Tuscarora Identified by Land and Other Transactions – Part 10

The 1803-1805 Land Leases

Bertie County, NC Deed Book S begins a series of leases in 1803 and continues through 1805.  These leases are all contracted with Sacarusa and Longboard as the chiefs, many with Jeremiah Slade, their power of attorney, signing on behalf of the chiefs.

1803 – Book S, p 690/691 – Indians to Johnston – June 15, 1803 Sacarusa and Longbeard, Chief of the Tuscarora Nation to Samuel W. Johnston – beginning on the bridge on the Fort Branch, up the said branch to the mouth of a branch, down the branch to a maple near Mrs. Pughs…containing 10 acres…to pay yearly one cent on demand on Dec. 25th. – leased until 1916.

Signed Sacarusa and Longboard (sealed, no Xs), witnesses William W. Johnston and Frances Pugh X

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Book S p 718 Indians to Pugh 1803 – Sacarusa and Longboard, chiefs of Tuscarora Nation to John Hill Pugh beginning at run of Town Swamp opposite the mouth of a branch running thense …metes and bounds…Indian path…200 acres more or less – for 150 years, one cent on demand every year on Christmas Day.  Signed by Sacarusa and Longboard, witness Sam. W. Johnston, William W. Johnston, signed June 11 1803, registered August 1803

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Book S p 737 Indians to Johnson June 11, 1803 – Sacarusa and Longboard, Chiefs of the Tuscarora Nation of Indians, to Samuel W. Johnston of Bertie Co., NC messauge tenement or lot of land….Robert Bunchs….Betty Caustus (?)….200 acres…one cent per year until July 20, 1916.  Witness J. H. Pugh and William W. Johnston, signed Sacarusa and Longboard.

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Book S p 792 – Indians to Pugh – June 11, 1803 – Sacarusa and Longboard to Thomas Pugh for $8918 beginning at stake in Colonel Pugh’s field…Town Swamp…Island Swamp just below the ground bridge….Robert’s branch….Betty Carter…977 acres…til 12th of July 1916.  Witnessed J. H. Pugh, Sam W. Johnston, signed Sacarusa and Longboard.  Signed John M. Bindford, J. Slade and William Hawkins, commissioners.  Registered Nov term 1803.

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Book S p 797 – Indenture by Indians, Tuscarora Chiefs Sacarusa and Longboard to Ebinezer Slade, Thomas Speller and John Griffin for $1717 plus one cent due Christmas Day each year, if demanded, by estimation 409 acres, June 16, 1803, lease until July 12, 1916

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Book T p 68 – Indians to William Williams – Sacarusa and Longboard, Chiefs of the Tuscarora Nation of Indians, being duly empowered and authorized, and William Williams of Martin County, NC, 3000 pounds current money…swamp near the bridge that leads into Cesars Islands….Mirey Branch…Town Swamp…Coneat Swamp…796 acres…farm let until the 12th day of July 1916 paying yearly one cent Dec. 25th if demanded, witness Samuel W. Johnston, signed Sacarusa (x) and Longboard (x)

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Book T p 69 – Indians to William Williams – July 11, 1803 – Sacarusa and Longboard, Chiefs of the Tuscarora Nation, to William Williams of Martin Co, NC, $1576 in hand paid, farm let messauge tract…head of Unerawet Swamp…Cullin Cooks land….Blunt’s field…200 acres…until July 12, 1916…one cent due every Dec. 25th if demanded.  Witness Sam W. Johnston.  Signed Sacurusa and Longboard by marks.  Signed by William M. Binford and William Hawkins, commissioners.

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Book T p 184 Indians to Johnson, 1803 (index entry, not copied)

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Book T p 184 Indians to Slade 1803 – Sacarusa and Longboard, Chiefs of the Tuscarora, to Jeremiah Slade of Martin Co., NC, power of attorney, June 18, 1803.  Sacarusa signs with X and Longboard with +.  Registered February term 1805.

