|Patrick Hamrick||July 2 & 3, 1731|
Henry McDonnac, via lease and release, sold his remaining 500 acres of Roger Days 760 acre tract to John Champe. The description of the property recites the entire 760 acre tract in language that is nearly identical to that contained in the original grant from the Proprietor. (REF: #12 & #15) After the description, the agreement excludes the 260 acres of land that Henry McDonnac had sold to Elizabeth Day. It states that Henry McDonnac did Grant Sell Alein & Confirm unto Elizabeth Day the Daughter of Roger Day Two hundred & Sixty Acres part of the before mentioned Seven hundred & Sixty Acres Which Part So Conveyed to the Said Elizabeth Day lies on the upper Part of the Said Tract of Seven hundred & Sixty acres & begins at the begining White oak Corner of Edward Grayham before mentioned. (This is the extent of the description of the 260 acres that had been sold to Elizabeth.)
The document was signed by Henry McDonnac and witnessed by M. Battaley, Thos. Vivion, Robt. Richards, John Smith, J. Mercer, and Jno. Ford.
Following the lease and release in the court records, Elizabeth (Henry McDonnacs wife and Roger Days widow) appointed Catesby Cocke of Prince William County Gent my True & Lawful attorney for me and in my Name to acknowldge & relinquish before the County Court of Prince William afsd all My right & Title of Dower & Thirds of in & to five hundred acres of Land on North Side of the Main run of Occaquan river Called Broad run in the said County of Prince William Conveyed by my Said husband to John Champe of King George County Gent by Deed of Lease & Release the lease bearing Date the second Day of July one thousand Seven hundred & Thirty one & the Release bearing Equal Date [ . . . ] Witnesseth My Hand and Seale this Third Day of July one thousand seven hundred & thirty one.
Elizabeth McDonnac signed the document with her E mark. It was witnessed by the same individuals who had witnessed the deed.(1)
This sale occurred only a month and a half after Elizabeth had secured the final portion of her inheritance. (REF: May 10, 1731) Where Henry McDonnac and wife Elizabeth went or why they sold this parcel of land has not been researchedthey had owned it for only six years; a relatively short period.
(1) Prince William County Deed Book A. pp. 37 - 49.
© 1999 Ronald K. Hamrick, Burke, VA