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From: Sara Patton <>
Subject: [SEE] Michael and Barbara Harness See Land
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2010 15:57:48 -0700
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MICHAEL SEE LAND RECORDS IN HARDY COUNTY
by Sara Stevens Patton

The first mention of Michael See as a land holder
comes in the Fairfax Rental rolls where he is
identified as leasing 216 acres on Lot #40 of the
South Branch Manor. Frederick and George See
are signatories to the transaction. Although no
date is given in the article, the dates for
transactions on nearby manor lands are 1748 and
1749, and several other names listed are known to
be dead by 1751, so it is assumed that this is
about the time the South Branch Manor was
settled. Generally, these were long-term leases
(3 generations) and cost approximately 25
shillings per 100 acres annually and could be
renewed. (See file for good description of land
policy and settlement in area. Best source
Charles Morrison, "Early Fairfax Land Grants and
Leases Along the south Branch of the Potomac," in
WVA History, V37 (Oct 1976), pp. 1-22. Also my
article on
line
<http://www.wvgenweb.org/hardy/sbmanor.htm>http://www.wvgenweb.org/hardy/sbmanor.htm
.

The South Branch Manor was located along the
South Branch of the Potomac, starting at the
southern end of the Trough near Old Fields, and
running south toward Moorefield and then westward
toward Petersburg and a few miles beyond. (See
Morrison's map.) No contemporary map of the lots
is known to exist. However, in plotting the lot
numbers with other known landmarks, we can tell
that Lot 61 (Leonard Hyer) was on east side of
Petersburg, and Lot 2 (Abraham Hite) was near old
town. Anthony Baker (of Baker Rocks) was on Lot
46, and several Harness sons were on Lot 49 &
48. Knowing that the Baker and Harness family
lived southwest of Fisher, WV, we can assume that
Michael's land was close by -- near where the golf course is today.

In studying the following Hardy land records, it
would appear that Michael See (Sr) and his wife
Barbara Harness See leased 216 and/or 260 acres
from Lord Fairfax in 1773, possibly the same as
above given the location on the South Branch
Manor. (Subsequent transactions describe same
land, same date but one says 260 acres, the other
216 acres. Given similarity of sound of 260 and
216--clerk may have written wrong amount.)

Approximately 90 acres of land (the same or an
additional tract nearby) was granted by deed
(i.e. purchased outright) to Michael in
1787. The description in the court records
states that this land was located along the South
Branch River, at the foot of the mountain and
near a ridge line, adjacent to Thomas Parsons and
Fisher. Some of the land included a portion of
an island in the middle of the river. (A
further search for Parsons and Fisher land may
provide clues to exact location.)

In the fall of 1790, Michael and Barbara sold
the 90 acres to their son Adam for £100 current
Virginia money. Adam, in turn, sold the same
land to his brother George, for 5 shillings in
February 1795. On the same day, February 11,
1795, Michael also to George, who turned around
and leased the land back to Michael for the
yearly rent of "one pepercorn" for the rest of
his natural life. Four days later, Michael sold
George 216 acres for 5 shillings - land which
Michael was granted by lease from Fairfax in
1773. (If son Michael was born in 1777, he would
have still been a minor in 1795 and ineligible to own land.)

According to Bosworth's History of Randolph Co,
p. 380), "George See, son of Michael, the
pioneer, disposed of his farm of 383 acres in
Hampshire County in 1785 and purchased 218 acres
on the west side of the Tygarts Valley River, in
the Caplinger settlement, in 1787." The same
source (pp. 97-99) states that George
See purchased two tracts on the east side of
Tygarts Valley River, 170 acres from Joseph
Crouch and 186 acres from Sylvester Ward between
1787-1792. I have not confirmed these
transactions with the Randolph county records nor
have I finished looking in Hardy or Hampshire
county deed books but this would indicate that
George may have been planning to move to Randolph
County with his brothers Adam and Michael (and
many other Hardy and Hampshire county
families) before he and his father were killed
by lightning in 1795. Bosworth also shows Adam
as a lawyer in Randolph in 1793, indicating he
moved there prior to the 1795 Hardy County transactions.

