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Land Patents (Vaughans and many others)

RE: 1701 VA Land Patents from Book 9, p. 41 * ( also, see Book B P. 159 Dated 12/21/1783)
*Epaphroditus Benton -- 360 acres in Nansemond County on both sides o Deep Run and branch of Bennetts Creek adjoining John King. The King family was connected to several lines that intermarried with the Pughs, such as the Williams. * also see: "land grants, land records, land patents, and wills"
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*Book B P. 159 Dated 12/21/1783 *
*James Benton of Caswell County to James Jones of the same, for 10 pounds 200 acres on both sides of Aldridge Creek near Black's Bridge adj. James Redmon former line. Gourley's old line to Wolf Pitt Hollway *
*Witnesses: Thomas Ragsdale, Epaphroditus Benton, Elizabeth Ragsdale*
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*1738 Surry County VA, August 16 -- Account of Estate of John Barlow, decd. Include among others the names of Epaphroditus Benton and James Vaughn. There were many names on the Estate records, but this James Vaughn is unknown. *
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*Muster Roll for John Sumner's Company of Chowan County, Militia dated Nov. 25, 1754 include (total of 64 men):*
*Jethro Benton, Thomas Parker, Wm. Parker, Isaac Benton, Benjamin
Parker, James Parker Jr. James Parker Sr., Epaphroditus Benton, Aaron
Lesetor, Josiah Parker, Moses Benton, Ezekiel Lasetor.
These names show up many times in deeds . The Lassiters (the correct spelling of the surname) are a family that also has a tradition of a Cherokee or some other sort of Indian, in their ancestry. I am a descendant of Ezekiel Lassiter on another branch of my family. They owned land around Bennett's Creek and in some places Bennett's Creek was called Lassiter's Swamp. I suspect they intermarried with some of the
This may be? Chowanoke Indians.*
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*Thomas Parker to Joseph Jones; Oct. 10, 1738. 75 acres, part of John. Small's patent for 150 acres dated Nov. 13, 1721; sold by Small to Richd Felton who sold same to said Parker. Test., John Sumner, John Johnston, Edward Arnold.*
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*Samuel Harrell, so of John Harrell, of Va., to Peter Parker; Nov. 10, 1739. 100 acres on Gum Branch at the Bull's Skull, patented by Richard Berryman Jan. 19, 1716. Test, Daniel Parker, Robert Parker.*
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*John King, son of John King, deed, to John Benton; march 27, 1739.Tract of land on West side of Bennett's Creek, patented by John King,decd, Nov. 4, 1707, adjoining land of Thos. Speight and others. Test, Elisha Benton, Moses Benton, Miles Riddick. (This John King was related by marriage to the Pugh family).*
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*Parker, Job, Chowan, 11^th day 2^nd month, 1812; Dec. Term 1812. Son Joseph, wife Isabel, son Job, son Elias T. Parker, son Jacob N. Parker, daughters Pharabee Granberry, Peninah Moore, Isabel and Martha Parker, (wife, Joseph Moore, Joseph Parker and Thomas Granberry Exrs.) Test, Wm. Baines, John Parish. (Notice the use of the name Fereby in it's various forms by families in the same area. (Suspect our Fereby is related to these families).*
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*Vaughan, Abraham and David. Appraisement of estates, 1764 and 1769 respectively. Amelia W.B. 2, p. 80 and 261 (Abraham Vaughan was a son of Nicholas Vaughan and Ann Lewis).*
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*Vaughan, George. Will, dated 1766, probated 1771. Wife, Mary; sons, George, Benjamin, William and David; daughters Susannah Norris,
Elizabeth Thacker Mary Haines, and Sarah Padgett. Owned land in Hanover County. Amelia W. B. 2, p. 14. *
