John Sevier (1745-1815), First Governor of Tennessee, signed land grant and sheriff summons (2 items). 1st item: Land grant document signed by John Sevier as Governor, granting Abraham Maury, assignee of the Heirs of David Rogers, three hundred and eighty acres in Williamson County, dated May 25, 1808 (date entered: August 7, 1807). The land was granted to the heirs of David Rogers in consideration of military service performed by David Rogers to the State of North Carolina. 14 5/8" H x12 1/4" W. Early 19th century. Note: Abraham Maury Jr. (1766-1825), who eventually shortened his name to Abram Maury, founded Franklin, TN in 1799. 2nd item: Sheriff summons order signed by John Sevier as Court Clerk of Washington County, North Carolina, with handwritten text in brown ink reading "State of north Carolina To the Sheriff of Washington We command you that of the goods and Chattles [sic] and Tenements of William Flanary and Wilson in our Bailick you Caus [sic] to be with the sum of Two pounds Eighteen Shilling...have you the Said money Ready to Render at our next Court to be Held on the first monday in February next together with writ witne[s]ss John Sevier Clerk of Said court at office the 2nd Day of December anno Domini 1783", signed John Sevier C. C., lower right. Additional handwritten text in brown ink, en verso. Housed in an archival letter box with red cloth boards, brown leather half-binding with gilt title lettering and four raised hubs. Sheet - 4" H x 8" W. Archival box - 10 1/4" H x 6 3/4" W x 1 1/4" D. Provenance: Anne P. and Thomas A. Gray Library and MESDA Research Center. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com)
1st item: Overall good condition with bold signature (few extraneous ink spots above, as signed). Foxing spots, largest 3/4", surface of sheet. Toning/ghost impression of seal, lower left of sheet. Archival tape repair, top left and center vertical creases, tape visible en verso. Minute holes at fold line, center of sheet. 2nd item: Three vertical creases, each with toning. 1/2" tear, lower right fold line (does affect signature). Areas of ink bleeding, writing en verso (visible front of sheet).