Apparently these Hardy County land transactions
occurred just prior to or just after Adam and his
brother Michael moved to Randolph County and just
before George and father Michael were killed by
lightning the summer of 1795. Their estate
records show them both to be dead by 1796.

Further research needed in Hardy, Hampshire and
perhaps Randolph County deed books as well as
other Northern Neck land transactions to better
pinpoint the movement of this branch of the family.



Chronology
ca. 1749-50 - Lord Fairfax to Michael See 216 acres

Lot # 40 - South Branch Manor; Co-signed
by Frederick and George See taken from Fairfax
Rental Rolls, WV Archives by Morrison,
Chas. "Early Fairfax Land Grants and
Leases along the South Branch of the Potomac" WVA
History V38:#1: 1-22 Oct 1976


1A. 3 Aug 1773 - Lord Fairfax to Michael See 260 acres

Land originally leased to said Michael See by
Lord Fairfax Aug 3, 1773 Hardy Co Deed Book 3, 1793-1794 pp. 178-179


2B. 5 Jan 1787 - Lord Fairfax to Michael See 89 3/4 acres

Land originally granted by deed to Michael See by
Lord Fairfax 5 Jan 1787. Adjacent Thomas
Parsons, Manor Line, Michael's See's Spring Run,
spur of a mountain, ridge of a mountain. Hardy
County Deed Book 2 pp. 102-104.

3B. 7 Oct 1790 - Michael and Barbara See to Adam See 89 3/4 acres

Michael and Barbara See sell 89 3/4 acres to Adam
See for £100 current money of Virginia. Land
originally granted by deed to the said Michael
See 5 Jan 1787 by Lord Fairfax. Adjacent Thomas
Parsons, Manor Line, Michael's See's Spring Run,
spur of a mountain, ridge of a mountain. Hardy County Deed Book 2 pp. 102-104.

4A. 11 Feb 1795 - Michael See sold to George See; 260 acres
George See of the South Branch let to Michael See
(no acreage given), corner to Parson and Fisher,
running across an island. Land originally leased
to said Michael See by Lord Fairfax on Aug 3,
1773 and sold to George See on 11 Feb
1795. (Looks like Michael sold land to his son
George then leased it back to him for one pepercorn annually.)
Hardy Co Deed Book 3, 1793-1794 pp. 178-179

5B. 11 Feb 1795 - Adam See to George See 89 3/4 acres
Adam See sold to George See 89 3/4 acres for 5
shillings. Originally patented to Michael See by
deed 5 January, 1787 and sold to Adam See 7 Oct
1790. Spur of mountain to Parson's . (Looks
like Adam sold land he had purchased from his
father to his brother, George prior to Adam's move to Randolph Co.)
Hardy County Deed Book 3, 1793-94 p. 180.

6A. 15 Feb 1795 - Michael See to George See 216 acres

Michael See sold to George See for 5 shillings
216 acres. Originally granted to the said
Michael See by lease by Lord Fairfax on 3 August,
1773. Corner to Parsons and Fisher on bank of
main river, running across an Island.
Hardy Co Deed Book 3, 1793-1794 p. 184
---------------------------------



Verbatim Land Records of sales between Michael
See and his sons Adam and George.

2B, 3B
Hardy County Deed Book 2 pp. 102-104. Oct 7, 1790
Michael and Barbara See sell 89 3/4 acres to Adam
See for £100 current money of Virginia. Land
originally granted by deed to Michael See 5 Jan
1787 by Lord Fairfax. Land adjacent Thomas
Parsons, Manor Line, Michael's See's Spring Run,
spur of a mountain, ridge of a mountain.

