Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

John Pratt

Male Bef 1666 - 1714  (> 48 years)


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  • Name John Pratt 
    Born Bef 1666 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Nov 1714  Westmoreland County, Virginia - Executor Bond Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I022683  Tree1
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2020 

    Family Mary {Unproven} Carnell,   b. Abt 1656, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1690, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years) 
    Married Abt 1677  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Pratt,   b. Abt 1678, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1698, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 19 years)
     2. John Pratt,   b. Abt 1686, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1724/25, King George County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 39 years)
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F09269  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The Will of John Pratt Sr. (Will Book 5 pg 570) devised 400 acres to "my grandson John Lovell".
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      WILLS OF Westmoreland County, Virginia 1654-1800 BY AUGUSTA B. FOTHERGILL: Pg 52
      PRATT, JOHN, 20 September 1714; 30 November 1714. Granddau. Margarte Pratt; grandson John Lovell 400 acres of land, 2 negroes and 4 cows; dau. in law Mrs. Mary Pease 2000 lbs. of tobacco; son John Pratt 100, horse, 2 feather beds, furniture, lands in Virginia and Great Britain.

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      WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA ORDER BOOK 1676-1679; John Frederick Dorman; Page 77
      11 Dec. 1678: John Pratt as marring the relict and administratrix of Tho: Sharpe have paid beyond assetts of the estate. The Court doth order John Pratt have order for a quietus est
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      - PRATTs Will proved
      The Last Will and Testament ofJOHN PRATT, deced. was presented into Court by his Son and Executor, JOHN PRATT, who made Oath thereto, and being proved by the Oaths of JOHN COOPER, THOMAS SHARPE, HENRY HUNTER and DANIELL FIELD, wittnesses thereto is admitted to Record and upon motion of JOHN and his performing what is usuall in such cases, Certificate is granted him for obtaining a Probate thereofin due form and it is ordered that THOMAS SHARP, DANIELL FIELD, ROBERT LOVELL and CHARLES TYLER or any three ofthem being first sworn before one of his Majesty's Justices for the County, doe some time before the next Court value and appraise the Estate and make report thereof to next Court
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      1686-1688 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Deed Book 7, Part II; [Antient Press]; Page 227-230
      THIS INDENTURE made the 12th day of June 1685 Between ADAM WOFFINGDELL of the County of Rappa: and HONORIA his Wife of the one part and HENRY ARKILL of the sd County of the other part Witnesseth that ye sd ADAM WOFFINGDELL and HONORIA his Wife for the sum of Six thousand Five hundred pounds Tobb: and caske to them in hand paid by sd HENRY ARK ILL have sold all that parcell of land containing One hundred and sixty five acres being in Rappa: County and bounded as followeth as under Mr. WILL: MOSELEYs Survayers hand upon the upper side of CHINCOTEAGUE RUN by a small branch and extending up and along the sd Branch its severan courses to a Popler standing at the head of ye said Branch, thence N. W. to a stooping Hickory by an Hill side, thence N. W. to a corner white Oake in THO: GRIMSLEYS SWAMP, thence up the sd Swamp its severall courses to a small black Oake by ye sd Swamp, thence South E. to a white Oake in JOSHUA DAVIS line, thence along the sd line South E. to a small black Oake corner tree of the sd JOSHUA DAVIS. thence N. E. along another line of the sd DAVIS to a white Oake corner tree of WM. BROWNE standing at the head of a valley near ye sd DAVIS Plantation, thence along the sd BROWNEs line S. E. to a white Oake in the mane branch of CHINCOTEAGUE thence down the sd Branch its severall courses to the first station being brought into a straight line is S. W.; All houses outhouses, Tobb: houses orchards with all other appertinances to the sd land belonging and the Estate right of them ye sd ADAM WOFFENDALL and HONORIA his Wife To have and to hold sd tract of land with the premises unto the sd HENRY ARKILL his heires for ever more to be holden of our Sovereign Lord the King by the rents and services of right accustomed to be paid free from all manner of incumbrances As Witness their hands and seales ye day first above written; this Bill of Sale doth include all other Deeds to be void bearing date before this date and this Deed to be acknowledged in Rappa:
