Single sheet, measuring 32 x 20 cm., approx. 160 words. Creased from folding, with short splits at folds. The articles of agreement between Joseph M. Matthews and Bill McNeal state that Matthews "purchased of O-nah ha an Indian woman in the Chickasaw Nation two sections of land... which claims he has located in Township one Range four West on sections fourteen & fifteen...." Matthews paid her $1000 per section. McNeal agreed to pay Matthews $2000 and reserve for him one fourth of the land for his efforts in buying and locating the said lots. On the verso of the deed, Matthews assigns his obligation to Duncan Hill, on June 17, 1837. A further note says Duncan Hill sold to H. Abington one section (#15) for $5000, for which he received $325 for his work, dated July 24, 1837. Item #58444
The Chickasaw Nation was one of the tribes forced west in 1837 as part of the Indian Removal policies of the Jackson administration. The lands in this deed may have been located in their pre-removal territory in Mississippi.