William MORRIS and his wife, Susan McINTOSH MORRIS, were my 4th-great-grandparents. James ADAMS, Sr. was the father-in-law of Thomas MORRIS, the brother of William MORRIS and husband of James’s daughter, Nancy ADAMS.

These deeds are between William and Susan MORRIS and James ADAMS. The land being sold was apparently something Susan either inherited or received as a gift at some point, as the deeds mention her being privately examined (as was customary) to verify that she was selling the land of her own free will.


2 June 1841

State of North Carolina
Craven County

This indenture made this 2nd day of June one thousand eight hundred forty one between William MORRIS and wife Susan MORRIS of the one part and County and state aforesaid, and James ADAMS of the County of Pitt and State aforesaid, Witnesseth that the said William MORRIS and Susan MORRIS for and in consideration of the sum of Two hundred Dollars to us in hand paid by the said James ADAMS the receipt whereof we the said William MORRIS and wife Susan do hereby acknowledge hath bargained sold and a certain piece or parcel of land lying in the County of Craven containing one hundred thirty three one third acres, beginning at stake second corner of the lot No. 3 and running North 30 1/2 West 127 poles to a stake in a bottom then North 59 East 176 poles to the given line of said patent then with said given line South 24 East 127 poles to a stake in said line thence to the beginning containing one hundred thirty three and one third acres land the said James ADAMS to have and to hold forever the said tract or parcel of land free from any lawful claim or claims of any person or persons to him his heirs executors or administrators or assigns forever the said piece or parce of land, I William MORRIS Susan MORRIS do forever warrant and defend the said rigth and title to the said James ADAMS his heirs and for ever whereof we have hereunto set our hands seals this the

June 1841 ~

William ( his X mark ) MORRIS { Seal }
Susan (her X mark ) MORRIS { Seal }

In presence us

Witness Thomas MORRIS
Witness James ( his A mark) ADAMS

(Susan Morris was then taken aside privately by John CHAPMAN Esq. where she confirmed that she did agree to sell this land.)


28 April 1846

This Indenture made this the 28th day of April AD one thousand eight hundred and forty six between William MORRIS and wife Susan of the County of Craven and State of North Carolina on the one part and James ADAMS, Senr of the County of Pitt and State aforesaid on the other part, Witnesseth that the said William MORRIS and Susan his wife for and in consideration of the sum of Two hundred Dollars to them in hand paid by the said James ADAMS the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted bargained and sold and by these presents do bargain and sell unto the said James ADAMS his heirs and assigns a certain tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in the County of Craven on the North side of Neuse river and South side of Swifts creek beginning at a stake in the second corner of lot No. 3 and running No 30 West 127 poles to a stake in a bottom then No 59 East 176 poles to a given line of said patent then with the said given line South 24 East 127 poles to a stake in said line then to the beginning containing one hundred and thirty three and a third acres, To have and to hold the said land and premises and all our singular the ??? and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining to him the said James ADAMS his heirs and assigns to his and their proper use and behoof? in fee simple forever and the said William MORRIS and wife Susan their heirs and assigns all and singular the premises hereby conveyed to the said James ADAMS his heirs and assigns shall and will warrant and forever defend from the lawful claim or claims of any and all persons whatsoever, and lastly the said William MORRIS and Susan his wife their heirs and executors and administrators hath covenanted and agreed and by these presents doth covenent and agree to and with the said James ADAMS his heirs and assigns that the said William MORRIS and Susan his wife is now at the time of executing these presents seized of a good and indefensible power and authority to convey the same in manner and form aforesaid and that the said James ADAMS his heirs and assigns shall henceforward have hold and pieceably enjoy the same free and clear of all and any incumbrance whatever In witness wehreof the said William MORRIS and Susan his wife have here unto set their hands and seals the day and year above written ~

William ( his X mark ) MORRIS
Susan ( her X mark ) MORRIS

Signed Sealed and Delivered in presence of

G.M?. STREET
Sinclair LANCASTER

(Susan Morris was then taken aside privately by Nathaniel H. STREET, Esq. where she confirmed that she did agree to sell this land.)