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                                         Sale to Eve Smith
                                            26 February 1820

[Transcribed from the manuscript copy by Dwight Childers, 15 November 2006. Original spelling,  
punctuation, and capitalization have been retained.  Please send any other corrections as directed in
the Introduction.]

Know all men by these presents that I Samuel Childress of the county of Buncombe and State of North Carolina
for and in conSideration of the Sum of fifteen dollars to me in hand paid by Eve Smith of the county of
Haywood and State aforesaid at and before the Sealing and Signing of these presents the Receipt and payment
whereof is hereby acknowledged I have for myself and my heirs Sold Set over and by these presents do convey
unto the [Sd?] Eve Smith and her heirs a certain piece or parcel of land in the county of Buncombe and State of
North Carolina it being part of a tract granted to me by the State Beginning on the line of the tract I now live on
at a locost Stake the divisional line Between Said Eve Smith and my Self and runs East along the line of Said old
tract ninety one poles to a white oak Bush marked as a corner and [pointers?] thence South twenty Seven poles
to a pine near the head of an hollow thence west ninety one poles along the line of my above mentioned tract to
a Stake on Said divisional line thence north twenty seven poles along said divisional line to the Beginning locost
Stake containing fifteen acres be it more or less Said lands together with all its ways woods waters and Every
other appurtenances there unto belonging or in any wise appertaing I have my self & my heirs Sold Set over &
in Open market do convey unto the Said Eve Smith and her heirs and I and my heirs or administrators covenant
and agree to and with the Said Eve Smith her heirs Executors or administrators that me and mine meaning heirs
Executors or administrators Shall and will warrant & forever defend the Said piece or parcel of land free and
clear from all claims whatsoever unto the [Sd.] Eve Smith her heirs and assigns forever In witness whereof I
have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this twenty Sixth day of February one thousand Eight hundred and twenty
Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of John Jarrett1

                                                                                  Samuel Childress

State of North Carolina Buncombe County April Sessions 1820
The within deed was proven in open court by the oath of John Jarrett1 a Subscribing witness Thereto Recorded
and ordered to be registered Certified Jn Miller Clk.
Registered 10th march 1820 By C K Mclure D Clk
1 “John Jarrett was for many years a resident of Buncombe County. In later life he lived on the
western bank of the French Broad River, at the place where once the old Smith bridge and now a
concrete bridge at Asheville crosses. . . . Many years before a ferry had been established at that
point by Edmund Sams. . . . When John Jarrett bought the Sams ferry he kept it for many years as a
toll ferry, and it became known as Jarrett’s Ferry. Subsequently he sold it with the adjoining land to
the late James M. Smith, who built a bridge at the place, which was known for many years, and up till
a very late period, as Smith’s Bridge.” F. A. Sondley, Asheville and Buncombe County, Asheville
Citizen Company, 1922, pp. 95-98. (John Jarrett was listed in the 1820 Census of Buncombe County.)