Contributed by Denise L. Cozart

Thornton Ellsworth Cozart to Anthony Haywood Cozart
Brother to Brother
Registered December 16th, 1852
Madison County Deed Book 16, pages 211-212
Madison County District 9; became Crockett County District 1 in 1871

Tennessee State Library & Archives:
Madison County, microfilm roll 8
Transcribed by Denise L. Cozart
May 2002


I do not know when Thornton E. Cozart acquired this land.

A reference point in the deed below was “Nicholas Long.” His land was the starting point or boundary for these deeds: Samuel Lancaster to Anthony H. & F. L. Cozart, 1847-48; William Pillow to Joshua Cozart, 1850; Thornton E. Cozart to Anthony H. Cozart, 1852; Elizabeth Cozart to Joshua M. Cozart, etc., 1854.

The witnesses to the 1852 deed between Thornton E. Cozart and Anthony Haywood Cozart were brother, Joshua M. Cozart, and brother-in-law William H. Marlow.

In 1852 Thornton E. was about 27 years old; Anthony Haywood about 28.

We know from other deeds of near-by and adjoining property that this land was in Madison County District 9 which became Crockett County District 1 in 1871.

The land in this deed was measured in links, poles, and acres:

1 pole = 16 1/2 feet
1 link = 7.92 inches
1 mile = 320 poles = 5,280 feet
1 acre = 160 square poles = 43,560 square feet
1 square pole = 272 1/4 feet
640 acres = 1 square mile


T. E. Cozart to
A. H. Cozart
Reg. Dec. 16th/52

This Indenture made and entered into this the 27th day of October 1852 between Thornton E. Cozart of the one part and Anthony H. Cozart of the other part of the county of Madison and State of Tennessee, for and in consideration of the sum of 250.00 dollars, in hand paid to him by said Anthony H. Cozart, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, hath given, granted, bargained, sold, aliened and conveyed and confirmed unto the said Anthony H. Cozart his heirs and assigns forever, a certain parcel or tract of Land; being lying and situate in the county of Madison and State of Tennessee be[ing] a part of a tract of Land in the name of Nicholas Long for 923 acres and bounded as follows.

Beginning on a Dogwood on the North East corner of Lot No. 1, thence West 112 1/2 poles to a stake, Dogwood, and two Black oak pointers, to the N. W. corner No. 3, thence South 117 poles and 14 links to a stake and two hickory pointers in the South boundary of original tract; Thence East 112 1/2 poles to ash, hickory and red oak pointers, the North corner of Lot No. 1, thence North to the beginning, containing 124 acres and 3/4 of an acre to have and to hold forever the aforesaid Land with all the singular the rights profits hereditaments and appurtenances that is belonging to or in any wise appertaining to the only proper use and benefit of the said Anthony Cozart his heirs and assigns forever. And I the said Thornton E. Cozart for myself heirs and Administrators doth covenant and agree with the land and premises above mentioned against the right, title claim or interest of all and every other person whomsoever, as Witnesseth whereof I, the said Thornton E. Cozart doth hereunto set my hand and Seal, with the day and date above.

Thornton E. Cozart seal

Signed in our presence
W. H. Marlow
Joshua M. Cozart

State of Tennessee
Madison County:

Personally appeared before me Thos. W. Gamewell, Clerk of the county court of said county: W. H. Marlow and Joshua M. Cozart, … witnesses to the foregoing Deed, who after being first sworn depose and say they are acquainted with Thornton E. Cozart the within named bargainor, and that he acknowledged in their presence the Execution of the within deed to be his act and deed, on the day it bears date

Witness my hand at office this 6th Dec. 1852

Tax Paid.

Thos. W. Gamewell Clk

State of Tennessee
Madison County

I Wm. W. Gates, Register of said county do certify that the foregoing Deed and Clerk’s certificate thereon was duly filed in my office this day at 1 o’clock P.M. and noted in Minute Book No. 3 page 13. Witness my hand at office this 11th day of December 1852.

W. W. Gates, Register

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