      Court
      Signed sealed and delivered in the presents of us
      JOSHUA DAVIS, ADAM WOFFENDELL
      WM. BARBER HONORIA WOFFENDELL
      Recordr. in Cur Com Rappa: 3 die Marty 1685/6 et rerardr 31st die
      I doe hereby authorize and impower FREDERICK GRIMSHAW my lawfull Attorney to acknowledge a Deed of Sale of a Tract of land to HENRY ARKILL of Rappa: County Court and this shall be his warrant for so doing as Witness my hand and seal this fifth day of March 1685
      Signed sealed and delivered in the presents of
      JOSHUA DAVIS, ADAM WOFFENDELL
      WM. RAYNER
      Recordr. in Cur Com Rappa:
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I HENRY ARKILL above named have for
      the consideration of Seven thousand pounds of Tobb: and caske in hand received by JOHN PRATT of the sd County of WESTMORELAND ye receipt I do hereby acknowledge have sold unto the sd JOHN PRATT his heires the above mencioned One hundred Sixty five acres of land sold and assigned unto me ye sd ARKILL by ADAM WOFFENDELL and HONORIA his Wife as by the mencioned incident bearing date 12th day of June 1685 may appeare, To have and to hold ye sd One hundred and sixty five acres of land with all houses fences orchards with all woods and waters with all profitts belonging unto the sd JOHN PRATT his heires for ever In Witness whereof I have set my hand and seale this 6th day of July 1685
      Sealed and delivered in the presence of HENRY ARKILL
      WM HEATON,
      ADAM WOFFENDELL, SIMON THOMASON Recognitr in Cur Com Rappa 3 die Marty 1685/6
      Teste WM. COLSTON, Cl Cur
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I HENRY ARKILL of the County of WESTMORELAND do appoint my well beloved friend, Mr, JOSHUA DAVIS, my true and lawfull Attorney for me to acknowledge a parcell of land containing One hundred sixty five acres unto the sd JOHN PRATT of the County aforesaid being the same land which I bought of ADAM WOFFENDELL, and I do ratify my Attorneys acknowledgement therein to be as good in Law and of the same force and virtue as if I myself were personally present As Witness my hand and seale this 3d of October 1685
      Teste ANTHONY SAVAGE, HENRY ARKILL
      PHILL PECKETT
      Recordr. in Cur Com Rappa
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      Abstracts of Land Records of Richmond County, Virginia 1692-1704, by Mary Marshall Brewer.

      24 Apr 1694. Quit Claim. JOHN PRATT of Westmoreland Co VA gent for a 183 a. tr of land to me sold and exchanged in Stafford Co in the fork of the main swamp of upper Majotock River by SAMLL LUCAS 9 inst Apr ... quit claim unto SAMLL LUCAS my 165 a. messuage tr of land in Rich Co in the freshes of Rappa River upon Chingateague Run adj JOSUA DAVIS & WM BROWN, surveyed by WILLIAM MOSELEY surveyor of Rich Co 10 Dec 1684 for HENRY ARKHILL of Rich Co and by the said HENRY ANKHILL purch of ADAM WOFFENDALL and HONORIA his wife 2 Jun 1685 ackn in court 3 Mar 1685, and since by the said HENRY ARKHILL sold unto the said JOHN PRATT 6 Jul 1685 ackn in court 3 Mar 1685/6. Wit: JAMES HEARSE, JNO BRENTON. Ackn 1 Jan 1695. (Bk 2pg: 152)
      31 Dec 1695. Power of Atty. JOHN PRATT do hereby impower ALEXANDER SPENCE my atty to ackn the [above] land unto SAMLL LUCAS. Wit: JOS DAVIS, WM JACKSON. (Bk 2pg: 156)

      28 Sep 1695 at Stafford Co VA. Power of Atty. SAMLL LUCAS do hereby impower JOSHUA DAVIS to appear my atty in Rich Court to receive an acknowledgement of the [above] land from JOHN PRATT. Wit: JOHN BRENTON. (Bk 2pg: 157)
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      Mar 30, 1714. Deed between Sarah Howson Calvert, Thomas Porter and Anne his wife (which Sarah, Thomas and Anne are of the County of Stafford) to John Pratt 200 acres in WestMoreland County, part of a patent granted to Robert Howson for 450 acres, April 15, 1667. (Ibid, p. 253.)
