My Tangent – What Ticks Me Off…Comparable to Pollen Allergies?

28 February 2011

Good Day,

I am not upset, nor have I increased the level of my blood pressure… I am remaining calm and collected. AQ and SC I am not into any type of meditative Yoga where I can “de-pressurize” myself… But I have to keep repeating to myself; James, is the frustration or aggravation worth it. Are dead ancestors or genealogy research worth getting myself in a snit? And that is “s” “n” “i” “t”.

I just discovered a couple of Family Trees online using information that that I have spent the past couple of years plodding through papers, and microfilms, and documenting, and sourcing, and ensuring that I have good and viable citations. There are NO citations, NO sources. And there is NO credit where credit is due. Bloody hell… and bloody cheeky!

(And yes the poster of Metropolis is available in public domain.)

When I find some information, there is a fair bit of time spent digging and transcribing and translating and verifying and working the data into the conglomeration of my genealogy. The reason I do this is for me, yes… but I also do this work for other members of my Family Tree and for others who may or may not be interested in my genealogy.

It is a belittling and demeaning when I discover family information and data online without any credit, credit to me or to other persons who have been so considerate and kind to provide assistance and help. Without credit or acknowledgment means that the author or the instigator is not conscious or cognizant of the onerous research and work involved in the gathering of the data and information. S/he, the perceived author, is giving him-herself immediate and un-due credit.

And I don’t live in a bubble… What goes out into the Internet, is out in the Internet, be it the Cloud or some online database or server. It is there forever…

At the bottom of every page in my blog, A Genealogy Hunt, I include:

“Please Note: All information and data... and work found on this blogsite and website is available for your use. Please do not be a "scab" and steal this information without acknowledgement of source. Also pleased be advised that there could be Copyright issues and legal yada...yadada...das... so be prewarned...”

There are going to be those who, without conscience “borrow” work done by others. Please do not become one of those malefactors. There are no instructors or professors out there attempting to stymie plagiarism. Hopefully there will never ever be Internet Police.

I just ask one favor. If you so decide to use my work, please, please make sure that you give credit to me or to the ones who did the work, when credit is due. Please do not be a “scab”.

Jim
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My Tangent – Spring Is Here - Focus On Targeted Goals

27 February 2011

Good morning from this side of the Globe,

And I have just sat down at my PC and am collecting my thoughts of what I need to accomplish today in the search for the genealogy of my ggg-grandfather James Smith.

All I can think of is how beautiful it is today. I counted 13 new Amaryllis buds in the garden. The leather palm fruit pod had broken open and the female cardinal was sitting there having a feast.

I gathered the Pack for their morning walk and the Rats. Tinker and Bella started their clamor as they decided that every squirrel in our route was their sole objective.

Mr. and Mrs. Canard provided a brief interlude and Taylor thought that she should bound off and track them down. But it was the unknown black thing-a-ma-jig that was in the driveway across the street that concentrated their yapping attention. They needed to catch it. They needed to scramble up to conquer the interloper. You can imagine their let-down when the inanimate plastic bag with newspaper wrapped inside wouldn’t budge.

The sun is shining through the oaks and sumacs and evergreens. Each is covered with pollen dripping florets. And I sneeze… and I sneeze, again, and again and again. Spring has sprung in Tampa… and my Kleenex supply increases.

Today I have two simple goals in my work on my genealogy. The first, complete the transcription of the next 1822 Smith-related Indenture. I have already finished seven of 31 pages, 24 more to go. This one is a long one. My second goal is to gather together all documents and paperwork that I have regarding my Merrifield line.

Enjoy your coffee this morning.

Jim
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Part 463s –Smith Robertson Genealogy – Indenture Research – 1820 – Richard Oliver, Harriett, Mary (née Broderip), and William Smith

23 February 2011

Good Day,

Today’s Indenture, one in the line of documents from the Grenada Registers of Records that I am transcribing in order to find that hint or clue of the origins and relative genealogy of my ggg-grandfather James Smith, is the last one in Item 7 of the microfilm FHL [1563379]. This by all means is not the last Indenture of this Register and associated microfilm… just the last Smith-related one of Item 7. I reach another goal.

Sorry to say that I cannot in all honesty account that I can read or see any suggestion or evidence that the Smiths in this Indenture are connected to ggg-grandfather James. I will just keep searching.

This new Indenture appears to follow the sequence of and in partnership with the events of my previous transcriptions. The most recent one is found in my Post at Part 460s.

There are a couple of word-titles that piqued my interest.

The two words are used throughout this and other Indentures that I have transcribed. They are “Esquire” and “Gentleman” and their equivalent plurals. These two words are generally, at times, attached to the names of men included in the documents. I asked myself a couple of questions… “Self… In the order of hierarchy or class structure, which supersedes which? Does an “Esquire” have a higher role in the societal class structure than “Gentleman”, or is it the other way around?”

From the Gooch of London website I was able to find this simple listing.

Social Division and Class Structure

Social scale rank order: Monarch, Nobles and Gentry, Yeomen, Merchants, and Professions, Husbandmen and Labourers, Vagrants
Nobles (peers) rank order: Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount, Baron
Gentlemen rank order: Baronet, Knight, Esquire, 'Mere' gentlemen.
The Social Structure of Elizabethan times (late 16th C)

And from Peter Coss’ The Origins of the English Gentry, Cambridge University Press, Page 2

Later sixteenth- and seventeenth-century commentators preferred to write of the peerage as the nobilitas major and the knights, esquires and gentlemen (to be joined after 1611 by the baronets) as the nobilitas minor. In common parlance, however, ‘gentry’, once synonymous with nobility, came to be used of the lesser nobility. Once interchangeable, these terms became complementary: ‘nobility’ and ‘gentry’. 4

4 See, in particular, M.J. Sayer, English Nobility: The Gentry, the Heralds and the Continental
Context (Norwich, 1979), pp. 3–5, and J.C. Becket, The Aristocracy in England 1660–1914
(Oxford, 1986), pp. 18–20.

I asked these questions as I was curious as to why, on Page 377, Richard Oliver Smith is originally identified as “late of the Stuarts Grove Brompton in the County of Sussex Gentleman of Middlesex”. The words, “Sussex Gentleman of” are then crossed out and then the writing continues “but now of Covington in the County of Somerset Esquire”. Okay, he may have moved… but did his social status increase?

Here are the images of the Pages 377 through and including 386.


And my transcription –
(377)
Examd
Entered 9th January 1822
This Indenture made the seventh day of September in the first
year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the Fourth by the Grace of God of
the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King Defender of the faith
and in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty
Between Richard Oliver late of the City of London but now of Weymouth
in the County of Dorset Esquire of the first part Richard Oliver Smith
late of the Stuarts Grove Brompton in the County of Sussex Gentleman of
Middlesex but now of Covington in the County of Somerset Esquire of the second
part Edmund Broderip the elder of Wells in the County of Somerset
Gentleman of the third part and Edmund Broderip the younger of Wells aforesaid
Gentleman and Thomas Strangways Horner of Wells Park in the

County

(378)

County of Somerset Esquire of the fourth part Whereas by Indentures of Lease and
Release or Mortgage bearing date respectively the twentieth and twenty first days of
June which was in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and ten the
said Release or Mortgage made or expre∫sed to be made between thesaid Richard Oliver
Smith and Harriet his then Wife of the first part Sarah Dean William Lewis
and Mary his Wife and Grace Smith all therein described of the second part
George Brassey therein described of the third part and the said Richard Oliver of
the fourth part After reciting as therein is recited It is Witne∫sed that in pur-
suance of an Agreement therein recited and for barring and extinguishing all Estates
tail and all remainders and reversions thereupon expectant or depending of and
in the plantations Negroes Slaves and other hereditaments expre∫sed to be
thereby granted and released and for conveying and assuring the inheritance thereof
in fee simple discharged of all Dower and thirds and all other Claims and
demands of thesaid Harriett the Wife of thesaid Richard Oliver Smith unto and
to the use of the said Richard Oliver his Heirs and A∫signs and also for
securing unto thesaid Richard Oliver his Executors administrators and
assigns payment of the sum of Nine thousand pounds sterling money of
Great Britain with interest at the time and in manner therein
mentioned and of Five shillings to thesaid Richard Oliver Smith paid by
the said Richard Oliver the said Richard Oliver Smith and Harriett his
Wife did grant bargain sell release and Confirm unto the said Richard
Oliver and to his Heirs Executors administrators and assigns All that
plantation or Estate called Revolution Hall ^Estate situate lying and being in
the parish of Saint John in the Island of Grenada late of or belonging to
William Smith deceased therein mentioned and described and also all
that piece or parcel of land bought by thesaid William Smith of and from
Mi∫s Herbert and also all that Coffee plantation and Hereditaments
bought by the said William Smith of and from Madame Bertrand
situate lying and being in the parish of Saint John in thesaid Island
of Grenada And also all Me∫suages lands Outhouses boiling houses Curing houses
Edifices and buildings standing and being upon the said plantations and
hereditaments respectively and also all and singular the Negroes and
other Slaves mentioned in the Second Schedule thereunder written
upon or belonging to and which should thereafter during the Continu
ance of the Security thereby made be upon or belong to the said plantation
and hereditaments respectively and the i∫sue Offspring and increase of such
Negroes and Slaves and all Mules Cattle and live stock then being upon and
belonging to or which should thereafter during the Continuance of the
security thereby made be upon or belong to the said plantation and here-
ditaments respectively And also all Mills Stills Coppers and plantation
implements and utensils and dead stock then upon or belonging to
and which should thereafter during the Continuance of the Security
thereby made be purchased for or be upon or belong to the same plantations

and

(379)

