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A strange deed in Marshall County, Alabama

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By (author):  Causey, Donna R

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There is probably a very interesting story behind this deed!


(The Guntersville Democrat, Guntersville, Alabama April 06, 1899)

The record of deeds for the year 1847 for Marshall county shows a curious land trade.

It is a deed, or more properly a lease, of eighty acres of land on Pine Island. The conditions set forth show that Ansil Barnes of Marshall county leased the tract of land to Alvah Finley of Jackson county for a term of ninety years for the sum of $135.00, and a renewal of the lease for the same period was stipulated for, if desired by Finley or his heirs “at the rate of one peppercorn per acre.”

Webster’s Unabridged defines a peppercorn: (1) a dried berry of black pepper; (2) anything insignificant.”

The ninety years will not expire until 1937. It is more than probable, however, that the parties had subsequently changed the trade to a straight deed, as the land described has changed hands several times, now being owned, we believe, by W. M. Gunter.

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VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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