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of land, with the appurtenances, lying and being in Certain in: the parish of St. Paul, in the county of Hanover, for- * merly New Kent, and being so thereof seized, he the Reuben said David Crawford, did make his certain deed poll, Skelton, and bea, ing date the twel;th day of May, in the year of others westour Lord one thousand six hundred and ninety seven, o: o and, thereby, for the consideration therein mentioned, did give and grant the same lands unto David Meriwether, gentleman, and to the heirs of his body for ever, and on failure of such heirs, to William Meri. wether, gentleman, and his heirs for ever, as by the said deed acknowledged and recorded in the county court of New Kent, may more fully appear. And whereas the said David Meriwether is since dead, leaving issue Thomas Meriwether, his eldest son and heir, who, after the death of his said father, entered into the said two hundred acres of land, and was . . thereof seised, and apprehending that he had a feesimple estate therein, hath agreed to sell and convey the same to Rueben Skelton, gentleman, for the consideration of six hundred and fifty nine pounds current money. And whereas the said Thomas Meriwether is seised in fee-simple of and in a certain tract or parcel of land, containing by estimation, two thousand one hundred and twenty acres, lying and being in the parish of Fredericksville, in the county of Louisa, lately purchased by him, of Nicholas Meriwether, gentleman, and William Meriwether, on which last mentioned lands the said Thomas hath made considerable improvements. And whereas it will be greatly to the advantage of the eldest son of the said Thomas Meriwether, to dock the intail of the said two hundred acres of land, whereby the said Thomas may be enabled to provide for his younger children, and to settle the other parcel of land whereof he is seised in feesimple, being of greater value, to the same uses. And forasmuch as notice has been published three Sundays successively. in the several churches of the said parish of Saint Paul, in the county of Hanover, that application would be made to this present General Assembly. to dock the intail of the said two hundred acres of land, upon settling the other lands of greater value to the same uses, pursuant to your majesty's instructions. II. May it therefore please your most excellent majesty, at the humble suit of the said Thomas Meri

wether, and Rueben Skelton, that it may be enacted, and Be it enacted, his the Lieutenant Governor, Council, and Burgesses of this present General dssembly, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That the said two hundred acres of land, so as aforesaid agreed to be sold unto the said Rueben Skelton, be, and are hereby vested in the said Rueben Skelton, his heirs and assigns, to the only use and behoof of the said Rueben Skelton, his heirs and assigns for ever: And that the other parcel of land herein before mentioned to be purchased by the said Thomas Meriwether, lying and being in the county of Louisa, be, and is hereby vested in the said Thomas Meriwether, and the heirs of his body for ever, and on failure of such heirs, the same shall remain, go, and descend to all and every such person and persons, and for such estate or estates, and in such sort, Rianner and form, as the said two hundred acres of land would have remained, gone, and descended, by virtue of any limitations in the deed of the said David Crawford before mentioned, if this act had never been matte. III. Saving to the king's most excellent majesty, his heirs and successors, and to all and every other person and persons, bodies politic and corporate, their respective heirs and successors, other than the persons claiming under the deed aforesaid, of the said David Crawford, all such right, title, interest, claim and demand, as they, every or any of them, should or might claim if that act had never been made. IV. Provided always, That the execution of this act shall be, and is hereby suspended, until his majesty’s approbation thereof shall be obtained,

CHAP. XLVII.

.dn let to confirm and establish an agreement made between John JN'ew and Ben..jamin Harrison, gentlemen, for the settlement of their respective rights to certain lands; and for other purposes therein mentioned.

I. WHEREAS John Eland, late of London, merchant, deceased, was, in his life time, scised, in his Agreement demesne, as of fee, of one tract or parcel of land ly- jo, ing and being in the parish of Westover, in the coun-ji. ty of Charles City, containing eight thousand acres min.Harrison more or less, called and known by the name of Ky concerning mages, by virtue of a conveyance from Edward Bland, ::" bearing date the twentieth day of March, in the year of our lord one thousand six hundred and seventy four, and by his last will and testament, in writing, bearing date the third day of May in the year of our lord one thousand six hundred and eighty, devised the said eight thousand acres of land, and all his right, title, interest, claim and demand, therein and thereto, to his wife Sarah Bland and Thomas Povey and their heirs for ever, and died so seised, after whose death the said Sarah Bland and Thomas Povey, by their certain deed of feoffment, bearing date the twenty fifth day of March, in the year of our lord one thousand six hundred and eighty one, made between the said Sarah Bland, by the name of Sarah Bland relict, and executrix of John Bland of London merchant, deceased, and Thomas Povey, esq. executor of the said John Bland of the one part, and Edward Bland of Kymages, in the parish of Westover, in the county of Charles City aforesaid, of the other part, for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings, did give, grant, bargain and sell, enfeoff and confirm, unto the said Edward Bland, all that seat, dividend and parcel of land, situate in the parish of Westover, in the county of Charles-City aforesaid, containing by estimation two thousand acres more or less, being part of the said tract of eight thousand acres of land, called and known by the name of Kymages, to be held and enjoyed