And hereditaments respectively or any part thereof and also all
Gardens Orchards Leans Meadows Pastures feedings Ways paths
Emoluments Hereditaments and Appurtenances to the said
Plantation and Hereditaments belonging or in any wise appertaining
To hold the said Plantation Negroes Hereditaments and all other
the premises as expre∫sed to be Hereby granted with their Appurtenances
unto and to the use of the said Richard Oliver his Heirs Executors
Administrators and A∫signs respectively forever according to the
nature and quality of the same premises respectively subject neverthe
le∫s to the proviso and Agreement there^inafter contained for
redemption of the said premises that is to say provided always
and it is thereby agreed and declared between and by the said
Richard Oliver Smith and Richard Oliver that if the said
Richard Oliver Smith his Heirs Executors Administrators or
A∫signs should and did well and truly pay or cause to be paid
unto the said Richard Oliver his Executors administrators or
assigns the Sum of Nine thousand pounds of lawful Money of Great
Britain at the time therein mentioned together with Interest for
the name as is herein mentioned and ^ also all such other Sum or Sums
of Money as the said Richard Oliver his executors administrators or
A∫signs should or might thereafter buyout pay or advance for the
purchasing or providing Negroes Cattle or Stores for working and
improving thesaid Plantations and Estates over these of them or for
the repairing or making good any damages that might be done
thereto as therein is mentioned together with all Interest for the name
respectively at the rate and to be computed and paid as therein is
mentioned then and in such case thesaid Richard Oliver his Heirs
executors administrators or a∫signs should and would at any time
then after at the request Costs and Charges in the Law of the said
Richard Oliver Smith his Heirs or A∫sings release convey and
a∫sure all and singular thesaid plantations Negroes Hereditaments
and Premises expre∫sed to be thereby granted and released with their
and every of their rights members and appurtenances and all the Estate
right (and interest of thesaid Richard Oliver his Heirs Executors
Administrators or A∫signs in or to the same unto and to the use of the said
Richard Oliver Smith his Heirs Executors Administrators and A∫signs
or as he or they should direct or appoint And whereas by
Indentures of Lease and Release and Settlement bearing date respectively
the twelfth and thirteenth days of August in the Year of Our Lord One
Thousand eight hundred and nineteen and made or expre∫sed to be
made between the said Edmund Broderip the Elder of the first part
the said Richard Oliver Smith of the second part Mary Broderip of
Wells aforesaid Spinster one of the Daughters of thesaid Edmund

Broderip

(380)

Broderip the Elder of the third part Robert Langley Appleyard of
Lincolns Inn in the County of Middlesex Gentleman and thesaid
Edmund Broderip the Younger of the fourth part (being the settlement
made on the said then intended and since ∫olemnized Marriage between
the said Richard Oliver Smith and Mary Broderip) After reciting amongst
other things thesaid hereinbefore recited Indenture of Mortgage the said
then intended Marriage between the said Richard Oliver Smith and
Mary Broderip and that on the treaty for thesaid Marriage the said
Edmund Broderip the elder agreed to give the Sum of five thousand
pounds as the portion of his said Daughter And that the said Richard
Oliver Smith did agree to settle this Sum of Seven thousand pounds as
further Provision for the said Mary Broderip in case she should survive
her said Husband and for the I∫sue of the said Marriage if any to be never
settled in manner therein respectively in manner therein respectively
mentioned that there was then due and owing to thesaid Richard
Oliver for principal on the said recited Security the Sum of four thousand
One hundred and five space pounds and no more and that the said Edmund Broderip the elder had of and immediately
to _____ the Sum of Four thousand and_____
one Hundred and five pounds to pay off and discharge the said principal
Sum so due to the said Richard Oliver on thesaid recited Security And
that it was proposed intended and agreed that the said Richard
Oliver should have joined and concurred with the said Richard Oliver
Smith in conveying and a∫suring the said plantations and Estates
and Premises unto and to the use of the said Robert Langley
Appleyard and Edmund Broderip the Younger their Heirs and
A∫signs Upon such trusts and to the intents and purposes
thereinafter expre∫sed and declared touching and concerning the
same but in as much as the said recited Indenture of Lease and
Release or Mortgage of the twentieth and twenty first days of June
One thousand eight hundred and ten were then in the Island
of Grenada and could not then be delivered up it was expedient
that the payment of the said Sum of Four thousand one hundred
and five pounds by the said Edmund Broderip to thesaid Richard
Oliver should be postponed until the said recited Indenture of
Mortgage should arrived in England and be ready to be delivered over
and at a proper transfer thereof made by the said Richard Oliver to
the said Robert Langley Appleyard and Edmund Broderip the
Younger upon the several trusts thereinafter mentioned It is
then witne∫sed that in prospect and in consideration of the
said then intended Marriage and for other the Considerations
therein mentioned he the said Richard Oliver Smith did grant
bargain sell alien release a∫sign transfer at over and confirmed unto
the said Robert Langley Appleyard and Edmund Broderip the
Younger all and singular the said plantations or estates Me∫suages
Lands Outhouses and other Houses Edifices Negroes Slaves and

other

(381)

Other matters and things therein and hereinafter more particularly
mentioned and described To hold such part and parcel of the said
Plantations and Negroes and Hereditaments intended to be thereby
granted a∫signed and confirmed respectively as were of the nature of
freehold and every part thereof with the Appurtenances unto and to
the use of the said Robert Langley Appleyard and Edmund Broderip
the Younger And To hold such part and parts thereof as were of the
nature of Leasehold or of a le∫s Estate than Freehold unto the said
Robert Langley Appleyard and Edmund Broderip the Younger their
Heirs executors administrators and a∫signs for ever subject neverthe
le∫s to the several charges and incumbrances thereinbefore mentioned
expre∫sed and declared neverthele∫s to for and upon the several trusts
and intents and purposes and subject to the several provisoes decla
rations and agreements as are thereinafter mentioned expre∫sed
and declared touching and concerning the same And the said
Edmund Broderip the elder did thereby covenant promise declare
and agree to and with the said Robert Langley Appleyard and
Edmund Broderip the Younger their executors administrators and
A∫signs that he the said Edmund Broderip the Elder should and
would when and as soon as the said recited Indentures of Lease and
Release and Mortgage of the twentieth and twenty first days of June
One thousand eight hundred and ten should be brought to England
and a transfer thereof made to the said Robert Langley Appleyard
and Edmund Broderip the younger upon the trusts therein
expre∫sed and declared touching and concerning the same well
and truly advance and pay on such on such transfer the Sum of Four
thousand one hundred and five pounds part of the said Sum of Five
thousand pounds to the said Richard Oliver his Executors administra
tors or a∫signs in discharge of the said Debt so due to the said Richard
Oliver And whereas since the date and execution of the said
Indenture of Settlement the said Robert Langley Appleyard having
declined to Act as a Trustee of and under the said ^_____ Indenture of
Settlement the said Thomas Strangways Homer was by virtue of and
under the Power and Authority therein and for that purpose contain
ed duly appointed a Trustee in the place and stead of the said Robert
Langely Appleyard and all the said trust hereditaments and premises
have been duly conveyed to and are now vested in the said
Edmund Broderip the Younger and Thomas Stangways Homer
upon the trusts of the said Settlement And whereas there is
now due and owing unto the said Richard Oliver on the said
recited Indenture of Mortgage the principal Sum of Four thousand
One Hundred and five pounds only all Interest for the same heaving
been fully paid and satisfied up to the day of the date of these Presents

which

(382)

