Book 3, Folio 96
Stokes County, North Carolina

This indenture made the thirteenth day of Decr. In the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven, Between Thos. Tucker of Stokes County State of N Carolina and Ann his wife of the one part and James Love Senr, Edmund Jean, William Jean, James Love Junr, Edward Cooley, Robert Fulton, and Archibald Campbell, Trustees in Trust for the uses & purposes herein afer mentioned all of the County and State aforesaid of the other part Witnessesth that the said Thomas Tucker and Ann his wife for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings specie to them in hand paid at and upon the sealing and Delivery of these presents, the Receipt wherof is hereby acknowledged Have given, granted bargained sold Released Confirmed and Conveyed and by these presents do give grant & Bargain, sell, Release, Confirm and Convey, unto the said James Love Senr., Edmund Jean, William Jean, James Love Junr., Edward Cooley, Robert Fulton & Arch’d Campbell and their successors, Trustees as aforesaid all the estate, right, title, Interest, property, claim and Demands whatsoever either in Law or equity, which they the said Thos Tucker & Ann his wife have in or upon all and singular a certain lot of piece of Ground situate in the County of Stokes aforesaid lying and being on a small branch of that fork of Muddy Creek commonly known by the name of the Rocky Branch. Beginning at a stone at the Root of a hickory, fifty three rods south from said Tuckers north east corner & also being Vincent Browns line, Running twelve rods east to a stone at the Root of a Red Oak, in said Browns line, there with his line thirteen and a third Rods to the beginning Containing one acre together with all and singular the houses, woods, waters, ways, privileges, waters, or appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining To have and to hold all and singular to above Mentioned and described lot or piece of ground situate lying and being as aforesaid, Together with all and singular the houses waters, ways, and privileges thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining unto them the said James Love Senr, Edmund Jean, William Jean, James Love Junr, Edward Cooley, Robert Fulton and Archibald Campbell, and their successors in office, forever in trust that they shall Erect and build or cause to be erected and built thereon a house or place of worship for the use of the members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in the United States of America, and in further preachers belonging to the said church as shall from time to time be duly authorized by the general Conference of the ministers and preachers of the said Methodist Episcopal church or by yearly Conference authorized by the yearly conference and none other, to preach & expound on God’s holy word, therein and in further trust and Confidence, that as often as one or more of the trustees herin mentioned shall die or cease to be members of the said church according to the rules and discipline then and in such case it shall be the duty of the minister or preacher authorized as aforesaid, who shall have the pastoral charge of the said church, to call a meeting of the remaining trustees, as soon as conveniently may be, and when to meet the said preacher shall nominate one or more persons to fill vacancies, provided the person or persons to be nominated have been one year member or members of said church, Immediately proceeding such nomination, and at least 21 years of age, and the said Trustees so assembled shall proceed to Elect and by a majority of Votes to appoint the persons so nominated to fill the vacancies in order to keep up the members of seven, trusting forever and in case of an Equal number of votes for and against such Nomination, the stationed preacher to have the casting vote. Provided nevertheless that the said trustees or any of them, or their successors have advanced any sum or sums of money or are responsible for any sum or sums of money or amt. of the said premises & c. And they the said trustees or their successors be Obliged to pay any sum of sums of money they or a majority of them shall be authorized to Record said money by a Mortgage on the said premises, or by selling the same after notice given the pastor or preacher who has the Oversight of the Congregation attending. Devine Service, If the money be not paid to the trustees or their successors within one year after such notice given, and if such sale take place, the said Trustees or their successors, after paying the debt and all other charges which are due from the money arising from such sale, shall deposit the Remainder of the money produced by said sale in the hands of the Stewards of the society belonging to the said congregation which surplus shall be at the disposal of the next yearly conference according to the best of their judgment for the use of said society. And the said Thos. Tucker and Ann his wife by these presents warrant and defend all and singular the above mentioned and described piece of ground with the appurtenances thereunto belonging unto the said trustees & their successors forever against the claim of all persons whoever in Testimony wherof the said Thomas Tucker and Wife have hereunto set their hands and seals date as above.
Signed Sealed & delivered before
Thos Tucker

Ann (X) Tucker

Wm. Walker & Robert Walker

Stokes County March Term 1798. The execution of the above Deed was duly proved in open court by oath of William Walker & ordered to be Registered Test R. W., C C


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