"This Indenture Made this Seventh Day of October
in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven
Hundred & Ninety Between Michael See & Barbary
his wife of Hardy County & State of Virginia of
the One part & Adam See of the same place of the
other part Witnesseth that the Sd Michael See for
& in Consideration of the Sum of One Hundred
Pounds current money of Virginia to him in hands
paid by the said Adam See the Receipt whereof is
hereby acknowledged They the Said Michael See &
Barbara his wife have Granted, Bargained & sold &
by there presents do Grant, Bargain & Sell, Alien
& confirm unto the said Adam See & his Heirs all
that Tract or parcel of Land situate lying &
being in the county of Hardy & Bounded as
followeth. Vize: Beginning at two Chestnut Oaks
on the Spur of a Mountain in Thomas Parsons
line. Running thence there with North fifty
Eight Degrees west thirty Poles to two white
Oaks, Said Parsons Corner, thence with it again
North Sixteen Degrees East Seventy three Poles to
two white Oaks another Corner to said Parsons,
thence North three Degrees East Sixty Poles to
two Pines in the Manor line, thence South Sixty
Six Degrees West forty Poles Crossing Michael
See's Spring Run to a Chesnut (sic) Oak in the
Manor line, thence South twenty Degrees West, two
Hundred & twenty Six poles (Crossing a lick) to a
Stooping Chesnut Oak on the Point of a Ridge,
Thence south fifty Degrees East Sixty Poles to
three white Oaks at the foot of a Mountain,
Thence North thirty Degrees East One Hundred &
forty Poles to the Beginning Containing Eighty
Nine & three quarters, & being the Same that was
Granted to the said Michael See, from his
Excellency, by the Deed bearing Date the fith
(sic) day of Janry One Thousand Seven Hundred &
Eighty Seven; And all Houses, Buildings, Orchards
ways, waters Water Courses, Profits Commodities
Hereditaments & appurtinances, whatsoever to the
said Premises, hereby Granted or any part thereof
belonging or in any wise appertaining, and the
Reversion & Reversions, Remainder & Remainders,
Rents Issues & Profits thereof and also all the
Estate, Right Title, Interst use Trust, property
Claim & Demand Whatsoever of him the said Michael
See & Barbara his wife, of in & to the said
Premises, & all Decds Evidences & writings
touching or in any wise Concerning the same. To
Have & To hold the Lands hereby Conveyed and all
& Singular other the premises hereby Granted with
their & every of their appurtenances unto the
said Adam See his Heirs & assigns forever to the
only proper use & behoof of the said Adam See &
of his Heirs & assigns forever, And the said
Michael See for himself His Heirs Executors and
administrators doth Covenant Promise & Grant to
and with the sd Adam See his Heirs & assigns by
these presents that the said Michael See &
Barbara See his wife now at the time of Sealing &
Delivering these presents are Sized of a good,
sure perfect & Indef(s?)earible Estate of
Inheritance in fee Simple of and in the Premises
hereby Granted & that they have good Power &
lawfull & absolute Authority, to Grant & Convey
the same to the said Adam See in manner & form
aforesd & that the said Premises now are & so for
ever hereafter shall remain & be free & Clear of
& from all other Gifts Grants, Bargains, Sales
Dower Right & Title of Dower, Judgments,
Executions, Titles, Troubles, charges &
incumbrances, whatsoever, made done Committed or
Suffer'd by the said Michael See & Barbara his
wife, or any other person or persons whatsoever,
the quit Rents hereafter to grow due & Payable to
the Cheif (sic) Lord of the fee his Heirs &
Successors for & in Respect of the premises only
Excepted and fore---And lastly that the Said
Michael See & Barbara his wife & their Heirs, all
& Singular the Premises, hereby Granted with the
appurtenances unto the Said Adam See, his Heirs &
assigns forever against them the Said Michael See
& Barbara his wife & their Heirs & all & every
person or persons whatsoever shall & will Warrent
& forever Defend by these presents In Witness
whereof the sd Michael See & Barbara his wife
have hereunto set their Hands & Seals the day & year first above written -

Sealed & Deliver'd Michael See (LS)
In the presence of

At a Court held for Hardy County October 11th 1790
This Indenture was acknowledged by Michael See
party thereunto & Orderd to be Recorded
By the Court
Edw Williams"
--------------

#1A, 4A
Hardy Co Deed Book 3, 1793-1794 pp. 178-179
11 Feb 1795

George See of the South Branch let to Michael See
(260 acres-see 6A for acreage of same
description), corner to Parson and Fisher,
running across an Island. Land originally leased
to Michael See by Lord Fairfax on Aug 3, 1773 and
sold to George See on 11 Feb 1795. (This is
Michael Adam, who sold to son George in 1795, then rented it back from George.)

