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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Know all men by these presents that I Joseph Simpson of the County of Westmd, and state of Virga, for & in consideration of the natural love & affectionate which I have & bear unto my Son Thomas & also for other good causes & Considerations me thereunto moving, have given & granted & by these presents do give grant & confirm unto the said Thomas Simpson five Negroes to wit. Terry Naico Stephen Polly & Bill & their future increase to have and to hold all & Singular the said Thomas Simpson his heirs Exors. & assigns & to his own proper use & uses forever and I the said Joseph Simpson all & singular the aforesaid five Negroes & their increase to the said Thos. Simpson his heirs & against all persons do warrant & forever defend by these presents. In witness whereof I have hereunto let my hand & affixed my seal this 12th day of Sepr 1795

            Josh [Joseph] Simpson

In presence of

Hugh Quinlan+

the within ackowledged in presence of

Richd Muse+

Humphr: Peake+

John Peake+


At a court held for Westmoreland County the 28th day of December 1795

this Deed of Gift was proved by the oath of Hugh Quinlan Richard Muse and John Peake three of the Witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded


Jas. Bland CWC

From the original & Copy

Teste Jos. Fox C.W.C.



Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 2, M2009.099, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall



Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 March 17

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