U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee Court Cases

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  1. Tatum's Ex'rs v. Lofton and Anderson (1812)

    On the trial of this cause the plaintiffs produced one Donnelson for the purpose of proving their beginning corner. Donnelson objected to being sworn upon the ground that he was interested, having purchased a part of the land in controversy from one of the defendants. It appeared that Donnelson was the locator and surveyor of the land claimed by the plaintiffs; and that long after these circumstances he purchased of the defendant Anderson, but before the commencement of this suit. The question [...]

    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee
  2. Curry v. Roulstone, Lynch, Jorden, Banks, Owens (1809)

    In Equity. — The facts were that, on the 6th of April, 1804, Alexander Roulstone, one of the defendants, shipped at New Orleans, in the barge called Deborah, Lindsey Shannon, master, a quantity of goods for account and risk of Col. Charles Lynch, of Shelby county, Kentucky, another of the defendants; to be delivered to the said Lynch or his assigns, he or they paying freight at the port of Louisville on the Ohio.


    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee
  3. Simm's Lessee v. Read (1813)

    The land in controversy was granted in 1790, by the State of North Carolina, to Stockley Donnelson, and by him conveyed to David Allison. The plaintiff claimed under a deed executed by Joshua B. Bond, attorney in fact for Allison. The power of attorney under which Bond conveyed, was acknowledged in 1797 before Hilary Baker, mayor of the city of Philadelphia. In 1810 it was proven in the Court of Common Pleas for the county and city of Philadelphia, by the oath of one of the subscribing [...]

    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee
  4. Graham's Lessee v. Dudley (1813)

    The defendant claimed under a grant from the State of North Carolina dated 31st day of December, 1783, and an entry made the 20th day of December, 1783, in the name of John Read, calling for "three thousand eight hundred and forty acres lying on the Little Harpeth, beginning above Absalom Tatum's line, and up said river on both sides for complement." This entry is No. 160, and stands on the seventh page of the entry book.


    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee
  5. Sawyer's Lessee v. Shannon and Boling (1809)

    Ejectment; not guilty, and issue. — The defendants claimed under the youngest grant, and relied on the statute of limitations. It was proved on the part of the defendant that Thomas Molloy purchased at sheriff's sale, and took a sheriff's deed; he sold to Shannon, and gave his bond to convey. Shannon took possession early in the spring of 1800, and made a lettuce and cabbage patch about twenty poles within the tract of the plaintiff; cleared a small quantity adjoining, perhaps a quarter [...]

    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee
  6. Carson's Lessee v. Gorden (1812)

    The plaintiff produced in evidence an entry made upon a military warrant the 10th day of May, 1809, a survey of the entry made the 9th day of August, 1809, and a grant thereon, dated the 8th day of January, 1811, covering the land in controversy.


    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee
  7. Patton and Erwin's Lessee v. Carothers (1812)

    After the lessors of the plaintiff had gone through with evidence, the defendant produced an entry made in the name of Jean Donaldson covering the land in dispute. It appeared from the entry books that this entry had been transferred to John Donaldson.


    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee
  8. Polk's Lessee v. Robertson and Cockrel (1809)

    the head-waters of Richland Creek, beginning at John Nelson's south-east corner [of grant No. 1120], thence north 1250 poles, east 640 poles, south and west to the beginning, in an oblong. John Nelson's grant was read, which calls to begin about three and a half miles nearly north from the mouth of Robertson's Creek, lying on the head-waters of Richland and Robertson's Creeks. It was proved that these lands, with other adjoining tracts, had been diligently searched after previous to the opening [...]

    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee
  9. Wilson, Assignee v. Robertson (1809)

    The bond was given about twenty years ago, and the title was to be made so soon as grants should issue. It did not appear that the defendant had any such land on the waters of Stone's River. The only question was as to the measure of damages, whether it should be the value of the land at the time the bond was given, when grants were obtained, or at this time.


