Thursday, June 16, 2011

Part of the "Susannah" Rucker Deed

This is part of the deed where the apparent heirs of Susannah Rucker sell her farm in Amherst County, Virginia, in 1781.

The deed was first partially acknowledged on 6 August 1781 in the Amherst County Court. It was then ordered to "be" or to "lie" for additional proof. I'm not exactly certain which word it is, but the implication is the same regardless.

The partial image shown above in this blog post includes the acknowledgement dated November of 1783.

There were two more terms of court where additional witnesses came forward to indicate their witnessing of the deed. That had to take place before the deed could be recorded. The final acknowledgement was in 1791.

If one read the deed really quickly, one could incorrectly conclude that it was written in 1791 and recorded in 1791. A careful reading of the acknowledgements indicate that they were spread out over several years.

Stay tuned for a discussion of this deed (and others applicable to Susannah) in the next issue of Casefile Clues.

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