Richard Brightwell Deed

This is a transcription of a deed of gift of two slaves from Richard Brightwell to his granddaughter Rhoda Cave in Prince George's County, MD. Many thanks are owed to Dennis Howells for providing a JPG image from the microfilm. A few changes in spelling and capitalization have been made, and punctuation has been added to facilitate reading, but the grammar and syntax of the deed are original.

Prince George's County, MD   Liber FF Book 2 page 242 (1780-1785)

At the request of Rhoda Cave, this following deed of gift was thus enrolled May 14th, 1785. To all people whom these presents shall come, I Richard Brightwell of Prince George's county and state of Maryland send greetings. Know ye that I the said Richard Brightwell for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which I have and bear unto my granddaughter Rhoda Cave of the county and state aforesaid and also for other good causes and considerations me thereunto moving have given and granted and by these presents do give, grant, and confirm unto the said Rhoda Cave two Negroes viz. Jane and her increase the daughter of Ciller, and George, son of Patt, to have and to hold all and singular the two Negroes aforesaid unto the said Rhoda Cave, her heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, to her and their own proper use and uses forever. And I the said Richard Brightwell all and singular the aforesaid Negroes to the said Rhoda Cave, her executors, administrators, and assigns against all persons do warrant and forever defend by these presents. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 4th day of May anno domine seventeen hundred and eighty-five.

Signed and sealed and delivered

Richard (his R mark) Brightwell {Seal}

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