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      John Pope 9.131 A CH 37.18.4 A. 10 1686
      Payments to: John Turling, Philip Lynes, Cleybourne Lomax, William Taylard.
      Legatees: Edward Boteler, Mary Pratt, Christopher Shottwell.
      Executor: Joseph Cornell.
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      STAFFORD COUNTY VA DEED & WILL BOOK 1689 - 1693; THE ANTIENT PRESS
      p. 269a IN YE NAME OF GOD Amen I ROBERT SHEET beinge very sicke & weake but in perfect Sence and memory doe appoint this to bee my Laste Will & Testament & noe other Will to stande good but this as followeth. Imprimis 1 resigne my Soull to allmighty God that gave itt trustinge & hopeinge through meritts of my Savior to receive joyful resurrection att ye last Day and my body to bee decently buried by my Children and as for my Earthley Estate that God hath endowed me wth I Will & bequeath all my personall Estate to my Wife ELIZABETH SHEET, but onley one heifer well I give to JOHN SHARPE Daughter ELIZABETH SHARPE. my lande 1 give to my Wife dureinge her naturall life but if my wife bee wth Childe than to have but ye thirds of ye lande and after decease to ye Childe and his heires for ever but in case my Wife decease and ye Childe then to JOHN SHARPE ye Son of MARY PRATT and his heires for ever my now dwellings Plantation to JOHN SHARPE and his heires for ever and my Wife to be Executrix this beinge my Last Will & Testament I have sett my hande & Seale this 15th day of August 1692
      In presence of JOHN LILLY. ROBERT SHEETS MARY PRATT. JOHN PRATT
      This Will was sufficiently proved in Court by ye Oathes of JOHN PRATE JOHN LILLY & MARY PRATT Wittnesses to ye said Will Subscribed on ye 11th day of November 1692 and was then recorded.
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      STAFFORD COUNTY VA DEED & WILL BOOK 1699 - 1709; THE ANTIENT PRESS At a Court held February 9th 1703/4
      P 214 Stafford Sct. To the Worshipful Court etc.
      CHRISTIAN CONTEE sheweth that notwithstanding that he is a free man and ever since the 25th day of December past ought to be yet nevertheless Mr. JOHN PRATT his now pretended Master keeps him & detains him wherefore he prays your worships the premises may be considered & that he may have an order for his liberty & be satisfied for the time the sd Pratt hash unjustly detained him as also an order for his Corn & Cloaths according to Act of Assembly And as in duty bound shall pray.
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      1699-1709 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page. 224-225 CHRISTIAN CONTRE by his petition sets forth that Mr. JOHN PRATT detains him in his service notwithstanding he is a free man & ever since the 25th of December past hath been Therefore he prayed he might be at liberty & be paid for the time the said Pratt hath unjustly detained him & have an order for his Corn and Cloaths according to Act of Assembly To which Mr. Pratt Junr. by Mr. BENJAMIN BERRYMAN & Mr. NATHL, POPE his attorneys pleaded that the said servant belonged to Mr. John Pratt of Westmoreland County & therefore if he was damnified he ought to have his redress there which pleas by the Court was ordered for that it appeared the said Contee paid his Levy in Stafford County and for the fuller determination of the matter it is ordered the petition of the said Christian Contee be recorded & the said Contee not being able to make his defence for want of evidence it was therefore ordered he have time till the next Court in the interim Collo. RICE HOOE has promised to inquire into the Truth of the premises of Mr. JOHN CONTEE to Vender to Mr. Pratt.
