Part 213s – Smith Robertson Genealogy – Indenture Research – 1817 Richard Oliver; his wife Harriet; Grace; and William Smith

19 February 2010

Early Morning,

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And this next Record I believe does get confusing. You can imagine just reading it and then think of me transcribing it.

First of all the Document or Indenture which I believed was originated the 20th and 21st of June 1810, includes two and then four parties, but I can get pretty muddled. And I really can not see find a shred of evidence that may connect ggg-grandfather James Smith to the principal Smiths of this Record.

From what I can understand the 25 January 1817 Indenture, which was entered 2 August 1817, is between Richard Oliver Smith and Richard Oliver. Perplexed? (And I thought looking for the name James Smith was driving me bonkers.) Then it appears from the original dates of 20 and 21 June 1810 that there are actually four distinct groups involved:

  • 1st part – Richard Oliver Smith and his wife Harriet;
  • 2nd part – Sarah Dean, William Lewis, his wife Mary Lewis, and Grace Smith;
  • 3rd part – George Braʃsey; and
  • 4th part – Richard Oliver.
And then reference is made to the late William Smith, a Miʃs Herbert, and one Madame Bertrand all concerning land and Revolution Hall. From Part 197s it may be alluded to, that William Smith is the late father of Richard Oliver Smith.

Next the banker in me kicks in… the Document presents what reads as a repayment schedule commencing at the sum of £9000. And all I can think of is the £9,000 from 1810 converted to today’s money may approximate £325,000, or about $500,000 US. (Please realize that this is a crude guesstimate.)

The Document includes pages 129 through and including 132 from the Grenada Registers of Records, 1817-1837 (v. R2-Z2) and have been downloaded from the microfilm FHL [1563329]


And the mind-numbing transcription -
129
Exd
Entered 2d August 1817
This Indenture made the twenty fifth day of January one thousand
Eight Hundred and Seventeen ^ Between Richard Oliver of Tenby in the County of Pembroke
Esquire of the one part and Richard Oliver Smith late of Stewarts Grove
Brompton in the County of Middlesex but now of Brighthelmstone in the County
of Sussex Esquire of the other part Whereas by Indentures of Lease and Release bearing
^Date? Respectively the twentieth and twenty first days of June one thousand Eight hundred
and Ten the Release being made between the Said Richard Oliver Smith and
Harriet his wife of the first part Sarah Dean, William Lewis and Mary his
Wife and Grace Smith (therein Respectively described) of the Second part George
Braʃsey (therein also described or the third part and the Said Richard Oliver of the
Fourth part After Reciting as therein is particularly recited It is witneʃsed that for
the Several purposes therein mentioned the Said Richard Oliver Smith and Harriet
his wife did Grant Bargain Sell release and Confirm unto the Said Richard Oliver
and to his heirs Executors Administrators and Aʃsigns 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
and Also all that pieces or parcel of ^Land bought by the Said ^William Smith of and from Miʃs
Herbert And also all that Coffee Plantation and Hereditaments bought by the Said
William Smith of and from Madam Bertrand situate lying and being in the
Parish of Saint John in the Said Island of Grenada And also all Meʃsuages Lands
Outhouses Boiling houses Edifices and Buildings Standing and being upon the Said
Plantations and Hereditaments respectively and also all such Singular the Negroes
and other Slaves mentioned in the Second Schedule thereunder written upon out?
Belonging to and which Should thereafter during the Continuance of the Security
intended to be thereby made be upon or belonging to the Said plantations and hereditaments
respectively and the iʃsue 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 plantations and Hereditaments respectively and also all Mills, Stills, Coppers
and plantations Implements and Utensils and Dead Stock there upon or belonging

