Part 193s – Smith Robertson Genealogy – Indenture Research – 1806 Clestine Smith

01 February 2010


Yes, I had to do a search on the name Clestine… According to the website WhitePages, they have on record 70 people in the United States today with the first name Clestine. It ranks as the 48,539th most common name. And of those 70, there are only three, per their records, Clestine Smiths in the United States. Thinking that this may have been a script or transcription error, a quick and exact first, with no last, name search in Ancestry produced 2,206 matches. A further exact and fixed search on the complete name Clestine Smith resulted in 20 matches.

At times I will do these types of Internet and web site searches just to give me some credibility and possibly soundness to the words and phrases that I may be transcribing.

All-things-being-equal there is no hint of connection of Clestine Smith with ggg-grandfather James Smith.

This following Document is page 569 and 570 of the Grenada Register of Records 1797 to 1817 (v. G2-R2) and I was able to download an image from microfilm FHL [1563328].

Transcribed –
Entr 17th June 1808
Know all Men by these Presents that I Martha Berangere
of the said Island free Mulatreʃse for and in Consideration of the ʃum of
One hundred and thirty two Pounds Current Money of the said Island of
Grenada to me in hand paid by Clestine Smith free Mulatresse of said
Island before the sealing and delivery of these Presents the Receipt whereof I
do hereby acknowledge Have granted bargained and sold And by these
Presents do grant bargain and sell unto the said Clestine Smith, a Negro
Woman ʃlave named Sophia with her future Iʃsue and Increase into and
to the only proper Use and behoofes of the said Clestine Smith her Executors
Administrators and Aʃsigns forever quietly freely and entirely without any Claim
disturbance or hinderance of an Persons whatsoever And I the said Martha
Berangere for myself my heirs Executors and Administrators the said female
Slave unto the said Clestine Smith her Executors Administrators and Aʃsigns
will? forever defend and warrant In Witneʃs whereof I have hereunto
set my hand and Seal this fourteenth day of May in the Year of our Lord
One thousand Eight hundred and Six.
Martha her X Mark Berangere LS


Sealed and delivered In the Presence of Thomas Gavin & Alex Murray.
Received the day and year within mentioned of and from the within
named Clestine Smith the ʃum of One hundred and thirty-two Pounds Currency?
being the full Consideration Money within mentioned to be paid by her to me.

Martha her X Mark Berangere
Thomas Gavin Witneʃs
Alex Murrary Witneʃs
Be it Remembered that on the day of the date of the within Deed
Poll quiet and peaceable Poʃseʃsion Livery and Seizin of the Negro Woman
Slave named Sophia therein mentioned was had and delivered to the also
within named Clestine Smith by the also within named Martha Berangere
in Our Presence whose Names are hereunto subscribed .

Thomas Gavin & Alex Murray
Before the Honorable Francis McMahon Esquire
one of the Aʃsistant Justices of the Supreme Court
of Judicature for the said Island and its dependencies
Personally appeared Thomas Gavin of the aforesaid Island Merchant one
of the subscribing Witneʃses to the with Bill of Sale who being duly
sworn on the holy Evangelists of Almighty God made Oath that he was
present together with Alexander Murray the other subscribing Witneʃs and did
see Martha Berangere the Party executing the said within Bill of Sale duly
sign (by making her ordinary Mark) seal execute and deliver the same as and
for his free and voluntary Act and Deed. And that in Testimony of such
due Execution this Deponent and the said Alexander Murray did respectively sub-
scribe their Names as Witneʃses thereto. Thomas Gavin
Sworn before me this 25th day of June 1808

Francis McMahon




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