by the said Edward Bland, and such woman as he should be lawfully married unto at the time of his death, for and during the term of their lives and the life of the survivor of them, and from and after their decease to the heirs of the body of the said Edward

Bland and to their heirs for ever, by virtue whereof

the said Edward Bland entered into the two thousand acres of land aforesaid, with the appurtenances, and thereof.was seised and being so seised departed this life intestate, leaving issue, by Margaret his lawful wife, John a son, and Sarah a daughter, which said Margaret survived the said Edward Bland, and intermarried with Thomas Tanner, and also survived him, and the said John Bland the son of the said Edward Bland also died intestate and without issue, in the life time of the said Margaret, and Sarah his sister and heir at law, entered into the said two thousand acres of land and appurtenances, and became seised in possession of two third parts, and of the reversion of the other third part of the same, expectant immediately upon the determination of the natural life of the said Margaret Tanner, and intermarried with Edward New, late of the county of Charles-City deceased, whom she survived, by whom she had issue John a son, and afterwards intermarried with Alexander Horton, late of Charles-City county deceased, and the said Alexander Horton and Sarah his wife, by their certain indenture bearing date the sixth day of February, in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty two, for and in consideration of one thousand five hundred and thirty acres of land, situate on Hunting-quarter swamp, in the county of Surry, and fifty pounds sterling money of Great-Britain. did give, grant, exchange, alien, tranfer, and confirm, unto Benjamin Harrison, esq. late of the parish of Westover, in the county of Charles-City, deceased, the aforesaid two third parts of the said two thousand acres of land and appurtenances, with the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders thereof, and also the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders of the said other third part of the said two thousand acres of land to hold to the said Benjamin Harrison, his heirs and assigns, to his and their only proper use and behoof forever, and afterwards the said Margaret Tanner, by her certain indenture bearing date the sixth day of August, in the year of our lord one thousand

seven hundred and twenty three, for and in consideration of the sum of thirty pounds lawful money of GreatBritain, and other causes in the said indenture expressed and received, did grant, surrender, assign, and release, the other third part of the said two thousand acres of land and appurtenances, and all the estate, right, title, interest, and possession, of her the said

Margaret Tanner, of, in, and to the same, unto the

said Benjamin Harrison, his heirs and assigns for ever, by virtue of which said indentures, the said Benjamin Harrison entered into the said two thousand acres of land, and thereof became seised, and also the said Alexander Horton and Sarah his wife, entered into the aforesaid one thousand five hundred and thirty acres of land, and thereof became seised and possessed, and the same is still possessed and enjoyed by the heirs and assigns of the said Alexander Horton and Sarah his wife, and the said Benjamin Harrison, being seised and possessed of the said two thousand acres of land as aforesaid, did, by his last will and testament, in writing, bearing date the seventh day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty three, give, and devise, the said two thousand acres of land and appurtenances, to his son Benjamin Harrison, the younger, and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten for ever, and died so seised, by virtue whereof, the said Benjamin Harrison, the younger, entered into the said two thousand acres of land and appurtenances, and is still seised and possessed thereof; and the said Benjamin Harrison, the younger, is also seised in his demesne, as of fee, of one water grist-mill, and seven hundred acres of land thereunto belonging, situate in the parish of Henrico, in the county of Henrico, and near the town of Richmond: And whereas several disputes, law suits, and controversies, arose and subsisted between the said John, who is son and heir of the aforesaid Sarah Horton and the said Benjamin Harrison deceased, concerning their respective rights to the said two thousand acres of land and appurtenances, whereof the said Edward Bland at the time of his death was seised, the said John New claiming the same, under the afore-mentioned deed of the said Sarah Bland and Thomas Povey, as an estate tail, and the said Benjamin Harrison deceased, insisting that the estate tail of the said two thousand acres of land and appurteO o—Vol. 6.

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