak to Buggs' line and thence to a giant poplar on the said Buggs' line meandering up Taylor's Creek; thence crossing the creek and thence to the corner red oak and to the BEGINNING. TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the aforementioned tract or parcel of land together with all the houses, orchards, gardens, fences, water, water courses, ways, woods, and woods profits, commodities, advantages and other appurtenances-- whatsoever to the same belonging or in anywise appertaining to the aforesaid tract or parcel of land together with all the aforementioned premises and any part and parcel thereof with their and every of theirs unto the said Robert Nance, his heirs and assigns forever. To the only use and behoof of the said Robert Nance, his heirs and assigns forever and the said Benjamin Ezell for himself, his heirs, executors and administrators doth covenant and agree to and with the said Robert Nance, his heirs and assigns that the said Benjamin Ezell, his heirs for the above mentioned lands and premises with their and every of their appurtenances with the said Robert Nance, his heirs and assigns-- against the said Benjamin Ezell, his heirs, and against all other persons whatsoever shall and will warrant and forever by these presents defend. In Witness whereof, the said Benjamin Ezell hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year above written. Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of: Benjamin Ezell Chislon Curtis George Hicks William Ezell, son of Benjamin Buckner Ezell, son of Benjamin MEMORANDUM that on the fourteenth day of August one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine quiet and peaceable possession of the within mentioned lands and tenements was had and taken by the within named Benjamin Ezell and by him was delivered unto the within Robert Nance according to the ______ form and effect of the within written deed. Wit: Curtis, Hicks, Wm. Ezell, Buckner Ezell s. Benjamin Ezell Recorded 10/1/1779 by Benjamin Ezell The children of Benjamin Ezell, Sr. and his wife Sarah, follow: From his will 1825. Wyatt M. m. Tabitha Thrower 1/21/1786 Buckner m. Elizabeth Birchett 1/21/1786 married same date. William M. An Elizabeth (Possibly Elizabeth (Betsy Bailey 9/14/1796) Davis m. Nancy Davis 12/22/1794 Sally (Sarah) m. James Standley 1/25/1796 10. 7/16/1782: John Ezell, Sr. to grandson Gilliam Ezell, one Negro girl. Deed Book 6, Page 215 This deed is important to Ezell researchers, especially those working on John's line. This establishes his grandson Gilliam and the marriage of his son William (Bill) to Sarah Gilliam. This is also why I couldn't figure out who the "Jean" was in previous notes and deeds. In addition, LEWIS EZELL is a Witness. This Lewis is also John's son. ---and not the son of a Benjamin who was b. 1780... Know all men by these presents that I, John Ezell ,of the County of Mecklenburg have Bargained, sold and delivered unto my Grandson, Gilliam Ezell, one Negro girl named Nancy for value received by me John Ezell and do hereby warrant and forever Defend this Negro unto the said Gilliam Ezell, his heirs and assigns forever from any Claim of any person or persons Whatever. In Witness whereof I here unto set my hand and seal this 16th of July 1782. Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of: John Ezell Robert Connell (Connell again) Stephen Strange (Emily F. Ezell m. Owen Strange.) LEWIS EZELL At a court held for Mecklenburg County the 9th day of December 1782 This Bill of Sale was proved by the oath of Lewis Ezell, a witness, and ordered to be recorded. This Lewis Ezell is the son of John, brother to Benjamin . NOTE; 11/11/1782: Josiah Floyd sells 243 acres adjoining the lands of George Ezell. I cannot place this George, nor the below mentioned Michael. A George, James, and Michael were listed in Lunenburg Co. Tax lists for several years during the years from 1749 thru 1764. The area later became Mecklenburg Co. Joseph, another suspected son of John Sr. is also listed. He died in 1791 in Brunswick Co. I have a suspicion that perhaps that the above named Michael, James, and George may be the sons of Lewis, the son of John Sr. 11. 