STATE OF ALABAMA Jefferson County
DEEDS – WILLS – ADMINISTRATIONS 1836-Vol. 6-1839
DEED OF TRUST Page 1-2 GEORGE STARNES & MARGARET MARTIN to B. TARRANT, Trustee, both of Jefferson County, Alabama.
Austin, Ben, Sam, Isaac, Little Ben, Hannah, Aggy, and Little Hannah & a negro woman slave named Jude.
GEORGE STARNES & MARGARET MARTIN to B. TARRANT, Trustee, both of
Jefferson County, Alabama. Premises and $1.00. The tract of land containing 300 acres,
being the tract on which I now live, also the following named negro slaves, to wit:
Austin, Ben, Sam, Isaac, Little Ben, Hannah, Aggy, and Little Hannah & a negro woman slave named Jude. Whereas a marriage is intended to be solemnized between Starnes and Martin & Starnes is sized & possessed of real & personal estate, of which the above lands & eight negroes are apart & divers other articles of personal property consisting of
horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, household furniture & farming utensils & Margaret Martin is possessed of the above last named negro woman Jude, & it is desirable to regulate the descent of said real estate & the distribution of the personal estate to prevent law suits &
disputes. In consideration of the premises, that is to say in trust for Starnes during his life to suffer and permit him to have the use & control of the real estate & personal property, & to permit him to despose of any part of same by deed or other wise & at his death such of said property as may remain unsold to be divided & distributed in as follows, vis: If there be any issue of the intended marriage then said estate to be distributed amongst
such issue so as to make a portion as nearly equal as may be with what Starnes has heretofor given to each of the following children of his, the said Starnes, to wit: Jonathan B., George W., & Minerva Starnes & Mahala Mattison which division & distribution shall not take place during the life of MAragert Martin, who is to have a life estate in the property provided she survives Starnes. If there be no issue of said marriage then after the death of Margaret Martin, B. Tarrant shall divide & distribute the property, after the payments of all just debts of Starnes equally among his above named children, in such manner as they may direct-and Margaret Martin for & in consideration of the sum of $1 etc., sells to B. Tarrant, in trust, the before mentioned negro woman, Jude, for the use of George Starnes during their joint lives & at her death to be sold or otherwise disposed of for the joint benefit of her four children, viz: Robert, Washington, Warren & Elizabeth
Martin, share & share alike-wit: William A. Walker & Geo. L. Green0Dated Jan. 11, 1836. Signatures of George Starnes, Margaret Martin, & B. Tarrant to the foregoing conveyance proved before Baylis E. Grace, Clk. C.C. Feb. 1, 1836. Filed , recorded
Feb. 10, 1836, B.E. Grace, Clk. C.C. Relinquishment of her life estate to & in all the estate both real & personal of the said George Starnes, deceased, secured to her by the within deed, on the conditions expressed in an instrument bearing date the 1st day of
April, 1837, & signed by the within named heirs of the said George Starnes deceased.
(Signed) Margaret (X) Starnes-Act before B. Tarrant, Justice of the Peace, April 1, 1837.