"The Syms and Eaton Schools and Their Successors
Introduction and summary.
Article text, January, 1940
Elizabeth City county records, 15 July 1760
This indenture made this fifteenth day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty between John Tabb, Robert Armistead, Cary Seldon, Charles Jennings, John Tabb, the younger, Starkey Robinson, George Wray, James Wallace, David Wilson Curle and Thomas Warrington, Trustees and Governors of Sym's Free School in the County of Elizabeth City, of the one part, and George Wythe of the other part, Witnesseth: That the Trustees and governors, for and in consideration of the rent herein and after reserved to be paid, and of the covenants herein-after contained to be performed by the said George Wythe have demised and granted and by these presents do demise and grant unto the said George Wythe and to his assigns all that tract or parcel of land called and known by the name of the Syms Free School land; and now in tenure of the said George Wythe scit. in the Parish and the County of Elizabeth City (excepting and reserving one acre at the southwest corner thereof unto the said Trustees and governors thereof and their successors) with all houses, orchards, ways and waters, water-courses, woods, trees, marshes, low grounds, profits and commodities to the said parcel or tract of land appertaining, together with eleven head of black cattle belonging to the said lands; to have and to hold, the said parcel or tract of land and premises, with the appurtenances unto the said George Wythe and to his assigns from the date of these presents for and during the natural life of the said George Wythe; he the said George Wythe and his assigns yielding and paying there-for Thirty one pounds and five shillings current money of Virginia, unto the said Trustees and Governors and their successors on the fifth day of February in every year during the said term. Provided that if the said yearly rent of thirty-one pounds five shillings or any part thereof being first lawfully demanded, shall be behind and unpaid by the space of sixty days next after any day on which the same ought to be paid, it shall and may be lawful for the said Trustees and Governors and their successors . . . to repossess the same. The said George Wythe for himself and his executors . . . covenant with the Trustees . . . to cause to be delivered to and for the use of
the Master of the aforementioned Free School . . . four good milch cows in the month of April in every year during the said term; to be returned to their calves in good order the November following, unless the said Master should chuse to keep them during the winter in which case he may retain them instead of others and and return them in November afterwards. And the said George Wythe and his assigns within twelve months after the date thereof will plant an orchard consisting of one hundred apple trees on the said land and at the expiration of this lease will leave the same complete as to the number of good bearing trees, and to keep and leave the houses to be built on the said land (except the house on the acre of land before excepted and reserved unto the said trustees and governors and except incase of tempests and accidents by fires) in good repair, and leave three thousand fence rales and eleven head of black cattle on the said land, and pay his Majesty's quit rents of the said land annually during the said lease. And the said Trustees and Governors . . . do covenant that the said George Wythe . . . may at all times . . . peacably and quietly enter into and have . . . the premises hereby devised . . . without any denial or interruption . . . In witness whereof the parties . . . have sett their hands and affixed their seals. Signed and delivered in the presence of W. Wagner John Tabb Thomas Warrington William Armistead George Wray George Wythe. John Hay David Wilson Curle John Tabb, Junr
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- ↑ Helen Jones Campbell, "The Syms and Eaton Schools and Their Successor," William and Mary Quarterly 20, no. 1 (January, 1940), 1-61.
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