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Know all men by these presents that I, Joseph Smith of Guilford County and State of North Carolina, for and in consideration of the sum of thirty pounds currency to me in hand paid by George Nicks... whereof I do hereby acknowledge the receipt and myself therewith fully satisfied have bargained, sold and delivered unto the Sd. George Nicks a negro man named Panifer aged twenty years old or thereabouts to have and to hold the Sd. negro man unto the Sd. George Nicks his executors, administrators and assigns to the only proper use and behoof of the Sd. George Nicks, his executors, administrators and assigns forever and I the Sd. Joseph Smith for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns against all persons shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents in witness whereof I have here hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh day of November one thousand eight hundred and four.
State of North Carolina, Guilford County May term 1813 George Nicks Jr. brought into Court a bill of sale from Joseph Smith to him for a Negro man slave by the name of Panifer hearing date the seventh day of November one thousand eight hundred and four and praised/prayed? that the same might be proved and registered and thereupon John Blair, Benjamin Idelott, Francis Bell and George Spruce duly sworn and examined touching the execution of the Sd. bill of sale and the hand writing of Quenton Nicks the only subscribing witness thereto and deposed that the Sd. Quenton Nicks is dead that they have often seen him write are well acquainted with his handwriting and that they verily believed the name of Quenton Nicks subscribing to the Sd. bill of sale as a witness is in his proper handwriting the said bill of sale is therefore ordered to be registered, test., John Hamilton.