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I spent all this time transcribing these land records having to do with my 4th Great-Grandfather, George W. West, so I thought I would share them with you. The Book and Page where they can be found is at the top of each record. This is my first experience with land records so I have transcribed them to the best of my ability. Contact me if you’d like to see my scans of the originals. All are from Forsyth County Georgia.

Transcribed Record #1:

Forsyth County, Georgia Deed Book S Page. 486

H. L. Hawkins, Ordinary

Recorded by April 16th, 1889 by W. R. Otwell, C. S. C.

This indenture made this fifteenth day of Dec, on the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and Eighty-Eight between Geo. West of the county and state aforesaid of the first part and J. L. Hurt of the same place of the second part witnesseth that the said Geo. West for and in consideration of one hundred and eighty-three dollars and ten cents to him in hand paid at before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof in hereby acknowledged has sold and conveyed and does by these [illegible] bargain sold and convey unto the said J. L. Hurt his heirs and assignees lots of land No. (305) three hundred and five (306) three hundred and six (343) three hundred and forty-three except two and ¼ acres in the South East corner, all in the 3rd district 1st section of said county containing one hundred and twenty acres more or less, to have and to hold the above bargained premises together with all the rights and privileges thereunto belonging in an any manner appertaining provided that the said Geo. West shall well and truly lay on cause to be paid two certain from [illegible] notes for the sum of one hundred eighty-three dollars and ten cents late with these [illegible.] There this land is well as the notes for $183.10 to be null and void. Otherwise of full force and virtue and the said Geo West the above bargained premises his being [illegible] assigns [illegible] the said J. L. Hurt his heirs and assignees the right and title thereof for ever [illegible] and [illegible] against himself and against the claims of all others whoever and fee simple. In witness where of the said Geo. West has hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year above written.

Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of

W. B. Wallis

W. A. Holbrook

Signed Geo. West

Georgia, Forsyth County

In person appeared before me W. A. Holbrook who on oath says that he saw Geo. West sign seal and deliver the within deed for the purposes therein [illegible] that he signed the [illegible] as a witness thereto and saw W. B. Wallis do the same.

Sworn to and subscribed before [illegible] December 27, 1888, H. L. Hawkins, Ordinary

W. A. Holbrook

Recorded April 16th 1889

W. R. Otwell, C. S. C.

Record #2

Forsyth County, Georgia Deed Book T p. 362

State of Georgia

Forsyth County

This indenture made and entered unto this the twenty third day of November Eighteen Hundred and ninety-one between George West of the County and state aforesaid of the first part and J. P. and J.T. Heard, Executors of James L. Heard of the same place of the other part witnesseth the said George West for and in consideration of the sum of seven hundred and one dollars and eighty seven cents to him in hand paid by the said J. B. and J. L. Heard Executors of J. L. Heard, at and before the sealing and delivery of these present the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted bargained sold and conveyed and by these present do grant bargain sell and convey unto the [illegible] J. P. and J. L. Heard Executors of J. L. Heard their heirs and assignees all the following tracts or parcels of land [illegible] and being in the County of Forsyth known and distinguished in the third district and first section by lots numbers ‘301’ three hundred and one. ‘302’ three hundred and two. ‘305’ three hundred and five. ‘306’ three hundred and six. ‘276’ two hundred and seventy six together with all and singular the rights members(?) and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining  to have and to hold the said tracts or parcels of land unto the said J. P. and J. L. Heard Executors of J. L. Heard their heirs and assignees to them and their own proper use benefit and behoof for ever in fee simple and the said George West for himself his heirs executors and administration will warrant and forever defend the said bargained premises against the claims of all persons whatever unto the said J. P. and J. L. Heard Executors of J. L. Heard their heirs Executors and administrators. In witness whereof the said George West hath herewith set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year above so written.

Signed Sealed and Delivered in presence of us

George L. Heard

R. J. Milford, N. P. (V.P.?)

Signed George West (L.S.)