To
130
To and which should thereafter during the Continuance of the Security thereby made
be purchased for or be upon or belonging to the Said plantations and
Hereditaments or any part thereof and also all Gardens Orchards Lands Meadows
pastures Feedings and appurtenances to the Said plantations and hereditaments
Belonging or in any wise appertaining or therewith occupied or Enjoyed To hold
the Same Unto and to the Use of the Said Richard Oliver his heirs Executors
Admors? and aʃsigns for ever according to the Nature and Quality of the Same
Premises respectively subject Nevertheleʃs to a provise therein Contained for
Redemption of the Same premises on payment by the Said Richard Oliver Smith
his heirs Executor admors? or Aʃsigns unto the Said Richard Oliver his
Executors admors? or aʃsigns of the Sum of Nine thousand pounds on or before the
twenty fourth day of March on thousand eight hundred and Eleven with Interest
at the Rate of five pounds per Cent per Annum as in and by the Said in part
Recited Indentures of Lease and Release on reference thereto respectively with
^more fully appear and whereas the Said principal Sum of Nine thousand pounds so secured
to the Said Richard Oliver in and by the said recited Indenture of the twenty first
day of June one thousand Eight hundred and ten was previous to and in the Year
one thousand Eight hundred and twelve reduced by Sundry payments made by
or on the Account of the Said Richard Oliver Smith Amounting together to one
Thousand two hundred and five pounds five Shillings to the Sum of Seven thousand
Seven hundred and Ninety four pounds fifteen Shillings as he the Said Richard
Oliver doth Hereby acknowledge And Whereas Since the Year one thousand eight
Hundred and twelve several Sums of money amounting in the whole to the sum?
of Two thousand one hundred and Eighty Eight pounds Nineteen Shillings and
one penny have from time to time been ^having? or for the Said Richard Oliver Smith
to the Said Richard Oliver on account of the Said principal Sum whereby the
Same is reduced to the Sum of Five thousand Six hundred and Five pounds
Fifteen Shillings and Eleven pence as he the Said Richard Oliver doth
hereby Also acknowledge And whereas the Said Several last mentioned payment
so made by or on the Account of the Said Richard Oliver Smith in reduction of
the said principal Sum of Nine thousand Pounds and Amounting to Two thousand
one hundred and Eighty Eight pounds Nineteen Shillings and one penny as
Aforesaid were made in manner following that is to say five hundred pounds
part thereof on or about the tenth day of June one thousand Eight hundred and
thirteen Five hundred pounds further part thereof on or about the thirtieth day of
April one thousand eight hundred and fourteen two hundred pounds other part
thereof, on or about the thirtieth day of May one thousand Eight hundred and
Fifteen one hundred and thirty Six pounds three Shillings and one penny further
part thereof on or about the thirtieth day of January last Fifty two pounds sixteen
Shillings other part thereof on or about the thirtieth day of April last and Five hundred
pounds the remaining part thereof on or about the twenty Sixth day of June last
And whereas all Interest upon or in Respect of the Said Sum of Two
Thousand Six hundred and Five pounds fifteen Shillings and Eleven pence
The ballance of principal money now due to the Said Richard Oliver by Virtue of
the Said recited Indenture of release or mortgage hath been paid by or for the Said
Richard Oliver Smith to the Said Richard Oliver up to the thirtieth day of
April now last part Now this Indenture Witnesseth that for and in
Consideration of the Said Several Sums of one thousand two hundred and
five pounds five Shillings five hundred pounds, five hundred pounds, five
hundred pounds One hundred and thirty six pounds there Shillings and
one penny Fifty two pounds Sixteen Shillings and five hundred pounds so
well and truly paid to the Said Richard Oliver Smith in reduction of the Said principal Sum of
Nine thousand pounds as aforesaid he the Said Richard Oliver for himself

