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Clay County, located in Middle Tennessee on the Kentucky border, was created in 1870 from Overton and Jackson Counties of Tennessee and named for Henry Clay, a member of the United States Senate from Kentucky. Henry Clay also served a the Secretary of State for the United States in the 19th century. These deeds are primarily deeds NOT taken from the Deed book, but were copies of deeds held in private hands for lands that had been disputed between Kentucky and Tennessee. Many of these were grants in the Kentucky area. Due to the dispute over the line between the two states, it is well advised to researchers to look into Kentucky as well as Tennessee for families in this area.
“A copy of a certified deed from John S. Love et als to Willet Martin [endorsed on back] - Filed in my office on the 6th day of Dec. 1873 - Tim McHenry C. & M.
This indenture made and executed by Elizabeth Elliott of Knoxville, State of Tennessee as attorney in fact of Alfred Russell, Mary E. H. Russell, Penelop Ann Love, Jane W. Love, John S. Love, in his own right of the one part and Willett Martin of Jackson County, Tennessee of the other part witnesseth that for the consideration of forty five dollars the receipt whereof is acknowledged hereby to said parties of the first part in our own have and the said John S. Love also as an attorney in fact of the above mentioned parties.....Beginning at a beech tree thence according to calls of a patent from the State of Kentucky No. 609 to said Martin 470 poles to an elm in the Overton line.... “
Surnames Included in This Publication
CASSETY, CASTEEN, CHERRY, COOK, COX
FISK, FITZGERALD, FOSTER
GEPSON, GILBREATH, GIPSON, GOTT
HAMILTON, HANDLEY, HAWKINS, HAWS, HEADRICK, HOLEMAN, HOLMAN
McHALE (?), McHENRY
MACUNDY, MARCOM, MARTIN, MAXEY, MILLIGAN, MONGOMERY
REED, ROBERTS, ROSS, RUSSELL
SETTLE, SEVEIR, SMITH, STEELE, STONE
VAN HOOSER, VASS
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