Letter from John D. Ried to William Massie.
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Lexington Va 8th Feby 1841 (Monday) Dear Sir, I recd. yours of the 26th ultimo a week ago, and was last week engaged in court four days which prevented my attending to the subject of it. The land now claimed by Bryan as I understand from the papers of the suit "McKee vs Maybury & others is described as "a certain "tract or parcel of land, containing about 7500. more or less lying "on the South Mountain principally in Rockbridge county, being the same "parcel of land surveyed forJoseph Grubb by virtue of a land warrant "of 10000 acres No, 756 dated 4th Octo 1794 lying on the big Mary creek & "Irish creeks brances [branches] of James river &c The land above referred to was sold for United States taxes about the year1804, purchased by Cornelius Dorman & Jno McCleland & conveyed to them by Joseph Scott the then Marshall of Va. by Deed recorded in the General Court 2 Dorman & McCleland sold to Moore & Dilworth & Moore. and Moore conveyed to James [illegible] in trust to secure Wm McKee from liabilities as his Moore's security for certain debts - under this trust Young advertised & sold the land and McKee became the purchaser at the sale, & sold afterward to Maybury - Young died. without having made a deed to McKee - MeKee instituted suit agt [against] Youngs heirs to obtain a title in which Maybury was made a Defendant, and in his answer alledged [sic][that it was said the title was not good &c - McKee filed a deed only executed by himself conveying the land to Maybury with general warranty, and in pursuance of a decree of the court, a Commissioner for Youngs heirs also filed a Deed to Maybury with special warranty.. after trying to sell the land to raise the purchase money in favour of McKee only $20. was bid for it - the court at April term 1840 set aside the sale & decreed that Maybury should pay the purchase money to McKee & that each party should pay their own costs - so much for the case of McKee & Maybury in which there was nothing decided but that McKee had complied with his contract by conveying the land to Maybury and procuring the title from the trustees heirs - None of those claiming under Grubb were parties nor was their