State of North Carolina to Dempsy Runnold
Submitted by Bette Dew April 1998
Columbus County, NC
State of North Carolina #2338

To all to whom these presents shall come greeting know ye that we for and inconsideration of the sum of fifty shilling for every hundred acres hereby granted paid into our treasury Dempsy Runnold, have given and granted and by these presents give and grant unto the said Dempsey Runnolds a tract of land containing one hundred acres lying and being in the county of Bladen east of the White Marsh including mansfields improvement. Beginning at a white oak east of the dismal and running south thirty three chains and thirty four links to a stake then east thirty chains then north thirty three chains and thirty four links then west thirty chains to the beginning. Entered 8th of November 1796. As by the plat hereunto annexed doth appear together with all woods waters mines minerals hereditaments to the said land belonging or appertaining to hold to the said dempsey runnolds his heirs and assigns forever yielding and paying to us such sums of money yearly, or otherwise as our general assembly from time to time may direct provided always that the said granter shall cause this grant to be registered in the registers office of our said county of Bladen within twelve months from the date hereof, otherwise the same shall be void and of no effect in testimony where of we have these our letters to be made patent and our great seal to be here unto affixed witness. Benjamin Williams Esquire our Govenor Captain General and Commander in chief at Raleigh the 15th day of August in the 25th year our independence in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred.

By Commander B Williams
Will White Secretary [signed]

Note from contributor: This would have been just before Columbus County was formed. I got this from the deed office in Columbus County.