Which the said the said Richard Oliver doth hereby admit and
acknowledge And the said Edmund Broderip the elder hath been called
upon to pay and advance the Sum of Four thousand one Hundred and
five pounds (part of the said Sum of Five thousand pounds) to the said
Richard Oliver in discharge of the said Mortgage debt Now this
Indenture witne∫seth that for and in consideration of the Sum
of Four thousand one hundred and five pounds of good And lawful Money
of Great Britain current in England to the said Richard Oliver in
hand well and truly paid by the said Edmund Broderip also? before
the sealing and delivery of these presents in discharge and satisfaction of
the said Mortgage debt so due and owing to the said Richard Oliver
as aforesaid with the privity consent and approbation of the said
Richard Oliver Smith Edmund Broderip the Younger and Thomas Strang
ways homer testified by their severally being made Parties to and
executing these Presents the receipt of which and Sum of Four thousand
one hundred and five Pounds He the said Richard Oliver doth hereby
acknowledge and that the same is in full payment and satisfaction
of all money now due and owing to the said Richard Oliver on the said
recited Indenture of Mortgage and of and from the same and every part
thereof doth acquit release and discharge the said Edmund Broderip
and also the said Richard Oliver Smith and each of them their and
each of their Heirs executors and administrators for ever by these
presents And also for and in Consideration of the Sum of ten shillings to
each of them the said Richard Oliver and Richard Oliver Smith in
Hand paid by the said Edmund Broderip the Younger and Thomas
Strangways Homer at or before the sealing and delivery of these Presents
the receipts of which are hereby respectively acknowledged He the said
Richard Oliver at the request and by ^ the direction and appointment of the
said Richard Oliver Smith and with the consent and approbation of the
said Edmund Broderip the Elder testified by their severally being
made Parties to and executing of these presents Hath bargained sold
released and assigned And by these Presents Doth bargain sell release
and a∫sign unto the said Edmund Broderip the Younger and Thomas
Strangways Homer And the said Richard Oliver Smith Hath granted
bargained sold aliened released ratified and confirmed And by these
Presents Doth grant bargain sell alien release ratify and confirm unto
the said Edmund Broderip the Younger and Thomas Strangways
Homer (in their actual possession now being by virtue of a Bargain
and Sale to them thereof made by the said Richard Oliver in
incineration of five shillings by Indenture bearing date the day
next before the day of the date of these presents) for one year commencing
from the day next before the day of the date of the same Indenture
of Bargain and Sale and by force of the Statute made for transferring

uses

(382) [This is a second Page 382]

uses into po∫se∫sion and to his Heirs executors administrators and
A∫signs All that the said Plantation or Estate called Revolution
Hall Estate situate lying and being in the parish of Saint John
in the Island of Grenada late afore belonging to William Smith
Esquire deceased And also all that piece or parcel of Land bought by
the said William Smith of and from Mi∫s Herbert And also all that
Coffee Plantation and hereditaments bought by the said William
Smith of and from Madame Bertrand situate lying and being in
the parish of Saint John in the said Island of Grenada And also all
Me∫suages lands outhouses boiling houses curing houses edifices and
buildings standing and being upon the said Plantation and
Hereditaments respectively And also all and singular the Negroes
and other Slaves upon or belonging to the said plantation and
Hereditaments respectively and the I∫sue Offspring and Increase of
such negroes and Slaves And all Mules Cattle and live Stock now
being upon or belonging to the said Plantations and hereditaments
respectively And also all Mills stills coppers and plantation implements
and Materials and dead Stock now upon or belonging to the same
Plantations and hereditaments or any part thereof And also all Gardens
Orchards lands Meadows Pastures feedings ways paths Emoluments
hereditaments and appurtenances to the said Plantation and
Hereditaments belonging or in any wise appertaining or therewith used
occupied or enjoyed And the reversion and reversions remainder and
remainders yearly and other Rents i∫sues and profits of the said planta-
tions Hereditaments and Premises and of every part thereof And all the
Estate right title interest property claim and demand of them the
said Richard Oliver and Richard Oliver and each of them
of in to and out of the same Premises and every part thereof To have
and To hold the said Plantations Negroes Hereditaments and
all other the Premises expressed to be thereby granted and released with
their Appurtenances unto and to the use of the said Edmund Broderip
the Younger and Thomas Strangways Homer their Heirs Executors
administrators or a∫signs respectively for ever according to the nature
and quality of the same premi∫ses respectively neverthele∫s for to and
upon the several trusts ends intents and purposes in the said recited
Indenture of Settlement expre∫sed and declared of and concerning the
same And the said Richard Oliver doth hereby for himself his heirs
executors and administrators covenant promise and agree to and
with the said Edmund Broderip the Younger and Thomas Strangways
Homer their heirs executors administrators and A∫signs That he the
said Richard Oliver hath not made done committed or wittingly or
willfully suffered any act deed matter or thing whatsoever whereby
or by reason or means whereof the said several hereditaments and

other

(383)

Other the premises hereby released and a∫signed respectively or any part
thereof are is can shall or may be in any wise impeached changed or
incumbered in title right estate or otherwise howsoever And lastly
the said Richard Oliver Richard Oliver Smith Edmund Broderip the ===== Elder
Edmund Broderip the Younger and Thomas Strangways Homer do and
each of them doth Nominate constitute and appoint and in their and
each of their place and stead put William Michell and George Gun Monroe
both of the Island of Grenada Esquires jointly and severally to be their
and each of their true and lawful Attornies and Attorney for them and
each of them and in their and each of their names or name to appear
before the Secretary or Registrar of the said Island or his or their
respective lawful Deputy or Deputies or any other proper Officer of the said
Island and then and there to acknowledge these Presents and the said
Bargain and Sale for a Year to be respectively the acts and deeds of them
the said ^Richard Oliver Richard Oliver Smith Edmund Broderip the Elder Edmund
Broderip the Younger and Thomas Strangways Homer respectively and
the Names and Seals thereto subscribed and affixed to be the Hands writings
^and Seals of them the said Richard Oliver Richard Oliver Smith Edmund Broderip
the Elder Edmund Broderip the Younger and Thomas Strangways Homer
and further to do and perform all and every other Acts Matters or things
in the like Cases accustomed or which shall be nece∫sary for the making these
presents valid and effectual in the Law according to the true intent and
meaning hereof In witne∫s whereof the said Parties to these presents
have have hereunto set their Hands and Seals the Day and Year
first above Written.

Richd (LS) Oliver R.O. (LS) Smith Edmund (LS) Broderip
Signed Sealed and delivered by the within named Richard Oliver in the
presence of

George Wollaston Bury St Edmt
H. H. Tizard Noty Pub & Acting Town Clerk Weymouth Dorset
Signed Sealed and delivered by the within named Richard Oliver Smith
and Edmund Broderip the Elder in the presence of

Thomas Short Servant to W. Melliar Wells Somerset
J. L. Lovell Solt Wells Somerset
Received the day and year first within written of and
from the within named Edmund Broderip the Sum of Four
thousand One hundred and five pounds being the consideration £4105
money within mentioned to be paid by him to me

Richd Oliver

Witne∫s

George Wollaston Bury Edmt
H. H. Tizard Noty Pub & Acting Town Clerk Weymouth Dorset
Henry

(384)

Henry Hayes Tizard of Weymouth in the County of Dorset Notary
Public and acting Town Clerk maketh Oath and saith that he this
Deponent and George Wollaston of Bury Saint Edmund Esquires
were present and did see Richard Oliver late of the City of London
but now of Weymouth in the County of Dorset Esquire sign his
Name to and afterwards in due form of Law seal and deliver as and
for and Act and Deed a certain Indenture or Transfer bearing date
the Seventh day of September One thousand eight Hundred and twenty
hereunto annexed and made between the said Richard Oliver
of the first part Richard Oliver
Smith Esquire of the second part Edmund Broderip the Elder
Gentleman of the third part and Edmund Broderip the younger
Gentleman and Thomas Strangways Horner Esquire of the fourth
part and that the name or signature “Richd Oliver” opposite to the
first Seal affixed to the said Indenture or Transfer as one of the persons
executing the same is of the proper hand writing of the said Richard
Oliver and that in testimony of the execution thereof by him this
Deponent and also the said “George Wollaston” did severally sign
their names to the attestation thereof by the said Richard Oliver
written on the back of the said Indenture or Transfer as thereby now appears

H. H. Tizard
Sworn at Weymouth in the County
of Dorset the 9th day of September 1820
before me William Oakley Mayor,
To all to whom these presents shall come I William Oakley
Mayor of the Corporation of Weymouth in the County of Dorset in
pursuance of an Act of Parliament made and pa∫sed in the fifth
year of the Reign of his late Majesty King George the second intituled
“An Act for the more easy recovery of Debts in his Majesty’s Plantations
“and Colonies in America” Do hereby Certify that on the day of the date
hereof personally came and appeared before me Henry Hayes Tizard the
Deponent named in the Affidavit hereunto annexed being a Person
well known and worthy of good Credit and by solemn Oath which the
said Deponent then took before me upon the Holy Evangelists of
Almighty God did solemnly and sincerely declare testify and depose to
be true the several matters and things mentioned and contained in
the said annexed Affidavit.

(LS)

In Faith and Testimony whereof I the
said William Oakley have caused the Seal of
the Office of Mayoralty of the said Corporation
to be hereunto put and affixed and the
Indenture or Transfer mentioned and referred
to in and by the said Affidavit to be hereunto
also annexed Dated in the Borough of
Weymounth aforesaid the ninth day of September
In

(385)

In the Year One thousand eight hundred
and twenty.
William Oakley
Mayor
On the tenth day of November 1820 Richard Oliver Smith of
Co∫sington in the County of Somerset Esquire one of the Parties to the
within Indenture appeared personally before me and acknowledged
the same to be his Act and Deed and to have been by him executed
for the purposes therein mentioned.

