What better way to start my first “Follow Friday” than to share a link to an amazing online source?
Greenville County, South Carolina has posted images of early Land Records and I have found so many wonderful deeds that I did not know existed. These are the original images on file in Greenville, not typed transcribed copies that often contain errors. Here’s the link to the disclaimer so you can check it out yourself:
I have transcribed one of my family’s deeds below. This was when my great(x4)-grandfather, William Devenport deeded land to his daughter (and my great(x3)-grandmother), Sisaly Devenport Vance in 1838. She and her husband, William Gilmer Vance lived in Laurens County, South Carolina at that time.________________________________________________________________________
William Devenport To Sicily Vance- page 102
Deed 166 1/2 Acres
The State of South Carolina
Know all men by these presents that I, William Devenport of the State and District aforesaid for and in consideration of the sum of love and affection I have for my daughter Sicily Vance of the state aforesaid and Laurens District have granted bargained sold and given, and by these presents do give grant bargain sell and release unto said Sicily Vance a parcel or tract of land laying in the state and district aforesaid on the waters of horse creek of Reedy River. Beginning on a S.G. 3x thence running N.50.W.30.60. to a stake 3x bounded by land that belongs to the estate of John Anderson thence S. 52. W. 49. to a stake 3x bounded by Tully Bolling thence S.46.E.16.83 to a Red oak 3x thence S. 70 1/2 E.26 to a R.O. 3x thence S. 391/2 W. 39.50 to the Beginning containing one hundred and sixty six and a half acres be the same more or less, but retaining to myself and my wife the privilege of using any timber in the place as long as either of us lives and at our death to be given up to the said Sicily Vance for the use of her and the ishue [issue] of her body and if she never has any children or non living at her death then the said tract of land to fall back to my estate and be equally
divided between my four other children or their heirs. Together with all and singular the rights members hereditaments and appurtenances to the said premises belonging or in anywise incident or appertaining to have and to hold all and singular the premises above mentioned unto the said Sicily Vance and the ishue [issue] of her body, (if she has any, but if she has none then to my other four children and their heirs and assigns forever) to wit, Francis Devenport, Isaac Devenport, Susannah McDavid and Temperance Chandler, And I do hereby bind myself my heirs executors and administrators to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said premises above mentioned unto the said Sicily Vance and the issue of her body, but if she has none then to my other legatees as mentioned above their heirs and assigns against myself and my heirs and against every other person whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof. Witness my hand and seal this twenty second day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight and in the sixty second year of the Independence of the United States of America.
William Devenport, L.S.
Signed sealed acknowledged and delivered in presents of us
Lewis H. Shumate
Personally came before me the subscribing magistrate Micajah Berry and made oath that he saw William Devenport (son) sign & seal the within deed of conveyance to Sicily Vance for the use and purpose therein specified & that Lewis H. Shumate, William Allison and Isaac Kirby were subscribing witnesses at the same time. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 8th December 1842.
Lewis H. Shumate, M.G.P.
Recorded for 1st June, 1846, by Robt. McKay, R. M.C.
Original delivered to Davenport