Source: Colonial Records Written: 1780 Acts of the North Carolina General Assembly, 1780 April 17, 1780 - May 10, 1780 Volume 24, Pages 314 - 343 CHAPTER XVIII. An Act to invest the title of a certain tract of Land therein mentioned in William Houston, his heirs and assigns, in fee simple. I. Whereas it hath been made appear to the satisfaction of the General Assembly that William Houston purchased of Henry McCulloch, for two valuable considerations, a tract of land in Duplin County, on the northeast of Cape Fear river, containing eight hundred and forty acres, granted to the said Henry McCulloch by patent bearing date the third day of March, anno domini one thousand seven hundred and forty five, and bounded as follows: Beginning at a gum on the east branch of the river Cape Fear, and running thence east fifty one chains to a pine by the Indian branch, then south twenty degrees west eighty seven chains to a lightwood, then south seventy degrees east three chains to a pine, then south twenty degrees west fifty seven chains to a large pine in a great meadow, then south sixty degrees west forty chains to a stake by the said northeast branch of Cape Fear river, then up the various courses of the said branch to the first station. And whereas the said William Houston hath actually been in quiet and peaceable possession of the aforesaid tract of land ever since the year 1747, without any legal conveyance from the late Henry McCulloch, and the same being now subject to confiscation, to the great injury of the said William Houston; For remedy whereof, II. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, that the title of the said tract of land containing eight hundred and forty acres, bounded before mentioned, shall be, and is hereby, declared to be, invested in the said William Houston, his heirs and assigns, in fee simple.
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