Guide to the James B. Bentley Land Deed, June 10, 1868

Summary Information

Title: James B. Bentley Land Deed, June 10, 1868
Collection: AC.733
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)

This land grant is to James B. Bentley from Arthur I. Boreman, Governor of the State of West Virginia, with a survey description for 175 acres in McDowell County, dated June 10, 1868.

Creator: Boreman, Arthur Inghram, 1823-1896

Biographical/Historical Note

Arthur Ingraham (also spelled ‘‘Ingram’’) Boreman (July 24, 1823-April 19, 1896) was West Virginia’s first governor (1863-1869). He was was born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, and moved with his family to Middlebourne, Tyler County, while still an infant.

In the 1870 Census of McDowell County, West Virginia, James B. Bentley is recorded as an illiterate farmer, 36 years old with a wife and three children. This deed in 1868 was not his first land grant. in 1860 he secured land on the Tug River in West Virginia, and also in 1868 he obtained an additional 85 acres on Cub Fork.

Scope and Contents

This collection is one 12x18 mostly handwritten land deed from Arthur I. Boreman, the first Governor of the State of West Virginia to James B. Bentley, a farmer. The survey describes the boundaries for 175 acres in McDowell County, for which Bentley paid $3.50 on June 10, 1868.


This is a single-item oversize collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish in 2003. Accession number AC.2003.055

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, January 2014. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.733: Land Deed to James B. Bentley from Governor of the State of West Virginia Arthur I. Boreman, McDowell County, West Virginia, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Land Deed, June 10, 1868 ACSC_Box Oversize 2