1859 Deed for Ocean View Plantation
In 1859, James M. Lawton sold White House Plantation to Ephraim M. Clark. Bill Davis was kind enough to provide us with a copy of the original document which has been transcribed below.
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James M Lawton To Ephraim M Clark
TITLE TO REAL ESTATE
State of South-Carolina.
KNOW BY ALL THESE MEN PRESENT, That I James M Lawton
of James Island
in the state aforesaid, Planter in consideration of the sum of
Twelve Thousand Dollars to me
paid by Ephraim M Clark of James Island
in the state aforesaid, Planter have
granted, bargained, sold and released, and by these Presents, Do grant, bargain, sell and release unto the
said Ephraim M Clark all That Plantation
or Tract of Land, situate, lying and being on
James Island aforesaid and known as the
White House Plantation: Butting and Bounding
to the North by the Public Road leading to Fort
Johnson, to the West by the Public Road called the
Savannah Road, to the South partly by Lands, belong=
=ing to the Estate of Dotr Thomas Legare and
partly by James Island Sound and to the
East by Lands belonging to Stiles Mellichamp
measuring and Containing Three hundred
and Sixty Eight acres more or less according
to the Landmarks, divisions, Lines and Fences
under which it now stands: Also all that Island
to the South of the above described Tract [?]
known as Buzzard Island, measuring and
containing one and a half acres by the same
more or less.
Together with all and singular, the Rights, Members, Hereditaments and Appertenances to the said Premises
belonging, or in anywise incident or appertaining.
To have and to hold, all and singular the Premises before mentioned, unto the said
Ephraim M Clark his Heirs and Assigns
forever. And I do hereby bind myself my Heirs, Executors and Administrators,
to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said Premises unto the said Ephraim M Clark his Heirs
and Assigns, against myself and my Heirs and all persons
lawfully claiming, or to claim, the same, or any part thereof.
WITNESS, my Hand and Seal this Twentieth day of January
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Fifty Nine
and in the Eighty Third year of the Independence of the United States of America.
SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED J M Lawton
IN THE PRESENCE OF
W W McLeod