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Deed Book L has been missing for many years. It was evidently here in May 1871 when the Register made a copy of the deed on page 387, but was missing by 1895, according to testimony in Chancery Court Case No. 1340.
The following deeds were found in the Chancery Court files by this compiler, while doing the research for her book of abstracts of these cases, and were reregisters in the current deed books.
49 17 Jan 1855 Now in Deed Book 8L, page 634 MARIA L. HOLSTON formerly PECK of Jefferson Co., to W. W. PECK; one of the eight heirs of ELLIOTT PECK, dec’d, late of McMinn Co.,; her interest in land on which ELLIOTT lived and on which his widow NANCY has lived until a few weeks since; also land in Bradley Co. and all estate of her father; witnessed by HENRY H. PECK and E. P. HOLSTON.
81 6 Sep 1853 Now in Deed Book 8J, page 406 JAMES H. ROGERS of Walker Co., GA to HARRISON DILL of McMinn Co.; lots 59 and 60 in Calhoun; registered 19 Feb 1855 by T. VAUGHAN, Clerk, JOHN M. VAUGHAN, D. C.
180 15 May 1855 Now in Deed Book 8J, page 591 SAMUEL HARDY to WILLIAM EDGMAN; registered 5 Nov 1855.
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209 6 Dec 1855 Now in Deed Book 8L, page 274 ADOLPHUS P. McCLATCHY to A. BLIZZARD; Trust Deed to secure his creditors; land on Eastanallee Creek, slaves, stock, etc.
227 29 Sep 1855 Now in Deed Book 8J, page 410 DAVID N. BELL of Hamilton Co., to ARTHUR ST. JOHN of McMinn Co; lot 34 in Athens; registered 24 Dec 1855.
236 25 Jan 1856 Now in Deed Book 8L, page 170 JAMES McDANIEL to DANIEL HORTON; land he bought of JAMES McSPADDEN and R. C. JACKSON formerly owned by JAMES H. FYFFE; witnessed by W. G. and H. C. P.HORTON
239 1 Feb 1856 Now in Deed Book 8J, page 782 JOHN F. POWER to ANDREW McKELDEN; land which was deeded from said POWER to his son JAMES MILES POWER on 15 Mar 1851, who died intestate
244 25 Dec 1855 Nov in Deed Book 8J, page 413 ARTHUR ST. JOHN to daughter REBECCA O. BRIDGES; my house and lot No 34 in Athens, to the exclusion of her husband; registered 5 Feb 1856.
264 8 Mar 1856 Now in Deed Book 8J, page 667 WILLIAM R. SMITH and wife FRANCIS JANE to JOHN J. MIDDLETON; land in Hamilton Co. upper corner of JOSEPH C.WILLSON…upper corner on bank of Tenn River…McCOILEY’s line; part of 369 acres which SAMUEL WILSON died possessed of an bequeathed to his daughter FRANCIS JANE.
278 24 Nov 1855 Now in Deed Book 8M, page 367 JAMES S. McCROSKEY to BENJAMIN DAVIS; land on Chestua Creek; registered 5 Apr 1856
282 11 Apr 1856 Now in Deed Book 8K, page 494 Circuit Court Decree to divide land: STERLING RAGSDALE and wife SARAH ANN, DANIEL and JOHN HICKS VS DANIEL McPHAIL in his own right and as Adm of NEIL McPHAIL, DOOGAL McPHAIL and MARY HICKS, dec’d, JOHN LEONARD HICKS, NEIL McPHAIL HICKS, MARY MARGARET HICKS, JOHN ALEXANDER HICKS, MARTHA HICKS, CAROLINE HICKS, WILLIAM HICKS, and ABEL HICKS, infants by their gds. THOMAS CECIL and JOHN McPHAIL; Lot no 1 to DANIEL McPHAIL; Lots 2, 5 and 5 to JOHN McPHAIL; Lots Nos. 3, 6 and 9 to the heirs of MARY HICKS who are STERLING RAGSDALE and wife and DANIEL, JOHN, JOHN LEONARD and NEIL McPHAIL HICKS; lots to heirs of STEPHEN HICKS, dec’d, who are MARY RAGSDALE, JOHN ALEXANDER HICKS, MARTHA CAROLINE HICKS, WILLIAM HICKS and ABLE HICKS
311 7 Jul 1856 Now in Deed Book 8L, page 207 JAMES W. GRISHAM of Troop Co., GA , as one of heirs of JOHN M. GRISHAM, dec’d, late of McMinn Co to ELIJAH GRISHAM JR; undivided interest in land.
349 30 Sep 1856 Now in Deed Book 8J, page 664 ISRAEL C. SMITH to WILLIAM R.SMITH; land..BROWDER’s Meadow…reserving fraction on which the Methodist Church and school house stands and where the grave yard is.
