Part 277s – Smith Robertson Genealogy – Indenture Research – 1829 James Smith, The Carpenter

10 May 2010


Tonight’s supper was quick and refreshing. A Thai-style chicken salad with leftover chicken, peanuts, fish sauce, peanut butter, and assorted vegetables; onions, daikon, tomato, celery, green and hot chili peppers, all over a bed of lettuce. The summer months have not started yet but it now gets too damn hot to turn on a stove in this kitchen. (Sorry I do not have an image of our salad. Google Image has over 2.87 million images depicting Thai Chicken Salads… and they all look different.)

My next Record from the Grenada Registers of Records appears to be one concerning James Smith, the Carpenter. This may be ggg-grandfather James and it pertains to the acquisition of more property in the Town of Saint George in Grenada. Other recent and similar records include and can be found at Part 268s, Part 269s, and Part 258s. There could be other cross-references in works that I have completed. Use the “Search This Blog” box and use terms such as “Saint George”, “Carpenter”, “Carenage”, and “Pepper Corn” to name a few, to conduct a search of similar Postings. The search engine will search and provide possible links within my Blog.

This current Record does include a second part and another Indenture, which will be my work in a subsequent Posting. In my review of this Record there does not appear to be any hint or clue as to ggg-grandfather James’ genealogy and ancestral origins.

The images of pages 170 and 171 were downloaded from the microfilm FHL [1563380].

My transcription –
Entered 7th September 1829
This Indenture made this Fourth day of September in the year
of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine Between
James Smith of the Town of Saint George in the Island of Grenada
Carpenter of the one part and Henry Fraser of the said Town and
Island Cooper of the other part Witnesseth that the said James
Smith for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings current
money of Grenada to him in hand well and truly paid by the said Henry
Fraser or immediately before the sealing and delivery of these presents
the receipt whereof hereby acknowledged Hath bargained and sold
and by these presents Doth bargain and sell unto the said Henry Fra-
ser his executors administrators and aʃsigns All that lot piece or
parcel of land situate lying and being on the East side of the Carenage
of the Town of Saint George in the said Island of Grenada containing
Eighty feet in front towards the water of the said Carenage Sixty five
feet in the rear towards the Public Highway and one hundred and
seventy six feet in depth be the same little more or leʃs and abutted
and bounded as follows (that is to say) on the north by a lot of land
belonging to James Bain Esquire on the East by the public highway
on the west by the sea and on the south be lands of the said James
Smith (being formerly part and parcel of the lot piece or parcel of land
hereby bargained and sold or intended so to be) or howsoever otherwise
the said lot piece or parcel of land is abutted bounded known distin
guished or described together with all houses out houses edifices erections

And buildings thereon erected and built and all ways paths pas
sages waters watercourses lights easements privileges profits commodi
ties advantages emoluments hereditaments rights members and ap
purtenances whatsoever to the said lot piece or parcel of land and
buildings belonging or in any wise appertaining or therewith or with any
parts thereof occupied or enjoyed or accepted reputed deemed taken or
known as part parcel or member of the same and the reversion and
reversions remainder and remainders rents iʃsues and profits thereof
To have an To hold the said lot piece or parcel of land buildings and
all and singular other the premises hereby bargained and sold or men
tioned and intended so to be with their and every of their appurtenan
ces unto the said Henry Fraser his executors administrators and
aʃsigns from the day next before the day of the date hereof for and du
ring and unto the full end and term of one whole year from thence
and ensuing and fully to be complete and ended Yielding and Paying
therefore at the end of the said term the rent of one pepper corn of the
same shall be lawfully demanded To the intent that by virtue of
these presents and by force of the statute made for transferring uses
into poʃseʃsion he the said Henry Fraser may be in the actual pos
seʃsion of all and singular the said lot piece or parcel of land and
premises hereby bargained and sold or mentioned and intended so
to be with the appurtenances and thereby be enabled to take and
accept of a grant and release of the freehold reversion and inheritance
thereof to him and his heirs in and by an Indenture of Release already
prepared and intended to bear date the day next after the day of the
date hereof and to be made between the same parties as are parties hereto
In witness whereof the said parties to these presents their hands and
seals have hereunto set the day and year first above written

James Smith (LS)
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of
D. Basden Jr. Rob. Newbolds
Grenada Acknowledged before me by James Smith the
party executing the foregoing Indenture of Bargain and sale or Lease
for a year as and for his free and voluntary act and deed this seventh
day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred
and twenty nine.

Owsley Rowley
I do have one question. How did the scribes learn to split words at the ends of lines in the early 1800s? Just a thought.




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