Boone County, West Virginia
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Ended A Suit
An Important Deal in Boone County Lands
Charleston, W. Va., May 14.- A large land sale has been made here which at the same time ends a famous law suit. for the past eight years there has been much litigation in the United States Court and in Boone Circuit Court about the lands known as Burr Wakeman lands in Boone county. The lands were forfeited to the State for the non-payment of taxes and sold under a decree of the State Courts. Later a suit was brought by the Wakeman heirs in the United States Circuit Court and at the November term of this Court at Charleston a decision was rendered in favor of Burr Wakeman's executors and trustees, and at the present term of Court all rights, title and interest of both plaintiffs and defendants in and to their lands were purchased by a syndicate, composed of R. P. Chew, R. P. Lake, J. E. Watson , and J. W. Johnson, of West Virginia and C. H. Smyth, of New York. other parties not named in the deeds are interested in the purchase which embraces at least 1,700 acres of land in Boone county, noted for its extensive deposits of cannel, bituminous and spit coal and its valuable timber. the price paid was not made public. Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Thursday, May 15, 1890  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst

Peytona ~ Tract Of Cannel Coal Land
The Charleston papers say that the tract of cannel coal land at Peytona, which has been advertised for sale for some time, was sold a few days ago for $30,000 to some parties in Philadelphia. the tract contains 2,417 acres, and is adjacent tot he lands of the Peytona Cannel Coal Company. there are sixty-seven acres of workable coal in the tract, then vein being three feet thick and Mr. F. maury reports the quantity of coal at nine millions of bushels. the coal will bring one cent a bushel royalty, this value being given by the slack water navigation of Coal river. If a narrow gauge road was built to connect with Chesapeake and Ohio, the coal could be forwarded to New York at a profit of five cents a bushel. Even at one cent per bushel these sixty-seven acres will yield $90,000 or 1,344 per acre. Messrs. T. L. Braun, E. B. Knight, and T. B. Swanan, were the Commissioners of the Kanawha Circuit Court, who sold the said-land, and by virtue of a decree rendered in a creditors' suit against the Western Mining and Manufacturing Company.
Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Saturday, June 8, 1878  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst

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