LAND DEEDS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY,
TENNESSEE 1792-1814 by Boyd J. Holdaway,
Salt Lake City, Utah; published by Southern Historical Press
Introduction: Jefferson Co. was settled soon after Rev. War.
settlement was in 1783 in vicinity of what is now Dandridge. Most of
earlier settlers came from NC and VA, and some from SC. Its original area
extended far beyond the present, embracing territory now in Cocke, Sevier,
and part of Hamblen counties.
Jefferson Co. was established by an ordnance of the Territory South
River Ohio on June 11, 1792 by Governor William Blount. The land was taken
from Greene and Hawkins counties. In 1794, Jefferson Co. was partitioned in
the creation of Sevier Co. and Cock Co. was created out of Jefferson and
Green Counties in 1797. In 1870, Hamblen Co. was created from Jefferson Co.
The County was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, then Secretary of State.
Originally a part of Washington District, Jefferson Co. along with
was made a part of newly created Hamilton District on March 12, 1793.
Jefferson City was settled about 1788 and was, until 1901 called Mossy
Creek. Both New Market and Strawberry Plains were also settled in 1788.
Land Deed of Jefferson Co., TN--Register of Deeds, Vol. C (Sep 1792-Apr
P. 56, #221 60: Henry Webster Conveyance to Joseph Patson,
6 Jul 1796 6
Nov 1795 180 Acres 120 pounds
Jefferson Co. Wit: John Wright, Thomas HENDERSON, SAM'L SELLERS; Henry
Thornbough. /s/Henry Webster
Vol. D, P. 77, #171 97: John HENDERSON
Deed to John Gaut 14 Feb. 1798
29 Dec 1797 200 Acres $433.33 on the north side of French Broad River
adj. Archibald Mc Spadden. Test: Robert HENDERSON; Sam'l HENDERSON,
/s/ John HENDERSON
Vol. D, P. 78, #187 107: Edward George, Senior
Deed to Silas George 29
May 1789 4 Apr 1798 200 Acres
$650.00 Jeffeerson County; being part of an island in French Broad River
adj. Samuel HENDERSON. Test: Wm.
Mccalister; JOHN SELLERS. /s/ Edward George
Vol. D, P. 78 #189 108: Silas
George Deed to Edward George 19 May
1798 4 April 1798 150 Acres
$650.00 on north side of French Broad adj. Samuel McSpadden, foot of the
Knobs. Test: William McCalister; JOHN SELLARS. /s/Silas George
Vol. D, P. 89 #325 180
Samuel Jack Deed to NATHAN SELLERS 13 sEP
1799 6 jUL 1799 133 Acres $80.00 On the top of Bay's Mountain
below the Flat Gap. In open Court: J. Hamilton; John McFarland.
/s/ Sam'l Jack
Vol. F, P. 117, #14 410
John and Christopher Hanes Deed to Joseph
Patterson 14 Apr 1802 20 Jan 1800 200 Acres $500.00 On the
waters of Beaver Creek adj. John Wright, Joseph Patterson, "____" SELLERS,
James Tucker. Wit: Joseph Boyd; John Snuff; John Deneston. /s/ J.
Hanes; Chris. Hanes
Vol. G, P. 146, #147 74
Edward George Deed to Wood Brazeal 27 Jul
1805 15 Apr 1805 22 Acres $200.00 On the north bank of French
Broad River adj. the foot of the Nobs, JOHN SELLARS. Test: And'w Edgar;
Thos Rodgers. Ack'd /s/ Edward George Aprile Sessions 1805. Then was
the within deed ack'd in court and recorded. Let it be registered.
/s/ J. Hamilton, Clk.
Vol. J, P. 218 #110 JOHN SELLERS
and Edward George (Sevier Co.) Deed
to John White 16 Mar 1810 28 Dec 1800 250 Acres $405.00 On
the Main Road leading from the Town of Dandridge to Brobson's Ferry; being
the land the said SELLERS now lives on and claims in virtue of his wife,
REBECCAH SELLERS, FORMERLY REBECCA GEORGE, who claims the Will and Testament
of Edward George, deceased, whose Will bears the date 25 Jun 1798. Attest::
A. HENDERSON; Charles F. Keith. /s/ JOHN SELLERS; Edward George Be
it remembered and known that JOHN SELLERS, one of the parties who executed
the within deed of conveyance to John White, stands justly indebted to
said John White in the sum of $202.19. Now if the said JOHN SELLERS or
Edward George shall within 12 months from the date hereof pay and satisfy to
the said John White the aforesaid sum with interest from this date, then the
within deed of conveyance to be void. Otherwise to remain in full force
and virtue. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this
29 Dec. 1809. Test: A HENDERSON; Charles F. Keith. /s/ John White
March Sessions 1810. The within deed was proved in open court. Let it be
Test /s/ J. Hamilton,
This deed below was transcribed by me from a copy of the original record
included in the deed book. Although the spelling of the name as noted in
the document is Sellars, the more traditional spelling for this family is
Sellers. My paternal great grandparents are S. H. Maston and his wife, Rose
(usually identified as Sarah or Sally) Sellers Maston.
Jefferson County, Tennessee
Deed Book 27, p. 544-545
Thomas M. Sellars and wife to J. C. Rollins, registered December 15th, 1899.
Know all men by these presents, that we, T. M. Sellars and wife, S. E.
Sellars, and the following named heirs of Letta Sellars, deceased, to wit
Mary C. Case and her husband, J. J. Case, Rose Maston and her husband, S. H.
Maston, Addie Letis Kerr and her husband, A. J. Kerr, that for and in
consideration of the sum of three hundred dollars to be paid as hereinafter
mentioned, I do hereby bargain, sell, transfer and convey unto J. C.
Rollins, his heirs or assigns forever, all of our rights, titles and
interest in and to the following described tract of land to wit lying in
the first civil district of Jefferson County, Tennessee, and known as
Charles M. Bailey tract of land and more particularly described as follows:
bounded on the east by the said J. C. Rollins on the north by Jones, on the
west by E. A. Frann, on the south by the G. A. Bettis farm, to have and to
hold our interest in said land unto the said J. C. Rollins, his heirs or
assigns forever. We hereby obligate and bind ourselves, our heirs and legal
representatives to defend the title to each of our interest in said land for
the consideration of this conveyance the said J. C. Rollins has executed and
delivered unto T. M. Sellers his promissory note calling for fifty five
dollars ($55.00) with interest from date and bearing even date with this
deed and a lien is hereby retained on said tract of land to secure the
payment of said note. The said J. C. Rollins has executed and delivered
unto Mary C. Case his promissory note calling for fifty dollars with
interest from date and due eighteen months from date bearing even date with
this deed and a lien is hereby retained on said tract of land to secure the
payment of said note The said J. C. Rollins has executed and delivered
unto Rosy Maston his promissory note calling for seventy five dollars with
interest from date due twelve months from bearing even date with this deed
and a lien is hereby retained on said land to secure the payment of said
note. The said J. C. Rollins has executed and delivered unto Addie Letis
Kerr his promissory note calling for seventy five dollars within interest
from date due twelve months from date and bearing date with this deed and a
lien is hereby retained on said land to secure the payment of said note.
In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names this 12th day of
Thomas M. Sellars
S. E. Sellars
M. C. Case
J. J. Case
S. H. Maston
Addie (her mark) Letis Kerr
A. J. Kerr