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For those interested in land deeds, the attached pdf file is a plot of property bought by Whitaker Redd from Edward Hobbs in 1804. Whitaker and his family had this land from 1804 until 1831 and possibly lived on it. It’s possible that John Hardison Redd might have called this piece of land his boyhood home. The exact location of this land isn’t known but the deed says that is was located near the southwest side of New River, the main inland waterway of Onslow County, North Carolina.

Below is a transcription of the deed:

This Indenture made this 3rd day of December 1804, between Edward Hobbs of the County of Onslow and State of North Carolina of the one part and Whitaker Redd of the County and State aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth, that the said Edward Hobbs for the sum of Two Hundred and Fifty pounds to him in hand paid before the ensealing of these presents, the Right whereof the said Edward Hobbs doth hereby acknowledge had given, granted, bargained and sold unto Whitaker Redd his heirs and assigns forever a piece of land being within the County of Onslow in the South West Side of New River and bounded as follows, beginning at a pine, Red, upper corner then North 84 East 84 chains to a White Oak on the River side, then North 10 East 4 Chains more or less to a Hickory, then North 20 West 22 chains to a Red Oak, then North 80 West 15 chains to a Red oak, then West 34 chains to a pine Morrises Corner tree then to the first station. The hole for 221 acres and of which 50 acres has been sold and is now possessed by Asa Hatch reference to his deed in the Register’s office the Course will appear and this One Hundred and Seventy acres of land together To Have and to hold the said land with the privilege and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining to the said Whitaker Redd, his heirs and assigns forever, and the said Edward Hobbs for himself his heirs and assigns Covenants and agrees with the said Whitaker Redd his heirs and assigns that before the ensealing and delivery of these presents the said Edward Hobbs will forever warrant and defend the above bargained, premises with the appurtenances which belonging or in any wise appertaining to him the said Edward Hobbs, Hath full power and lawful authority to sell and dispose of the same in Witness Whereof the said Edward Hobbs hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and date first mentioned. Signed, sealed, delivered in the presence of Whitaker Redd and Henry Buford
Edward Hobbs (seal)

In Open Court January term 1805 this deed from Edward Hobbs to Whitaker Redd was acknowledged in Court and ordered to be registered. N. Loomis C.C.

Registered April 4th 1805, per James Glenn, Register

Transcribed from Old Record Book E page 107, Dec 4th 1905.
M. M. Capps, Reg. of Deeds

1077-1804 HOBBS REDD