Notable Deeds
This collection of Deeds showcase that Ransom Hunter and the greater community, of all races, worked together to support and uplift each other, despite it being early years after emancipation.

Public School Committee, 1887

In 1887, Ransom Hunter and wife, Rebecca, deeded land to the District 12 (Colored) Public School Committee, of which he was a founding member. He financed and constructed the school, which was the first public school built after emancipation in Gaston County. In later years, A.M. Rollins Elementary School was rebuilt on this land and today it is home to the Rollins Apartments. 

 

“This Deed, made this – day of – 1887 by Ransom Hunter and wife Rebecca Hunter of Gaston County and State of North Carolina to Albert-Wilson Shipp and Ransom Hunter (colored race) Public School Committee of District No. 12, Gaston, North Carolina.


Witnesseth, that said Ransom Hunter and Rebecca Hunter in consideration of Forty-five Dollars to be paid by the said Public School Committee, the receipt of which I hereby acknowledged, have bargained and sold and by these presents to sell and convey to said Public School Committee…”
 

Translation provided by: Tracey Holloway

Robert Calvin Grier (R.C.G.) Love and Susan Elizabeth Love, 1875

An 1874 Deed between R.C.G. Love, his wife S.E. Love and Ransom Hunter and his wife, Margaret (Maggie) Hunter. 


"Know ye that R.C.G. Love and wife S.E. Love for in consideration of the sum of Seventy Eight Dollars to us in hand paid by Ransom Hunter, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have bargained, sold and conveyed unto Ransom Hunter, his heirs, and assigns a certain tract or parcel of land in the county of Gastonia and state of N. Carolina on the waters of the Catawba River adjoining lands of Daniel Harvey Hill (D.H. Hill), C.L. Hutchison, R.C.G. Love and L.P. O'Connell..."

Translation provided by: Tracey Holloway

Mayes Manufacturing Company, 1913

 

“This Deed made this 23rd day of November, 1913 by Arthur Wells and Fannie Wells, his wife, and Maggie Hunter and her heirs and Ransom Hunter of Gaston County, State of North Carolina of the first part to the Mayes Manufacturing (Mfg) Company of Gaston County and State of North Carolina of the second part.

Witnesseth, that said Arthur Wells and Fannie Wells, his wife in consideration of thirty-five ($35.00) dollars, to them paid by The Mayes Mfg Company…”

 

Translation provided by: Tracey Holloway

Atlanta National Building Savings and Loan Association, 1892


“This indentured, made this 2 day of December 1892 between Ransom Hunter and his wife Maggie Hunter of the County of Gaston and State of North Carolina of the first part and Jerry W. Goldsmtih of the county of Fulton and State of Georgia of the second part, and The Atlanta National Building and Loan Association of Atlanta, Georgia (duly incorporated under the laws of the State of Georgia and having its home or – office at Atlanta, Georgia, of the third part.”


On page 2: “Whereas, the said Ransom Hunter of the first part is a member of said The Atlanta National Building and Loan Association, and owns five shares in Class P of stock therein as shown by certificate No. 12820 and has obtained an advance of two hundred dollars, therein, and has – his note, on obligation of said date herewith, payable to said Association, of the home office in Atlanta, Georgia, of which the following is a copy.”

 

Translation provided by: Tracey Holloway

Abel Peterson (A.P) Rhyne and Mattie J. Rhyne, 1905

“This Deed, made this 25th day of Feb A.D. 1905,

by and between AP Rhyne and Mattie. J. Rhyne his wife, of the County of Gaston and State of North Carolina parties of the first part and Ransom Hunter of the County of Gaston and State of North Carolina party of the second part, witnesseth, that the said parties of the first part, in consideration of One hundred, fifty five Dollars and interest from Apr 25, 1891 to them paid by the party of the second part, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, have bargained and sold, and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell and convey unto said Ransom Hunter and his heirs, all that tract or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in River Bend Township, Gaston County, State of North Carolina, and adjoining the lands of W.C. Abernathy, Mrs. Annie Rankin….”

Thomas Rutledge and Cinthia Rutlege, 1897

“This indenture made this the 6th day of May 1897 between Ransom Hunter and his wife Maggie Hunter of the county of Gaston and State of North Carolina of the first part and Thomas Rutledge and wife Cinthia of the county and state aforesaid of the second part witnesseth that thy said R. Hunter and for consideration of the sum of Thirty Dollars paid by the said Thomas Rutledge the receipt of which is truly acknowledged hath bargained and sold and by these presents do bargain and sell unto the said Thomas Rutledge all of that piece or parcel of land lying and being in the county and state aforesaid adjoining the lands of Jennie Davenport and others.”

Translation provided by: Tracey Holloway