Ferdinand Braswell / Jeremiah Braswell Washington co GA
I just made a trip to the Montgomery county GA courthouse and found information for Ferdinand and Jeremiah Braswell of old Washington co GA/Montgomery co GA.Hope it helps someone out there:
Montogmery co GA Deed Book CPD:pages 434-435
This indenture made the fourth day of March in the year of our Lord One Thousand seventeen hundred and ninety four between Ferdinand Braswell of the State of Georgia and County of FRANKLIN of the one part and BENAJAH SMITH and JOHN CLARK of the state aforesaid and the county of WILKES of the other part.
Witnesseth that the said Ferdinand Braswell for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred pounds sterling to him in hand paid by the said Benajah Smith and John Clark the wright whereof the said Ferdinand Braswell doth hereby acknowledge, hath granted, bargained ? released ? confirmed unto and by these presents doth grant bargain sel release and confirm unto Benajah Smith and John Clark their heirs and assignees forever a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Washington and state aforesaid containing by estimation two hundred and eighty seven and one half acres in the aforesaid county.
? and bounding as follows, south east mostly by John Lowe's land, south west mostly by John Abbott's and all other side's by vacant land.? survey ? will more fully appear by a grant of the same bearing state the tenth day March 1787.Granted by his excellency George Mathers (or Mathews) Govenor of the aforesaid state to Ferdinand Braswell.
Together with all and singular the rights, members and apprentecees whatsoever to the said tract of parcel of land and premises above mentioned or in any ? ?.
And ? all of the state right title interest ? or demand of him the said Ferdinand Braswell his heirs, executor administration, or assignees onto the said Benajah Smith and John Clark their heirs and assignees forever to have and to hold the said tract of land and furnishes with all and ? their rights and titles aforesaid unto the Benajah Smith and John Clark their heirs and assignees to them and their own proper use and behalf ? fee simple.
In witness whereof the said Ferdinand Braswell has set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year first above witnessed,
Ferdinand Braswell (seal)
J. Gorhman J.P.
Recorded 16th November 1805.
The land warrant for Ferdinand Braswell (warrant #2533: or #2633, a little hard to read) matches neighbors John Abbott and John Lowe's on Oconee Swamp.
While Frederick Braswell's land warrant is #2635 (or #2535, the 5 and 6s are hard to read due to ink bleeding on page) with neighbors Clark and Anderson.
I found other intersting stuff in Montgomery County GA, but too much to list here.There is also a JEREMIAH BRASWELL in the court records mentioned in late 1700s.
At one time I'd thought Frederick and Ferdinand could be the same person with a corruption of the spelling, but with Ferdinand and Frederick's land warrants TWO separate #s and the finding of actual Ferdinand Braswell documents, I do still wonder if perhaps what I found are re-writes with someone not understanding the colonial hand writing and thus they are the same (Ferdinand/Frederick) or was there in fact a Ferdinand Braswell separate from Frederick Braswell??And who is Jeremiah Braswell??
Anyone interested further in Montgomery co Ga records can contact Montgomery co GA, they have the Deed Books readily available and can make copies, but if you really want to dig around (like I did) you may have to hire someone to go through the thousands of loose papers found in envolopes that are marked by dates....for example 1792-1799 is listed at the top of the oldest envolope with dated materials (that also include ANSON CO NC, Burke co GA and old Washington co GA materials: I think the GA ARchives would be interested in these papers or should be).Anyway the envolopes with loose papers are dated all the way up to 1872.
Sorry for any typos and sorry for the portions of the Deed I couldn't read and put a ? mark in place of a word.