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Conaway John, Deed, “Big John” to Asberry Roberts, WV


Big John as he was known, was the son of John Spann Conaway and Rachel Willison. He was born at Bean’s Cove in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, a rugged mineral rich mountainous area near the West Virginia border. John was born the 17th of April in 1795. When he reached his majority he moved to the area now known as Marion County and began acquiring land near Barrackville, along Buffalo Creek and Finches Run. His first wife, Sarah Fleming, died during or soon after giving birth to his son John Coleman in 1834, leaving Big John with 5 sons, one an infant, and a daughter to raise.  9 months after Sarah’s untimely death, he remarried Hannah Randall. There was little time for grief on the frontier, life was too hard and it took a man and a woman to make a home for a passle of younguns. Almost every necessity had to be made, grown or hunted, from food to clothes to shelter. John and Hanna added three more children to the family. His children were tough and shrewd and all made very solid lives for themselves. When John died in 1868, there was plenty to be apportioned among all his kids. This deed is one of the early ones I’ve found, from the Marion County records (the county was formed in 1842 so earlier records are in Monongalia or Harrison County). John is buying 150 acres of land for ten bucks – paid in hand.  I suspect the land was either a dower of some and the Roberts simply wanted a quick hassle free sale, or John was somehow related. The price is cheap even for poor land in 1847 and usually signals some kind of relationship or unusual circumstance. I haven’t found anything tying them together yet.  Another clue is the words, they are conveying “their interest” which could mean they own a portion of the land with other heirs, ie. shares of an inheritance.

Asberry Roberts to John Conaway – Deed Book 3 Page 124 Marion County Courthouse (also available on microfilm from the LDS Library)

This indenture made the 23 day of November in the year of our Lord 1847 between Asberry Roberts and Mary Anne P, his wife, of the county of Wood and state of Virginia of the one part and John Conaway of the county of Marion and state aforesaid of the other part. Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of ten dollars by the said John Conaway paid before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof the said Asberry Roberts and his wife have hereby acknowledged hath bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant, bargain and sell, alien infeof release and confirm unto the aforesaid John Conaway his heirs and assigns all their interest in a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the county of Marion aforesaid situate on the head of the Warior fork a branch of Buffalo Creek, it being the same land that was granted by Patent to William King, bearing date the 30th of November 1838, adjoining above survey of William B. Snodgrass and bounded as follows: Beginning at a Chesnut Oak corner to a survey made by William B Snodgrass and running thence N 70 W 68 poles to a red oak and ironwood N 33 W 40 poles to a Walnut tree N 70 W 86 poles to a hickory and poplar N 42 W 8 poles to a dogwood N 22 E 166 poles to a sugar tree corner to Andrew Ice S63 E 64 poles to a poplar N61 E22 poles to white oak S60 E26 poles to a white oak thence with five lines of land of George W Campbell S27 W40 poles to a poplar S32 E24 poles to a hickory S40 E86 poles to a red oak S20 W 46 poles to a gum S 27 E55poles to a chesnut oak thence S32 W25 poles to a chesnut oak N66 W25 poles to the beginning, containing one hundred and fifty acres more or less. To have and to hold the above described tract or parcel of land with the appurtenances to the said John Conaway his heirs and assigns forever, and lastly the said Asberry Roberts and Mary Anne P his wife doth hereby covenant to and with the said John Conaway his heirs and assigns that they will warrant and forever defend the right of said land against all persons claiming under them or their heirs. In testimony whereof the said Asberry Roberts and Mary Anne P. his wife have hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals the day and year first above written.

Asberry Roberts (seal)
Mary Anne P. Roberts {X her mark} (seal)

Witnessed and certified by D. Cunningham and WB Snodgrass, Justices of the Peace on 23 November 1847.

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