Elisha Morris to Levi Nelson, 1798 (Beaufort County, NC) then transferred to John Williams

by | Jul 4, 2024 | 2 comments

Elisha Morris to Levi Nelson, then transferred to John Williams

I found this deed using FamilySearch’s new AI Full-Text Search tool.

I was searching for “Elisha Morris” and I set the place to North Carolina and I stumbled on this. (Actually, I had tried a variety of counties because I’ve found the AI sometimes gets confused about the places, for instance, sometimes it seems to put Beaufort County items in Carteret County’s location because there is a town called Beaufort, North Carolina in Carteret County.

Here is a transcription of the pertinent parts of the deed (Full image below.)

I ELISHAH MORRIS (ed: I’ve never seen this spelling of Elisha Morris before and it’s the only time it’s spelled like this in this document) planter of the State & County af am here and firmly bound until LEVI NELSON planter of the state and county aforesaid in the fair and just sum of two hundred pounds current money to which payment will and truly to be made & done I bind myself my heirs etc… this 6th Day of January 1798.

The condition of the above obligation is that if the above bounden Elisha Morris him his heirs or assigns shall or do make over a sufficient lawful right until Levi Nelson of a certain tract or parce of land… Beaufort County and on the dreans of Chocowinity Creek and join said MORRIS’ Line, POTT’s line, JOHN HILL’s line and on the middle branch being part of two tracts of land patented by the two READING BLOUNTs Senr & Junr as by patent…. contains Acres of Land (ed: it doesn’t say an amount — just says “contains Acres of Land” — likely a transcription error)

Elisha Morris {Seal}


I assign all my right & title of the within bond to JOHN WILLIAMS in the presence of SOLOMON WILLIAMS & WM WILLIAMS the 19th Day of Dec 1800

Levi Nelson

Sept Term 1804 Certified that this bond was proved in court by the oath of Wylie Hill a witness thereto, let it be registered

Test Ald. Ellison Clk

Here is the image of the actual deed item and bond transfer.


  1. Toni Orozco

    John Williams and Solomon Williams and W Williams are my ancestors.

    • Sara Whitford

      Do you have a tree or anything online? I don’t have nearly as much information on those Williams as I would like to. We come from the family of Talbot Williams through his daughter Caroline “Kitty” who married Laban Morris. I think your ancestor John Williams was a bondsman on Laban‘s marriage to Kitty!


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