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*Vaughan, Henry. Will dated 1755, probated, 1756. Wife, Hannah;daughter, Sally, wife of George Smith. Amelia W. B. 1, p. 119. (Sonof Nicholas and Ann Vaughan). *
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*Parker, Thomas, Chowan, Augt. 23^rd , 1762. Son Thomas, children, Priscilla, Sarah, Abraham, Absalom, Judeth, Ruth, Zlipah, Thomas and Margaret, daughter Priscilla and Jethro Benton, Exrs. Test. Wm.Parker, James Parker, Jacob Norfleet, Jas. Harriss. (Jethro Benton was a son of John Benton who died in 1750. One of Jethro's sisters married a Parker).*
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*Parker, Nathan, Chowan. 9^th , 9^th mon., 1795; June Term 1797. Wife Sarah, daughter Rachel Wooten, son-in-law Arthur Wooten, daughter Sarah Elliott, my land in Northampton bought of Charles Counsel, son Jonathan Parker's daughters Leah and Miriam. Daughter Lydia Elliott, JonathanWooten (son of Rachel), grandsons Jonathan and Nathan Wooten, wife. Sarah, brother Job and Cousin Joseph Parker Exrs. Test. Joseph Scott, (Joseph Scott Jr.)*
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Parker, Joseph, Chowan, Dec. 28^th , 1764. Brother Job Parker, Test.Wm. Copeland. Nathan Parker, Josiah Copeland.*
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*Parker, Peter, Chowan 1785. Sons Elisha, Peter and Seth, daughter. Rodith Parker, sons Willis and Isaac, daughter Sele Parker, Jacob
Jordan and son Peter Exrs. Test, ----------------- Meredith. Mariann Johnson.*
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*Parker, Samuel, Chowan, Oct. 2^nd , 1810; March term 1811. Son John,
daughters Lydia, Kesiah, Nancy and Silvia, daughter Elizabeth Harrell,
wife Silvia and son John Exrs. Test, Miles Welch, Penny Fullenton.*
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*William Lewis to John Lewis. April 19, 1733; 200 acres in Cowhall, in Chowan Precinct, beginning at the month of the Little Fork Branch andrunning up the east side Cowhall Swamp to a birch; then by a line of marked trees to the head of the Little Fork Branch; then down the branch to the mouth. Test, Thomas Luten, Wm. Hinton, Richard Forster,Clerk of the Court.*
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*Thos. Hoyter, King of the Chowan Indians, Jeremiah Pushing, Charles Beasley, James Bennett, chief men of the tribe to Michael Ward. 300 acres on Katharine Creek; 2d August 1733. Test. John Freeman, Robt. Hicks. (Gates County). (Thomas Hoyter wasn't really a "King" but more like their chief elder. The men mentioned were probably the last
remaining Chowanoke Indians. They all had white names and were very likely part white. John Freeman was a white man who had married into the tribe.)*
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*Same as above to John Freeman. 200 acres, part of Chowan town; August 3d, 1733. Test, Robert Hicks, Edward Howcott, James Craven.*
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*Same as above to Henry Hill. 50 acres land on Bennett's Creek; August 4, 1733. Test, John Freeman, Michael Ward, Wm. Flemmons. (GatesCounty).*
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*John Vaughan, of Upper Parish, Nansemond County, VA., to Henry Holland. Tract of land called "Caleb Drury's" on east side Chowan River Pocosin 100 acres; Februrary 8, 1732-3. Test, Henry Holland, James Holland, Edward Hare, Moses Hare (Gates County). (His land was next door to Epaphroditus Benton's land.)*
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*Epaphroditus Benton proves his rights, for importation of Elizabeth Jr., Lawrence, Job, Sarah and Epa. Benton, and Wm. Hardy.*
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*Epaphroditus Benton petitions to keep a Ferry on Chowan River at Cow Landing. Granted. *
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*Col.** Benjamin Wynns, of Hertford Co., NC md. Margaret Pugh about 1751, daughter of Francis Pugh and wife Ferebee Savage, of Bertie Co.
