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Virginia Patent Book 31, 1751-1756, 151, 152, 153.
[121] Matthew Roberson / 154

George the second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland / King Defender of the Faith &c To all to whom these Presents shall come / Greeting Know ye that for divers good Causes and Considerations but more / especially for and in consideration of the Sum of Fifteen Shillings of good / and lawful Money for our Use paid to our Receiver General of our Revenues in this / our Colony and Dominion of Virginia We have [Given Granted and Confirmed and by these Presents for us our heirs and successors do give grant and]

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confirm unto Matthew Roberson one certain Tract or Parcel of Land containing / one hundred fifty four Acres lying and being in the County of Lunenburgh / on the North side of Roanoak River and bounded as followeth to wit / Beginning at Robert Mitchels uper Corner on the said River / thence along his Line North ten Degrees East forty eight Poles to his / Corner Turkey Oak thence off North thirty Degrees West one hundred / and forty Poles to a white Oak thence North seventy eight Degrees / West one hundred and thirty six Poles to a white Oak thence South / forty three Degrees West eighty six Poles to a black Walnut on the / River aforesaid Thence down the said River as it Meanders to the / Beginning With all Woods Underwoods Swamps Marshes Lowgrounds / Meadow Feedings and his due Share of all Veins Mines and Quarries / as well discovered as not discovered within the Bounds aforesaid and / being Part of the said Quantity of one hundred and fifty four Acres of / Land and the Rivers Waters and Water Courses therein contained / together with the Privileges of Hunting Hawking Fishing / Fowling and all other Profits Commodities and Hereditaments / whatsoever to the same or any Part thereof belonging or in / any wise appertaining To have hold possess and enjoy / the said Tract or Parcel of Land and all other the before granted / Premises and every Part thereof with their and every of their / Appurtenances unto the said Matthew Roberson and to his / Heirs and Assigns for ever to the only use and behoof of him / the said Matthew Roberson his Heirs and Assigns for ever To be / held of us our Heirs and Successors as of our Manor of East / Greenwich in the County of Kent in free and common Soccage / and not in Capite or by Knight's Service Yielding and / Paying unto us our Heirs and Successors for every fifty Acres / of Land and so proportionably for a lesser or greater Quantity / than fifty acres the Fee Rent of one Shilling yearly to be paid / [upon the Feast of Saint Michael the Arch Angel and also cultivating and improving three Acres Part of every fifty]

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of the Tract abovementioned within three years after the Date of these Presents / Provided always that if three Years of the said Fee Rent shall at any Time / be in Arrear and unpaid or if the said Matthew Roberson his Heirs or Assigns do not / within the Space of three years next coming after the Date of these Presents cultivate / and improve three acres Part of every fifty of the Tract abovementioned Then the / Estate hereby granted shall cease and be utterly determined and thereafter it / shall and may be Lawful to and for us our Heirs and Successors to grant the / same Lands and Premises with the Appurtanences unto such other Person / or Persons as we our Heirs and Successors shall think fit In Witness / whereof we have caused these our Letters Patent to be made Witness our / Trusty and well beloved Robert Dinwiddie Esqr. our Lieutenant Governor / and Commander and Chief of our said Colony and Dominion at / Williamsburgh under the seal of our said Colony the fifteenth Day of / July one Thousand seven hundred and fifty two In the twenty sixth / Year of our Reign

                                                                       Robert Dinwiddie

Source: Available online at Also available at Virginia. Secretary of the Colony, Patents, 1623-1774, 42 vols. ; index, land patents, [to] volumes 1-42, Patents, v. 31, 1751-1756, 151, 152, 153, FHL microfilm 29347.

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