Wm Melliar a Masr Exctr?
in Chancery
Joseph Lovell Lovell of the Liberty of Saint Andrew in Wells in
the County of Somerset in the Kingdom of Great Britain Gentleman maketh
Oath and saith that he was present with Thomas Short of Wells aforesaid
Servant and did see Richard Oliver Smith late of Stuarts Grove
Brompton in the County of Middlesex but now of Cossington in the
County of Somerset and Edmund Broderip the Elder of Wells
aforesaid Gentleman severally sign seal and as are their respective Act
and Deed deliver a certain Indenture or Transfer of Security bearing date
the seventh day of September One thousand eight hundred and twenty
hereunto annexed and made between Richard Oliver late of the City of
London but then of Weymouth in the County of Dorset Esquire of the first
part the said Richard Oliver Smith of the second part the said Edmund
Broderip of the third part and Edmund Broderip the Younger of Wells Park in
the said Count Esquire of the fourth part and that the Names “R. O.
Smith” and “Edmund Broderip” severally set and subscribed to the said
Indenture or Transfer are of the several proper hands writing of the said
Richard Oliver Smith and Edmund Broderip And this Deponent
further saith that the Names “Thomas Short” and “J. L. Lovell” set and
subscribed to the said Indenture or Transfer as Witne∫ses to the execution
thereby by the said Richard Oliver Smith and Edmund Broderip are
of the several proper hands writing of the said Thomas Short and
this Deponent.

J. L. Lovell
I Stephen Davies Mayor of the City or Borough of Wells
in the County of Somerset in the Kingdom of Great Britain Do
hereby Certify that this day personally appeared before me
Joseph Lovell Lovell of the Liberty of Saint Andrew in wells in the
said County of Somerset Gentleman the Deponent named in the
aforegoing Affidavit being a Person well known and worthy of
good Credit and by solemn Oath which the said Deponent then
took before me upon the holy Evangelists of Almighty God did

solemnly

(386)

Solemnly and sincerely testify declare and depose to be true the several
matters and things mentioned and contained in the said Affidavit.
(LS)

In Faith and Testimony whereof
I the said Mayor have caused the Seal of
the Office of Mayoralty of the said City
or Borough of Wells to be hereunto put and
affixed and the Indenture or Transfer
mentioned and referred to in and by the
said Affidavit to be hereunto also annexed
Dated in Wells aforesaid the Seventh
Day of November in the year of Our Lord
One thousand eight Hundred and twenty.
Stephen Davies Mayor
of the City of Wells 11th
November 1820
This is the Affidavit and Certificate referred to by my
Certificate hereunto annexed.

Edw Tuson
I Edward Tuson Notary Publick residing in the City
or Borough of Wells in the County of Somerset in the Kingdom of Great
Britain Do hereby certify that I was present and saw Joseph
Lovell Lovell of the Liberty of Saint Andrew in Wells aforesaid
Gentleman subscribe and duly make Oath to the Affidavit hereunto
affixed And that I also saw Stephen Davies Mayor of the City or Borough
of Wells aforesaid Sign the Certificate appearing underneath the
said Affidavit and Affix the Seal thereto Which said Seal is the
Seal of the Corporation of the City or Borough of Wells aforesaid
In Witne∫s whereof I have hereto set my Hand and Notarial Seal
the eleventh day of December in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand ]
eight hundred and twenty.

Edw Tuson Noty Pub (LS)
11th Novr 1820.

Item 7 to bed… Now on to Item 8 and more Smith-related Documents.

Enjoy,

Jim


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Part 462s – Smith Robertson Genealogy – Possible mtDNA J1b1 Subclade – Abraham, Castex, Charbonnier, Chevalier, Clergeau, Clopath, Emery, July, Merle, Olton, Rénier, Smith, Titus, Vogt…

21 February 2011

Good Afternoon,

ZC just received news from Administration of the J-mtDNA Group at Family Tree DNA.

The classification of Haplogroup J could, based on the results, be restated as J1b1.



“I see that they have classified you as Haplogroup J, but based on a quick review of your HVR1/HVR2 results, I believe you should more properly be classified as J1b1 and thus I have moved you into that subgroup within the project.”

What does this mean to our genealogy and search?

From Wikipedia - “A Haplogroup is a group of similar haplotypes that share a common ancestor with a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) mutation.

The Subclade, J1b1 is “a term used to describe a subgroup of a subgenus or haplogroup.” (Wikipedia)

Here is an updated DNA Pedigree Chart, which does now include the tracing of the possible J1b1 mtDNA lineage.


See my Posts Part 456s, Part 450s, Part 449s, Part 448s, and Part 447s for my preceding discussion of our paternal grandmothers’ mtDNA.

To date our documented paper trail is to gg-grandmother Catherine Cora (née Merle) July who was born in France in 1836 and passed away in French Guiana in 1886. I do know the ggg-grandmother Jeanette Etienette (née Castex) Merle is also a part of this mtDNA lineage but I am yet to discover an physical evidence of her vital records.

The Cambridge Reference Sequence (CRS) differences for the HVR1 and HVR2 tests are, respectively: 16069T, 16126C, 16145A, 16172C, 16222T, 16261T, 16519C, and 73G, 242T, 263G, 295T, 315.1C, 462T, 489C. The inserted extract of the J1b1 subclade is from a paper by Mannis van Oven and Manfred Kayser.

To date the related surnames that I can include that may also be recipients (albeit owners) of this mtDNA classification include: Abraham, Castex, Charbonnier, Chevalier, Clergeau, Clopath, Emery, July, Merle, Olton, Rénier, Smith, Titus, Vogt. Please let me know if I have forgotten a surname which may also belong.

The following paragraph was found as an ancestry description of the J1b1 subclade.

J1b1: The mitochondrial haplogroup J contains several sub-lineages. The original haplogroup J originated in the Near East approximately 50,000 years ago. Within Europe, sub-lineages of haplogroup J have distinct and interesting distributions. Haplogroup J1b is found distributed in the Near East and southern Iberia, and may have been part of the original colonization wave of Neolithic settlers moving around the Mediterranean 6000 years ago or perhaps a lineage of Phoenician traders. Within haplogroup J1b, a derivative lineage haplogroup J1b1 has been found in Britain and another sub-lineage detected in Italy. Further research will better establish the relationship of these two geographically distant, yet evolutionarily related, haplogroups. Bryan Sykes in his Seven Daughters of Eve book named this mtDNA haplogroup Jasmine.

(See Charles Kerchner’s MtDNA Haplogroup Descriptions & Information Links).

That's it for now.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 461s - Smith Robertson Genealogy - The Search Continues For GGG-Grandfather James Smith


Good Day,

Thank you Tessa for nominating A Genealogy Hunt for the Ancestor Approved Award.

The Transcription Project in the search of the origins and genealogy of my ggg-grandfather James Smith continues. The next number of Indentures and Contracts are many pages and therefore are taking me some time. There are quite a few Documents referencing Richard Oliver Smith, his two wives, Harriett and Mary (née Broderip), and his deceased father William Smith.

At times, as I am transcribing and perusing the work I wonder how this Smith family history may have played out in person… I can only imagine. There are contracts and documents revolving and critical with regards to the history of Revolution Hall Estate and Plantations in Grenada. And there are monies owed to in-laws and distant relatives that it is somewhat intriguing. At times my imagination pictures a dramatic “soap-opera”.

The other thing I am intrigued with is the time element. The transportation of “signed” paper and communications over the seas from the Island of Grenada to London and Wells in England amazes me, a product of the age of instantaneous movement of information. Decades are then, as hours are to now.

Oh well, I’ll just keep on searching and transcribing. At some point in time, from the Grenada Registers of Records, I really do hope to find that clue or that errant hint that will link me to the ancestral origins and further genealogy of my ggg-grandfather James Smith.

The inserted image from YouTube is Ravel: Miroirs III. Une Barque sur L'Ocean (André Laplante)...

Some food for thought from Marsha Hoffman Rising, author of The Family Tree Problem Solver, "always assume that two people of the same name lived in the same community."

Oh, the bill of fare for supper last night, may read as a well-established bistro. The menu included:
  • Sautéed Bok Choy and Broccoli, with shallots and ginger and soy sauce
  • Mashed Garlic Turnips, enhanced by horseradish and green onion
  • Grilled Pork Paillards, marinated in balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
I do love to cook… and eat. And now with the pollen season… I sneeze.

Enjoy,


Jim
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My Tangent – 1313 Cemetery Lane – A Genealogy Hunt Table of Contents, Sort of…

19 February 2011

Morning,

The house is open here in Tampa, and the weather is great. The Pack is walked and fed. This morning’s breakfast fare was baby bok choy scrambled eggs… Not bad for a very low carb-diet start.

And I’ve sneezed close to 30 times. It is the attack of the “killer” pollen grains time. They’ve returned with a vengeance.

And every yard is beginning to green up on the street, except for the next door neighbor’s. Their front lawn, albeit lack thereof, looks like S#@*, strewn with three-week old newspapers and broken accent lights. Their pool is a black pit of ooze and it all reminds me of 1313 Cemetery Lane. I keep expecting to catch a glimpse of Lurch moving somewhere behind the ramshackle fence.

