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Selected Early Land Deeds

Summary: Self-explanatory

Interpretive:
Before the College was even formally chartered in 1838, a few of the Trustees who had been appointed by the Virginia Conference in 1837 purchased 210 acres (in two parcels – 110 acres & 100 acres) of land lying west Greensboro for the sume of $3,350. Once the College was chartered, they, in turn, sold the land to the College. Of the 197 original acres (see 1839 land deed), 40 were reserved for the College proper, and the rest were gradually sold off piecemeal as a means of recouping the original investment.

In the early 1880s, the College was in serious financial difficulty, and the Trustees ordered the sale of the College in 1882. A group of prominent Methodist laymen, of whom one was J.M. Odell and of whom several were involved with the North Carolina Railroad Company, purchased the College on June 5, 1882. Through their support and management, the school was able to continue operating.

Two years later, the North Carolina Railroad Company resold the College to the Greensboro Female College Association (Alumni) which was established in 1884. Through “An Act For The Promotion of Female Education,” the College was able to secure the right to sells bonds, a financial move that helped in the short term.

Early land deeds such as these help to demonstrate the origins of the College and show who some of the principal players in the College’s early years.

Status: Non-Circulating

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May 17, 1837
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Thomas Caldwell Moses Brock, Andrew Lindsay, and Issac J.M. Lindsay 110 acres
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October 18, 1837
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Willam N. Mebane Moses Brock, Andrew Lindsay, and I.J.M. Lindsay 100 acres
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July 4, 1839
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Moses Brock, Andrew Lindsay, and I.J.M. Lindsay The Trustees of Greensboro Female College ~197 acres
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March 3, 1884
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North Carolina Railroad Company Greensboro Female College Association College proper
~40 acres
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Transcription: Land Deed – May 17, 1837
Handwriting in blue.

Printed at the BEACON OFFICE, Greensborough, N.C.

This Indenture, made the seventeenth day of the fifth month (May) in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven between Thomas Caldwell of the county of Guilford and state of North Carolina of the one part, and Moses Brock, Andrew Lindsay, and Isaac J. M. Lindsay of the county and state aforesaid of the other part witnesseth: That for and in consideration of the sum of Two thousand seven hundred and fifty dollars and cents to the said Thomas Caldwell in hand paid, the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge, and therefore doth release, acquit and discharge the said Moses Brock, Andrew Lindsay, & I. J. M. Lindsay their executors and administrators; by these presunts, he the said Thomas Caldwell hath granted, bargained, sold, aliened, confirmed and conveyed, and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell, alien, confirm and convey unto the said, Moses Brock, A.& I. J. M. Lindsay and his heirs, a certain piece or parcel of land lying and being in the county and state aforesaid; bounded as followeth:

Beginning at Mebanes corner blackoak Running along his line South one degree west thirty four poles and seven tenths to Moreheads corner stake, then along his line North Eighty eight and a half degrees East forty seven poles and nine tenths to a stake in his line, then North one and a half degrees west to and along Porters line Eleven poles and Seven tenths to his corner stake, then North eighty eight and a half degrees East nine poles to his corner stake, then North along Rider’s line and on North one and a half degrees west and on to Gorrell’s thirty seven poles to a stake, then along his line North seventy two degrees west four poles and six tenths to his corner stake, then along his line North two degrees East thirteen poles to his corner stake, then along his line South seventy two degrees East and on the same course in all thirty one poles and five tenths to a stake in Humphrey’s line, then along his line North one degree East sixty seven poles to a stake in his line, then West to Rankin’s corner and along Paisley’s line two hundred poles to a small hicory, then South seventy eight poles and four tenths to a stake, then East along an old market line one hundred eighteen poles and nine tenths to the beginning containing one hundred and ten acres of land more or less together with all woods waters mines minerals Hereditaments and appurtenances.

To have and to hold the lands hereby conveyed, and all and singular other the premises hereby bargained and sold, and every part and parcel thereof, with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said Moses Brock, Andrew Lindsay, and I. J. M. Lindsay his heirs and assigns forever, to the only profit, use and behoof of them the said Moses Brock, A. Lindsay, and I. J. M. Lindsay and his heirs and assigns forever. And the said Thomas Caldwell for his heirs, executors, and administrators, doth covenant to and with the said Moses Brock, Andrew and I. J. M. Lindsay their heirs and assigns, by these presents, that the said Thomas Caldwell now, at the time of sealing and delivering these presents, is seized of a good, sure, perfect and indefeasible estate of inheritance, in fee simple, of and in the premises hereby bargained and sold, and that he has good power, and lawful and absolute authority to grant and convey the same to the said Moses Brock, Andrew and I. J. M .Lindsay in manner and form aforesaid, and that the said premises now are, and so forever shall remain, and be free of and from all gifts, grants, bargains, sales, dower, right and title of dower, judgments, executions, titles, troubles, charges and incumbrances whatsoever, made done, committed or suffered by the said Thomas Caldwell or any other person; and that the said Thomas Caldwell and his heirs, all and singular, the premises hereby bargained and sold, with the appurtenances unto the said M. Brock, Andrew and I. J. M. Lindsay their heirs and assigns, against him the said Thomas Caldwell and his heirs and all and every person and persons whatsoever, shall warrant and ever defend, by these presents.