3/10/1783: Michael Ezell to Jabez Northington, 100 acres: See above note. Book 6, page 231. This Indenture, made this tenth Day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred and eighty three BETWEEN Michael Ezell of the county of Mecklenburg and Jabez Northington of the same county WITNESSETH that the said Michael Ezell for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings to him in hand paid by the said Northington, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, hath granted, bargained, and sold and by these presents doth grant, bargain and sell unto the said Jabez Northington, in his actual Seizen and Possession now being by virtue of a Bargain and Sale to him thereof made by the said Michael Ezell by Indenture bearing date the day before the date of these presents and by the force of the statute for transferring_________into possession and to his heirs and assigns forever, one certain tract or parcel of land containing one hundred acres, be the same more or less situated and lying and being in the County of Mecklenburg and bounded as follows: (to wit) BEGINNING at a corner Hickory on Winfield's line; thence up the said line to a line of marked trees to the said Northington's line to a corner black oak, the same being granted to Robert Connell by letters of Patent bearing date at Williamsburg the third day of July, 1752. to have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land as aforesaid unto the said Jabez Northington and to his heirs and executors, the above named Michael Ezell and his heirs and executors, my title or interest in or to the said tract or parcel of land granted unto the said Jabez Northington, his heirs and assigns forever to the only use and behoof of him the said Jabez Northington and to his heirs and assigns forever. In Witness whereof I hereunto set our hands and seals the day and date above mentioned. Michael Ezell MEMORANDUM: ____Day of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty three that quiet and peaceable possession this day has been taken of the within mentioned land and premises of the said Michael Ezell to the within named Northington according to the form and effects of the within written deed. Michael Ezell At a Court held for Mecklenburg County the 10th day of March, 1783 This Indenture and memorandum endorsed was Acknowledged by Michael Ezell, a party thereto to be recorded and SARAH EZELL, the wife of the said Michael personally appeared in Court and being prively examined and entirely relinquished her right of dower in the Estate conveyed by this Indenture. S. John Brown . ------------------------------------------------------------------------- NOTE: 5/28/1784: Jabez Northington sells 60 ac. to Chappell adjoining Winkfield and Avens Creek. WITNESS: Lewis Ezell NOTE; 1/4/1785: Jabez Northington sells 600 acres to John Northington on Avens Creek; land purchased from John Brown adjoining land of Josiah Floyd, Connell and Chappell. WITNESSES: George Melone. Martha Davis, (mother of Nancy Davis who later married Buckner Ezell, the son of Benjamin) married Josiah Floyd after her husband Wm. Davis died. NOTE; 1/25/1785: Avery Connell sells 60 acres to Jabez Northington, land that did belong to MICHAEL EZELL. NOTE: 3/12/1785: John Harris sells 125 acres to Mial Wall: WITNESS; Lewis Ezell. 11-A: 3/27/1788: William Ezell buys 121 acres from James Nipper: Deed Book 7, page 390-92. This Indenture, made the twenty seventh day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight between James Nipper of the County of Mecklenburg of the one part and William Ezell of the County aforesaid of the other part: Witnesseth that the said James Nipper for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and twenty one pounds Current money of Virginia, to him in hand paid by the said William Ezell, the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge, hath given, granted, bargained and sold, aliened, enforced and confirmed and by these presents doth give, grant, bargain, alien, enforce and confirm unto the said William Ezell and to his heirs and assigns forever one certain tract or parcel of land containing by estimation one hundred and twenty one acres, be the same more or less lying and being in the County of Mecklenburg and bounded in the following manner. BEGINNING at a corner pine of John Nipper's on Robert Hudson's line; thence along the said Hudson's line North 69 degrees West fifty five poles to a Maple; thence down the said Creek South thirty seven degrees West twenty poles to the Mouth of James Smith's Branch; thence up the said branch one hundred and twenty two poles to a white oak; thence North twenty five degrees west twelve poles to a pine; thenceforth two degrees west thirty four poles to a sweet oak on Thomas Booth's line; thence on Booth's line North sixty nine degrees east one hundred and four poles to a red oak on Benjamin Walkers line; thence along the said Walker line South seventy degrees east sixty two poles to a red oak on Charles Floyd's line; thence Floyd's line South eighteen degrees east sixteen poles to a white oak; thence South seventy five degrees east eighteen poles to a corner hickory on John Nipper's line; thence on the said Nipper's line South eleven degrees west one hundred and twenty eight poles to the BEGINNING pine being part of a tract granted to the said James Nipper by his father to have and to hold the aforesaid tract or parcel of land together with all the houses, orchards, gardens, fences, waters, watercourses, profits, commodities