Part 243s – Smith Robertson Genealogy – Indenture Research – 1831 James Smith

22 March 2010


Continuing with the Transcription Project the next Record is one dated 10 May 1831 and entered to the Grenada Registers of Records 21 May 1831. The James Smith concerned, along with John Sly, are being assigned Power of Attorney by James Thomas, a Wine Merchant of London on behalf of the estate of his deceased, elder brother John Thomas.

The inserted image is of the Wine Vaults, at the London Docks, east of St. Katherine's Docks, and were constructed in 1805.

As the time frame between execution and entry of the Record is short it can be postulated that the actual assignment occurred in Grenada. It could be possibly ascertained that there is a greater probability that this may be ggg-grandfather James Smith. But, from the Document there is no further indication of ggg-grandfather James’ ancestry or genealogy.

The Record is pages 553 and 554 of the Grenada Registers of Records and the images are downloaded from Item 7 of the microfilm FHL [1563329].

My transcription -
Entered 21st May 1831
Know all men by these presents that I James
Thomas of Clements Lane in the City of London Wine Merchant being the elder
Brother and Heir at Law of the late John Thomas of the Island of Grenada
Merchant deceased Whereas the said John Thomas departed this life Intestate
in the Month of August and year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and
twenty nine being possessed at the time of his death of several Male and Female
Slaves And it being necessary for the writing? up and bringing the Affairs
of the said John Thomas to a final Settlement that the said Slaves should
be sold and disposed of Now know ye that I the said James Thomas
have Nominated and appointed and by these presents do nominate and Appoint
James Smith and John Sly of the said Island of Grenada Esquires jointly
and severally to be my true and lawful Attornies and Attorney for me and in my
name to sell and dispose of all and every or any of the said slaves so belonging to
the Estate of the said John Thomas deceased and to sign Seal and assign? act and
deed Deliver any deed or conveyance that may be requisite to any Purchaser or Purcha
-sers for conveying the same and upon Receipt of the Purchase Money for the said
Slave to give Acquitances or other discharges as may be requisite and necessary
And generally to do determine and execute all and every such further and other
lawful and reasonable Act and acts whatsoever which in and about the Premises
as shall to my said Attornies or Attorney seem fit to be done as fully and amply
as I myself might or could do if personally present hereby ratifying allowing and
by these presents confirming whatsoever my said Attornies or Attorney shall lawfully
do or cause to be done in my name by virtue whereof the witness whereof I have hereunto
set my hand and seal this tenth day of May One thousand eight hundred and
thirty One

James Thomas (LS)
Signed Sealed and delivered by the said James Thomas (being first duly stamped) in
the presence of

Jno Stokes – G. W. Brown
Before the Honble Daniel Gibbs one of the Assistant

Justice of the Supreme Court of Judicature of the said Island of Grenada
and it Dependencies
Personally came and appeared George William Brown at
present in the Island of Grenada Master Mariner who being duly sworn on the
Holy Evangelists of Almighty God made oath that he was present ^ and did see James
Thomas the party executing the same duly sign Seal and deliver the said deed
Pole or Letter of Attorney as and for his free and voluntary Act and Deed and that
in testimony of such due execution thereof he this Deponent did subscribe his name
as witness to the due Execution thereof as aforesaid

G.W. Brown
Sworn to before me }
this 20th day of May _____ }

Dan Gibbs
Assistant Justice



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