A number of readers have asked me if I could create a table of contents/index as a companion to A Genealogy Hunt. And as I mentioned earlier I am always looking for ways to assist with looking up information and cross-referencing previous Posts in my Blog. To date there are now over 600 Posts and I have touched on a number of surnames as well as associated topics.

I began working on one in Excel 2010. Excel has the hyperlink capability and I am listing my Posts by surname and date. It is working quite well. (Thank you to those who tried it out.) The question is “how will I provide an immediate access to any reader of A Genealogy Hunt?”

One thing I did discover is that if I email the Excel spreadsheet which has an XLSX extension to a gmail address, Google does an immediate conversion of the Excel 2010 file to a Google Docs spreadsheet. This is great. The issue is, of course, not everyone has a gmail address.

Stay-tuned for the updates.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 460s – Smith Robertson Genealogy – Indenture Research – 1820 – Richard Oliver, Mary (née Broderip) & William Smith - Affidavit

18 February 2011

Good Morning,

This next Indenture in my Transcription Project appears to be a continuation of the contracts and legal wrangling that has been created regarding the debts of Richard Oliver Smith and his new wife, Mary (née Broderip) Smith. There does not seem to be any blatant connection apparent to ggg-grandfather James Smith. There is no indication of his ancestry nor any thread of his origin.

This Document, from the Grenada Registers of Records is an Affidavit. I have downloaded images of the five pages 373 through and including 377 from Item 7 of the microfilm FHL [1563379].


Here is my transcription. Please note that there are a number of words that have been crossed out in this work, as well as inserted texts and notes. Trying to reproduce them in my transcription has been somewhat challenging.

(373)
Examnd

Entered 9 January 1821
This Indenture made the tenth day of December in the
Sixtieth year of the reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the third by the Grace
of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King Defender of
the faith and in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and
nineteen Between William Melliar of Wells in the County of Somerset
Gentleman of the One part and Thomas Strangways Homer of Wells Park
in the County of Somerset Esquire and Edmund Broderip the younger of
Wells aforesaid Gentleman of the other part Whereas by Indenture
quinque partite bearing _____ date with these presents and made or expre∫sed
to be made Between Richard Oliver Smith and Mary his Wife late
Mary Broderip Spinster therein described of the first part Robert Langley
Appleyard therein also described of the second part the said Edmund
Broderip the younger of the third part thesaid Thomas Strangways
Homer of the fourth part and thesaid William Melliar of the fifth part
indorsed on certain Indentures of Release and Settlement bearing date the
thirteenth day of August last part and made or expressed to be made between
Edmund Broderip of Wells in the County of Somerset Gentleman of the first
part thesaid Richard Oliver Smith of the second part thesaid Mary by her
then name and description of Mary Broderip of Wells aforesaid Spinster one
of the daughters of the said Edmund Broderip of the third part and thesaid
Robert Langley Appleyard and Edmund Broderip the younger of the fourth
part being the settlement made in prospect and Consideration of a
Marriage then intended to be and since had and solemnized between the
said Richard Oliver Smith and Mary Broderip and which said Settlement
is also hereunto annexed after reciting that since the date and execution of the
said Deed of Settlement thesaid Robert Langley Appleyard had declined to
Act as a trustee in and under the said deed of Settlement and was desirous
of being discharge from the trust thereof and therefore thesaid Richard
Oliver Smith and Mary his Wife had resolved by appoint thesaid Thomas
Strangways Homer a Trustee in the stead or place of thesaid Robert Langley
Appleyard

(374)

Appleyard in manner hereinafter mentioned and that thesaid Robert Langley
Appleyard had consented and agreed to convey assign and transfer the trust Estates
and premises in the said settlement mentioned unto thesaid Thomas Strangways
Horner and Edmund Broderip the younger are unto thesaid William Melliar
in manner therein also ^after mentioned It is Witne∫sed that they thesaid Richard
Oliver Smith and Mary his Wife in pursuance and exercise of the power and authority
in that behalf to them given and reserved in and by thesaid Indenture of Settlement
and by force and virtue thereof Did nominate and appoint thesaid Thomas
Strangways Homer to be a Trustee in the pace or stead of thesaid Robert
Langley Appleyard in respect of the plantations Estates lands hereditaments
and other property in thesaid settlement mentioned released assigned and
Conveyed or intended so to be And it is thereby further Witne∫sed that for
the Consideration therein mentioned They thesaid ^Robert Langley Appleyard and
Edmund Broderip the younger amongst other things did at the request and by
the direction of thesaid Richard Oliver Smith and Mary his Wife testified as is
therein mentioned and in pursuance and exercise and performance of the
power and Authority therein mentioned Did and each of them Did
grant bargain sell assign and set over unto the said William Melliar his
executors administrators and assigns all and singular the live and dead
stock and other the premises which was out of the nature or tenure of freehold
which has been assigned to them thesaid Robert Langley Appleyard and
Edmund Broderip the younger in and by thesaid Indenture of Settle-
ment and every part and parcel thereof and all the Estate right title
interest property Claim and demand whatsoever of them thesaid Robert
Langley Appleyard and Edmund Broderip the younger of in to or out
of the same and every part thereof To hold the same and every part thereof unto
thesaid William Melliar his Executors administrators and assigns from
thenceforth for all the Estate Right title and interest whatsoever of them
thesaid Robert Langley Appleyard and Edmund Broderip the younger of
into and out of the same but upon trust neverthele∫s and to the intent that
thesaid William Melliar his Executors and administrators did and should
forthwith and immediately after the sealing and delivery thereof by _____
Indenture bearing or intended to bear _____ date with thesaid Indenture
now in recital assign all and singular thesaid live and dead stock and other
the Chattel property and premises thereinbefore assigned or mentioned or
intended so to be and all the Estate right title trust and interest of him the
said William Melliar therein and thereto unto thesaid Thomas Strangways
Homer and Edmund Broderip the younger their Executors administra
tors and assigns so and in such manner that the same might be well and
effectually vested? them upon and for such and the same provisoe provisoes
declarations and agreements as are mentioned expressed and declared of and
concerning the same premises in and by thesaid Indenture of Settlement
or such ans do many of them as were then subsisting and Capable of taking
Effect 

(375)

Effect demand by thesaid Indenture now in recital on reference thereto
being had well more fully and at large appear Now this Indenture
Witne∫seth that in pursuance and performance and execution of the
said trust and for and in Consideration of the sum of ten shillings of good
and lawful money current in Great Britain to him the said William
Melliar in hand now paid by thesaid Thomas Strangways Homer and
Edmund Broderip the young the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledge He thesaid William Melliar Hath
bargained sold assigned transferred and _____ _____ by these present _____ _____ bargain sell assign transfer _____ ______ _____ and Thomas
Strangways Homer and Edmund Broderip the younger their executors & administrators and
assigns All that and singular the live and dead stock Chattel
property and other the premises which were so assigned to thesaid
William Melliar or expre∫sed or intended so to be as aforesaid and every
part and parcel thereof and all the Estate right title interest property
Claim and demand whatsoever at Law and in Equity of him thesaid William
Melliar of into and out of the same and every part and parcel thereof
To have and To hold all and singular thesaid live and dead stock Chattel
property and other the premises aforesaid hereby assigned or expre∫sed or
intended so to be and every part thereof unto thesaid Thomas Strangways
homer and Edmund Broderip the younger their executors adminis
trators and assigns from henceforth for all the Estate right title and
interest whatsoever of him thesaid William Melliar of in to and out
of the same neverthele∫s for and upon such and the same trusts
powers provisoes declarations and agreements as are mentioned
expre∫sed and declared of and Concerning the same premises in and by
thesaid Indenture of Settlement or such and or so many of them as
are subsisting and capable of taking Effect and to for and upon or
other use trust or purpose whatsoever And Lastly to the intent that
these presents may be duly recorded acknowledged and registered according
to the Laws of Grenada in thesaid annexed Indenture of Settlement
mentioned thesaid William Melliar Thomas Strangways Homer and
Edmund Broderip the younger do and each and every of them Doth
nominate Constitute and appoint and in their and each and every of
their place and stead put William Mitchell and George Gun Munroe
both of thesaid Island of Grenada Esquires jointly and severally to be
their and each and every of their true and lawful Attorney and
Attornies for them and each and every of them and in their and each and
every of their name or names to appear before the Secretary or Registrar
of thesaid Island or his or their respective lawful Deputy or Deputies
or any other Officer of thesaid Island and ^then and there to acknowledge these
presents to be respectively the Act and deeds of them thesaid William
Melliar Thomas Strangways Homer and Edmund Broderip the
and the names? and Seals hereto authorized fixed? to be the hand writing and seals of them thesaid*
younger respectively and further to do and perform all and every Act
matter or thing in the like Cases accustomed or which shall be nec
nece∫sary for the making these presents valid and effectual in the law
according to the true intent and meaning hereof In Witne∫s whereof the
*William Melliar Thomas Strangways Homer and Edmund Broderip the younger
said

(376)

