But the Deed Book record told me a little more than just when it was sold. It gave me evidence for the size of the farm. The record estimates 166 acres. It also hinted that there was a more complex deal involved. Reuben Mathis, the member of the mob who saved Elder Jones' life, had timber rights. The deed specified when those rights would end. I clearly don't know much about the legal language used here. I might be able to figure out some of the illegible words if I did. But I think we will understand the general meaning.
For and in consideration of the sum of two hundred dollars – one hundred and fifty-five dollars in hand paid and forty five dollars to be paid January 1st 1900 – for which a note is this day [executed].
[?] W. J. Conder and his wife Malinda Conder have this day long arrived sold and [conveyed] to Thomas Talley his heirs and assigns forever a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in 3rd civil district of Lewis County on the [waters] of Cane Creek and bounded as follows –
Beginning in the south boundary line of [Entry] No. 188 for 200 acres in the name of Brantly Hutson – 38 ¼ poles west of the south east corner thence west 194 ½ poles to a stake north 127 poles to a stake thence east - 194 ½ poles to a stake thence south 127 poles to the beginning containing by estimates 166 acres more or less.
The east prong of Cane Creek runs through said land. All the land on the south side of this creek is included in this deed and all on the north side is now owned by Andrew Edward – to have and to hold to the said Thomas Talley his heirs and assigns forever and I [covenant] with said Talley that I am lawfully [seized] of said land and have a good right to [convey] the same and I covenant to warrant and defend the title to the same against the lawful
claims of all persons [whosoever] . But this is understood that Reuben
Mathis is to have all the [stove bolts] and [cross ties] timber on said land and
is to have until March 1900 to remove said timber from said land.
Witness our hand August 20 1898.
W. Armstrong William [x] J. Conder
State of Tennessee Malinda [x] Conder