North Carolina, USA
William and Phyllis (Mackey) Beckham emigrated from Virginia to North Carolina in 1746.
Deed Book I, Orange County, Virginia
June 14, 1735
Alexander Spotswood grants to William Beckham for the natural lives of his son. Simon and his wife, Phyllis, the longest liver of them . . .100 acres in the Parish of St. Mark, County of Orange, on the south side of the River Rapidanne, part of a tract of 40,000 acres granted to Spotswood and called the Spotswood tract. . .yearly rent for the first four years to be one ear of indian corn due on 25 Dec each year, and after . . . 600 lbs. weight of good sound merchantable tobacco clear of ground leaves and trash and delivering the same to some convenient landing in the County of Spotsylvania, due the first 25 Dec 1739. If William in arrears more than 60 days, Spotswood can enter the premises and take goods and chattels to satisfy the debt . . .within four years William is to plant 300 fruit trees of which at least one third to be good apple trees enclosed by a sufficient fence. He shall build and keep in good repair houses and buildings . . . and everything to be yielded up to Spotswood when the time comes. If Simon and Phyllis are still alive in 1775 Spotswood is willing to make the same deal with them or any of William's assigns. . .whenever required William will assist with one laboring hand to build water dam or race for any grist mill Spotswood may erect, and assist in repairing the same. Spotswood and his servants or workmen may enter the premises at all times, houses and orchards excepted, to dig, drain, or search for any mines of stone, iron, lead or copper and have free ingress, egress and regress for carrying the same away in carts, carriages, wagons, horses or oxen. Spotswood to have free access to land at any time, making recompense to William for damage.
William's witness to the transferal of the above land were Henry T. Beckham and Thomas T. Russell. The deed, which is really only a deed of lease, is enclosed. It is a very large document in beautiful handwriting, but doubt it can be read in this reduced state.
1755 Tax List, Granville Co., NC--William Beckham was listed with sons Simon nd John. Wm. Beckham was listed separately. William purchased 100 ac. in range Co., NC, on 14 June, 1735--but he was required to plant 300 fruit trees 100 of them to be apple trees; pay one ear of corn for 4 years and then 600 lbs. of tobacco yearly, build houses and buildings, maintain roads, and give unlimited access to his land and houses to Alexander Spotswood, who sold the land to him. William moved to Granville County,NC in 1746.
William Beckham made his will 4 June, 1776 and it was probated in 1777 in Granville County, NC.
John Beckham (1736 - 1789)*
Maintained by: Dee Winter
Originally Created by: Elreeta Weathers
Record added: Mar 12, 2013
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