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29 October 2016, 09:00 PST
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Lot 26: 1754 Thomas, Lord Fairfax Signed Land Grant Mentions Survey by George Washington(68 views)
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1754 Colonial Virginia Lord Fairfax Signed Land Grant that Actual Mentions George Washington as the Surveyor !
THOMAS, LORD FAIRFAX, Colonial Virginia County Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace.
May 4, 1754-Dated French & Indian War Era, Manuscript Document Signed, "Fairfax," 1 page, on Vellum, measuring 12.75" x 12", Good. Heavily worn with folds, creases, wrinkles, minor paper loss and some dampstaining. The written ink has significantly faded, is very light but still barely legible and hard to read, sold "as is" as such. However, one can read "George Washington" though faint. Being a Colonial Land Grant presenting land to an early Shenandoah Valley settler from a survery made for him by George Washington! It is extremely rare to find actual mention of George Washington as the surveyor on Lord Fairfax's land grants. This rare Document reads, in part:
"To right Honorable Thomas, Lord Fairfax - Proprietor of the Northen Neck of Virginia: to all to whom the present writing shall come send greeting. Know ye that for good causes, for an in consideration of the composition to me paid and for the annual rent hereafter reserved I have given, granted and confirmed and by these present for me and my heirs and assigns do give, grant and confirm unto Hugh Hughes of Frederick County [Virginia] a certain tract of waste and granted land in the County of Great Cacapechon and bounded as follows by a survey made thereof by Mr. George Washington, Contianing 480 acres together will all rights, members and appurtenances thereunto belonging, Royal Mines excepted. In a full third part of all lead, copper, tin, coal and ore that shall be found there. The fee of one shilling sterling money for every 50 acres of land hereby granted given at my office at the County of Fairfax within my said Proprietary under my hand this fourth day of May in the 28th year of the right of George II, King Defender of the Faith 1754. - (Signed) Fairfax".