"This Indenture made this 11th day of February in
the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven hundred
and ninety five, Between George See of the South
Branch in the County of Hardy and commonwealth of
Virginia of the one part and Michael See of
County and State aforesaid of the other part,
Witnesseth that the said George See for and in
consideration of the rents hereafter reserved and
Expressed has demised granted and to farm let and
by These presents does demise, grant and to farm
let unto the said Michael See one moxty (moiety?)
of a certain tract or parcel of land, Situate
(sic) lying and being in the County of Hardy and
bounded as follows to wit Beginning at a Box
elder and Sycamore upon the banks of the river
corner to Parsons thence running South Eight
degrees East two hundred and Eighty four poles to
two Spanish oaks, Standing near a run, thence
North Seventy four degrees, East one hundred and
ninety six poles to a black oak and two white oak
Saplings a corner to Fisher, thence North thirty
one degrees West one hundred and Eighty nine
poles to a Hoop Wood and two Box elders upon the
bank of a gut then extending up the same sixty
poles, then north ten degrees west running across
an Island Twenty Seven Poles to a poplar upon the
bank of the main river then up the meanders of
the same to the Beginning Containing two hundred
and Sixty acres and being the same tract of land
that was originally granted to the said Michael
See by lease from the right Honorable Thomas Lord
Fairfax bearing date on the Third day of August
in the Year of our Lord one Thousand seven
hundred and seventy three and by the said Michael
See conveyed by deed of bargain and sale bearing
date the 11th February in the year on Thousand
Seven hundred and ninety five to the said George
See and all houses buildings which the said
Michael See has erected on the said land,
together with and half of all orchards ways
watercourses profits commodities hereditaments
and appurtenances whatsoever to the said premises
hereby granted. To Have and to Hold without
impeachment of waste the said half of the tract
of land hereby granted with all and singular the
premises hereby granted to the said Michael See
and his assigns for and during the natural life
of the said Michael See yeilding and paying to
the said George See the yearly rent of one
pepercorn and the said George for himself his
heirs and assigns does covenant and grant to and
with the said Michael See that the said Michael
See shall and may from time to time and at all
times hereafter peaceably and quietly have hold
occupy and enjoy the said premises without the
let trouble hinderance molestation Interuption or
denial of him the said George See his heirs or
any other person or persons whatsoever. In
Witness whereof the said George See has hereunto
Set his hand and affixed his seal the same day and year first above written.

Signed Sealed and
delivered George See seal

At a court held for Hardy County February 1795
This deed from George See to Michael See was
acknowledged by the said George See and is ordered to be recorded."
------------------------------

#2B, 3B, 5B
Hardy County Deed Book 3 p. 180. 11 Feb 1795
Adam See sold to George See 89 3/4 acres for 5
shillings. Originally patented to Michael See by
deed 5 January, 1787 and sold to Adam See 7 Oct
1790. Spur of mountain to Parson's .