      This Indenture witnesseth that Christian Contee of his own free will & voluntary will path bound himself apprentice to John Contee & his assigns for the term of 4 years to commence after the arrival of the ship Rogers of Plimouth in Virginia where she is now bound to do such work & labours as his said Master or assigns shall put him to & the said John Contee or his assigns unto the said apprentice shall find & provide sufficient meat drink apparel & lodging & all other necessaries meet & conveniences for such an apprentice for & during the said term with two new suits of apparel at the end of the said term according to the Custom of the Country wherein he shall serve .-13th day Octr. 1699.
      Presence Thos. Palmer, John Contee
      Martin Campbell
      These are to certify .. that the above Indenture is good to this man that now assures the name of JOHN JONNEWAYS for att the time of his binding himself to me he could say nothing that I could understand but Christian Contee which made me to set his name so in the Indenture and I do say I am ready to give my oath that he was free last Christmas as witness mv hand.
      John Contee
      Charles County in the Province of Maryland
      I the Subscriber do testify that Mr. John Contee of this county Merchant did with his own hand write the within affidavit at the bottom of this within written Indenture & did affirm the same to be truth .. 14th day of Febry
      1703/4. Richd. Howard CI
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      URL (Click on link) http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=82&last=&g_p=G4&col lection=NN Grant
      Title Latham, Stephen.
      Publication 26 May 1712.
      Other Format Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311.
      Note Location: Westmoreland County.
      Description: 50 acres on the north side of Petomak Road bounded by the land of John Franklyn, Thomas Buttler, Robert Howson, and John Pratt.
      Source: Northern Neck Grants No. 4, 1710-1712 , p. 82 (Reel 289).
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      WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA ORDER BOOK, 1705-1707 {Antient Press}: pg 81
      Westmoreland County Court 28th of March 1707
      - POPE p MASON v PRATT p FINCH, Ejectione firme JOHN FINCH in custody, &c., was attached to answer JAMES MASON of a Plea for that (vizt) one NATHANIELL POPE, Practitioner at Law, on the first day of October 1705 at the Parish ofWashington in the sd County had demised unto JAMES MASON one messuage, one garden, one orchard, two hundred acres ofland, two hundred acres of woods, one hundred acres ofpasture and one hundred acres ofMarsh scituate in Parish and County aforesd to hold the land &c. with the appurtenances unto JAMES MASON and his assignes from the last day ofSeptember last past untill full and term ofthree yeares then next comeing and to be fully and ended and compleated, by vertue ofwhich demise said JAMES into the Plantation and premises did enter and was thereof possessed ,and being soe possessed JOHN FINCH afterwards, to witt, the second day of October the yeare aforesaid with force and armes and contrary to the peace &c., into the lands and tenements aforewsd did enter and said JAMES from his farm his term not being ended did dispell eject and amove, &c., and said JAMES from the possession thereof did hold out and still doth hold out and other enormities to him did doe to his damage thirty pounds sterling, therefore brought this suite &c. And at a Court held for the sd County the 27th day ofMarch 1706, Oath being made that the tenant in possession was duely served with a copy ofthe Plaintiffs Declaration and the notice thereon endorsed, it was ordered that if the tenant in possession or those under whom hee claimed haveing legall notice by the Sheriff of this County or his Deputy did not appeare at the then next court and make him or themselves Defendants, confess Lease Entry and Ouster and insist only on the mere mise of the premises, then Judgment to go for the Plaintiff, &c., And at a Court held for sd County the 26th day ofJune 1706 appeared JOHN PRATT, SENR., by JOHN PRATT, JUNR., his Attorney, and confessed Lease Entry and Ouster and was admitted Defendant in the roome ofJOHN FINCH and prayed Lycence of