Chancery Court

Deed between

John Ely and Abraham Neff

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Sent to the Tennessee State Archives for this and was kind enough to donate a copy to the Hancock County site.



Hancock County, TN Loose Chancery Court papers

Roll # B-1801

Years 1797-1860

Page 30-32


I have transcribed this as was written , places on the copy where I  was unsure of the word I have put a ____ in.


I John T. Ely have this day bargained and sold and do here by transfer and convey to Abraham Neff and his heirs for ever for the consideration of five hundred dollars to me paid a tract of land in the state of Tennessee, Hancock County and district _______ containing by estimation ninety five acres be the same more or less and bounded as follows to wit:

Beginning at a Sugartree on the state line thence due east 48 poles with said line to stake thence N. 25° W. 28 poles to a ______ from oak thence S 88° W 18 poles to a _____ near a branch, thence S 9° E. 60 poles to a stake in a fence row. Thence S. 26° E. 20 poles to a birch? On a hill. Thence due West one poles to Sugartree, thence due South 160 poles ______ Wallen Ridge to a stake on the south side of said Ridge. Thence N. 73° E. 100 poles to a stake. Thence N. 19° W. 71 poles crossing said Ridge again to a large popular on North Side of the Ridge. Thence N. 41/2°? W. 121 poles to the beginning.

To have and to hold the same to the said Abraham Neff his heirs and Assigns? For ever.

I do Covenant with the said Abraham Neff that I am lawfully seized of said land & have a good right to convey it and that the same is unencumbered. I do further covenant and bind myself my heirs and representatives to warrant and forever defend the title to the said land and every part thereof to the said Abraham Neff his heirs and assigns against the lawful claims of all persons whatever. This 16th day of April A.D. 1853

Executed and delivered in presence of

David King        John Kinder              John T Ely  SEAL

Sterling Welch






State of Tennessee          Personally appeared before me

Hancock County             A. Campbell. _____ of the County Court of said county.

John Kinder and Sterling Welch _____ witnesses to the written deed of conveyance who being first duly sworn ____ and say they are personally acquainted with John T. Ely the bargainer and that he acknowledge in their presence that he executed the written deed of conveyance for the ______ therein _____ given under my hand at off in Sneedville the 4th day of July 1853.

                                        Richard Mitchell

                                        By A. Campbell



State of Tennessee        

Hancock County                      This deed of conveyance with its ______ was filed in office in Sneedville the 4th day of July 1853 at 11 O’Clock and registered in book D & on page 127

____ Adams  Register of said County.