My 2nd Great Grandfather William C Cook as a witness to a Deed.
Thomas B Carlton--Bargainer (Bedford Co. TN)
James T Byler--Trustee for Meeting House (Williamson Co. TN)
Thomas Cole --Trustee for Meeting House (Williamson Co. TN)
Renwick Gault-- Trustee for Meeting House (Bedford Co TN)
William C Cook--Witness
Robert Hurst--Clerk Bedford Co.
Andrew Vannoy--Registrar Bedford Co.
Bargained--23 Dec 1843
Witnessed by Clerk 2 Dec 1844
Received, Noted & Registered 2 Feb 1845.
Land: 26 poles x 14 poles rectangular tract containing 2 acres more or less
Bedford County, Tennessee deed books and index, 1808-1966; imaged at FamilySearch on Deeds v. OO-QQ Jan 1845-May 1849 image 38 of 775(Original Record Deed Book "OO" pg 26)
Thos B Carlton to Jas T Byler & Other Trustees to Meeting house
This indenture made the twenty third day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty three, Between Thomas B Carlton of the County of Bedford and State of Tennessee of the one part and James T Byler of the County of Williamson and State aforesaid and Thomas Cole of the County of Williamson and state aforesaid, and Renwick Gault of the County of Bedford and state aforesaid of the other part as commissioners, witnesseth for and in the consideration sum of five dollars to me in hand paid, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, hath given, granted and bargained sold aliened conveyed and confirmed, unto the said Byler, Cole and Gault as commissioners of a Liberty Meeting house, and to their successors in office forever, a certain tract or parcel of land, the rail timber reserved for said Carlton lying and being in the county of Bedford and state aforesaid on the waters of Duck River Bounded as follows(viz) Beginning on a red bud running East twenty six poles to a pin oak, thence South fourteen poles to a red bud, thence West Twenty Six poles to a rock, thence North fourteen poles to the beginning. Containing by estimation two acres be the same more or less. To have and to hold all and singular the rights profits, endearments hereditaments and appetences of and unto the same belonging or in any wise incident or appertaining to the only proper use of a Liberty Meeting House and behoof of them the said commissioners and heir successors in office forever. I the said Thomas B B Carlton for myself my heirs and assignees doth covenant and agree to and with the said commissioners and their successors in office forever that the before recited land and bargained premises he will warrant and forever defend unto the said commissioners and their successors in office forever against the right, title, interest or claim of every person or persons claiming the same or any part thereof. In Witness where of the said Thomas B Carlton doth hereinto set his hand and fix his seal this day and year above written, for the use of a Liberty meeting house for all Orthodox Christians to preach in and have churches in, the first church to have its days unmolested and so on in Succession
---Thomas B Carlton
William C Cook
(For Certificate see next page)
State of Tennessee
Personally appeared before me Robert Hurst Clerk of the County Court of said County Thomas B Carlton the bargainor to the foregoing deed with whom I'm personally acquainted and who acknowledged that he executed the foregoing deed for the purposed therein contained.
Witness my hand at office this 2nd day of Dec 1844------Robt Hurst Clerk
Rec'd & noted Feby 1st 1845 at 11 o'clock A M
Registered Feby 1st 1845 Andrew Vannoy Register