1843 Mortgage for Ocean View Plantation

1843 Mortgage for Ocean View Plantation

In 1843, James M. Lawton mortgaged White House Plantation. The mortgage was held by Winborn Lawton. 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 The State of South Carolina
          To To All Whom These Presents
Winborn Lawton may concern I, James M Lawton
      Mortgage of James Island in the State
aforesaid Planter send Greeting
Whereas I the said James M Lawton in and by my cer
=tain bond and obligations bearing date the twenty third
day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand
Eight hundred and Forty three stand firmly held and
bound unto Winborn Lawton in the final sum of Ten
Thousand Dollars conditioned for the payment of the full
and just sum of Five Thousand Dollars in five equal
annual installments of one Thousand Dollars each to
=gether with interest annually on the twenty third day of
January of every year succeeding the state of the said Bond
until the whole sum shall be paid (as by reference thereto
will more fully appear     Now Know All Men That I the
said James M Lawton in Consideration of the said debt
and sum of Money and aforesaid and for the better se
=curing the payment thereof to the said Winborn Lawton
according to the conditions of the said Bond, and also in
Consideration of the further sum of Five Dollars to me the
said James M Lawton in hand paid by the said Winborn
Lawton at and before the sealing and delivery of these
Presents the weight whereof is hereby acknowledged I the
said James M Lawton have granted bargained sold
and released and by these presents do Grant bargain
sell and release unto the said Winborn Lawton all that
plantation or tract of land lying situate and being upon
James Island aforesaid known as the White House
Plantation, Butting and Bounding as follows On the North
by the Public Road leading to Fort Johnson on the East
by lands of Stiles, Mellichamp on the south partly on lands
of Doctor Thomas Legare and partly by James Island Sound
and on the West by the Public Road called the Savanna
Road Containing Three Hundred and Sixty Eight Acres more
or less according to the Landmarks division lines and fences
under which it now Stands Together with all and Singular
the rights Members Hereditaments and Appurtenances to the
said Premises belonging or in any wise incident or appertain
=ing To Have and To Hold all and singular the said Premises
unto the said Winborn Lawton his heirs and assigns forever
And I do hereby bind myself my heirs Executors and Ad
ministrators to warrant and forever defend all and
Singular the said Premises unto the said Winborn
Lawton his heirs and assigns forever against myself and
my heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns and all

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other persons whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim
the same or any part thereof. Provided Always Neve
rtheless, and it is the true meaning and intent of the
parties to these presents That if I the said James M Lawton
do and [?] well and truly pay or cause to be paid unto
the said Winborn Lawton the said debt or sum of money
aforesaid with the interest thereon if any shall be due accor
-ding to the true intent and meaning of the said Bond
and conditions thereunder written [?] this bargain and
shall cease and determine and this deed be utterly void
and of no effect otherwise it shall remain in full [?]
and virtue, And it is agreed by and between the said
Parties to this Deed that I the said James M Lawton am to
hold and enjoy the said Premises until default of pay
=ment shall be made, In Witness Whereof I have here
to set my hand and Seal this Twenty third day of January
in he year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and
Forty three and in the sixty seventh of American Independence
Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of James M Lawton
G.W. Cooper, [?] R. Rivers

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