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Book T p 201 Indians to Samuel Johnston – Aug 18, 1804 – Sacarusa and Longboard, Chief of the Tuskarora nation of Indians to Samuel W. Johnston of Bertie Co., NC, $500, quitclaim to Samuel Johnston all that tract or piece of land lying in Bertie County which is embraced by the bounds mentioned in a lace to John Johnston, decd, dated March 18, 1777 containing by estimation 528 acres.  Sacarusa and Longboard authorized to sell by an act of the Assembly at Raleigh in the year 1802.  In witness whereof they the said Sacarusa and Longboard by Jeremiah Slade (their attorney duly authorized as well appear by a power of attorney recorded in the registers office of Bertie County) have hereunto set their hands and seals.  Signed Sacarusa and Longboard by J. Slade, attorney.  Registered February term 1805.

Note:  Appearing in the margin of the first part of the deed are the words: “Note: The Five & Twenty was altered in the original from four & Seventy before signed”

Book T p 201 Indians to Slade – Sacarusa and Longboard, Chiefs of the Tuskarora Nation, appoint Jeremiah Slade of Martin County, NC their true and lawful attorney and authorize him to, in their names, “for our own proper use and benefit ask, demand sue for recover and receive of and from all persons within the State of NC all such sum or sums of money debts dues and demands whatsoever which are now due and owing unto us or which may or shall hereafter become due and owing and to have and use and take all lawful ways and means in our names and otherwise for the recovery thereof,” goes on to mention rents.  Sacarusa signs with X, Longboard with +, witness William Wilson, William Hawkins, registered Feb term 1805

Book T 201 Indians to Pugh – Sacarusa and Longboard, Chiefs of the Tuskarora nation to Thomas Pugh of Bertie County, NC, $650, quit claim into Thomas Pugh all that land in a lease from Indians to said Pugh the 28th of March 1777 containing 547 acres more or less by estimation.  Sacarusa and Longboard are authorized to sell by an act of the General Assembly in Raleigh in the year 1802.  Signed Sacarusa and Longboard, also by J. Slade, Attorney (their power of attorney), witnesses Augustin Pugh, John King, August 1804, registered at court in Feb Term 1805 by their attorney Jeremiah Slade

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Book T p 304 Indians to Jones 1805 – Sacarusa and Longboard by attorney Jeremiah Slade of Martin Co., NC for sum of $2000 have released and forever quitclaim one third part the rent due the Tuscarora Indians on their lease to Msrs Jones, Pugh and Williams for 99 years to Willie William Jones, and Robert Allen Jones, Witness William Drew?, Sacarusa and Longboard by J. Slade, Atty.

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Book T p 313 Indians to McCaskey 1805 – Jan. 20, 1805 Sacarusa and Longboard, Chiefs of the Tuscarora Indians to John McCaskey, $236.11, quit claim a certain tract of land in Bertie Co., beginning at a cypress in the edge of the swash adjoining Ceasars Islands, thence to the head of Chacawenah Gut. Along said gut to Roanok River, up the river to a beach the upper corner of the land given by John McCaskey decd to his son John McCaskey, thence north to the back line mentioned in the decd John McCaskey’s will, thence along the said back line to the beginning, containing 600 acres more or less, until the 12th day of July, 1916.  Sacarusa and Longboard signed by their attorney, Jeremiah Slade, registered Nov. Term 1805

Book T p 413 Indians to Pugh 1805 – June 17, 1805 – Sacarusa and Longbaord, chiefs of the Tuskarora nation and Col. Thomas Pugh of Bertie County, NC, $1400, demise lease to farm, one third part of all the lands embraced within the bounds mentioned in the lease from the Tuskarora Indians to Messrs Jones, Pugh and Williams dated December 25, 1775 for the term of 99 years and more particular designated by the bounds mentioned in the deed of partition from Willie Jones and William Williams dated the <blank space> March 1779.  To have and hold the said one third above described to him the same Thomas Pugh and to assign from the expiration of the term of 99 years from the day of December 25, 1775 to the 12th day of July in the year1916.  In testimony whereof they the said Sacarusa and Longboard by Jeremiah Slade their attorney duly authorized by a power of attorney duly registered in the office of Bertie County aforesaid have set their hand and seal…Signed Sacarusa and Longboard by J. Slade, Attorney.  Registered May Term 1806

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About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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