In witness whereof, the said

SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED IN THE PRESENCE OF

hath hereunto set his hand and seal, the day and year first above written.
Nathan Mendenhall [signature]
Abel Gardner [signature]
Tho Caldwell [signature]

 

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Transcription: Land Deed – October 18, 1837
Handwriting in blue.

Printed at the BEACON OFFICE, Greensborough, N. C.

This Indenture, made the Eighteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven between William N. Mebane of the county of Guilford and state of North Carolina of the one part, and Moses Brock, Andrew Lindsay and I. J. M. Lindsay of the county of Guilford and state of North Carolina of the other part witnesseth: That for and in consideration of the sum of Six hundred dollars dollars and [blank] cents to the said Wm. N. Mebane in hand paid, the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge, and therefore doth release, acquit and discharge the said Moses Brock, A. Lindsay and I. J. M. Lindsay their executors and administrators; by these presents, he the said William N. Mebane hath granted, bargained, sold, aliened, confirmed and conveyed, and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell, alien, confirm and convey unto the said M. Brock, A. Lindsay and I. J. M. Lindsay and their heirs, a certain piece or parcel of land lying and being in the county of Guilford and state aforesaid; bounded as followeth:

Beginning at William Morris’ corner. White Oak in Alexander Bradins line – thence south along Bradins line thirty two poles to a white Oak – corner of Bradins in Samuel Longs line – thence East along Longs line thirty six poles to a Post Oak – thence south along Longs line One hundred poles to a Post Oak – thence East One hundred and thirteen poles crossing Sleepy branch to a post oak – thence North one hundred and thirty two poles to a Black Oak in William Morris’ line – thence West along Morris’ line one hundred and forty nine poles to the beginning – Supposed to contain one hundred acres more or less together with all woods, waters, mines, minerals , hereditaments and appurtenances –

To have and to hold the lands hereby conveyed, and all and singular other the premises hereby bargained and sold, and every part and parcel thereof, with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said Moses Brock, Andrew Lindsay and I.J. M. Lindsay their heirs and assigns forever, to the only profit, use and behoof of him the said Moses Brock, A. Lindsay and I. J. M. Lindsay and their heirs and assigns forever. And the said William N. Mebane for his heirs, executors, and administrators, doth covenant to and with the said M. Brock, A. Lindsay and I. J. M. Lindsay their heirs and assigns, by these presents, that the said William N. Mebane now, at the time of sealing and delivering these presents, is seized of a good, sure, perfect and indefeasible estate of inheritance, in fee simple, of and in the premises hereby bargained and sold, and that he has good power, and lawful and absolute authority to grant and convey the same to the said M. Brock, A. Lindsay & I. J. M. Lindsay in manner and form aforesaid, and that the said premises now are, and so forever shall remain, and be free of and from all gifts, grants, bargains, sales,dower, right and title of dower, judgments, executions, titles, troubles, charges and incumbrances whatsoever, made done, committed or suffered by the said William N. Mebane or any other person; and that the said William N. Mebane and his heirs, all and singular, the premises hereby bargained and sold, with the appurtenances, unto the said M. Brock, A. Lindsay & I. J. M. Lindsay their heirs and assigns, against him the said William N. Mebane and his heirs and all and every person and persons whatsoever, shall warrant and ever defend, by these presents. hath hereunto set his hand and seal, the day and year first above written.

In witness whereof, the said

SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED IN THE PRESENCE OF

hath hereunto set his hand and seal, the day and year first above written.

Robert Mitchell [signature]
B. Adams [signature]

Wm. N. Mebane [signature]

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Transcription: Land Deed – July 4, 1839
Handwriting in blue.

Printed at the Patriot office-Greensboro’.

This Indenture, made the fourth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine – between I. J. M. Lindsay, Moses Brock, & And. Lindsay of the county of Guilford and State of North Carolina of the one part, and The Trustees of the Greensboro Female College in the county of Guilford and State of North Carolina – of the other part, WITNESSETH, that for and in consideration of the sum of three thousand three hundred & seventy-two dollars and fifty cents, to the said I. J. M. Lindsay, M. Brock & And. Lindsay in hand paid, the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge, and therefore do release, acquit and discharge the said “Trustees of the Greensboro Female College” by these presents, they the said I. J. M. Lindsay, M. Brock & And. Lindsay hath granted, bargained, sold, aliened, confirmed and conveyed, and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell, alien, confirm and convey unto the said “Trustees of the Greensboro Female College,” a certain piece or parcel of land lying and being in the county of Guilford and State aforesaid; bounded as followeth –