One of his descendants writes us that he left four sons, Benjamin, William, George and Thomas Wynns, and one daughter Mary Wynns who md.Jas. Gregory. Can any one furnish us with a copy of his will, or give us any information relating to the family? (This was a query posted in this journal).*
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*Francis Pugh, to Jonathan Parker. Patent taken out by said Pugh October 29, 1726; 400 acres; October 18, 1724. Test. Abraham Hill, Isaac Hunter.*
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*Constance Luten, Robert Beasley, and wife Christian, to Thomas Luten.200 acres known as Tottering Bridge plantation; patent to Maj. Thomas Luten, deceased; November 6, 1709, in Rockyhock Swamp; July 19, 1735.
Test, William Luten, George Lisle. (Constance Luten appears in several places as a witness to transfers of land. I don't know if this was due to her status in the community or if it was simply because she was a
neighbor or related by marriage to the parties in the land transactions.)*
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*James Parker, to Benjamin Evans. 100 acres bounded on George White,John Overton, and Lightwood Knot Branch; June 28, 1735. Test. JosephParker, John Parker, John Chappen. *
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*Benton, John. Chowan County, NC*
*February 28, 1748-1749. October Court 1750. Sons Epaphroditus, Elijah, Jethro ("Manner Plantation"), John, Moses. Daughter: Judith Rabey, Mary Parker, Charity Parker. Grandsons: William Parker (son ofMary), James Parker (son of Charity). Executors: John and Jethro Benton (sons). Witnesses: Henry Morgin, James Weaver, William Parker.Clerk of the Court: James Craven. (Notice the parkers and
Epaphroditus -- this was certainly a descendant of the Epa. Benton who lived in the 1600s. )*
*Benton, John, Chowan. February 25, 1748-49; May Court, 1750. Sons Epaphroditus, Elijah and Jethro, daughter Judith Rabey, sons Moses and Elijah, grandson Wm. Parker son of my daughter Mary, grandson JamesParker son of my daughter Charity Parker; sons John and Jethro executors. Test. Henry Morgan, John Weever, William Parker. (Proofof a marriage between the Parkers and Bentons. This is actually the same will as the one listed above, but in a different format.) *
*William Parker to James Hubbard. 75 acres, part of 170 acres granted to John Small, Jr.; Aug. 18, 1719. Test, James Benton, John Benton,Thos. Parker.*
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*John Benton to James Benton; Sept. 22, 1736. 150 acres West side Bennetts Creek. Test. W. Parker, Thos. Parker, Jas. Parker.(Witnesses were usually neighbors or friends that sometimes alsoreceived land from the same person, in a different sale.)*
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*John Hubbard, to Wm. Parker, June 15, 1735. 145 acres adjoining lands of Moses Hall, Richard Felton and John Norfleet, said tract heired fromhis father. Test. Wm. Parker, James Hubbard.*
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*Richard Hines, of Nansemond County, VA., to Moses Boyce; May 8, 1736. 200 acres on Bay Tree Branch, adjoining lands of Richard Parker, near the head of Bennett's Creek. Test. Sam. Hines, Clever Worrell' John Hines, Henry Green.*
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*Parker, Ferebee, Gates County, November 4, 1807; November Court 1807. Son Miles, daughters Abigail, Bethany, Edith and Sally Parker, Wm.Goodman and Isaac Pipkin Exrs. Test, William Goodman of Jacob, Joseph Saunders, Amos Diday. (Ferebee Parker, see how the name is used in these neighboring families over and over.)*
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*Parker, Robert, Gates County, November 5, 1822; January 10, 1823; August Court 1823. Nephew James Brown, Abraham Parker, Ezekial Lassiter, Mary Cross, neice Elizabeth Parker, Louisa Parker, ElizaParker (wife of Peter), nephew Willis Brown, Priscilla Hayes and Nancy Bond heirs of Abraham Parker, dec'd, half-brother Richard Parker,Elizabeth Bullock heirs of Wm. Parker, Mary Evans, Abraham Parker and James Brown Exrs. Test. II Gilliam..*
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*Lassiter, Robert, of Nansemond Co., VA, to James Brown. 142 acres South side of Bennett's Creek, 8ber 31, 1727. Test, Thos. Rountree, Fras. Rountree, Richard Taylor. (This Robert is my ancestor)*