351 18 Aug 1856 Now in Deed Book 8L, page 697 ANNA DUCKWORTH, WAITSELL DUCKWORTH, WILLIAM M. JAMES, and JOHN A. DUCKWORTH; Title Bond; whereas MARY and THOMAS DUCKWORTH have executed title bond to BYRAM ALLEN for land on Chestua Creek and MARY and THOMAS are minors under 21; registered 3 Oct 1856
364 30 Oct 1856 Now in Deed Book 8J, page 586 J. A. GOULDY, Sheriff to BENJAMIN C. JAMERSON; CHAMBERS & MACKLIN recovered a judgment against GEORGE H. HACKLER on 19 Mar 1851….selling undivided interest of GEORGE H. HACKLER in land of GEORGE HACKLER, dec’d.
379 2 Apr 1853 Now in Deed Book 8J, page 589 ELISABETH HACKLER to ROBERT HACKLER; her right and title to land formerly property of GEORGE HACKLER, dec’d; registered 12 Dec 1856
387 31 Dec 1856 Now in Deed Book 8L, page 168 DANIEL HORTON to ELIZABETH McCREERY; 30 acres adjoining Athens, beginning at a stake at bridge on the R. R. running W with the Race Track Road..S to R.R.; copy made 19 May 1871
403 1 Sep 1856 Now in Deed Book 8J, page 826 CHARLES A. PROCTOR to WMs. MAYFIELD; land sold to PROCTOR by JOSEPH ROBINSON, WILLIAM O. BARRETT, and DANIEL PEARCE; registered 14 Jan 1857.
421 7 Feb 1857 Now in Deed Book 8L, page 629 JOHN E. HICKOX to E. W. HYDEN; 80 acres near JOHN HOYL’s spring.
426 Jan 1856 Now in Deed Book 8I, page 900 JAMES C. CALHOUN and ELISA ANN FOSTER to ALEXANDER GREEN; land in District 14; signed by JAS. C. CALHOUN, QUINTILIAN (his mark) FOSTER, and ELIZA A. (her mark) FOSTER; ELIZABETH FOSTER the “Fem Covet.”
458 2 Apr 1855 Now in Deed Book 8J, page 419 ADOLPHUS P. McCLATCHY to F. McKINZIE; land on Spring Creek sold by ARCHIBALD R. TURK to EMANUEL HANY and ADOLPHUS P. McCLATCHY known as HAWKINGS Old Mill Place; registered 28 Apr 1857
491 14 Mar 1857 Now in Deed Book 8L, page 342 THOMAS ROGERS of McMinn Co. to WILLIAM P. and JAMES S. VARNELL of Calhoun; Lot No. 58 in Calhoun.
572 21 Dec 1857 Now in Deed Book 8J, page 408 JACOB SLIGER to JOSEPH W. GIBSON
In the Register of Deeds Office now, there are two volumes of deed indexes which were prepared about 1900 by E. B. MADISON, an illustrious attorney of Athens, preserved by CANDLER & HITCH, prominent attorneys, and presented to the Register by Mr. WALLACE D. HITCH.
The following are those entries in these two volumes which are listed as being in Book L.
3 1854 W. M. LOWRY, C&M to ANDREW HUTSELL
68 1852 J. A. & E. M NEWTON to B. J. AHL
101 1855 THOS. STEPHENS to ALLEN ELLIS
105 1851 BEN RIDDLE & FRANCES CROW to ANDREW HUTSELL
183 1855 W. F. KEITH to JAS. B. COOKE
196 1855 DAVID PEARCE to Mc W. DORSEY
201 1855 DANIEL DUGGER to DAVID BOYD
214 1855 E. T. WASSON to JNO LOWRY
220 1855 JOEL DENNIS to REDDICK AUTREY
238 1856 JAS. LOWRY SR. to JAS. & JOHN D. LOWRY
256 1856 THOS. ROGERS, Agent, to S., T., & R. BISHOP
DEED BOOK L
(267) 267 1855 M. Wattenbarger to W.D. Wade.
(293) 1856 Geo. W. Bridges to Thos. Edgeman.
(307) 1856 Thos. Prigmore to Jno. G. Buttram
(327) 1856 Wm. S. Calloway to Danl. Parkeson.
(332) 1855 R.H. Hickox to Jeptha Sivils.
(341) 1856 Thos. W. Johnston to J.H. Hornsby.
(472) 1857 A.J. Kyker to Uriah Kyker.
(505) 1857 Jno. Lowry to Jas. H. Lowry.
(546) 1857 Robert F. Cooke to Thos. Cooper.
(587) 1858 Humphrey Shults to James Wilson.
In the same two volumes of indexes, there are two entries which have no meaning to this compiler or to the present Register:
L Sheet Mitch. Plat Plat & Survey
L Sheet 1859 Jas. Chesnutt to Carroll Long.
Also in the same two volumes, there is an entry in pencil, evidently written by Mr. Madison, as follows:
23 Aug 1822 The Legislature donated to Athens ½ of SE qr Sec 28 and ½ of NW qr Sec 34 all in F4 R1 W.