FIRST DEED RECORDED IN THIS COUNTY 84 YEARS AGO; 2,100 RECORDED LAST YEAR
The First Deed The first deed ever recorded in the county is still preserved as a matter of record in the offices of the present County Clerk, Hezekiah Adkins. It was made by Zattu Cushing, Edward Tupper and Rachel, his wife, to William Ratcliff . For the sum of $1,500 the following described tract of land on Tug River in this county was sold, the following being the description given in the first deed in the county:
"Beginning at a large rock at the upper end of the narrows above the fall bottom near the lower end of a new field made by the said William Ratcliff, and from thence running a straight line to the summit of the low gap where the road crosses leading up Tug River to two beech trees where it intersects the back line of the original survey which runs up the river; thence with the said back lines until it strikes the said Tug river, thence down the same with its meanderings to the place of beginning, the quantity of land being unknown."
From the above description we are not able to decide just exactly where this land was located on Tug River but probably some of our readers will be able to identify the tract from the foregoing description.
This deed was written and acknowledged May 30, 1840, while Wayne county was still a part of Cabell county, but it was not put to record until nearly two years later, April 12, 1842.
The deed was acknowledged before Samuel Webb and Frederick Moore, who were justices of the peace. The first county clerk in Wayne county was Hugha Bowen, with whom this deed was filed for record. In the 84 years which have elapsed since that time, the ink has become dim and the paper in the deed book yellowed, necessitating that the book be recopied, which was done; however, the original deed book is also preserved.