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*Same as above to Francis Rountree, 31, 8ber, 1727. 153 acres on south side of Bennett's Creek. Test. Thos. Rountree, Rich'd Taylor, James Brown.*
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*James** Homes** of Bertie, to Wm. Bird of Nansemond Co., VA, 100 acres on Henby's Branch, August 20, 1728. Test. Constance Lutten, F. Spiers, Wm. Badham.*
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*William Speight of Nansemond Co. VA., to Henry Holland of same County, Aug. 30, 1728. 640 acres on East side of Chowan River, patent dated March 5, 1719-20. Test, Thomas Vaughan, Jas. Holland, John Lovick. (Again we see neighbors appearing as witnesses. Thomas Vaughan sold land to Henry Holland too.)*
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*Henry Holland of Nansemond County, VA, to Thos. Vaughan of the same place. 100 acres East side of Chowan River, beginning at Caleb's Dower, adjoining Eph. Benton's land. Test, Lydia Blanchard, Clement Hammond, Jas. Holland, J. Lovick. (Here is Henry selling to Thomas some land, next to Ephroditus Benton's land. How easy would it have been for a son of Thomas to have met one of Ephroditus' daughters, granddaughters or nieces. And remember, often the oldest born son was given the father's name. William and Fereby's oldest son's name was Thomas...)*
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*John Wallis will Chowan Oct. 26, 1756. Mentions Grandsons John Parkerson of my daughter Elizabeth Parker, granddaughter Lydia Parker (daughter of Elizabeth), grandchildren James, Samuel and Eurah Parker(kids of Elizabeth), daughter Mary Parker, son-in-law Peter Parker Exr.Test. Wm. Boyd, Mary Long, John Simson.*
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*(From the Douglas Register (Virginia marriages))*
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*Vaughan, Joseph and Ann Payne May 9, 1770*
*Vaughan, Matthew and Mary Martin July 23, 1767*
*Vaughan, Hugh-Lewis and Mary Martin May 27, 1760*
*Vaughan, William and Ann Clark March 12, 1767.*
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*Francis Pugh Book III p. 380 9-13-1737 200 acres east of Chowan River
where Ferry is kept (Gates County)*
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*William Vaughan between 1706 and 1710 gave a deposition on the Cary Rebellion. He was 27 years old so 1679 to 1683 was his birth date. This deposition took place in North Carolina. (The deposition gives next to no information on this William, and of course he was too old to have been our William, but it shows a William Vaughan in NC in the early 1700s).*
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*In the 7^th Regiment of the NC Continental Army a James Vaughan was shown as a Lieutenant on Nov. 28, 1776 and then made a Captain by Dec.19, 1776. (I'd love to find more about him.)*
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*_Abstracts of Wills:_*
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*Henry Jones of Chowan County, NC 2-11-1751 April Court, daughter Jane Champion, son William, wife Elizabeth and Benj. Parker executors.Test. Henry Bonner, John Luten, Saml. Luten.*
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*Joseph Jones 9-10-1756 wife Martha children James, Joseph, Mary, Hannah, Elizabeth and Ann. Wife and William Vaughan executors. Test John White Richard Ninson.*
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*John Vaughan Northampton County, August 1750 sons William and John daughters Lucy, Molley and Fanny. Wife Cassia and Samuel Turner Executors Test: Wm. Baker, John Manden. John Vaughan was born Nov. 25,1695 New Kent County, VA. Sons: Wm. b. Abt. 1725 d. 1794 Northampton John b. Abt. 1726 Northampton. Obviously could not be our William and John (John wasn't born until 1762), but either son of John and Cassia
could have been our William and John's father. They were born about 1725 or 1726, so they would have been about 24 or 25 in 1750.)*
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*Elizabeth Vaughan was a daughter of Daniel Shine who died on March 9, 1757 in Craven Co. NC. (Don't have her husband's name).*
