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GRAINGER COUNTY
TENNESSEE
WILLS OF 1841


JAMES M. BIRD, DEEDED TO CHILDREN


JAMES M. BIRD to REDMAN BIRD and others 106 acres to all people to whom these presents shall come. I, JAMES M. BIRD, do send greeting know ye that I the said JAMES M. BIRD, of the county of Grainger and State of Tennessee for and in consideration of the love, goodwill, and affection which I have and do veer toward my loving children is, REDMAN BIRD, HILYARD BIRD, THOMAS BIRD, NANCY BIRD who is married to THOMAS STROUD and MARY AN BIRD married to RICHARD STROUD, all of the county of Grainger and the State of Tennessee and for and in consideration of ten dollars to me in hand deeds the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath and by these presents doth give and grant to the said REDMAN BIRD, HILYARD BIRD, THOMAS BIRD, NANCY STROUD, MARY ANN STROUD, my children as afore said all my tracts of land lying in the county of Grainger on the south side of the Big Ridge adjoining the JACOB NOE's land including the improvements where in I now line branded as follows (territory). Beginning at a hickory and black oak saplin corner to JACOB NOE's running south eighty five west thirty six poles to a stake thence with JAMES LATHIM's line north sixty poles to TURBY's line thence north the same north fifty eight east one hundred and eighty poles to a white oak marked R.L. LONG's line. Thence south one hundred and seventy five poles to a stake thence south thirty one east one hundred and five poles to a forked black oak saplin. WHITESIDE's line at the edge of an old field thence south forty five west with NOE's and RICK's old line sixteen poles to the corner of JACOB NOE's fifty acres turning then south the line of the same. North fifty five west sixty eight poles to a hickory and pine then north thirty three west twenty poles to a hickory then north seventeen west twenty poles to a black oak then north thirty five west sixty poles to the beginning. Containing fifty six acres more or less making in all one hundred and six acres more or less the said JAMES M. BIRD, reserves to himself the possession of said land and plantation there in during his lifetime and of his wife CLOYE, and after they are dead, then their children is to take possession of it shared as aforesaid on their maintaining in a decent manor the said JAMES M. BIRD & his wife CLOYE, their lifetime. As long as they live and the said REDMAN BIRD, HILYARD BIRD, THOMAS BIRD, NANCY BIRD who is married to THOMAS STROUD and MARY AN BIRD who is married to RICHARD STROUD is to pay the tax of said land that is to say the said one hundred and six acres in the deed of gift during the lifetime of said JAMES M. BIRD & his wife CLOYE and give it in their own names and to see that no person trespasses on said land and to keep the said JAMES M. BIRD and his wife CLOYE in peaceable possession of said land and premices during their natural lifetime.

Witness my hand and seal the 7th day of August, 1841

(X - his mark) JAMES M. BIRD

Witnesses
JOS COBB
JOHN COCKE

State of Tennessee
Grainger County

Personally appeared before me Edward Tate, Clerk of the County Court for the said county, JOSEPH COBB and JOHN COCKE subscribing witnesses to the within named deed of gift who being of first sworn depose and say that they are aquainted with JAMES M. BIRD the doner and that they heard him acknowledge that he executed the same for the purpose there in contained on the day it bears date.

Witness my hand at office in Rutledge the 1st August 1842. E. Tate (signature) Clerk Registered August 17th, 1842 Wm. M. Moody, Registar