Granville, North Carolina Record of Wills
Volume1: 1772-1787, p. 56,
Roll # C. 044 80002
August 1, 1774
Be it known unto all men by these presents that I Henry White of Granville County in the Province of North Carolina for and in Consideration of the Sum of Twenty five pounds proclamation Money to me in hand paid by William Reeves of the County & Province aforesaid have bargain and Sold and Delivered by these presents Doth Bargain Sell & Deliver unto the Said William Reeves the Following Articles to wit Two Feather beds & furniture four Iron Potts four Chairs Two wheels Twelve pewter Plates four Dishes five basons on pale one Tub five Head of Cattle one Cow marked with a Crop & underkeel And as Overkeel in the Right Ear the other three on Marked Two Chests one Table on Womans Side Saddle one Churn Two Axes Two hoes one Skillet two Pitchers ten Books one box Iron one Rifle Gun one Bay Mare Branded with C on the near Buttock one Bay horse Branded on the off Buttock 3 S and on the Shoulder. In which Sale I Do hereby warrant And will for Ever Defend and against all and Every person persons whomsoever in Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Fix'd my Seal this First Day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and Seventy Four
Sign'd Sealed & delivered } Henry White (Seal)
in the presence of us }
Malachiah R Reeves
Granville County Ss. August Court Anno. Dom. 1774
The above Bill of Sale was Duly prov'd by the Oath of
Jonathan Reeves and Malachiah Reeves and on Motion
Was ordered to be Recorded
Test Reuben Searcy C. C.
Truly Recorded Reuben Searcy C.
Note: This document shows that Malachiah signed using "R" as his mark. This has been at times thought to be a middle initial rather than a mark.
This "bill of sale" is an apparent estate sale made by Henry White to William Reeves, and witnessed by Jonathan Reeves and Malachiah Reeves.
Note: An almost identical copy of this Bill of Sale is found in Granville, North Carolina Record of Wills: Vol. 1: 1772-1787, p. 99, roll # C. 044 80002. However, in this copy of the document Malachiah is spelled as "Malachi" in the signature line but "Malachiah in the oath of August 1774. In both versions Malachi/Malachiah signed with his mark "R". Jonathan appears to have signed his own name.