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Deed:  Peter THOMPSON to William WYATT, 24 Oct 1827
Source:  Todd County, Kentucky, Deed Book E, pp. 223-224.  LDS Microfilm #0355906 (transcribed by Diana Gale Matthiesen, May 2001).
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Know all men by these presents that I Peter Thompson of the County of Todd and State of Kentucky for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which I bear to William Wyatt of said County as well as for the further consideration of one dollar to me in hand paid (the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged) have given and granted and by these do hereby [?] give and grant unto the said Wm Wyatt his heirs and assigns a certain tract or parcel of land lying in the aforesaid County on the waters of the sinking branch of the west fork of Red River being a part of a 123 acre survey made and patented in the name of Peter Thompson containing forty acres and bounded as follows
Beginning at a black oak standing in the edge of flat land and north east corner to a 200 acre survey made for Andrew Man and the beginning corner of said 123 acre Survey thence North 25 poles to a stake standing twenty feet north of a small hickory in the edge of the field thence East 74 poles to a stake in a line of a 200 acre survey originally made for William Wallace but now Robert Menefees line Thence with it South 1½ east 85 poles to two post oaks corner to said 123 acre survey thence with said Wallace (now Menefee) West 77 poles to two Small water oaks in said Andrew Manns line of his said 200 acre survey now owned by Gideon Mims thence with Mims North 1½ East 60 poles to the
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To have and to hold the same as above bounded and every part and parcel thereof unto the (sic) him the said William Wyatt his heirs and assigns forever.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the 24th day of October in the year of Christ one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven.
  
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State of Kentucky
Todd County Court Clerks Office May 12 1828

I Walter D Parks deputy Clerk for Willis L Reeves Clerk of said County Court do certify that the foregoing Indenture of Bargain and Sale from Peter Thompson to William Wyatt was on the 12th day of May 1828 produced to me in said office and proven before me in said office by the oaths of Nathaniel Burrus and Robert Menefee Subscribing witnesses thereto to be the act and deed hand and seal of said Peter Thompson the grantor therein named and the same is ordered to be recorded.

In testimony whereof and that the same together with this Certificate stands truly recorded in said office I have hereunto set my hand.
May 12th 1828 Walter D. Parks

Transcriber's Notes:

1.  William WYATT was Peter THOMPSON's son-in-law, husband of his daughter, Rachel.

2.  The fact that Peter THOMPSON is living next door to Gideon MIMS is a surprise of considerable significance, at least to this researcher, because… 

George Washington THOMPSON (1835-1927), grandson of Peter THOMPSON, always vehemently asserted that he was first cousin to Jesse JAMES.  But no one has come even close to making the connection, beyond noting the geographic proximity of Robert MIMS, a contemporary of Peter THOMPSON, who lived in adjacent Logan Co., KY, and who was the paternal grandfather of Zee MIMS, wife of Jesse JAMES, and great-granduncle of Jesse, himself.  (See Pedigree Chart of Jesse JAMES.) 

But the Gideon MIMS living next door to Peter THOMPSON in Todd Co. — and therefore very possibly kin to Peter's wife — was either the brother or son or nephew of Robert MIMS.  If, for example, Gideon MIMS, Robert MIMS, and Peter THOMPSON's wife were siblings, then George Washington THOMPSON was 1st cousin once-removed to Zee and 3rd cousin to Jesse (and several other more distant relationships).

Of course, the connection now hinges on the identity of Peter THOMPSON's wife, but at least the connection now appears possible, even probable, given George Washington's conviction that it was so.  And the reason this connection is of such interest to me is that I and my cousins grew up believing in the legend that our great-grandfather was a first cousin to Jesse JAMES, only to suffer a big disappointment to discover there was no evidence to document the connection.

Family Group Sheet of Peter THOMPSON
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