Said parties to these presents hereunto set their Hands and Seals the
day and year first above written
Wm Melliar (LS) Edmund (LS) Broderip Jr. T S Homer (LS)
Signed sealed and Delivered by the within named William Melliar and Edmund
Broderip in the presence of
Geo Dando of Wells _____
J L Lovell Sol Wells
Signed sealed and Delivered by the within named Thomas Strangways Homer
in the presence of
Elizabeth Broderip of Wells Spinster J L Lovell
This is the Indenture or Deed of A∫signment
referred to by Joseph Lovell Lovell in and by his Affidavit hereunto annexed
Stephen Davies

Joseph Lovell Lovell of the Liberty of Saint Andrew in Wells in
the County of Somerset in the Kingdom of Great Britain Gentleman maketh
Oath and saith that he this Deponent and George Dando of Wells aforesaid _____
were present and did see William Melliar and Edmund Broderip the younger
both of Wells aforesaid Gentlemen sign their names and in due form of Law
seal and deliver as and for their respective Acts and deeds a certain Indenture
or assignment bearing date the tenth day of December One thousand eight
hundred and Nineteen hereunto annexed and made between thesaid William
Melliar of the One part and Thomas Strangways Homer of Wells Park in
thesaid Count of Somerset Esquire and the said Edmund Broderip the younger
of Wells aforesaid Gentleman of the other part and that he this Deponent and
Elizabeth Broderip of Wells aforesaid Spinster were present and did see thesaid
Thomas Strangways Homer sign his name and in due form of Law seal and
deliver as and for his Act and deed the said Indenture or A∫signment and
that the names “Wm Melliar” “Edmund Broderip Jr and T S Homer”
severally set and subscribed to the same Indentures as the persons executing
the same are of the several proper handwriting of thesaid William Melliar
Edmund Broderip the younger and Thomas Strangways Homer And this
Deponent further saith that the names Geo Dando and J L Lovell” set and
subscribed to the same Indenture or assignment as Witne∫ses to the executions
thereof by thesaid William Melliar ^and Edmund Broderip the younger and that
the names “Elizabeth Broderip and J L Lovell” set and subscribed to the same
Indenture or assignment as Witne∫ses to the execution thereof by thesaid
Thomas Strangways Homer are of the several proper hand writing of thesaid
George Dando Elizabeth Broderip and this Deponent
J L Lovell

I Stephen Davies Mayor of the City or Borough of Wells in the County
of Somerset in the kingdom of Great Britain Do hereby Certify that
this

This is the Affidavit and Certificate referred to by my
Certificate hereunto annexed
Edw Tuson
Noty Pub

(377)

This day personally appeared before me Joseph Lovell Lovell of the
Liberty of Saint Andre in Wells in thesaid County of Somerset Gentleman
the present named in the aforegoing Affidavit being a Person well known
and worthy of good Credit and by solemn Oath which thesaid Deponent
took before me upon the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God did solemnly
and sincerely testify declare and depose to be true the several matters and
things mentioned and Contained in thesaid Affidavit
(LS)
In Faith and Testimony whereof I thesaid Mayor 
here Caused the Seal of the Office of Mayoralty of the 
said City or Borough of Wells to be hereunto put and 
affixed and the Indenture or assignment mentioned 
and referred to in and by the said affidavit to be thereunto 
annexed Dated in Wells aforesaid the fourth day of 
December in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight 
hundred and twenty 
Stephen Davies Mayor of Wells 4th December 1820

I Edward Tuson Notary Publick residing in the City
or Borough of Wells in the County of Somerset in the Kingdom of Great
Britain Do hereby Certify that I was present and saw Joseph Lovell
Lovell of the Liberty of Saint Andrew in Wells aforesaid Gentleman subscribe
and duly make Oath to the Affidavit hereunto annexed And that I also
saw Stephen Davies Mayor of the City or Borough of Wells aforesaid
sign the Certificate appearing underneath thesaid Affidavit and affix
the Seal thereto which said Seal is the Seal of the Corporation of the
City or Borough of Wells aforesaid In Witne∫s whereof I have hereunto
set my Hand and Notarial Seal the Fourth day of December in the
year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty

Edw Tuson 
4 Dec 1820 (LS)
Noty Pub

I would welcome any questions, comments, suggestions, or ideas to enhance my research and A Genealogy Hunt. Please feel free to comment directly to any Posting or email me directly.

On to the next Indenture on Page 377. The search continues,

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 459 – Smith Robertson Genealogy – Am I Bored? – Updates Today

17 February 2011

Good Day,

And I still continue my Indenture Transcription Project in the research for the origins and ancestry of my ggg-grandfather James Smith. At times this process can become somewhat tedious if not “boring”, especially if there is no apparent glimmer of hint or clue. For this reason, and to feed my insatiable appetite for genealogy research I have some other concurrent family search projects ongoing.

  • I’ve made headway with respects to a possible further location of Verdelais in the Department of Gironde in France following up on the ancestry of my gg-grandmother Catherine Cora (née Merle) July.
  • I have found some possible connections and documentations to my family line of Castex in the 10-Year Tables with respect to my ggg-grandmother Jeanette Etienette (née Castex) Merle.
  • The first YDNA results for my Robertson line have returned. And lo and behold there is an exact Robertson match in the preliminary results for the first set of 12 markers.
  • Microfilms have arrived referencing my search for my Merrifield Line.
  • Work continues in my transcription and translation project of the possible July Family documentations especially those from Sarlat in the Department of Dordogne in France.
  • I have initiated a Family Tree DNA Family Finder study to complement the current Smith YDNA and Robertson et al mtDNA studies and results.
  • I am investigating the mtDNA results referencing the Olton Smith et al lines.
  • Of course, I continue with the Grenada Registers of Records Transcription Project in the search for the origins of my ggg-grandfather James Smith.
  • And…
And when I do become really bored, there is… Oh and by the by, I am seeing a drastic increase in visitors to A Genealogy Hunt. The average number of visitors has increased up by 100% to at least 40 Visits per day. Not bad for a very small niche blog that doesn’t offering anything but my journal and muses of my thoughts and research.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 458m – Smith Robertson Genealogy – Merle Family Line – Verdelais, Gironde, France - Maybe?

16 February 2011

Good Evening,

Today I’ve been working on a couple of branches of my Family Tree… which of course, proves how easily it is to get side-tracked in the realm of genealogy research.

I discovered a post-it note on my desk that had the word “Verdelais” on it. It was in my own hand-writing. My mind was taxed… I remembered that I had had written this at some point when I was doing some ancestry research of my July and Merle lines.

Using Google Maps, I discovered that Verdelais is about 43.7 km, 27 miles, south-east from Bordeaux in the Department of Gironde, in France.

I logged on to the Archives Départmentales, État civil de la Gironde. I decided to search out Verdelais and discovered two possible collections: Aubiac-et-Verdelais and Verdelais. The information provided

Informations: Histoire administrative : A la Révolution, la paroisse Saint-Maurice d'Aubiac et son annexe, Notre-Dame de Verdelais, forment la commune d'Aubiac-et-Verdelais. En 1890, Aubiac-et-Verdelais devient Verdelais.

Translated –

Information - Administrative history: During the Revolution, the parish of Saint-Maurice of Aubiac and its annex, Our Lady of Verdelais form the commune of Aubiac-and-Verdelais. In 1890, Aubiac-and-Verdelais becomes Verdelais.

The evidence provided online are the 10-Year Tables Registers with Marriage, Birth, and Death registrations. From what I can appreciate, after a quick perusal, is that there are a number of Merle-related documents. All-things-being-equal, and I can guarantee the facts as yet, but it would appear that there may be some connections to gg-grandmother Catherine Cora (née Merle) July’s paternal ancestors.

As I wrote on December 8, my number 10 Resolution was “Continue and organize my research of my July Family Line, into Sarlat, Dordogne, France.” This new information would be a continuation and sub-set of this Resolution. Now I have to get the Civil and Parish Registers of the Verdelais area in an attempt to see if my thought process may have some justification.

And I continue,

Enjoy,

Jim
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My Tangent - Disabled Access and Electronic Banking

Good Day,

My wireless keyboard partially died today, without warning, as I was logging into one of my bank accounts. Needless to say I keyed my password in too many times, without knowing that it was not working, and my access was immediately disabled by the bank system. It was strange as it appeared that only the alpha keys seemed to be working and not any of the numeric keys. I didn’t think there was a difference in “computerese”.

Anyway I immediately received an invite to “Chat-online” from a bank service representative, which I accepted. My purpose, this morning was to review my accounts. And then the issues sort began a’ happening.

For the purpose of security I was asked a number of questions which I couldn’t answer because I do all my banking online, and I would have to get into my account online in order to get the answers. (The banks are gung-ho to eliminate service charges if one moves over to electronic banking in the stead of paper.) Please understand I have been using personal electronic banking since its inception. And of course I couldn't answer any of the questions and so the representative had to ask more questions which of course I still couldn't answer because all the information is online. And I couldn't get in online because I disabled myself. You can imagine the beginnings of my frustration.