Beginning at a stone on John M. Morehead’s corner, thence E 1 � degrees S. 48 p. – thence N. 1 � degrees E. 13 p. – thence l � degrees S. 9 p. – thence S. 1 � degrees W. 9 p. – thence E 1 � degrees S. 9 p. – thence N. 1 � degrees E 18 p. – thence W. 1 � degrees N. 2 p. 14 l. – thence N. 1 � degrees E. 24 p. 18 l. – thence W. 18 degrees N. 13 p. – thence N. 1 � degrees E. 13 p. – thence W. 18 degrees N. 9 � p. – thence N. 1 � degrees E. 54 p. – thence W. 162 p. with Paisley’s line to a hickory – thence S. 78 p. – thence W. 31 p. to a white-oak – thence S. 32 p. to a white oak – thence E. 36 p. to a black-jack – thence S. 100 p. to a post oak – thence E. 113 p. – cross sleepy branch to a post oak – thence N. 1 � degrees E. 97 p. to the beginning: containing One Hundred and ninety-seven acres and ninety poles, more or less.

To have and to hold the lands hereby conveyed, and all and singular other the premises hereby bargained and sold, and every part and parcel thereof, with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said “Trustees of the Greensboro Female College” forever, to the only profit, use and behoof of them the said “Trustees of the Greensboro Female College” forever. And the said I. J.M. Lindsay, M. Brock & And. Lindsay for their heirs, executors, and administrators, doth covenant to and with the said “Trustees of the Greensboro Female College”, by these presents, that the said I. J. M. Lindsay, M. Brock & Andrew Lindsay now, and at the time of sealing and delivering these presents, are seized of a good, sure, perfect and indefeisible estate of inheritance, in fee simple, of and in the premises hereby bargained and sold, and that they have good power, and lawful and absolute authority to grant and convey the same to the said “Trustees of the Greensboro Female College” – in manner and form aforesaid, and that the said premises now are, and so forever shall remain, and be free from all gifts, grants, bargains, sales, dower, right and title of dower, judgments, executions, titles, troubles, charges and incumbrances whatsoever, made, done, committed or suffered by the said I. J. M. Lindsay, M. Brock & A. Lindsay, or any other person, and that the said I. J. M. Lindsay, M. Brock & A. Lindsay and their heirs, all and singular, the premises hereby bargained and sold, with the appurtenances, unto the said “Trustees of the Greensboro Female College”, against them the said I. J. M. Lindsay, M. Brock & A. Lindsay and their heirs and all and every person and persons whatsoever, shall warrant and ever defend BY THESE PRESENTS.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the said I. J. M. Lindsay, M. Brock & And. Lindsay hath hereunto set his hand and seal, the day and year first above written.

SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED IN THE PRESENCE OF

J. A. Mebane [signature]
T. J. D. Patrick [signature]

I. J. M. Lindsay [signature]
Moses Brock [signature]
Andrew Lindsay [signature]

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Transcription: Land Deed – March 3, 1884
Handwriting in blue.

State of North Carolina
Guilford County

This deed made this 3rd day of March l884 by “The North Carolina Rail Road Company,” of the first part to “The Greensboro Female College Association” of the second part, Witnesseth – that the said North-Carolina Rail Road Company, in consideration of the sum of Twenty Thousand Dollars and other considerations to it paid by The Greensboro Female College Association, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, has bargained and sold, and by these presents does bargain sell transfer and convey to the said “The Greensboro Female College Association” and its successors and assigns forever in fee the following described lands situate in Guilford County and State of North Carolina, bounded as follows:

1st Lot – Beginning at a point in the center of West Market Street in the city of Greensboro on what would be the east side of Cedar Street therein if the same were extended south across West Market, thence North 86 � degrees West poles to the center of the intersection of the extension of West Market and Mendenhall Streets near Dr. Wilson’s, thence South 3 � degrees West with the center of Mendenhall Street 84 poles and l3 links to the center of the intersection of said Mendenhall and Streets near Thomas Bailey’s, thence South 86 � degrees East in the center of said Street across the Salisbury Road and a branch rods to a white oak stump, thence North 2 degrees East 84 poles and l3 links to the beginning containing about forty acres, more or less.
2nd Lot – Beginning at the North-East corner of S. W. Scarborough’s lot on street running thence South with said Scarboroughs line to the Salisbury Road thence North-East with the Salisbury Road poles to the branch thence West poles to the beginning, containing about one acre more or less.

To have and to hold the aforesaid tracts of lots of land and all privileges and appurtenances thereto belonging to the said “The Greensboro Female College Association” and its successors and assigns forever in fee. And the said “North Carolina Railroad Company” for itself and its successors covenants to and with the party of the second part and its successors & assigns that it is seised of said premises in fee and has a right to convey the same in fee simple, that the same are free from incumbrances, and that it will warrant and defend the said title to the same against the claims of all persons whatsoever. In witness whereof the said “The North Carolina Rail Road Company” has caused its corporate seal to be hereto affixed and these presents to be signed by its President, Secretary and two Directors, on this the day and year first above written.

Witnesses

P. B. Ruffin [signature]

Tho. M. Holt[signature]
[unsigned line]

R. B. Haywood [signature]
R. F. Hoke [signature]

President
Secretary
Director
Director

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