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Monday, April 11, 2011

Amanuensis Monday 06 Thomas Millsap 1746 Proclamation Issued By Lord Fairfax

Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch. Amanuensis Monday is a blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts.

8th December 1746 Augusta Co. Virginia
" Lord Fairfax issued a proclamation encouraging those persons who had settled upon his lands to continue thereon, and that they should have 400 acres for each settlement. A survey for Thomas was recorded 8th of December 1746 for 400 acres on a branch of Smith Creek.  Thomas received a land patent on the 5th September 1749 for this 400 acres from King George the 11 for which he paid 40 shillings. The land was located on a branch of Smith Creek in Augusta County, ( present day Rockingham County, Virginia), about 2 miles south of the present day town of New Market. The closest town during the time to Thomas' land was Tenth Legion about five miles to the south, with Staunton being about 15 miles to the south"
The following is the patent which was granted to Thomas Millsaps.
George the second by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King Defender of the Faith-- TO ALL WHOM these Presents shall come Greeting. Know Ye that for divers good causes and considerations, but more especially for and in consideration of the sum of FORTY SHILLINGS of good and lawful money for our use paid to our Receiver General of our Revenues in this our Colony and Dominion of Virginia. We have given, granted, and confirmed and by these presents for us our heirs and successors do give grant and confirm unto Thomas Millsaps one certain tract or parcel of land containing four hundred acres lying and being in the county of Augusta on a Branch of Smith Creek and bounded as followeth, to wit, Beginning at three Hiccory Saplins in a line of the land of Benjamin Borden and with the line of the same North twenty degrees east to two white oaks and north east one hundred poles to the dividing line between us and Lord Fairfax and with the same north forty six degrees west two hundred and forty poles to three pines. Thence south west two hundred and fifty poles and south forty six degrees east three hundred and twenty poles to the Beginning. With all woods, underwoods, swamps, marshes, longrounds, meadows, feeding and his due share of all veins, mines, and quarries as well discovered as not discovered within the bounds aforesaid and being apart of the said quanity of four hundred acres of land and the rivers, waters, and watercourses therein contained together with the privileges of hunting, hawking, fishing, fowling, and all other profits, commodities and hereditaments whatsoever to the same or any part thereof belonging or in anywise appertaining. To have, hold, possess and enjoy the said tract or parcel of land and all other the before granted premises and every part thereof with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said Thomas Millsaps and to his heirs and assigns for ever.  To be held of us our heirs and successors as of our manor of East Greenwich in the County of Kent in free and common soccage and not in Capite or by Knights Service yielding and paying unto us our heirs and successors for every fifty acres of land and so proportionately for a lesser or greater quantity than fifty acres the fee rent of one shilling yearly to be paid upon the feast of Saint Michael the Arch Angel and also cultivation and improving three acres part of every fifty of the tract above mentioned within three years after the date of these presents provided always that if three years of the said fee rent shall anytime be in arrear and unpaid or if the said Thomas Millsaps his heirs or assigns do not within the space of three years next coming after the date of these presents cultivate and improve three acres part of every fifty of the tract above mentioned then the estate hereby granted shall cease and be utterly determined and thereafter it shall and may be lawful to and for us our heirs and successors to grant the same lands and premises with the appurtenances unto such other person or persons as we our heirs and successors shall think fit. In witness whereof we have caused these our letters patent to be made: Witness our trusty and well beloved Thomas Lee, Esq. President of our Council and Commander in chief of our said Colony and Dominion at Williamsburgh under the seal of our said Colony the fifth day of September one thousand seven hundred and forty nine in the twenty third year of our reign.

Thomas Millsaps is my 6 x grandfather on my father's side. I will be sharing other records of Thomas in the future..

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