and advantages and other appurtenances whatsoever to the same belonging or anywise appertaining to the aforesaid tract or parcel of land together with the aforesited premises and every part and parcel thereof with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said William Ezell, his heirs and assigns forever to the only use and behoof of the said William Ezell and to his heirs and assigns forever he the said James Nipper for himself, his heirs, executors and administrators doth covenant and agree to and with the said William Ezell, his heirs and assigns that he the said James Nipper, his heirs the above mentioned land and premises with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said William Ezell, his heirs against him the said James Nipper, his heirs and against all other persons whatsoever shall and will warrant and forever by these presents defend: In witness whereof, the said James Nipper hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written. Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of James Nipper Thomas Webb Alddias Webb DAVIS EZELL NOTE; Davis Ezell, witness signed above, is the first time I have found him on deeds. He is the son of Benjamin, of John 1707, and a brother to the above William. Davis Ezell married Nancy Davis, daughter of William and Martha Davis. Martha Davis married Josiah Floyd after husband's death. At a Court held for Mecklenburg County the 13th day of April, 1789. This Indenture, was acknowledged by James Nipper, a party thereto and ordered to be recorded and Halley Nipper, wife of the said James personally appeared in Court and being privily examined voluntarily relinquished her right of dower in the estate conveyed by the said Indenture. Teste: John Brown 11B. 4/11/1796: William Ezell, son of Benjamin, buys from Ephriam Hudson, 100 acres. Book 9, page 49-50. A Rebecca Ezell married a John Hudson in Mecklenburg County 3/26/1794. This Indenture, made this 11th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety six and the twentieth year of the commonwealth Between Ephfriam Hudson of the County of Mecklenburg of the one part and William Ezell of the county aforesaid of the other part, Witnesseth that the said Ephfriam Hudson for and in consideration of the sum of four hundred pounds current money of Virginia to him in hand paid by the said William Ezell, the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge hath given, granted, sold, aliened and enforced and confirmed and by these presents doth give, grant, bargain, alien, enforce and confirm unto the said William Ezell and to his heirs and assigns forever, one certain tract or parcel of land containing one hundred acres by survey, lying and being in the county aforesaid and bounded in the following manner: BEGINNING at William Hudson's hickory on Benjamin Hudsons line; thence North 16 degrees East 66 poles to a corner red oak on the Harrison's line; thence North 68 degrees along said Harrison's line to Nippers corner; thence the same course along Nippers line to a corner pine on the said Ezell line; thence along the said course on Ezell's line to a corner maple on a small branch two hundred and thirteen poles; thence down the said Branch as it meanders to Hicks' Creek; thence down the said Creek as it meanders to a corner ash on William Hudson's line; thence a new line South 79 degrees East to the BEGINNING HICKORY, it being part of a tract of land belonging to Robert Hudson, deceased, granted to the said Ephfriam Hudson by will of his father: TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the aforesaid tract or parcel of land together with all the houses, orchards, fences, water, water courses, ways, woods, profits, advantages and their appurtenances whatsoever to the same belonging or in anywise appertaining to the aforesaid tract or parcel of land , together with the afore recited premises unto the said William Ezell, his heirs and assigns forever, to the only use and behoof of the said Ezell, his heirs and assigns and the said Ephfriam Hudson doth warrant and will forever defend the aforesaid tract of land to the above named William Ezell and to his heirs from all claims or claims whatsoever, IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the said Ephfriam Hudson hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year above written. Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Ephfriam Hudson Josiah Floyd (m. Martha Davis, mother of Nancy, after death of Wm. Davis) Martha Davis's dau. Nancy m. Davis Ezell, son of Benj. and bro. to William Nancy Walker MEMORANDUM: That on the twenty fifth day of December, one thousand seven hundred and ninety six, quiet and peaceable possession of the within delivered land and tenement, is to be taken by the within mentioned William Ezell and granted and delivered by the within mentioned Ephfriam Hudson as witness my hand this 17th day of April, d 1796. Witness: Josiah Floyd, Nancy Walker S. Ephfriam Hudson 11-C. 3/1/1791: John Ezell to Randolph Davis, 100 acres on Taylor's Creek. Deed Book 18, page 214. NOTE; This Deed was not recorded until 3/20/1820. It appears that it might have been a 30 year loan, from 1791 to 1820. It was signed by John Ezell---nothing to distinguish between Jr. or Sr. I think that by this time this deed was written, only John Jr., was living. By the time this deed was actually recorded, both Johns were deceased, but perhaps not in 1791. There was no activity by either John Sr. or John Jr. after this deed written in 1791. See also Deed # 20, the same as this, except that it has the following note: At a Court for Meck. Co. this 20th day of Mar. 1820: This Indenture was presented in Court---and for reasons appearing to the court the same is admitted to Record. This Indenture made this 1st day of February, 1791, between John Ezell of the county of Mecklenburg of the one part and Randolph Davis of the said county of the other part WITNESSETH that the said Ezell for and in consideration of the sum of 120 pounds current money of Virginia to him in hand paid by the said Davis hath granted, bargained, sold, and delivered and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell and deliver unto the said Randolph Davis, his heirs forever one certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the county aforesaid. Beginning at a corner pine on Bufors Creek; thence down the said creek to a black gum on the said creek: thence along Jesse Opling's line to a corner post oak; thence to the North Prong of Taylor's Creek to a chestnut; thence down the said North Prong to a corner Red Oak; thence up Taylor's Creek to a red oak on John Bugg's line; thence along his line to the beginning; TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the aforesaid tract or parcel of land containing by estimation one hundred acres, to be the same more or less together with all singular the appurtenances with all water and water courses, woods, and underwoods and every singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging to him the said Davis, his heirs forever and the aforesaid tract of land, he the said Ezell doth warrant and forever defend to the said Randolph Davis, his heirs and assigns forever against the claim or claims and demands of any person or persons whatsoever. In Witness Whereof, he the said Ezell hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year above written. Signed, Sealed and Delivered: in the presence of John Ezell Kirby Cook, Thomas Marriott, Matt Speed, Davis Bowen, Jr. At a Court held for Mecklenburg County the 20th day of March, 1820. This Indenture was presented in Court---and for reasons appearing to the Court, the same is admitted to Record. 12. 2/20/1804: William Ezell sells 221 acres to Gordon Rideout. This deed, as many others for Ezells is for land in the same general area bought and sold by the Ezells in Mecklenburg, and owned by familiar -- i.e. Davis, Nipper, Webb. Hudson, etc. closely tied to the Ezells. All of this land is on or close to Taylor's Creek which is also in Lunenburg, Brunswick and Mecklenburg. The relationships continue and many of the families are intermarried---all the way back to the original Timothy who had Nathaniel Harrison as a witness to the settlement of his will. This Indenture, made this 20th day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four BETWEEN William Ezell of the County of Mecklenburg of the one part and Gordon Rideout of the county aforesaid of the other part; WITNESSETH that the said William Ezell for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred and seventy pounds lawful money of Virginia, to him in hand paid by the said Gordon Rideout, the receipt hereof he hath hereby acknowledged, hath given, granted, bargained, sold, aliened, enforced and confirmed unto the said Gordon Rideout and his heirs and assigns forever one certain tract or parcel of land containing by estimation two hundred and twenty one acres be the same more or less, lying and being in the County aforesaid and bounded as following: BEGINNING at William Hudson's line on the Creek (Taylor's) ; thence along the said Hudson's line to William Bradmon's line; thence along the said Bradmon's line to John Nipper's line; thence along the said Nipper's line to James Davis' line; thence along the said Davis' line to Lewis Griggs' line; thence along the said Griggs' line to Harper (sic) Booth's line; thence along said Booth's line to Thomas Webb's line; thence along the said Webb's line to the BEGINNING; TO HAVE AND TO HOLD, the aforesaid tract and parcel of land, together with all the houses, orchards, gardens, fences, water, water courses ways,woods, underwoods, profits, commodities, advantages and appurtenances whatever to the same belonging or in anywise appertaining to the aforesaid tract or parcel of land together with the aforesaid premises to the said Gordon Rideout, his heirs and assigns forever and the said William Ezell for himself, his heirs---doth covenant and agree to and with the said Gordon Rideout, his heirs---that the said Ezell do hereby agree to defend the right and title of the above mentioned land and premises unto the above mentioned Gordon Rideout. AS WITNESS my hand the day and year first above written. Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of:Lewis Grigg William Ezell J. Davis, Wilson Walker At a Court held for Mecklenburg County the 9th day of April, 1804 The Indenture was acknowledged by William Ezell, a party thereto, and ordered to be Recorded. Wm. Baskerville, Clk of Court 12-A. 1/11/1804: William buys 671 acres from John R. Davis. Deed Book 12, pages 73-4. This William is the son of Benjamin, and also as in Deed # 11-a and 12. He later becomes Mecklenburg County Commissioner--- and later, his son William T. becomes Commissioner. For reference to some forthcoming deeds, I will list below the children of this William. At the time of his death, his wife was named Elizabeth. Children follows, according to his deed and marriage records. Benjamin m. Elizabeth Walker 122/5/1814 William T. m. Susan A. Robertson m. Rebecca Ann Northington, 3/20/1815 Robertson d. 1837 Rebecca m. William Dawes 12/19/1814 Elizabeth m. Samuel H. Walker 12/18/1815 This Indenture, made and entered into the eleventh day of January one thousand eight hundred and four BETWEEN John R. Davis of the county of SUSSEX, of the one part and William Ezell of the county of Mecklenburg of the other part. WITNESSETH that the said Davis in consideration of five hundred and seventy nine pounds sixteen shillings, of lawful money of the Commonwealth to him in hand paid by the said Ezell at and before the unsealing and Delivery of these presents Hath Bargained and sold and by these presents doth bargain and sell unto the said Ezell, his heirs and assigns a certain tract or parcel of land situate, lying and being in the county of Mecklenburg bounded as follows, that is to say, BEGINNING at a point where Aven's Creek and Flat Creek unite; thence up Flat Creek as it meanders to the North of a small Dreans (sic) in William Pool's line; thence up the said drain (sic) to the Rock Spring; thence to a corner post oak in said Pool's line; thence along said Pool's line to a post oak corner of Bremby (sic) Watson's on said Poole's line; thence along said Watson's line to the head of a DREAN (Seems correct spelling, but don't know what it means---maybe a gully sloping to the creek; thence down the same until it falls into Aven's Creek; thence up the same as it meanders to a marked corner white oak on said Creek where said Watson's Path crosses said Creek; thence West course along a new line of marked trees on said Davis' land to a small marked shrub oak and Speed's line; thence along said Speed's line to the Flat Rock Branch, being Robert's line; thence down the Flat Rock Branch as it meanders_______ it ____________with Aven's Creek; thence down said Aven's Creek TO THE BEGINNING, containing by estimation made six hundred and seventy one acres, be the same more or less, together with all and singular the appurtenances and the Revietion? and Reversions, remainder and remainders yearly and other rents ______and profits thereof TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said tract or parcel of land with the tenements hereto meant and all and singular other the premises----before mentioned_____as_______to be bargained and sold and every part and parcel thereof with every of their rights, titles and appurtenances unto the said Ezell, his heirs and assigns forever and the said Davis' for himself and his heirs the said tract or parcel of land with all and singular the premises and appurtenances before mentioned unto the said William Ezell, his heirs and assigns forever from the claim or claims of him the said Davis and his heirs and of all and every other person or persons whatsoever shall, will, and do warrant and forever defend by these presents. In witness whereof the said Davis hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written. Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of John R. Davis Wilson Walker, William Bennet, Wm. Poole Edward Baskerville Francis Ballard, S. Timmans AT A COURT held for Mecklenburg County 9th day of April 1804. This Indenture was proved by the oath of William Bennett and William Poole Jr. witnesses thereto and at a Court held for the same County the 10th day of September following the said Indenture was further proved by the oath of William Walker, another witness thereto, and ordered recorded. Teste: Wm. Baskerville, Clk Ct. Continue page 2