|As far as I can
find, this is the first deed recorded for Patrick Porter in what is
now Scott County, Virginia. In 1770, it was Washington County, Virginia.
Here is the actual wording and spelling of the deed.
Surveyed for Patrick Porter one hundred and eighty five acres of land in
Washington County by virtue of a Certificate from the Commissioners for the
District of Washington and Montgomery Counties and agreeable to an Act of the
General Assembly of Virginia passed in May 1779 lying on both sides of Falling
Creek a South branch of Clynch River, and Beginning on the North bank of said
Creek at a Buckeye and two small elms and running thence S.43W.62 poles
crossing the creek often to a large wite oak and DOgwood saplin on the top of a
ridge; N.67W91 poles to a large poplar on a rocky knob; S.81W.38 poles to a
sugar tree and Lyn at the foot of said knob; N.34W.108 poles to a Lyn and
Dogwood saplinnear the top a ridge; N30E.84 poles to a white aok on the said
ridge; S.72E.140 poles to an ash on the top of a ridge; N.61E.41 poles to an Ash
and sugar saplin on the East side of a ridge; N.10E.38 poles crossing the creek
to two white oaks on the bank of the same thence S.5E167 poles to the Beginning.
21st March 1782.
Walter Preston Asst.
Robert Preston GWC.
We the Commissioners for the District of Washington and Montgomery Counties
do certify that Patrick Porter is entitled to two hundred and fourteen acres of land
by settlement in the year 1772 in Washington County laying on Falling Creek
on the south side of Clynch, adjoining Charles Killgore's land which was surveyed
the 1st day of April 1774 by virtue of an order of Council dated the 16th of
December 1773. As witness our hands this 8th day of August, 1781.
Test, James Reid, CCC
Commissioners: Jos. Cabell, Harry Innes, N. Cabell