I do my banking more or less in a paperless mode. All the papers that the bank sends me are filed away in boxes not in any particular order. The ease of online banking is that I can access, when I am able, all pertinent information directly online. So how was I to get the information while I am chatting online to the service rep when I can't get in to my disabled account?

Anyway, after at least about 12 or so security questions, and a quick change of keyboard batteries, we finally were able to address the access issue. I did what I had to do and I'm back up and running.

This is the peak of electronic frustration! But I will NOT give up electronic banking…

Enjoy,

Jim

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Part 457s – Smith Robertson Genealogy – Indenture Research – Richard Oliver, Mary (née Broderip) & William Smith

15 February 2011


Morning, Afternoon, and Evening,

My trek continues in the search for the origins and ancestry of my ggg-grandfather James Smith. When did he appear in Grenada? Was he born there? This is the question… and the sole object of my search.

This next Indenture from the Grenada Registers of Records includes three Smiths: Richard Oliver Smith, Mary (née Broderip) his Wife, and William Smith, his late Father. Based on my work transcribing this Document I am not immediately aware of any indication of relationship to my ggg-grandfather James.

From WorldNews I have included a video of Wells Cathedral. Liberty of Saint Andrews in Wells, in the County of Somerset appears to be the Great Britain location of this family who had many interests in Grenada.

Here are the eight pages; 366 through and including 373 of the 10 December 1819 Indenture. I have downloaded the images from Item 7 of the microfilm [1563379].


And my transcription…

(366)
Xd
This Indenture Quinque partite made the tenth day of
December in the Sixteenth year of the reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the Third
by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King
Defender of the Faith and in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and
Nineteen Between the within named Richard Oliver Smith and Mary his
New Wife of the first part (late Mary Broderip Spinster within named) the
within named Robert Langley Appleyard of the second part the within named
Edmund Broderip the younger of the third part Thomas Strangways Homer
of Mells Park in the County of Somerset Esquire of the fourth part and

William 


(367)

William Melliar of Wells in thesaid County of Somerset Gentleman
of the fifth part Whereas since the date and execution of the within
written Indenture thesaid Robert Langley Appleyard hath declined to act
as a Trustee in and under the within Deed of Settlement and is desirous of
being discharged from the Trusts thereof and therefore thesaid Richard Oliver
Smith and Mary his Wife have resolved to appoint the said Thomas Strangways
Homer as Trustee in the stead or place of thesaid Robert Langley Appleyard in
manner hereinafter mentioned and thesaid Robert Langley Appleyard hath
consented and agree to Convey assign and transfer the within mentioned
Trusts Estates and premises unto thesaid Thomas Strangways Homer and
Edmund Broderip the younger and unto thesaid William Melliar in manner
herein also after mentioned Now this Indenture Witnesseth that the
said Richard Oliver Smith and Mary his Wife in pursuance and exercise of
the power and authority in that behalf to them given and reserved in and by the
within written Indenture of Release and Assignment and settlement and by
force and virtue thereof Have nominated and appointed and by these presents
Do nominate and appoint thesaid Thomas Stangways Homer to be a Trustee
in the place or stead of thesaid Robert Langley Appleyard in respect of the planta-
tions ^Estates Lands Hereditaments and other property within mentioned released and assigned
and Conveyed or intended so to be And this Indenture further Witne∫seth
that for and in Consideration of the sum of ten shillings of lawful money
current in Great Britain by thesaid Thomas Strangways Homer to the
said Robert Langley Appleyard and Edmund Broderip the younger well and
truly paid at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt
whereof is hereby acknowledged they thesaid Robert Langley Appleyard and
Edmund Broderip the younger at the request and by the direction of the
said Richard Oliver Smith and Mary his Wife testified by their severally
being made parties ^to and respectively executing these presents and in pursuance
exercise? and performance of the power and authority or direction in that
behalf within given and according to their several and respective Estates
rights and interests in the premises but no further or otherwise Have and
each of them Hath bargained sold and released and by these presents
Do and each of them Doth bargain sell and release unto thesaid Thomas
Strangways Homer his Heirs and assigns All and singular the plantation
and Estate called Revolution Hall Estate within mentioned and
described and all that piece or parcel of Land within mentioned to have been
purchased by William Smith and from Mi∫s Herbert within mentioned And
also all that the Coffee plantation and Hereditaments within mentioned
to have been bought by thesaid William Smith of and from Madame Bertrand
also within mentioned together with all me∫suages lands Out houses boiling
houses Curing houses Edifices and buildings standing and being therein and
all other freehold hereditaments to thesaid premises belonging or in any
wise appertaining which were conveyed by the within settlement unto or vested?
in

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In thesaid Robert Langley Appleyard and Edmund Broderip the younger the
same being in the actual possession of thesaid Thomas Strangways Homer by
virtue of a Bargain and Sale to him thereof made by the said Robert Langley
Appleyard and Edmund Broderip the younger in Consideration of five shillings
a piece by Indenture bearing date the day next before the day of the date and
executed previous to the execution of these presents for the term of One whole
year to be completed from the day next before the day of the date of the same
Indenture of Bargain and Sale and by form of the Statute made for trans
ferring uses into possession / and the reversion and reversions remainder and
remainders yearly and other rents i∫sues and profits of the same Hereditaments
and every part thereof and all the Estate right title interest use trust property
benefit advantage claim and demand whatsoever at Law and in Equity of them
thesaid Robert Langley Appleyard and Edmund Broderip the younger and each
of them of in to and out of the same hereditaments and any or any part hereof
To have and To hold thesaid plantation Estates Lands and hereditaments
hereby releases and Conveyed or expressed or intended so to be with their and any of
their rights members and appurtenances unto thesaid Thomas Strangways Homer
and his heirs to the uses of thesaid Thomas Strangways Homer ----------------------------
and Edmund Broderip the younger their Heirs and assigns forever to such
and the same uses and upon and for such and the same trusts intents
and purposes and with under and subject to such and the same powers provisoes
declarations and agreements as are declared of Concerning the same trust
Estates and premises respectively in and by the within Indenture of Settle-
ment and to for or upon neither use and intent or purpose whatsoever And this
Indenture further Witne∫seth that in Consideration of the sum of ten
shillings of like lawful money by thesaid William Melliar to thesaid Robert
Langley Appleyard and Edmund Broderip they younger well and truly paid
set or before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is
hereby acknowledged they thesaid Robert Langley Appleyard and Edmund
Broderip the younger at the like request and by the like direction of thesaid
Richard Oliver Smith and Mary his Wife testified as aforesaid and in pursuance
and further exercise and performance of the power and authority aforesaid and
according to their respective Estates and interests therein but no further or otherwise
Have and each of them Hath bargained sold assigned and assigned and set
_____ and by these presents Do and each of them Doth bargain sell assign and
assigns All and singular the live and dead stock and other the premises
which are not of the nature or tenure of freehold within mentioned and
assigned and transferred in and by the within Indenture of Settlement or
expressed or intended so to be and every part and parcel thereof And all the
Estate right title interest property Claim and demand whatsoever at Law and
in Equity of them thesaid Robert Langley Appleyard and Edmund Broderip
the younger and each of them of in to and or _____ of the same and every part thereof
To have and To hold all and singular the live and dead stock and other the
premises

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Premises last herein before mentioned and assigned or expressed or
intended so to be and any part and parcel thereof unto thesaid William Melliar
his Executors administrators and assigns from henceforth for all the Estate
right title and interest whatsoever of thesaid Robert Langley Appleyard
and Edmund Broderip the younger of unto and our of the same But upon trust
neverthele∫s and to the intent that he thesaid William Melliar his executors and
administrators and assigns All and singular Do and shall fortwith and
immediately after the sealing and delivery hereof by an Indenture already
prepared or by some other Indenture Deed Poll or proper assurance assign
all and singular the live and dead Stock and other the Chattle property and
premises hereinbefore assigned or mentioned or intended so to be and all the
Estate right title trust and interest of him thesaid William Melliar therein
and thereto unto them thesaid Thomas Strangways Homer and Edmund
Broderip the younger their Executors administrators and assigns so as and
in such manner that the same maybe well and effectually vested in
them upon and for such and the same powers provisoes declarations and
agreement as are mentioned expressed and declared of and Concerning
the same premises in and by the within Indenture of Settlement or
such or so many of them ax are new subsisting and Capable of taking
effect And thesaid Robert Langley Appleyard and Edmund Broderip
the younger do hereby for themselves severally and respectively and for their
several and respective Heirs Executors and administrators each of them
speaking for himself and his own acts and deeds only do hereby covenant
declare and agree to and with thesaid Thomas Stangways Homer his
Heirs and assigns and to and with thesaid William Melliar his Executors
Administrators and assigns that thesaid Robert Langley Appleyard and
Edmund Broderip the younger or either of them have not nor hath at
any time heretofore made done executed Committed or wittingly or knowingly
suffered any Act deed matter or thing whatsoever whereby or by reason or
means whereof thesaid plantations Estates Lands Hereditaments live
and dead stock and other the premises hereby respectively released and
assigned or expressed or intended so to be or any part thereof are is shall
may be impeached charged or incumbered or in any wise affected in title
Estate or otherwise howsoever And Lastly to this intent that these presents
and the Lease for a year hereunto annexed may be duly recorded acknowledged
and registered according to the Laws of the Island of Grenada within men
tioned thesaid Richard Oliver Smith and Mary his Wife Robert Langley
Appleyard Edmund Broderip the younger Thomas Stangways Homer
and William Melliar Do and each and every of them Doth nominate and
Constitute and appoint and in their and each and every of their place
and stead put William Mitchell and George Gun Munro both of the Island of
Grenada Esquires jointly and severally to be their and each and every or their
true

