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Colonial Va 1774 King George Iii Writ Signed John Byrd State Of Franklin Citizen For Sale
Colonial VA 1774 King George III writ signed John Byrd State of Franklin citizen
ORIGINAL part-printed summons which reads in part as follows: George the Third, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. …We command you, that you take Richard Byrd etc. Document dated 1774, signed by John Byrd. Size 7.5 by 6 on laid, watermarked, rag-content paper; age toned, edge nicks at ends of folds, else fine condition.
RE: John Byrd
3 Jan 1773, SW Virginia's Fincastle County began operations. John Carter Byrd was named Clerk of Court. , John Carter Byrd became Colonel of Fincastle County Militia, a position he held throughout "Dunmore's War".
2 Aug 1774, John Carter Byrd purchased 125 acres of Dunkard Bottom residental property from Stephen Trigg. When Montgomery County was formed, Otway (his brother) was in South Carolina fighting the British. John Carter Byrd was named "Acting" Clerk of Court.
Mid year 1777, Edmund Pendleton chaired a Virginia government ruling that declared the Fincastle (Chiswell) Lead mines and surrounding property Wm III had bequeathed to John Carter Byrd belonged instead to Virginia. It was to be used to help pay off Wm III's debt to the Virginia Treasury. Before Sep 1777, John Carter Byrd resigned as "Acting" Clerk of Court and removed from Montgomery County, Virginia, to a section of the Nolichucky River, located in what is today's Greene County, Tennessee, above Horse Creek. Using his Nolichucky Community name, Amos Bird, John had purchased his property via a 20 May 1776 (treasonous according to King George III's 1763 Royal Proclammation) land Indenture from Jacob Brown.
February 1778, at the 1st term of the newly created Washington County, North Carolina, John Byrd, using Amos Bird as his name, and John Smith were selected as jurors for the next Supreme Court held for the Salisbury District. 18 Aug 1783, at the creation of Greene County, from Washington County, Amos Bird (John Carter Byrd) was identified as a county Magistrate. Notations on the original 1783 Greene County Tax List identify "Amos Byrd from Westover Manor in VA" as one of the first pioneers of Greene County. When, for his Revolutionary War service, John received a North Carolina land grant in the name of John Bird, he used that name and Amos Bird in his Greene County transactions. Because he owned taxable assets in both names, Greene County's 1783 Tax List shows he was taxed in both names.
At the collapse of the State of Franklin, its citizens petitioned North Carolina officials to let them retain the properties that had been acquired without using North Carolina land grants, eg. Watauga and Jacob Brown Communities and State of Franklin purchases. Their petitions were rejected, and their rejected properties seized by North Carolina. On the 14 Nov rejected petition, John signed his name as both John Bird and Amos Bird. On the 20 Nov rejected petition, which covered a different State of Franklin area, John signed his name both John Byrd and Amos Byrd.
This is a genuine original, period piece, not a copy or reproduction.
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