Following is considerable info re: William Lea in case you are able to trace back to him. He had many dealings with my ancestor, Nicholas Delone. Other Leas mentioned, as well as John Holsonback.
Daniel Gold of state of VA to Nicholas Delone & William Lea. Whereas Delone & Lea have purchased a tract of land of 295 ac. lying on every quarter of a four acre lot on which Caswell Court House stands, said land being the real property of Daniel Gold, but not property of Gold's assignee. July 1788. Wit: Jesse Carter, Wm. Sawyers, Isaac Vanhook, Thomas Vanhook.
Wm. Moore of Caswell Co. to Nicholas Delone and Wm. Lea for 700 lbs. 295 ac. 22 Sep 1788.
At the session of the General Assembly, Fayetteville, opened Nov 3, 1788, "An
Act to Establish the Town Already Laid Off at the Court House in Caswell
County" prefaces that "Whereas one hundred acres of land, adjacent to and
whereon Caswell Court House now stands, hath been laid off into a town of
square streets and sixty-two lots, by Nicholas Delone and William Lea, etc." and
enacts that the town be constituted and named Leasburg. -- Col. Rec. Vol.
XXIV, pp. 992-993.
Nicholas Delone and William Lea to William McDaniel of Caswell Co, for 15 lbs, 14 square rods and 28 links in town of Leasburg on Main St. adj William Haynie, Delone. 19 Jan 1789. Wit: Thomas Vanhook, Robert Long.
Nicholas Delone and William Lea of Caswell Co. to Daniel Gold of Mecklenburg Co. VA for 15 lbs, 15 square poles and 285 links, a tract near town of Leasburg on Alley? St. also a lot of 1 A. 21 July 1789. Wit: Geo Lea, Thomas Vanhook.
William Lea of Caswell Co. to Nicholas Delone of same, for 200 lbs, 163 A, being tracts on Main Road with several lots, Nos 18, 2, adj Charles Trim on Cobb Cr, William McDaniel, the Hillsborough Rd., Danl Gold-also 5 A on corner of public lot, a total of 168 A. 20 Sept 1789. Wit: Thomas Vanhook, John Atkinson.
Court minutes of Caswell Co., Oct. 1789: A deed from William Lea to Nicholas Delone for 363 ac. was duly acknowledged in open court and on motion ordered to be registered.
In January, 1790, Commissioners of the county Abraham Fulkerson, Nicholas Delone, and Wm. Lea, who had supervised the building of the jail, received it from Rainey on behalf of the county. Prisoners in the jail may have been destructive as Nicholas Delone required 10 1/2 pounds of iron for repairs there in the fall of 1791.
From "A History of Caswell County 1777-1977" by Wm. S. Powell, pg. 314:
"The first Caswell resident to whom the occupation of merchant apparently can be applied was Nicholas Delone from whom a bill of sale survives dated December 2, 1791. It was Delone who sold some of the land to the county on which Leasburg, the new county seat, was laid out."
(Person Co. formed 1791 from Orange and Caswell counties.)
Person Co., NC Bill of Sale: Robert Webb, planter, to Nicholas Delone, sale of mare heretofore purchased of John Holsonback, 3 Dec 1791.
Nicholas Delone and William Lea listed as being paid by the estate of John Shy in Dec 1792 in Caswell Co.
Nicholas Delone of Caswell Co. to Thomas Evans of same for 100 lbs., 80 ac. part of tract Delone and Wm. Lea purchased of Wm. Moore adjoining Gold, James Williamson, Van Hook, Jesse Evans, the main road. 13 Dec 1794.
Nicholas Delone of Caswell Co. to Sarah Hargis for 35 lbs., 5.75 ac. on Cobbs Cr. adjoining widow Lea's former line adjoining corner of Courthouse lot. ______ 1795.
Person Co. NC Deed Book 1792-1825, Katharine Kerr Kendall:
186-7. John McFarland and Gabriel Lea, attorneys, for Nicholas Delone to Demsey Moore, for 300 lbs., 6 1/2 tenths of an A at the CH being part of 6 A lot conveyed 11 Dec 1792 to Commr's for building a court house and joal adjoining Demsey Moore's chimney, Thomas Hargis. 10 Dec 1799. Wit: George Lea, William Lea
Deed Book M, Caswell Co., pg. 227:
William Muzzall sheriff Caswell Co. to Gabriel Lea of same - whereas Nicholas Delone and
Gabriel Lea complained that John Lapsley is in debt to them, goods & chattels of John Lapsley sold; no goods found and execution levied on his 40 A land adj John McMullen, Thos Felps, Gabriel Lea & Larkin Wisdom with Gabriel Lea purchasing same for 26 lbs 1s.
on N Hico. 19 July 1800. Proved July 1801.
Wit: L.Lea, John Warrick, Daniel Malone.
Gabriel Lea, Sr., attorney in fact for Nicholas Delone LATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, DECEASED, and Lawrence Lea and Wm. Donoho, executors of last will of Wm. Lea merchant of Caswell County, to Nicholas Thompson of Caswell Co. for $50 paid to Delone and Lea dec'd by George Lea and George Huston, 2 lots in Leasburg each of 900 sq. yds., plus out lots of 3 ac. the same lots drawn by George Lea and George Huston in lottery of Delone and Lea being lots 51 and 52. 8 Jan 1808. Witnesses: A. Vanhook, Wm. Eddings.
Loyd Vanhook adm of William Lea late merchant of Leasburg dec'd to Nicholas Thompson, for 15 lbs pd by Benjamin Johnston to Nicholas Delone and William Lea dec'd drawn in lottery of Delone and Lea. Deed confirmed by Vanhook to Lot #50, 30 yards in length and 15 yrds breadth and l lot near Leasburg. 28 June 1811.
Wit: Lemuel S. Bowers, William Eddins.
(Note: Loyd Van Hook was in Smith Co., TN by 1820.)
From Person County NC Compilations by Katharine Kerr Kendall, page 188, December court, 1799 ---
Nicholas Delone of Richmond, Va, a letter of attorney to Gabl. Lea, Esq., of Caswell Co., Nc, and John McFarland of Person Co. to sell and convey property belonging to him and to pay balance to wife Edy Delone and Daughter Franky Delone. /s/ James McClung, Mayor city of Richmond.
Also, from Person Co. NC Deed Books, 1792-1825, Katharine Kerr Kendall, page 43:
178-9. Power of Attorney, Nicholas Delone of Richmond VA to Gab'l Lea of CC (Caswell Co.) and John McFarland of Person Co. to transact all business, to convey property to pay debts; any remaining to be divided equally to wife Edy Delone and daughter Frankey Delone.
5 June 1798 (1799??) Wit: William Glayne, Frederick Ayton. Registered CC Oct 1799. Registered Person Co. Dec 1799.
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