There are several lessons in this assignment of property from John Demoss of Harford County, Maryland.
One is that some individuals literally make a mark when “making their mark.” That’s not an “x” John Demoss made when he “signed” this property transfer. I cannot say if there is any significance to the fact that John’s mark is after his name or not.
The second is that it confirms that John Demoss was the father of John Demoss, Junr. One cannot always conclude based upon names alone that a junior is the son of another man with the same name. This document makes it pretty clear as John Demoss Junr. is styled as “my son.”
The third thing is that I cannot be quite clear when John Demoss executed this property transfer to his son as it is undated. It would have to have been before 16 July 1802 when the property was patented to John Demoss, Junior. In some cases dates such as this may be crucial if there are not documents that directly provide a date of death.
The patent The certificate of survey gives specific metes and bounds description for this piece of property, “Demosses Farm.” There is also another piece of property, “Demosses Garden,” which has a similar assignment from John Demoss. [The first sentence of this paragraph was edited to correctly indicate that this image is from the “certificate of survey” rather than the patent, which a reader graciously pointed out.]
The titles of the property and the accompanying metes and bounds descriptions may make it easier to concretely tie later records of John Demoss in Harford County with the one referenced in this document.