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                                         Sale to John Dryman
                               10 October 1820 (1824? See below)

[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 Samuel Childress of the County of Buncombe & State of north carolina for
and in consideration of the sum of two hundred dollars to me in hand paid by John Dryman of the county and
State aforesaid at and before the sealing and signing of these presents the receipt & payment where of is hereby
acknowledged I have for myself and my heirs Sold Set over and by these presents do convey a certain quantity
of land in the county & State aforesaid on the west side of French Broad River on the waters of Smiths mill
creek Beginning at a stake in the line between Childress & Smith at the head of the millpond near [Jake?]
Burnets corner and runs North one hundred & forty seven poles along a [conditional?] line between Childress
and Eve Smith to a stake on the line of the Sd. Tract thence west a [ ? ] to a pine on Sd. Old line thence north
eighty [ ? ] poles to a spanish oak Frisbees Corner then West one hundred and sixty poles to a stake thence
south two hundred and thirty three poles with John C. Morelands line to a stake in Samuel Smiths line then East
with Smiths line one hundred and sixty [ ? ] poles to the beginning stake Containing two hundred and thirty six
acres with the Exception of one acre around the grave yard all of Sd. Land together with all its ways woods
waters and every other appurtenance thereunto belonging or appurtaining I have for myself and my heirs sold
set over and by these presents do convey unto the Sd John Dryman his heirs or assigns and I and my heirs
executors or administrators covenant to and with the Sd. John Dryman his heirs Executors and admns that me
and myne shall and will warrant and forever defend all of said land free and clear of all lawful claim of any
person whatsoever unto the Sd. John Dryman his heirs or assigns forever
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this tenth day of  October one thousand eight hundred
and twenty
Signed sealed and delivered in the presents of
John Jarrett1  [. . . illegible . . . ]                                                               ___
                                                                        Samuel Childress  (Seal)
                                                                                                       
North Carolina Buncombe County County Court Oct Term 1824
The within deed was duly proven in open court by the oath of John Jarrett1 a subscribing thereto recorded and
ordered to be Registered by John Miller Clk By E H Mclure D Clk
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Notes:
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.)