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*Bennett's Creek is known also as Lassiter's Swamp. (I found this mentioned on a few sites, though I have not seen it mentioned asLassiter's Swamp, only as Bennett's Creek.)*
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*John Benton under the tuition of Mr. Robert Yost until he turns 18. Also a Elizabeth Robinson was also under Yost's tuition until she was15. (The date doesn't appear, but probably late 1600s or early 1700s. I couldn't help but wonder if John and Elizabeth , both living with Robert Yost, could have ended up marrying each other. )*
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*Littleton
** Spivey to John Benton 40 acres where John Spivey father of said Littleton lived lately and died adjoining land of John Spivey Jr. Oct. 30, 1733. Test. Moses Conton and William Morgan.*
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*William Parker to James Hubbard 75 acres part of Jno. Small's patent for 175 acres, dated July 10, 1719, sold to Wm. Parker 25 November 1724 as by the records of Nansemond Co. VA on Flat Branch and Loosing Swamp, Oct. 1736 test. James Benton, Thos. Parker, John Benton. (Remember that Nansemond County, VA included a large part of what is now Chowan and Gates Counties, NC.)*
*John Hubbard to Wm. Parker two tracts of land given to John by will of his father, John, binding upon lands of Moses Hall, Rich'd Felton and John Norfleet, part given to his son Matthew; other tract 115 acres adjoining lands of Lassiter, June 15, 1736 Test. Wm. Parker and James Hubbard. (So, 17 years after William Parker sold 75 acres to James Hubbard, a John Hubbard sells a William Parker some land. Probably sons of the men who appear in the July 10, 1719 sale .)*
*John Benton to James Benton 150 acres west side of Bennett's creek calls for Mt. Pocosin Sept. 22, 1736 Test: W. Parker, Thomas and James Parker. (W. Parker probably William Parker mentioned above.)*
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* Epaphroditus Benton Book XI Page 99 Dec. 16, 1758 175 acres on Moses Hall Pocosin. (Notice the name Moses Hall, it appears in the Hubbard and Parker sales.)*
*Moses Hall, of Nansemond County, VA. to James Hubbard, 95 acres in Rich Thicket; patent from Gov. of NC; August 1, 1723. Deed dated January 20, 1723. Test, James Parker, William Parker, James A.Hubbard. (This is the original owner of the land.)*
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*John Cotton and Martha of Bertie Co. NC Mary Holland, Martha Benton, widow of Francis Benton, by 1728. (Mary and Martha were daughters of John and Martha Cotton, they appear in John Cotton's will.)*
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*Robert Benton 7 yrs old, son of Mary Benton, tuition of Robert Henry*
*Jesse Benton (brother of Robert, above) 13 yrs old tuition of John Benton. (These two appear together. Jesse apparently was placed witha relative of his father.)*
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*Robert Hunter of Bertie Co. NC in his will of June 3, 1753 mentions his daughter Susannah Benton. Robert's wife was Elizabeth Whitmell.(Who was Susannah's husband?)*
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*John King to John Benton Jr. Dec. 20, 1731 374 acres on the south side of Bennett's Creek. Test: Henry Bonner, John Williams, Constance Luten. (this John Williams was the husband of Ferebee Pugh, born 1733, daughter of Francis Pugh and Pheribee Savage. He married Ferebee about1754, she was born about 1733 and died after 1759. Three sons of theirs are known, no daughters, but there is a strong tradition in theWilliams family of some Cherokee ancestry).*
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*Epaphroditus Benton to John Benton 360 acres south side of Bennett's Creek called Deep Run, July 28, 1730. Test: Chas. Macklemore, John Macklemore, W. Clanton.*
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*Edmund Kearney assignee of Timothy Bloodworth of Nansemond Co. VA., July Court 1719 vs. Epaphroditus Benton and Thomas Jernegan, NansemondCourt, VA.
…………………The Photo is of Alice (Johnson) and Sally Barnes both sister and from the Morrow line.



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