April 1, 1838
Yours of March the 24th is received
today, also yours of March the 14th
received some time and would have been attended to earlier but for the
many perprexing duties requiring my attention.
I would willingly make
you the assignment requested on the warrent, and
the power of Att. had I the authority to do so.
My power as confered upon me by the heirs extends to everything in
relation to the real estate which Mr. H. owned or claimed except
selling, exchanging or mortgaging the same or any part thereof.
At the time this power was confered it was not thought that it would be
necessary to extend it any farther. About the first of May the time the
admr. of Mr. H. is required to made distribution, the heirs residing out
of the state of Tennessee as well as
those in are expected to be at this place when if it will not be too
late I will take the necessary steps to have the Wt. assigned to you and the
power of Att. executed properly,
acknowledged, certified, etc.
From your letters I understand that
Mr. H. had claim to four distinct
tracts of land in Ohio and consequently to four distinct Wts. covering
The first, the 100 acre one, which he agreed to give you half of for
having surveyed, patented and paying the taxes, this, if I understand
you correctly, is the one you wish assigned to you. You will please
state in your next [letter]
this Wt. was issued. In not to Hopkins, is it assigned to him or the
No. of the Wt. This will be necessary to make assignment.
The second, a 100 acres, located
by Barlow etc., if your have other information please state in your [letter]
the No. of this Wt. and in whom
The third Wt. (No. 4159) for 200
acres placed in the hands of Light for location.
The fourth Wt. (No. 1036) for 100
acres placed in the hands of Chapman.
The agreement respecting this, I enclose to you with an order to get it
if not located.
There is no assignment among Mr.
Hs papers to him for Warrant No. 4159
for 200 acres, neither can I learn anything of Andrew Hunt.
The warrant for 100 acres (No. 4363)
in the name of Bailey is not
/s/ Jas. H. Rodes
The above letter apparently refers to land from the estate of either
Thomas or William Hopkins (the Mr. H. referred to above).
James H. Rhodes was appointed executor of the Tennessee portion of the
estate of William Hopkins including the part of the estate inherited by
William of his brother Thomas Hopkins.
(See Warren County TN Will Book 3, pg 256-259.).
Notes and transcription by Betty Moore Majors, P. G.
From the letter: The third Wt. (No. 4159) for 200 acres placed in the
hands of Light for location. means Warrant No. 4159 was given to a
person, possibly a surveyor, named Light for the purposes of having him
locate or enter on a tract of land.
This letter was published in the WCGA Journal, Vol III, No. Four,
Winter 1994. Published here with permission of the WCGA.
From the Collection of Warren County
Provenance: Mr Alan T. Atkins (decd), Dealer, ca1980.
Donated to the WCGA by Fred Smoot and Myra Elizabeth