Monday, February 11, 2013

Amanuensis Monday: John Jollett's Homestead

Amanuensis Monday is a daily prompt at Geneabloggers which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts.
Amanuensis:  A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

A homestead is the home and surrounding land, including any related buildings such as barns, outhouses, spring houses, smokehouses, and the like set aside for the family residence.  A “homestead exemption” prevents the forced sale of the homestead to satisfy any debts of the householder. 

John Wesley Jollett was my second great-granduncle, son of Fielding Jollett and brother of James Franklin Jollett, my second great grandfather.

John W. Jollett Homestead 1871 Page County, Virginia
Click to enlarge
This document required 8 separate scans
and was stitched together using Flip Pal .
Not bad for my maiden voyage!

Homestead of John W. Jollett April 1871
Page County Deed Book O : 383

This Deed made this 5th day of April 1871, Witnesseth that John W. Jollett of the County of Page and State of Virginia being Householder and the head of a family claims as his Homestead under the Constitution of Virginia and the Same possessed is __ thereof. The following property Viz:

P. B. Borst

Witnesseth the following signatures and seals the day and year first aforesaid.
John W. Jollett {seal}
State of Virginia
County of Page

I W. W. Hampton a Justice of the Peace for the County of Page and State of Virginia, do hereby certify that John W. Jollett whose name is signed to the within writing bearing date on the 3rd day of April 1871, has acknowledged the same before me in my County aforesaid given under my hand this 5 day of April 1871.
W. W. Hampton J.P.

Page County To Wit
The within Deed was received in the Clerk’s office of said County with certificates of acknowledgement and United States Revenue Stamps of the value of twenty-five cents therein and admitted to record. April 5, 1871
J. W. Watson 

© 2014, Wendy Mathias.  All rights reserved.


  1. I love this kind of list of their possessions. It gives a very concrete picture of their lives. Colleen

  2. I have to laugh that the bedsteads and bedding is half the price of 600 acres of "indifferent" land. Wonder what that means?

  3. I love how the list is all broken down this way. As Colleen said, it does tell us a lot about their lives.

  4. It's interesting that the two horses were worth more than all of the household goods put together.