Part 410s – Smith Robertson Genealogy – Smith Indenture Research – 1819 James Smith – Sale of 160 Acres, Mount Maitland

13 November 2010


GGG-Grandfather James Smith is now selling land to Andrew Houstoun; 160 english acres in the Mount Maitland vicinity, which is today a part in the Parish of Saint David.

I’m not sure why part of the Parish’s name is left blank in the Indenture. The Record also allots the property an alternate and former name of St. John’s Estate. This Indenture is the One Pepper Corn part of the contract, which will be followed by a succeeding document which will provide more details.

In my search for the genealogy and ancestral roots of ggg-grandfather James Smith, it appears that there is a location concentration to the Parish of Saint David. The question I then pose is which came first, Saint George or Saint David. Per his 1842 Last Will and Testament he leaves his Estate called Charlotte Vale to his son, gg-granduncle Thomas Smith. (See Part 347s.)

Noted in Part 266s and Part 267s and in 1828, ggg-grandfather James appears to purchase Good Hope Estate which the Document gives the impression that Good Hope Estate is situated in both the Parishes of Saint George and Saint David. The inserted map delineates the six Parish boundaries of Grenada. The “red X” marks the approximate spot of the location of the coinciding borders of the Parishes of Saint George and Saint David.

My next question is… Was ggg-grandfather James Smith originally from the Parish of Saint David, in Grenada?

Here are the downloaded images of Pages 636 and 637 from the Grenada Registers of Records as recorded in Item 5 of the microfilm FHL [1563379].

And my transcription… Please pardon the text wrapping, the scribe certainly wrote in order to conserve paper.



Entered 19th May 1819

This Indenture made the first day of January in the Year of Our Lord One thousand eight Hundred and Nineteen



Between James Smith of the Parish of Saint George in the Island of Grenada Mill Carpenter of the one part
and The Honorable Andrew Houstoun of the Island of Grenada aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth that
for and in consideration of five shillings Sterling Money of Great Britain to the said James Smith in Hand well
and truly paid by the said Andrew Houstoun at or before the sealing and Delivery of these presents the Receipt whereof
is hereby acknowledged He the said James Smith Hath Granted Bargained and sold and by these presents Doth
Grant Bargain and sell unto the said Andrew Houstoun his Executors Administrators and Assigns All that plan-
tation Tract or parcel of land commonly called and known by the Name of Mount Maitland but formerly
called and Known by the Name of St. John’s Estate situate in the parish of Saint _____ in the said Island
containing Fifty Quarres of Land french Measure equal to One hundred and sixty Acres english statute
Measure be the same more or le∫s and bounded on the East by the River St Louis on the West partly by Lands late
of _____ Netterville and partly by Mount Parna∫sus Estate on the North by Lands late of Jacob Linck and
on the South by Lands late of John Ewing called Mardigras and also all ways paths pa∫sages Waters watercourses
Lights Easements Profits commodities Advantages Emoluments and Hereditaments whatsoever to the said
Plantation Tract or parcel of Land belonging or in any wise appertaining To Have and to Hold the said
Plantation Tract or Parcel of Land and premises hereinbefore mentioned or intended to be hereby bargain-
ed and sold and every part and parcel thereof with the appurtenances unto the said Andrew Houstoun his
Executors Administrators and Assigns form the day next before the day of the Date of these presents for and
during and unto the full and and time of one whole Year from thence next ensuing and fully to be compleat
and ended Yielding and paying therefor the Yearly Rent of One Pepper corn if the same shall be law-
fully Demanded to the intent that by Virtue of these presents and by force of the statute made for Trans-
ferring of uses into Possession he the said Andrew Houstoun may be in the Actual possession of all and
singular the said Premises above Bargained and Sold with the appurtenances and be thereby enabled
to take and accept of a Grant and Release of the Reversion and Inheritance thereof to him his Heirs and
Assigns to the only proper use and behoof of the said Andrew Houstoun his Heirs and assigns for ever
by Indenture intended to bear date the day next after the day next after the day of the date hereof In
Witne∫s whereof the said parties to these presents have hereunto set their hands and Seals the day and Year
first above written
James Smith (LS)
Sealed and Delivered In the presence of – Owsley Rowley
Grenada - Acknowledged before me by James Smith the party executing the foregoing Indenture
Lease as and for his free and voluntary Act and Deed this nineteenth day of May in the Year of Our
Lord One thousand Eight Hundred and nineteen – Owsley Rowley D, Regr.

On to the second part, and the continued search.




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