Sunday, March 03, 2024

Bedford Co. TN Deed Found Using FamilySearch Full Text Search

This is not a full transcription but it contains the information that is more than a bit exciting to me that I found using FamilySearch's Full Text Search that they made available in FamilySearch Labs and announced during RootsTech 2024.

In the 1830 time period, my Wm C Cook was living in the same neighborhood as Zephaniah Anglin. Information found in the TN State Supreme court cause of Williams vs Putman places Anglin in that area with Cook near by and the tax records show Anglin continually in Dist 9 of Bedford Co TN during the 1830s.  There is an Elizabeth Cook who I believe to be Wm C Cook's mother as head of household in 1830 and have blogged about that including my belief that she is the Betsey Harrison that married Wm Pope Cook in  August of 1806 in Franklin Co. North Carolina.(Bond dated 13 Aug 1806)

The Thomas Callen and the Daniel Dwiggins are on the full page of the 1830 that is immediately before the page which contains Elizabeth Cook, the Harrisons and the McClains.


lying and being in the County and State aforesaid on the waters of Alexander Creek adjoining the land of Josiah McClain, Daniel Dwiggins a tract formerly owned by James Cooper, Elizabeth Cook and others Bounded as follows beginning at a Black Oak & Dogwood near South of the place old man Harrison lived & died - Beginning thence south Eighty nine degrees west crossing a large branch two hundred poles to a stake in the road and near a dogwood and Elm marked I.T.  thence south one degree east one hundred and sixty two poles to a cedar in a large cedar glade on flat thence north Eighty nine degrees east two hundred poles to a Dogwood & Cedar on Culverhouses line formerly Martin Comes line, thence north one degree west thirty six poles to a small dogwood & elm the said Culverhouses formerly Comes corner thence west ten poles to a hickory thence north one degree west, Eighty poles to a stake near an Elm & black Oak marked I.T. Thence east ten poles to a stake near a hickory thence north one degree west, forty nine poles to the beginning one hundred ninety seven and a half acres to have and to hold the aforesaid land with all singular the rights profits emoluments, hereditaments and appurtenances to the only use and behoof of the Jackson Lile his heirs and assigns forever and the said Thomas Callen for himself his heirs executors and administrators covenant & agree to and with the said Jackson Lile his heirs and assignees that the before described land and bargained premises that he will warrant and forever defend against the Right title interest or claim of all and every person or persons whatsoever lawfully claiming the same in witness whereof the said Thomas Callen hath hereunto set his seal and affixed his seal this 30th(the date is not finished in the writing)

Thomas Callens (seal)

Test                                                      Registered Feb 16, 1836
Jackson Lile Jun
Richard Bandy juret
C. S Dudley
Jas H. Lile Juret                           Thomas Davis  R B C 

[2nd Feb 1836 Richard Bundy & Jas H Lile appeared before Bedford Co TN clerk Mckisick as witnesses to the above deed transaction]


Still a lot of work to do with the FAN and finding any earlier deeds but what a find.
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"Bedford, Tennessee, United States records, Aug 5, 2018," images, FamilySearch ( : accessed  2 March 2024), image 361 of 819; citing Bedford County TN Deed Book FF page 160.

"1830 US Federal Census, Bedford Co. Tennessee, pg 83, Entry for Elizabeth Cook; imaged, "United States Census, 1830," FamilySearch ( : accessed 3 March 2024).

"North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 28 November 2018), > image 1 of 1; North Carolina State Archives Division of Archives and History.

Williams vs. Putman, Tennessee State Supreme Court Case Middle District Ordered from TN State Library & Archives and delivered via 41 page PDF format thru email currently also available online at  [Location at TSLA Range: 33 Section: A Shelf: 2 Box Number: 375)--available online since 2019]

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