“Deed” records may contain entries for documents besides those that transfer title to real property. This 1736 deed, recorded in the land records of Baltimore County, Maryland, documents a transaction where the property being transferred is a dark bay gelding. The horse is also described as having a “great Star in his face.”
Do not assume that your ancestor will not appear in the deed books if he never owned real property. Some times records of other property transfers are recorded there.