Deed Book G, Fairfax County, Virginia, page 279.
To all Christian people to whom this present writing of award shall come, George Mason of Gunston Hall in the parish of Truro and County of Fairfax sendth greetings, whereas Peter Smith late ofWestmoreland County died seized of certain lands situate[d] lying and being upon Bull Run now in the said parish of Truro and County of Fairfax which by his last will and testament he devised to several children, and whereas divers disputes and controversies touch, and concerning the division and boundaries of the said lands have been heretofore moved and defended (?) between Elizabeth Landman widow of James Smith and William Smith the son and heirs of James Smith deceased who was one of the sons of the Devisees of the above named Peter Smith the Testator of the one part and James Jennings deceased who purchased from Thomas Smith another of the sons and Devisees of the said Peter Smith the Testator of the other part for the appeasing ending and finally determining whereof the said parties have submitted themselves and are become bound each to the other by their several obligations dated the 11th day of June 1767 in the sum of 100 pounds with conditions thereunder written for the performance of the award arbitrament by Hawson Hooe, John Hooe of the County of Prince William gentlemen and in case they should disagree in their opinion then for the performance of the award arbitrament and determination of Colonel George Mason as umpire between them as by the said obligations and conditions doth and may more fully and at large appear and whereas the said Hawson Hooe and John Hooe gentlemen have disagreed in their opinion and have certified the same under their hands the 3rd day of this present month of July,
Now Know Ye that I the said George Mason have taken upon myself the charge and burden of the said award...do by these presents arbitrate determine award and order that a certain branch or run running through the said lands from the back part thereof Into Bull Run general called the dividing branch the same lying and being between the said James Jennings' spring branch and a run called the Mill Branch is and shall be a boundary and division between the said lands now held by the said parties under the will of the before mentioned Peter Smith late of Westmoreland County, deceased, namely, the widow Elizabeth Landman, Peter Smith and William Smith claimers from the said James Smith one of the sons and Devisees of Peter Smith the testator and the said James Jennings as a claimer under the purchase from Thomas Smith one of the sons of the Devisees of Peter Smith the testator as aforesaid the said branch or run having been marked and agreed upon and settled as a division and boundary between the said lands by the mutual consent and agreement of the before mentioned James Smith and Thomas Smith, two of the sons of...the said Peter Smith before the said Thomas Smith sold his part thereof and I do further arbitrate determine. ..that the said Elizabeth Landman, Peter Smith and William Smith and heirs and assigns on their part shall not hereafter have use occupy or claim any of the said land lying and being above or on the upper side of the said dividing branch or run and that the said James Jennings his heirs and assigns on his part shall not hereafter have use of...any of the land lying and being below or on the lower side of the said dividing branch or run, but that the same shall be and remain perpetual division and boundary between the said parties and their heirs forever.
July 15, 1767