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True and lawful Attornies and Attorney for them and each and every of them
and in their and each and every of their name or names to appear before the Secretary
or Registrar of thesaid Island and then and their to acknowledge these
presents and thesaid Lease for a year to be respectively the Acts and deeds
of them thesaid Richard Oliver Smith and Mary his wife Robert Langley
Appleyard Edmund Broderip the younger Thomas Strangways Homer
and William Melliar respectively and the names and seals hereto subscribed
and fixed to be the hands writing and Seals of them the said Richard Oliver
Smith and Mary his wife Robert Langley Appleyard Edmund Broderip
the younger Thomas Strangways Homer and William Melliar Melliar
respectively and further do and perform all and every act matter or thing in
the like Cases accustomed or which shall be nece∫sary for the making these
presents valid and effectual in the Law according to the true intent and
meaning hereof In witne∫s whereof thesaid parties to these presents have
hereunto set their hands and Seals the day and year first above written
R O Smith (L S) Mary Smith (L S) Robt. L Appleyard (L S)
Edmund Broderip Jr. (L S) T S Homer (L S)
Signed sealed and Delivered by the above named Robert Langley Appleyard
being first duly stamped / in the presence of
Geo J Nicholson }
Saml Boydell } New Square Lincoln Inn
Signed sealed and Delivered by the within named Richard Oliver Smith Mary his
Wife and Edmund Broderip Junior and Thomas Strangways Homer in the presence of
Elizabeth Broderip of Wells Spinster 
J L Lovell Solicitor Wells 

The above is the Indenture of Appointment referred to by Joseph Lovell
Lovell in and by his Affidavit hereunto annexed
Stephen Davies Mayor of the City of Wells

George James Nicholson of Lincoln Inn in the County of Middlesex
Gentleman Maketh Oath and saith that the was present with Samuel Boydell
of Lincoln Inn aforesaid Gentleman and did see Robert Langley Appleyard of
Lincoln Inn aforesaid Gentleman duly sign and seal and as his Act and deed
deliver the Indenture of Release and Settlement hereunto annexed and also
the Indenture indorsed on the second Skin of thesaid Indenture of Release
and Settlement being an appointment of a new Trustee in the room of the
said Robert Langley Appleyard who had declined to act / and the Indenture
or Lease for a year indorsed on the Indenture or Lease for a year hereunto also
annexed And this Deponent saith that the name “Robt L Appleyard” set and
subscribed to the said Indenture of Release and Settlement and thesaid
endorsed Indentures respectively are of the proper hand writing of thesaid
Robert Langley Appleyard And this Deponent saith that the names
“Geo

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“Geo Nicholson” “Saml Boydell” endorsed on thesaid Indenture of Release
and Settlement and written at the foot of the said Indorsed Indentures and
testified to the execution thereof respectively by thesaid Robert Langley Apple
yard are of the respective proper hand writing of this Deponent and thesaid
Samuel Boydell
Geo J Nicholson
Sworn at the Mansion House in the City of London this Eleventh day of
December 1819 before me
Geo Bridges Mayor

To all to whom these presents shall Come I George Bridges Lord Mayor
of the City of London In pursuance of an Act of Parliament made and passed
in the fifth year of the Reign of his late Majesty King George the Second
Intitled An Act for the more easy recovery of debts in his Majesty’s
plantations and Colonies in America Do hereby certify that in the day of
the date hereof personally came and appeared before me George James
Nicholson the Deponent named in the Affidavit hereunto annexed being
person well known and worthy of good Credit and by solemn Oath which the
said Deponent then took before me upon the Holy Evangelists of Almighty
God Did solemnly and sincerely declare testify and depose to be true the
several matters and things mentioned and Contained in thesaid annexed
Affidavit

(L S)
In Faith and Testimony whereof I thesaid Lord Mayor have 
Caused the Seal of the Office of Mayoralty of thesaid City of London 
to be hereunto put and affixed and the Indenture of Release and 
Settlement and the Indenture indorsed thereon and Leans for a 
year mentioned and referred to in and by thesaid Affidavit to be 
hereunto also annexed Dated in London on the eleventh day of 
December in the year of Our Lord One thousand and eight hundred and 
Nineteen
Windale
Joseph Lovell Lovell of the Liberty of Saint Andrew Wells in
the County of Somerset in the Kingdom of Great Britain Gentleman
maketh Oath and saith that he was present with Elizabeth Broderip of Wells
aforesaid Spinster and did see Edmund Broderip the younger of Wells aforesaid
Gentleman and Thomas Strangways Homer of Well Park in thesaid Count
of Somerset Esquire severally sign seal and as their respective Act and deed
deliver the Indenture of Bargain and Sale or Lease for a year hereunto
annexed and expressed to bear date the ninth day of December in the year of
Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and nineteen and that he this
Deponent was also present with thesaid Elizabeth Broderip and did see
Richard Oliver Smith then of Wells aforesaid Esquire and Mary his Wife the

{ This is the Affidavit and Certificate }
{ referred to in and by my _____ }
{ hereunto annexed Edw? Mirose? }
said

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Said Edmund Broderip the younger and Thomas Strangways Homer severally
sign seal and as their respective Act and deed deliver the Indenture of Bargain and
Sale hereunto annexed ========== bearing date the tenth day of thesaid month of
December One thousand eight hundred and nineteen being an appointment of a new
Trustee in the room of Robert Langley Appleyard of London in the County of Middle
sex Gentleman who had declined to act as a Trustee under the Indenture of Release
and Settlement whereon the said Indenture of Appointment is indorsed and that
the several names “Edmund Broderip Jr. and “T S Horner” set and subscribed to the
said annexed Indenture of Bargain and Sale or Lease for a year and the several
names R O Smith Mary Smith Edmund Broderip Jr and I S Homer severally
set and subscribed to thesaid annexed Indenture of Appointment are of the
several proper hands writing of thesaid Edmund Broderip Junior Thomas
Strangways Homer Richard Oliver Smith and Mary Smith the Wife of thesaid
Richard Oliver Smith And this Deponent further saith that the names
“Elizabeth Broderip and J L Lovell” set and subscribed to the said several Indentures
of Bargain and Sale or Lease for a year and Appointment respectively as
Witne∫ses attesting the Execution thereof respectively by thesaid Edmund
Broderip Junior Thomas Strangways Homer Richard Oliver Smith ^and Mary his Wife are of the several
proper hand writing of thesaid Elizabeth Broderip and this Deponent
J L Lovell

I Stephen Davies Mayor of the City or Borough of Wells in the County
of Somerset in the Kingdom of Great Britain Do hereby certify that this
day personally appeared before me Joseph Lovell Lovell of the Liberty of Saint
Andrew in Wells in thesaid County of Somerset Gentleman the Deponent mentioned?
in the aforegoing Affidavit being a person well known and worth of good Credit
and by solemn Oath which thesaid Deponent then took before me upon the
Holy Evangelists of Almighty did solemnly and sincerely declare testify
declare and depose to be true the several matters and things mentioned and
contained in thesaid Affidavit
In Faith and Testimony whereof I the said Mayor 
have Caused the Seal of the Office of Mayoralty of the 
said City or Borough of Wells to be hereunto put and 
affixed and the Indenture of Bargain and Sale or 
Lease for a year and appointment mentioned and 
referred to in and by thesaid Affidavit to be hereunto 
annexed Dated in Wells aforesaid the eleventh day of 
November in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight 
hundred and twenty.

(L S)
Stephen Davies
Mayor of the City
of Wells
11 November 1820

I Edward Tuson Notary Public residing in the City or
Borough of Wells in the County of Somerset in the Kingdom of Great Britain
Do 

(373)

Do hereby Certify that I was present and saw Joseph Lovell Lovell of the
Liberty of Saint Andrew in Wells aforesaid Gentleman subscribe and duly
make oath to the Affidavit hereunto affixed and that I also saw Stephen
Davies Mayor of the City or Borough of Wells aforesaid sign the Certificate
appearing underneath thesaid Affidavit and affix the Seal thereto which
said Seal is the Seal of the Corporation of the City or Borough of Wells aforesaid
In Witne∫s whereof I have hereby set my Hand and Notarial Seal the
eleventh day of November in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred
and twenty.
Edw Tuson (L S)
11 Nov 1820
Noty Pub.

On to the next Indenture initially dated 10 December 1819.

Enjoy,

Jim
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