Filed for Record Dec 1st 1891 at 3 o’ck P. M. & Recorded December 2d 1891

W. R Otwell C. S.C

Record #3

Forsyth County, Georgia Deed Book U p. 327

State of Georgia

Forsyth County

This indenture made and entered unto this twenty-third day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety one between George West of the county and state aforesaid of the first part and J. P. Heard surviving Executor of James L. Heard dec’d of the same place of the other part. Witnesseth the said George West for and in consideration of the sum of seven hundred and one dollars and eighty-seven cents to him hand paid by the said J. P. Heard Exc of J. L. Heard, Dec’d, at and before the sealing and delivery of these present, the receipts whereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted bargained sold and conveyed and by these present do grant bargain sell and convey unto the said J. T.  Heard surviving Executors of James L. Heard Dec’d his heirs and assignees all the following [illegible] or parcels of land. Viz(Wit?): laying in being in the County of Forsyth known and distinguished in the 3rd Dist. And 1st Section as follows. South half of lot number ‘275’ two hundred and seventy five and all of lot number ‘347’ three hundred and forty seven said land containing in all sixty acres more or less. Together with all and singular the rights members and appurtenances (?) thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining. To have and to hold the said tracts or parcels of land unto the said J. l. Heard surviving Executor of James L. Heard Dec’d his heirs and assigns to their and their proper use benefit and behoof for ever in fee simple. And the said George West for himself his heirs Executors and administrators will warrant and forever defend the said bargained premises against the claims of all persons whatever unto the said J. L. (T.?) Heard[illegible] Executor of James L. Heard Dec’d his heirs Executors and administrators and this indenture is made to convey members in a deed made to J. P. and J. T. Heard Ex’s of James L. Heard Dec’d bearing ever date with this. In witness sohere of the deed Geo. West hath here unto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year above written.

Signed sealed delivered in presence of us

Geo L. Heard

R. T. Milford N. P.

Signed George West (L. S.)

Filed for Record Oct 5th 1894 at 3 P. M.

Recorded Ocober 8th 1894

Record #4:

(Nancy Bagwell Clayton West was George W. West’s 2nd wife)

Forsyth County, Georgia Mortgage Book E p. 304

$66.50

Cumming, GA Sept 4th, 1894

By 25th Dec next I promise to pay J. L. Hurt or lender sixty-six and 50/100 dollars. Value received with interest from date at 8 per cent per annum with all costs of collection including ten(?) per cent attorneys fees. And we do hereby each for himself and family waive and [illegible] the to the benefit of all homestead and exemption laws as against this note. And in consideration of one dollar in hand paid and the credit here given we do hereby mortgage sell and convey unto the said J. L. Hurt the following property viz(wit?): One undivided half interest in my machinery consisting of Mill & Gin with all the appurtenances the other half owned by said Hurt.

Signed Nancy West (Her Mark) (L. S.)

Signed Sealed and Delivered in presence of

W. R. Otwell, C.S.C.

Filed for record Sept 4th, 1894 at 4 OCK P. M.

Recorded Sept 5th, 1894      W. R. Otwell, C.S.C.

Record #5:

(I believe the George W. West in this record was the son of my 4th Great Grandfather. He had a son named Homer who would have been of age by that time.)

Forsyth County, Georgia Mortgage Book E p.348

Georgia, Cherokee County

December 6th 1894

$50.00

On Nov. 1st I promise to pay Coggins & Jones or lender Fifty Dollars with interest from date at the rate of eight per cent per annum interest to be compounded and considered principal if not paid at the end of each year from date and bear the same rate per cent as the principal [illegible] costs of collection including [illegible] per cent as attorney’s fees on principal and interest. Value received it being of 1 mule black 4 years old horse mule.

The title to said property to [illegible] until the note is fully paid and it is agreed by the maker of this note that in the count of death, disease or destruction of said property while in possession of [illegible] there shall be no [illegible] of consideration set up against the payment of this note but said loss shall fall on the maker of this note. It is further agreed that at any time before this note is paid should the vendor(?) consider that the stock is depreciating in value or the vendor become less [illegible] than at the time of making this note the vendor(?) shall have the right to take said property in possession and after advertising same for sale at the court house of said county for five days shall cause same to be sold the proceeds of said sale applied 1st to the expense that said vendors should be at in keeping advertising and selling said property balance proceeds to the credited on said note. Said vendors shall have the right to become purchasers of said property at said sale. And to further secure payment of this I mortgage the following property to wit: which property is my own and free of all liens of any character (?).  I have no defence under the laws of this State to the payment of this note and waive all rights to plead any defence against it’s payment in the hands of any holder thereof. I waive for my self and family all garnishment homestead and execution rights of this State and every other State of the United States and waive all homestead or bankrupt laws of the United States. I also assert that I nor my wife have never taken the benefit of any homestead or exemption laws, also there are not judgment or mortgages against me.

Witness my hand and seal

Jabez Galt, C. N. P. (?)

Signed Homer West (L. S.)

G. W. West (L. S.)

W. B. Wallis (L. S.)

Filed for record Jany 15th, 1895 at 2 P. M. &

Recorded Jany 15th, 1895 W.R. Otwell, CSC

As always, any help deciphering these or any info about George W. West (b. abt. 1819 in Spartanburg, SC) and family is great appreciated!

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