This Indenture made this 11th day of February in
the year one thousand Seven hundred and ninety
five Between Adam See of the county of Hardy and
State of Virginia of the one part and George See
of the county and State aforesaid of the other
part, Witnesseth that for and in consideration of
five Shillings to the said Adam See in hand paid
by the said George at or before the Sealing and
delivery of these presents, the receipt whereof
is hereby acknowledged - said Adam See hath
granted bargained, Sold, Aliened and confirmed
and by these presents does grant, bargain, Sell,
Alien and confirm to the said George See a
certain tract or parcel of Land, Situate, lying
and being in the County of Hardy and bounded as
follows to wit: Beginning at two chestnut oaks on
the spur of a mountain in fifty Eight degrees
West Thirty poles to Two white oaks to said
Parson's corner, thence with it again North
sixteen degrees East seventy three poles to two
white oaks another corner to said parsons land,
thence North three degrees East Sixty poles to
two Pines in the manor line, thence therewith
South Sixty Six degrees west forty poles crossing
a lick to a Stooping chestnut oak on the point of
a ridge Thence south fifty five degrees East
sixty poles to three white oaks on the foot of a
mountain, thence North thirty degrees East one
hundred and forty poles to the Beginning
containing Eighty nine and three quarters acres
being the same tract of land that was Patented to
Michael See by deed bearing date the fifth day of
January one thousand Seven hundred and Eighty
Seven and by the said Michael See Transferred by
deed of Bargain and Sale bearing date the Seventh
day of October One Thousand seven hundred and
ninety to the said Adam See together with all and
singular its appurtenances, To Have and to Hold
the said tract or parcel of land with its
appurtenances to the said George See his heirs
and assigns forever, And the said Adam See for
himself and his heirs that he the said Adam See
and his heirs the said tract land with all its
appurtenances unto the Said George See and his
heirs against all persons whatsoever will forever
warrant and defend. In Witness whereof the said
Adam See has hereunto subscribed his name and
affixed his Seal the same day and year first above written.
(Signed by Adam See)

At a court held for hardy County February
1796. this Deed from Adam See to George See was
acknowledged by the said Adam See and is ordered to be recorded."
---------------------------
[Following land deed showing George HARNESS
sold to George Reed, land adj. Patrick Lynch and
corner to HARNESS's "lower place". Feb 5, 1795]

Hardy Co Deed Book 3, 1793-1794 p. 184 15 Feb 1795
Michael See sold to George See for 5 shillings
216 acres. Originally granted to the said
Michael See by lease by Lord Fairfax on 3 August,
1773. Corner to Parsons and Fisher on bank of
main river, running across an Island

"This Indenture made this 15th day of February
one Thousand seven hundred and ninety five,
Between Michael See of the county of Hardy and
State of Virginia of the one part and George See
of the same place of the other part. Witnesseth
that the said Michael See for and in
consideration of the sum of five Shilling to him
in hand paid by the said George See at or before
the sealing and delivery of these presents the
receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and for
other good causes and considerations him hereunto
moving has granted Bargained, sold aliened and
confirmed and by these presnets doth grant,
Bargain, sell, Alien and confirm unto the said
George See and his heirs a certain tract or
parcel of land, situate lying & being in the
county of Hardy and bounded as follows To wit
Beginning at a box elder and Sycamore on the bank
of the river corner to Parsons thence South Eight
degrees East two hundred and Eighty four poles to
two Spanish oaks Standing near a run, thence
North Seventy four degrees East one hundred and
ninety six poles to a black oak and two white oak
saplings a corner to Fisher thence North thirty
one degrees West one hundred and Eight nine Poles
to a shoopwood and two Box Eldders upon the bank
of a gut thence extending up the same sixty poles
thence North ten degrees West, running across an
Isleland Seventy Seven poles to a poplar and ash
on the bank of the main River then up the
meanders of the same to the Beginning containing
two hundred and sixteen acres and being the same
tract of land that was granted to the said
Michael See by lease from the right Honourable
Thomas Lord Fairfax dated the third day of August
in the year of Our Lord One Thousand seven
hundred and Seventy three with all and singular
its appurtenances. To Have and to Hold the said
tract of land with all and
singular - appurtenances to the said George See
his heirs and assigns for and during the natural
lives of the persons named in the lease above
mentioned to the only proper use and behoof of
him the said George See his heirs does covenant
promise and grant to and with the said George See
his heirs and assigns by these presents that upon
his and their paying the rents and performing the
covenants and conditions Expressed in the said
lease that he and they shall and may from time to
time and at all times hereafter peacibly and
quietly have, hold, occupy possess and enjoy the
said premises without the let, trouble,
hindrance, Molestation Interuption or denial of
him the said Michael See and his heirs or any
other person or persons whatsoever. In witness
whereof the said Michael See has hereunto Set his
hand and affixed his seal the same.... (signed by Michael See.)"



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