Asa Thompson to John Shook

                          Washington July 19, 1839                           
In consideration of the sum of Fifteen Hundred and twenty five Dollars, the  
receipt of which I do hereby acknowledge, I, Asa Thompson of the County of   
Pike and State of Arkansas, have this day sold and delivered and do hereby   
sell to John Shook of the County of Hempstead and State aforesaid, two       
Negro Boys, one about Eleven Years old and named Ben, the other Fifteen      
years of age and named Harry, both of dark complexion. To have and to hold   
the said Negroes to the said John Shook, his heirs and assigns forever to    
the said John Shook from the claim of the said Asa Thompson, his heirs and   
all other persons whomsoever, and also that they are Slaves for life and     
sound and healthy. Witness my hand and seal this day and date above written. 
                                Asa Thompson                                 
                                W.S. Johnson                                 
State of Arkansas,                                                           
Couty of Hempstead,                                                          
I, Simon T. Sanders, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Exofficio Recorder for   
the County aforesaid, do hereby Certify that the annexed and foregoing       
instrument of writing was filed for Record in my office on the 2d day of     
August A.D. 1839 and the same is now duly recorded in "Record Book D" page   
In Testimony Whereof I have hereunot set my hand and affixed the seal of my  
office at Washington the 2d dayof August in the Year of our Lord one         
thousand Eight hundred and thirty nine and of the Independence of the United 
States the 64th.                                                             
                         Simon T. Sanders, Clerk                             
                         and Exofficio Recorder.                             
Hempstead County, Arkansas Deed Book D, page 470-471.                        
David Kelley 1997