DEED OF SALE (Indenture) 1
William B. Shields to Mary Ann Norris
Perry County, Alabama - 22 Feb 1848

Transcribed by B.J. Smothers,
Contributed by Shields researcher Mamie Ballard,

State of Alabama }
Perry Wilcox County }

Know all men by these presents that I William B. Shields __ of the County and State aforesaid for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which I bear to Mary Ann Norris wife of Joseph E. Norris of Wilcox County and the heirs of her boddy begotten or to be begotten by her said husband, as well as for the further consideration of one dollar to me in hand paid, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, have given and granted and by these presents to give grant and deliver unto the said Mary Ann Norris and the heirs of her body as aforesaid a Negro girl Julia about twelve years old, and her increase if there shall be any to have and to hold the said Girl Julia and her increase unto her the said Mary Ann and her heirs as aforesaid forever, Free from the use claim service and control, and debts and liabilities of her husband the said Joseph E. Norris for debts now contracted or which hereby may be contracted by him the said Norris or any other husband which she may have. ~ And the said Wm B. Shields doth hereby warrant and forever defend the rights and title to said Girl Julia to her the said Mary Ann Norris and her heirs as aforesaid free from the claim of himself, heirs Executors and Administrators and free from the claim of all other persons whomsoever.

Given unto my hand & Seal this 22nd day of Feby 1848

Wm B. Shields

S.M. Gibney

NOTE: Property Distribution (Gift) - Some deeds are clearly written as gifts of property. You'll find language such as "for love and affection", or "for $1 and other consideration". Some gifts had restrictions, for example, "sd William Perkins agrees to care for his father and mother during their natural lives." In all other respects the deed will read as simple sale. [Source: Direct Line Software: Land Record Reference]

4 Mar 2000
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