Imparlance till the then next Court which was granted, &c. And at a Court held for the sd County the 28th ofAugust 1706, the Defendant faileing to enter a Plea to the Plaintiffs Declaration, it was ordered that unless hee appeared at the then next Court and pleaded to the same, Judgment to pass against him by default; And now at this Court both Plaintiffand Defendant being present by mutuall consent ofboth parties, it was agreed and the Defendant acknowledged the whole matter offact, And that hee the said PRATT was in possession of the land &c. in the Plaintiffs Declaraton sett forth by vertue ofa Deed from one JOHN ROOSER, SENR., made to his Daughter, then ELIZABETH LEFTWICH, Wife of THOMAS LEFTWICH, the Deed bearing date the 25th day ofNovember 1700, and also byvertue of a Deed from THOMAS LEFTWICH bearing date September the 13th 1702, and by no other title; and the beforementioned NATHANIELL POPE, the Demisor in the Declaration before named likewise acknowledged to claime only by virtue ofthe Last Will and Testament of the aforenamed JOHN ROSSER, SENR .justices for this County, and by the Will expressed to bee given to him, the said NATHANIELL in fee, and by THOMAS LEFTWICH further confirming to said NATHANIELL by virtue of a Deed beareing date the 20th day of October 1705 by which hee conveyed his whole right and title ofand unto the aforenamed land and to im, NATHANIELL POPE, all which matters offact as aforesd being by both Plaintiff and Defendant acknowledged as aforesd, they wholly submitted the matter of Law as to the mere mise of the premises to the Judgment and determination ofthe Court; And upon heareing of all mattes and arguements ofboth parties and mature deliberation thereon had, it being principally insisted upon that THOMAS LEFTWICH was Father to a Child by him begotten on the body of the said ELIZABEETH, and therefore claimed a right to the land in dispute as tenant by the courtesie ofEngland for that it fully appeared to this Court by the words of the Will ofJOHN ROSSER from whom the Defendant, JOHN PRATT, claimed, that the land in dispute was given to the aforesaid ELIZABETH LEFTWICH and her heires begotten by the issue ofher body freely and quietly without any manner ofchallenge claime or demand ofhim JOHN ROSSER, &c., It is therefore the oppinion ofthe Court that THOMAS LEFTWICH could not bee any wayes intituled to the land by vertue of the Deed of Guift from JOHN ROSSER and consequently not tenant by courtesie of England, and further adjudged that the Deed ofSale of the land from THOMAS LEFTWICH to JOHN PRATT is null and void and that the title by which NATHANIELL POPE doth claime is valid and sufficient in the Law, and they do therefore ordered that her Majtie's Writt ofhabere facias possessionem be issued and directed to her Majtie's Sheriffofthe County aforesd thereby requireing him to putt JAMES MASON into the peaceable and quiet possession of the land and premises for and dureing his term aforenamed
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      1695-1701 Richmond County, VA, Deed Book 2; Antient Press: (Page 152-157)
      TO ALL XPIAN PEOPLE to whom this present writing shall come, I JOHN PRATT of the County of WESTMORELAND in the Dominion of Virginia Gent: send greeting in our Lord God everlasting this 24th day of April 1694, and in the Sixth year of the Reign. of our Sovereign Lord and Lady William & Mary &c. Know ye that I the said JOHN PRATT for and in consideration of a certain tract of Land to me sold and exchanged being in the County of STAFFORD aforesaid, in the Fork of the Main Swamp of UPPER MAJOTOCK RIVER quantity One hundred eighty three acres as appears by good and authentick Deed of Sale for the same made to me the said JOHN PRATT from him the said SAMLL; LUCAS bearing date the 9th Inst: April and signed and delivered the day and year aforesd, and Livery & Seizen of the said Tract of Land given unto me the said SAMLL LUCAS as aforesaid, & before the ensealing & delivery of these presents as relation to the said Deed of Exchange of Land being had moree fully appear; the receipt of Livery Seizen and Possession whereof I the said JOHN PRATT do hereby acknowledge, and thereof I do hereby discharge him the said SAMUEL LUCAS his heirs, And also for the better consideration of the