Part 202s – Smith Robertson Genealogy – Indenture Research – 1809 George Smith

09 February 2010


And its transcription time…

This time George Smith; no hint of a connection to ggg-grandfather James Smith, is leaving Grenada bound for Trinidad. The date of the Document is signed 8 May 1809. And although it appears that this George Smith may not have any apparent and immediate ancestral connections to ggg-grandfather James I am becoming somewhat interested, in a passing sort of way, of the history of his life as contained in the Records.

As I mentioned to before, I am in no way educated in the accouterments or tongue-twisting verbiage and loquaciousness of the legal profession. In this record George Smith appears, unless I’m missing the mark, be re-assigning his Power of Attorney on behalf of John and Thomas Dimsdale and Britiffe Skottowe to George Whitfield. It gets pretty confusing.

And the name Britiffe Skottowe is a legitimate name. I thought I was really having trouble with my eyes and further thought that maybe I just could not read the script correctly. As per usual I discovered and was caught up in the genealogy of the said Britiffe Skottowe when I discovered data and information concerning him and his descendants. Who would of thought? My take home message, transcribe exactly what I see.

Here are the pages 222 and 223 of the Document entered 9 May 1809 to the Grenada Register of Records, 1797-1817 (v. G2-R2) and found on the microfilm FHL [1563328] in Item 6.

My transcription –
Entered May 9th 1809.
To all whom these Presents Shall Come George Smith at present in the Island of Grenada
Esquire sends Greeting Whereas in and by a Certain Deed Poll or Testimony of Proxy made and executed
by John Dimsdale Thomas Dimsdale and Britiffe Skottowe in the said Deed Poll described reciting
as therein recited bearing date the twenty third day of February last past and duly proved under
the Seal of the Lord Mayor of the City of London and Recorded in the Register Office of the said
Island of Grenada on the twenty second day of April last past the said George Smith or his lawful
Substitute or Substitutes is and are in the Names of the said John Dimsdale Thomas Dimsdale
and Britiffe Skottowe nominated Constituted and Appointed amongst others things to appear
before the Ecclesiastical Judge of the said Island of Grenada His Surrogate or any other Competent
Judge in that Behalf And to exhibit the said Instrument of Proxy and to Pray and Procure the
Same to be admitted and enacted and for them and in their Names to Pray and Procure Letters
of Administration of the goods and Chattels Rights and Credits of Robert Paris? Taylor deceased in the
said deed Poll mentioned to be committed and granted to any person or Persons the said George Smith
or his lawful Substitute or Substitutes should see fit for the special Purposes in the said deed Poll
or Instrument of Proxy mentioned specified and Contained as In and by the same so executed present?
and Recorded as aforesaid will full appear And Whereas the said George Smith being about to
depart this Island for the Island of Trinidad Hath nominated constituted substituted and
appointed And by these presents doth hereby nominate constitute substitute and Appoint
George Whitfield of the said Island of Grenada Esquire his true and lawful substitute and
the Proxy of the said John Dimsdale Thomas Dimsdale and Britiffe Skottowe for the
Purpose of obtaining Letters of Administration to the said Robert Paris? Taylor and for all
and every the purpose and purposes mentioned Contained specified and set forth in and by
the said in part recited Instrument of Proxy and the said George Smith Doth hereby give and grant unto
the said George Whitfield all and Singular the Powers and Authorities vested in and granted to him
the said George Smith by the said Instrument and which he Can or may lawfully give under and

By Virtue of the same And doth hereby promise to ratify allow and Confirm all and whatsoever the
said George Whitfield or his Proctor or Proctors shall lawfully do or Cause to be done in the Premises
by Virtue of the Deed Pool or Instrument of these presents In Witneʃs whereof the said
George Smith hat hereunto set his hand and affixed his Seal this Eighth day of May In the
Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and Nine.

George Smith LS
Sealed and Delivered In }
Presence of }

W.K. Taynton.
Acknowledged before me the Honorable George Smith Esquire the Part
Executing the within Deed Poll or Power of Substitution As and for his free and Voluntary
Act and Deed this ninth day of May One thousand eight hundred and nine.

Owsley Rowley D.Regr.

And I keep searching for that iota of a hint that may show some connection to my ggg-grandfather James Smith.




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