Chancery Court Case
Peter Haney v. William Cornwell
The basic facts of this chancery court case are as follows: William Cornwell bought land on behalf of Peter Haney, who didn't have enough money to buy a certain parcel of land. In return, Peter Haney was to provide a partial down payment and repay the remainder of the money over a period of time. Problems arose when Peter Haney claimed that the land William Cornwell purchased was not the same land that Haney had been shown.
For genealogy purposes, the only interesting portion in the file is the Agreement between William Cornwell and Peter Haney, transcribed below.
Febb 28, 1804
Articles of agreement between William Cornwell of the one part and Peter Heaney of the other one of the County of Monroe and the other of Augusta, the said Peter Haney do purchas a certain quantity of land containing two hundred achors lying and being in the County of Monroe it adjoining the lines of Edward Cornwell and Benjamin Morgan the said Hanes do pay unto the said Cornwell one hundred pounds good and lawful money of Virginia to be paid in the flesh the said (illegible) or (illegible) not to be more than eight years. Also and of sound appearances and the said Haney is to pay the said Cornwell a part it down and there afthere within two years from the above sale the said Haney is Not to receive a right to the Land til he has paid the last payment of the sale If the said Cornwell and Haney can't agree on the price of the (illegible) the acrs are to be valued by two Honest (illegible) Men of either county where unto we do put our hand and seal this 28th day of Feb 1804
Spelling and words transcribed as accurately as possible.
In the same file is a receipt.
Mon the 4 1804
Received of Peter Haney seventy five pounds on a (bond?) of one hundred pounds of said money.
Signed: William Cornwell
Wit: John Wooddell
It is interesting that William Cornwell made his "mark" on the Articles of Agreement but signed the receipt. I think that this - among other situations I've seen - show that men who could write nonetheless sometimes just made a mark.