Lot of 3 documents signed by John Overton, owner of Traveller's Rest in Nashville, a judge of the Superior Court of Tennessee, advisor to Andrew Jackson, and co-founder of Memphis (along with Jackson and James Winchester). Includes an Oct. 19, 1812 legal document sworn and subscribed before Overton: a response by Robert and Jane Hayes to a bill of complaint lodged against them and other heirs of Stockley Donelson related to Donelson's business dealings with David Allison. The case likely stemmed from a land fraud scandal involving Allison and Donelson, the brother of both Jane Hayes and Andrew Jackson's wife Rachel, a scandal inadvertently uncovered by Jackson. In this document, Robert and Jane Hayes deny any knowledge of wrongdoing; their signatures are found at the end of the document along with Overton's. (12-2/3" x 15". Toning and overall fading, including fading to signatures; 1 small hole in blank area; pencil inscription noting Jane Hayes was Rachel's sister). Also included in this lot is an 1814 land indenture between John Overton and Willis White for the transfer of 50 acres in Davidson County (13-1/2" x 16-1/2". Toning, fold line across Overton signature, few small tears/holes at fold lines); and an 1814 land indenture between Daniel Alexander and William Walter concerning 307 acres of land in White, Jackson and Overton counties, signed by Overton, likely as judge (15-1/4" x 12-1/4". Toning; tears and partial separation at fold lines, losses and blue ink stain at lower edge). Condition: All items with overall toning; see description for details.
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