    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee
  10. Patton and Erwin's Lessee v. Brown (1812)

    I at first thought that the deed might be read in evidence, without registration. I formed that opinion from a view of the Virginia statute on the same subject and the decisions upon it. Upon an investigation, however, I discover that there is no provision similar to the fourth section in the statute of Virginia in relation to the validity of the deed between the parties, and as to creditors and subsequent purchasers, incorporated in the statute of North Carolina, passed in 1715. By this [...]

    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee
  11. Spraggins v. Humphries (1812)

    Spraggins appeared and filed his petition, praying that the cause might be removed for trial, to this Court. The petition stated that he was at the time of filing it a citizen of the State of Louisiana; and was at the commencement of the suit a citizen of the Territory now composing that State. It also alleges that the matter in dispute was of more value than five hundred dollars.


    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee
  12. Patton's Lessee v. Hynes (1813)

    The plaintiff gave in evidence a deed from the commissioners to Abednigo Llewallan, dated the 8th day of July, 1785, for the lot in question. It was then proved that Abednigo was dead; and that Shadrach Llewallen was his heir at law. A deed was exhibited from Shadrach to Francis May, dated the 30th day of August, 1810; and also a conveyance from May to the lessor of the plaintiff, dated the 31st of October, 1810.


    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee
  13. Patton Erwin's Lessee v. Reily (1812)

    The plaintiffs, in support of their title, produced in evidence, a grant from the State of North Carolina to John G. Blount and Thomas Blount, for five thousand acres of land, as mentioned in the declaration; and they offered in evidence a deed from the grantees to David Allison, under whom they claim.


    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee
  14. Simms's Lessee v. Baker (1812)

    The plaintiff produced a grant dated the 15th of July, 1793, from the State of North Carolina, calling for five thousand acres of land, "lying on both sides of the south fork of Duck River, beginning on the north bank of the river, where the lower line of a survey made for John G. Blount and Thomas Blount crosses the same."


    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee
  15. Philips' and Campbell's Lessee v. Erwin (1807)

    Ejectment, common rule, not guilty, and issue. — The defendant relied principally upon the statute of limitations, and produced a grant which had not been countersigned by the secretary.


    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee
  16. Shepherd's Lessee v. Baily (1813)

    The plaintiff introduced a grant from the State of North Carolina to John Haywood, for five thousand acres of land, dated the 20th of December, 1791, describing the land in contest as follows: "On the waters of Richland Creek, a branch of Elk River, on a small creek which the commissioners and guard came down on their return from Elk River, the day before they encamped on the north side of Richmond Creek, beginning on the bank of said small creek at a white oak, one mile above a large spring; [...]

    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee
  17. Thompson's Lessee v. Norwood (1813)

    The defendant claimed under a grant from the State of Tennessee, dated the 28th day of May, 1812, founded upon an occupant entry made the 3d of July, 1811, in pursuance of a previous survey of the 9th of March, 1808.


    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee
  18. Rutledge's Lessee v. Buchanan (1813)

    The plaintiff procured a grant for the land in controversy from the State of Tennessee, dated in the year 1808, and proved the defendant was in possession at the time of the service of the declaration in ejectment.


    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee
  19. Dallum's Lessee v. Breckenridge (1812)

    The lessor of the plaintiff claimed under a grant from the State of North Carolina, dated the 7th day of April, 1790, calling for five thousand acres, "lying on the south side of Duck River, on both sides of Fountain Creek, adjoining Thomas Gill and Elijah Robertson's two tracts, Nos. 1,043 and 1,045, beginning on Gill's north-east corner, at a red-oak, walnut and poplar; thence north, thirty-five chains and twenty-five links, to a poplar, Robertson's line, of No. 1,043; thence west with said [...]

    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee
  20. Henderson's Lessee v. Long (1812)

    The plaintiff claimed under the elder grant. The defendant, for the purpose of showing his claim of title, produced in evidence a grant younger than that of the plaintiff, and the following entry, which was the foundation of it: —


    Court: U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee

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