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To all people to whom these presents shall come. I Elias Fort Senr of Halifax County State of North Carolina send greeting. Know ye, that I the said Elias Fort Senr for and in consideration of the natural love & affection which I have and bear unto my Son, Ricks Fort of Halifax County and State aforesaid, have given and granted, & by these presents do give & grant, unto the said Ricks Fort all and singular such persons, (here in Mention) Deaf Luke, Lue, Liberty, Joe, Molly, Fanny & Adaline To have, hold & enjoy, all and singular the said persons unto the said Ricks Fort his heirs executors,administrators & assigns to the only proper use & behoof of him the said Ricks Fort his executors, administrators & assigns,for ever. And I the said Elias Fort Senr. all & singular the aforesaid persons to the said Ricks Fort, his heirs, executors, administrators & assigns, against all persons whatsoever, shall & will warrant, & for ever defend, by these presents . In Witness where of the said Elias Fort Senr. hath hereunto set his hand & seal this Twenty third of January in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred & nine.

                            Ack Elias Fort Senr [seal]

Test Elias Fort junr Halifax County May Sessions 1810

Then This Deed of Gift was exhibited in open Court and duly Proved by the Oath of Elias Foort and on motion ordered to be recorded Witness H.J.Burges Clrk