Thursday, January 9, 2014

Deed: Cole to Tansill (Tansill Cemetery)

In light of the recent events surrounding the 100+ year old family cemetery discovered on the PWCo 12th High School construction site, a deed such as this one would have been especially helpful.  Unfortunately, there is no County regulation or Virginia law that requires a cemetery be recorded as part of a Deed.  

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Executed and delivered to Robt. A. Calvert
October 17th 1855
Prince William Co. Deed Book 21, pg. 258

This Deed granted this 30 day of Jan. in the year of our Lord 1831 Between Lawrence Cole of the one part & Robert Tansill of the other part Witnesseth. That for and in consideration of the sum of Ten Dollars in hand paid by the said R. Tansill to the said L. Cole the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged he the said Cole has sold and conveyed unto the said Robt Tansill & his heirs forever a certain lot of land for the use of a burying ground said lot to be laid of on the west side of the garden now occupied by said Cole & to embrace the Tansill Family now buried & to contain one half acre & the said L. Cole bindes himself heirs & exor to warrant & defend the said lot or piece of land to the said Robt Tansill & his heirs forever.

Witness the signature and seal

Lawrence Cole {seal}

In Prince William County Court May 6th 1851 this deed from Cole to Tansill was acknowledged by Lawrence Cole and ordered to be recorded.

Teste, J. Williams, C.C.

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