Maria, etc.: Deed, Richmond City

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This Indenture made the twentieth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two, between Catharine Pierce of the city of Richmond of the first part, John French of the Borough of Norfolk of the second part and Everard Hall of the said Borough of the third part. Whereas the said Catharine Pierce is possessed in her own right of sundry slaves as herein after named, and certain sums of money and whereas a marriage is about to be had and solemnized between the said Everard Hall and Catharine Pierce, Now this indenture Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the premises, and also for the farther consideration of one dollar of lawful money of Virginia, to the said Catharine Pierce in hand paid by the said John French, at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, she the said Catharine Pierce, hath given, granted bargained sold aliened enfeoffed released and confirmed and by these presents doth give grant bargain sell, aliene, enfeoff release, and confirm to the said John French the following named slaves, to wit, Maria, Charlotte, Judy, Sally, Martha, Sally the younger, Jacob Billy William Mary, Henry, Kim, Gilbert Peter and the future increase of the females of the said slaves to have and to hold the aforesaid slaves, and the future increase of the females thereof unto the said John French his Executors administrators and assigns to the only proper use and behoof of the said John French his Executors administrators and assigns for ever Upon Trust Nevertheless that the said John French, his Executors and Adminstrators, upon the happening of the marriage between the said Everard Hall and the said Catharine Pierce shall permit the said Everard Hall and Catharine Pierce to take the profits thereof to their own use during their respective lives,

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Provided nevertheless that if the said slaves or any of them shall prove refractory and disobedient or if on any other account the interest of the said Catharine Pierce and Everard Hall should require it, then the said John French at the request of the said Catharine and Everard shall sell and dispose of, or cause to be sold or disposed of the aforesaid slaves or any of them, and the proceeds thence arising shall by the said John French as trustee as aforesaid, according to directons from the said Everard and Catharine be invested in the purchase of other slaves, or such other property as the said Everard and Catharine shall think proper and the legal title to the slaves or other property so purchased shall be held by the said John French as trustee as aforesaid, subject to same uses restrictions and limitation as the slaves originally conveyed and according to same uses restrictions and limitations as the slaves originally conveyed, amd according to the provisions hereinafter mentioned that is to say, if the said Catharine Pierce should survive the said Everard Hall, then the said John French shall reconvey the said property to the said Catharine and in case the said Catharine should not survive the said Everard, but should leave a child or children, then the said trustee on the decease of the said Everard Hall shall convey the said property to such child or children in fee simple to them and their heirs for ever but if the said Catharine should die before the said Everard Hall and leave no children then the said trustee shall convey the said property to the said Everard Hall in fee simple It is also hereby expressly stipulated covenanted and agreed between the parties to these presents, that the said Catharine Pierce, not[withstanding]

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[not]withstanding her being a married woman, may out of the cash now in her possesion place in the hands of the said John French or of any other person she may think proper a sum of money not exceeding three thousand dollars for the purchasing of any house and lot in the Borough of Norfolk, and which shall be for sale and selected by the said Catharine for the investment of the said money, and the said the trustee shall cause a deed to be executed to himself as trustee under these presents, and then convey the said house and lot and apportenances to the said Everard Hall and Catharine his wife for their respective lives, and after their death to the right heirs at law of the said Catharine. The trustee hereto, binds himself and heirs Executors and administrators, to execute faithfully the trusts reposed in him by these presents according to the true intent and meaning thereof In testimony the parties have hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals, the day and year first above written Catharine Pierce {Seal} John French {Seal} Everard Hall {Seal} The words "of one dollar" on the first page and "then the "said trustee" on the second page erased before signed Sealed & delivered in presence of Jno John] Allmand D E Farragut S A Marchant

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Norfolk Borough to wit We John N Tazewell and Alexander Jordan justices of the peace for the borough aforesaid in the state of Virginia do hereby certify that Catherine Pierce and Everard Hall parties to a certain deed bearing date on the 20th November 1832 and hereto annexed personally appeared before us in our borough aforesaid and acknowledged the same to be their act and deed and desired us to certify the said acknowledgment to the Clerk of the Court of Norfolk Borough and the City of Richmond in order that the said deed may be there recorded Given under our hands and seals this 22 Decr 1832 Jno [John] N Tazewell {seal} A. Jordan {seal}

Norfolk Borough in the Clerks office, the 22d day of December 1832 This indenture was acknowledged by Catherine Pierce, Everard Hall and John French the parties thereto and with the certificate thereon endorsed admitted to Record. Teste Jno [John] Williams Cl [Clerk?]: Cur:

City of Richmond to wit: This deed was presented in the office of the Court of Hustings for the said City, the 4th day of January 1833, and with the certificates thereafter written of the acknowledgement of Catherine Pierce & Everard Hall, parties thereto, and the certificate of record of the Clerk of the Court of Norfolk borough, admitted to record Teste, Th: [Thomas] C. Howard clk [Clerk]

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8 Pierce to } Deed French trustee 1832 Dec 22d Ack’d [Acknowledged] in off:[office:] [m?] by Pierce, Hall & French and A.R. [Admitted to Record] Recorded and Examined Jno: [John] Williams CC 1833 Jany 4. prest'd [presented] in off: [office] and A.R. [Admitted to Record] Fee paid Recorded No. 31 page 419, examined

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