said Exchange agreed upon by me the said JOHN PRATT of the one part and the said SAMUEL LUCAS on the other part & also for divers other good causes, the said JOHN PRATT thereunto especially moving, have granted from me & my heirs grant exchange sell confirm and for ever quilt claim unto the said SAMUEL LUCAS his heirs and assigns forever all that my Tract of Land with the appurtinances contain ing by estimation One hundred sixty five acres be it more or less being in the County of Richmond on the North side of Rappahanock River in the Freshes thereof upon the upper side of CHINGATEAGUE RUN beginning at a small white Oak upon the said Run side by a small branch and extending thence up along the said Branch its several courses to a Poplar standing at the head of the said Branch, thence North to a stooping pockhickory by a Hill side, thence North to a red Oak, thence North to a corner white Oak in JOSHUA DAVIS Line, thence along the said Line South East to a small black Oak corner tree of the said DAVIS, thence North alongst another line of DAVIS to a white OLk, corner tree of WM: BROWN standing at the head of a Valley near sd DAVIS Plantation, thence along the said BROWNS Line 5: S: E: to a white Oake in the Main Branch of the said CHINGOTEAGUE RUN, thence down the said Branch its several courses to the first station; being brought into a strait line is S: 34 dg. West 154 poles, the said Tract of Land being surveyed by Mr. WILLIAM MOSELEY, Surveyor of Richmond County, on the 10th of December 1684 for HENRY ARKHILL of Richmond County aforesaid and by the said HENRY ARKHILL bought and purchased of ADAM WOFFENDALL and HONORIA his Wife as appears by a good and well executed Deed from under their hands and seals for the same bearing date the 2d day of June 1685 and by the said ADAM WOFFENDALL and HONORIA his Wife acknowledged to the said HENRY ARKHILL in the said County Court of RAPPAHANOCK on the 3d day of March 1685, and now since by the said HENRY ARKHILL sold & made over unto me the said JOHN PRATT on the Sixth day of July 1685 and was by the said HENRY ARKHILL acknowledged unto the said JOHN PRATT my heirs and assigns on the third day of March 1685/6, and was recorded the last of March following as relation being had unto the said Survey authentick, Deeds of Sale & Assignments will more fully appear, Together with all manner of housing orchards gardens & fences with all woods trees mines minerals and quarries &c., and all other comodities to the granted premisses belonging, To have and to hold the sd parcel of One hundred sixty five acres of Land with all the premisses unto the said SAMUEL LUCAS his heirs and assigns forever, for the consideration of the abovesaid Commutation and Exchange of Land made from the said SAMUEL LUCAS to me the said JOHN PRATT and with all the appertinances I have already received of him the which I hold by force of the said Exchange and the said JOHN PRATT for himself & his heirs the said One hundred sixty five acres of Land and all the premisses unto the said SAMLL LUCAS his heirs and assigns against him the said JOHN PRATT and doth further for himself agree at all times hereafter at the reasonable request and proper costs & charges in the Law of the said SAMLL. LUCAS his heirs make such further acts & conveyances in the Law as shall be reasonably required by the said SAMLL: LUCAS for the more sure assuring of the
      granted premisses unto the said SAMUEL LUCAS be it by Fine or Fines with Proclamations or without, with single or double vouchers or any other ways or means whatsoever so that such assurance be made contain no further Warranty then in these presents are contained. In Witness whereof the said JOHN PRATT hath hereunto sett his
      hand and seal Signed sealed & delivered in the presence of us
      JAMES HEARSE JOHN PRATT
      JNO: BRENTON
      Recognitr: in Cur: Com: Richmond 1 die Janrii: 1695 et record 21st day
      Power attorney: Virginia ss I the Subsc.riber do hereby authorize & impower ALEXANDER SPENCE my attorney to acknowledge a seat of land unto SAML LUCAS and this shall be his warrant for so doing As Witness my hand and seal this 31st day of 1695. JOHN PLATT
      JOS: DAVIS, Wm X JACKSON
      Recordr: Test WM: COLSTON, Clk

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