Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Milton Springs (Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina)

Asa Thomas Indenture  8 July 1797 [Paragraphs added]


This Indenture made the Eighth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand and seven hundred and ninety seven and in the twenty second year of our Independence between Asa Thomas of the County of Caswell and State of North Carolina of the one part and Thomas Jeffreys, Archibald Murphey, William Rainey, Archibald Samuel and James Saunders, Commissioners appointed by an act of our General Assembly for the purposes of laying out, building and carrying on the town of Milton near the mouth of Country line creek, all of the County of Caswell & state aforesaid of the other part.

Witnesseth that the said Asa Thomas for and in consideration of the sum of five dollars to him paid by the said Commissioners the receipt whereof he the said Asa Thomas doth hereby acknowledge.

That he given and granted bargained and sold and by this agreement doth give and grant bargain and sell, allieve in fee assess release and confirm unto the said commissioners and their successors for ever three certain lots or parcels of land situate lying and being in the Countyy aforesaid adjoining the Town of Milton it being three separate lots including four several springs, conveyed to the said Commissioners for the free and uninterrupted use of water to the inhabitants of the Town of Milton and by the said Commissioners to be reserved a Town common for that special purpose for ever and bounded as follows to wit,

Spring Lot No. 1 beginning at the North East corner of the Lot No. 21 and running thence north 7 1/2 degrees east thirty three yards to a stake, thence North 82 1/2 degrees west twenty two yards to a stake, then north 7 1/2 __ degrees East fifty seven yards one foot eight inches to a stake, then South eighty two 1/2 degrees East 66 yards 2 foot 8 inches to a stake west corner of Lot No. 27 then South 7 1/2 degrees west ten yards to a stake, then north west corner of lot No. 26, thence north 82 1/2 degrees west thirty four yards two feet four inches to a stake the South 7 1/2 degrees west sixty nine yards one foot eight inches to __ the north west corner of lot No. 22 thence north.


And the said Asa Thomasfor himself, his _____  Exec - and administrators doth covenant and grant to ___ ___ the said commissioners and their successors for ever for the special purposes aforesaid by these presents that all and every other person of persons and his or their heirs anything having or claiming in the said premises above mentioned or any part thereof by from or under him them or any of them shall and will warrant and fore ever defend ________ by these presents.

In witness where of the said Asa Thomas hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year ____ above written.

Asa Thomas [Seal]

Signed  Sealed & Delivered
In Presence of

James Rainey
L. Lea
Robert Wilson

Caswell County July Court 1797
The execution of this deed was duly proved in open Court by ___ ___ acknowledged in open Court ___ motion ordered to be registered.


A. D. Murphey CC

Milton Springs: Tanyard Spring

We discussed in earlier posts the four springs (on three lots) deeded by Asa Thomas to the Town of Milton to be used by the citizens thereof.

Over the years, one of these springs, number two, came to be known as the "tanyard spring." Presumably, this is because it was located near a tanyard operation.

R. M. Sanders to John P. Sledge both of Milton, for $200, lot in Milton leading to spring #2 now called tanyard spring, adjacent to the property of M. Bennett heirs on Main Street. 1 June 1826. Acknowledged in open court.

Caswell County, North Carolina
Deed Book W, Page 363

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