wiki "Little Hunting Creek" for map by George Washington showing little huntng creek.
Joseph inherits 300 acres in Stafford Co., VA from his partner, Charles Rose. He an Charles Rose were carpenters. He is also made guardian of Charles' daughter, Elizabeth Rose. This same 300 acres was purchased by Charles Rose, on 14 March 1688/89, from Matthew Thomson. This land was on the south branch of Little Hunting Creek. Joseph sold this same 300 acres to Sampson Darrell, whose grandson, also named Sampson Darrell, sold it to George Washington on 12 Dec 1757 for 260 pounds and a 90 pound note that was due in April 1760.
From the Diaries of George Washington at
Tuesday Feb. 19th, 1760 . "Went to Court, and Administered upon Nations Effects. Got Mr. Smiths Lease to me recorded and Mr. Johnston not having Darrel’s Deeds ready I was obliged to get the acknowledging of them postponed.
Fine moderate day with a brisk Southerly Wind which brought up the Vessel with my Corn."
GW's first expansion of the Mount Vernon property occurred in Dec. 1757, when he bought two pieces of land on the plantation's northern boundary from Sampson Darrell (d. 1777) of Fairfax County: a tract of 200 acres on Dogue Run and an adjoining tract of 300 acres on Little Hunting Creek. The total price of these two tracts was?350, which GW paid with?260 in cash and a bond for?90 due in two years, and in return he received Darrell's bond guaranteeing him title to the land (LEDGER A, 49; bond of Darrell to GW, 20 Dec. 1757, ViMtV). But the official deeds were not immediately signed and recorded in court because the property was held under right of dower by Darrell's mother, Ann, for her lifetime; only after her death would it revert to Darrell as a surviving son. Thus, although GW owned Darrell's rights to the land, he could not obtain the deeds until Ann died or rented the land to him. GW did not have to await her death, because on 20 Sept. 1759 he signed a lease with her and her present husband, Thomas Smith (d. 1764) of Fairfax County, agreeing thereby to pay them 1,030 pounds of tobacco a year until Ann died (lease of Thomas and Ann Smith to GW, PHi: Gratz Collection; LEDGER A, 111). Having recorded the lease on this day, GW was eager to get and record Darrell's deeds, but he was obliged to wait for the May court session (deeds of Darrell to GW, 19--20 May 1760, Fairfax County Deeds, Book D-1, 681--92, Vi Microfilm).
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