Part 633s – Smith Robertson Genealogy – 1802 Benjamin D’Harriette Smith - St. George’s, Grenada – Next to Shipwright’s Yard

27 January 2012

Good Day,

Today’s entry of my Smith-related Transcription Project is a short Indenture from the Grenada Registers of Records. This Indenture was dated 16 June 1802; presented and approved 28 June 1802; and entered to the Registers of Records 30 June 1802. This record is another Document of the Benjamin D'Harriette Smith and James Park agreement that appears to be a part of the series of Records that I have recently presented. (See my previous Postings Parts 629s, 630s, 631s, and 632s.)

As per usual, I am looking for a hint that may present some evidence that I could follow regarding the genealogy and origins of my ggg-grandfather James Smith. In this Document there is no direct confirmation that there may be a connection between my ggg-grandfather James and one of the Parties, Benjamin D’Harriette Smith. But…

Transcribing and reading the Document there is a phrase on Page 473 that catches my eye. The phrase is “…to the North West by a Pa∫sage or Lane leading to the Shipwrights Yard…” Previously in Part 60s from the Indenture written 15 May 1841 there is a definitive reference to ggg-grandfather James and his occupation and business as a Shipwright: “Witnessed that they the said James Niccol John Mortimer and James Smith should and would continue and be Copartners in the trade or business of ShipWrights to commerce…” (See also my matrix analysis – GGG-Grandfather James Smith’s Occupation Titles.)

Here is my question. In 1802, when the above mentioned Indenture was written, how many Shipwrights’ Yards were there in the Town of Saint George, Grenada? Could ggg-grandfather have had any working relationship in 1802, 39 years before the reference in the 15 May 1841 Indenture, in this Shipwrights’ Yard? Could this be the same ShipWrights’ Yard? How well, if he did, did ggg-grandfather James Smith know Benjamin D’Harriette Smith? Was there any other connection?

Here are the images of the Indenture Pages 473 and 474 from the Grenada Registers of Records. I have downloaded the Pages from Item 3 of the microfilm FHL [1563378].

And my transcription –


Entered 30th June 1802

This Indenture made the sixteenth day of June in the Year of Our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and Two Between James Park of the Town of Saint George in the Island of Grenada Merchant of the one Part and Benjamin D’Harriette Smith of the same Town and Island Merchant of the other Part Witne∫seth that the said James Park for and in consideration of the sum of ten shillings Current Money of the said Island to him in hand paid by the said Benjamin D'Harriette Smith at or before the Sealing and Delivery of these Presents the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge Hath bargained and sold and by these Presents Doth bargain and sell unto the said Benjamin D'Harriette Smith his Executors Administrators and A∫signs All his the said James Park’s one full individual Mority or half part of and in All that Lot Piece or Parcel of Land situate lying and being in that part of the Town of Saint George in the said Island of Grenada commonly called the Carenage containing in front to the South West forty three feet and to the North West forty feet and in the whole One thousand seven hundred and twenty square feet be the same more or le∫s; Bounded to the North East by Lands late belonging to Domingo Commi∫siong deceased to the North West by Lands belonging to the Heirs of Daniel Campbell and by a pa∫sage leading to the House of Mr. Robert Ker; to the South East by Lands of thesaid Robert Ker and to the North West by a Pa∫sage or Lane leading to the Shipwrights Yard; or howsoever otherwise the same Lot of Land is abutted or bounded together with a Mority of all Me∫suages Houses and Outhouses thereupon erected and built And all ways paths pa∫sages Waters Water courses privileges Easements Advantages Hereditaments and Appurtenances to the said Mority of the said Piece or Parcel of Land belonging or in anywise appertaining or therewith now or commonly used enjoyed or occupied reputed had taken or known as part parcel or member thereof or of any part thereof And the Reversion and Reversions Remainder and Remainders Rents I∫sues and Profits thereof and of every part and parcel thereof To Have and to Hold thesaid full undivided Mority or half part of thesaid Piece or Parcel of Land Me∫suages Tenements Hereditaments and all and singular other the Premises hereby or mentioned or intended to be hereby bargained and sold and every of them with their and every of their Appurtenances unto thesaid Benjamin D’Harriette Smith his Executors Administrators and A∫signs for and during and unto the full end and term of one whole Year from henceforth next ensuing and fully to be compleat and ended Yielding and Paying therefore unto thesaid Benjamin D’Harriette Smith his Heirs and A∫signs at the end of the said term the rent of One Pepper Corn if the same shall be lawfully demanded to the intent that by virtue of these Presents and of the Statute for transferring Uses into Po∫se∫sion thesaid Benjamin D’Harriette Smith may be in the actual Po∫se∫sion of all and singular thesaid one undivided Mority or half part of the said Piece or Parcel of Land Me∫suages Tenements Hereditaments and Premises with the Appurtenances and be thereby enabled to take and accept of a Grant and Release of the Reversion and Inheritance thereof to him thesaid Benjamin D’Harriette and his Heirs to the only proper Use and Behoof of the said Benjamin D’Harriette Smith his Heirs and A∫signs for ever and to and for no other use intent or purpose whatsoever In Witne∫s whereof thesaid Parties xx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx have hereunto set their hands and Seals the day and Year first above written

James Park ( L S ) Benja: DSmith ( L S )


Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of M. Nowlan – Archd. Armstrong

Received on the day of the date of the above Indenture of and from the above named Benjamin D’Harriette Smith the Sum of Ten shillings Current Money of the Island of Grenada being the Consideration Money above mentioned to be by him paid to me I say received 10∫ Cy

James Park

Witne∫s M. Nowlan # Archd. Armstrong

Grenada Acknowledged before me by the within named James Park and Benjamin D’Harriette Smith the Parties to the within Indenture as and for their respective free and voluntary Act and Deed this twenty eighth day of June One thousand eight hundred and two

GH Horsley Dep Register

Definition – Mority: also Moiety – Each of two parts into which a thing is or can be divided.

And the search continues.

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