his heirs
131
His heirs Executors admors and Aʃsigns doth hereby Covenant and declare with
and to the Said Richard Oliver Smith his heirs executors admors and aʃsigns
in manner following that is to Say that there is now due to him the Said Richard
Oliver from the Said Richard Oliver Smith upon or by virtue of the said in part
recited Indenture of Release or mortgage of the twenty first day of June one thousand
eight hundred and ten the full and Clear principal Sum of five thousand six
hundred and five pounds fifteen Shillings and Eleven pence of lawful money of
Great Britain only and no more and that all interest on or in respect of the Said
principal Sum hath been paid by or for the Said Richard Oliver Smith to him the
Said Richard Oliver up to the thirtieth day of April last and this Indenture also
witneʃseth that for the Considerations aforesaid he the Said Richard Oliver hath
_____ released and for ever discharged and by these presents doth _____
release and for ever discharge the Said Richard Oliver Smith his heirs Executors
admors and aʃsigns and also the Said plantations Lands Muʃsuages edifices and
other hereditaments negroes Slaves and the iʃsue and offspring thereof live and dead
Stock and all and Singular other the premises mentioned and described in the Said
Indentures of Release or Mortgages of the twenty first day of June one thousand eight
Hundred and ten of and from the Said Several Sums of one thousand two hundred
and five pounds five Shillings, five hundred pounds, five hundred pounds,
five hundred pounds, one hundred and thirty Six pounds three Shillings and
one penny fifty two pounds Sixteen Shillings, and five hundred pounds part of
the Said principal Sum of Nine thousand pounds and also of and from all and all
Manner of Action and actions suit and Suits Cause and Causes of Action and Suit
claims and demands ^whatsoever both at Law and in Equity or otherwise howsoever which he
the said Richard Oliver now hath or which he his heirs Executors admors or
Aʃsigns at any time or times hereafter can or may have claim challenge or
demand upon or Against the Said Richard Oliver Smith his heirs Executors
admors or aʃsigns or the Said hereditaments and premises respectively for or
in respect of the Said Several Sums of one thousand two hundred and
five pounds five shillings, five hundred pounds, five hundred pounds
five hundred pounds, one hundred and thirty Six pounds three Shillings and
one penny fifty two pounds Sixteen Shillings and five hundred pounds
part of the Said principal Sum of Nine thousand pounds under or by virtue
of the Said recited Indenture of the twenty first day of June one thousand
Eight hundred and ten or otherwise howsoever in any wise relating thereto
And the Said Richard Oliver doth hereby make nominate constitute and
Appoint Isaac Horsford and William Mitchell both of the Said Island
of Grenada Esquires jointly and each of them Separately to be his true and
Lawful attornies and attorney for him the Said Richard Oliver to appear
before the Secretary or Register of deeds in the said Island of Grenada or his
lawful deputy or other proper officer of the Said Island for the time being
and then and there to Acknowledge these presents to be the Act and deed of
him the Said Richard Oliver in order that the Same may be duly enrolled
and recorded as the Laws of the said Island require and direct and further
to do an perform every or any other Act deed matter or thing whatsoever in the
like Cases Accustomed or which shall be requisite or neceʃsary for giving effect
and Validity to these presents according to the true intent and meaning thereof
In Witness whereof the Said Richard Oliver | by George Brassey of
Austin Friars in the City of London Esquire his Attorney thereunto lawfully
Authorised by Virtue of a Certain power of Attorney bearing date the fifteenth
day of January one thousand Eight hundred and sixteen and duly registered
hath hereunto set his hand and Seal the day and Year first above written of

Geo (LS) Brassey, Atty to Richd Oliver
Signed Sealed and delivered by the within named Richard Oliver (by
George
132
George Braʃsey his Attorney) in the presence of
Richd Cranch. Union, Ct Broad St. B. Smithson,his CUC.
Richard Cranch of Union Court Broad Street London Gentleman Maketh
Oath and Saith that he this deponent and Benjamin Smithson his Clerk were
Respectively present and did see George Brassey the Lawful Attorney of Richard Oliver
Esquire the person mentioned and described in the Indenture of Release hereunto
Annexed Sign Seal and as the Act and deed of the Said Richard Oliver in due form
of Law deliver the Same Indenture and this deponent also Saith that the name
“Geo Brassey” Atty to Richd Oliver set and Subscribed to the Said Indenture of release
as the party Executing the Same is the proper hand writing of the Said George Brassey
and that the names “Richd Cranch” and “Bn Smithson” thereon indorsed as the
Witneʃses to the due Execution thereof are of the proper and respective hands writing of
this Deponent and the Said Benjamin Smithson Richd Cranch
at Mansion House, London, Sworn before me June 5th, 1817. Ww Wood. Major
To all to whom these presents shall Come I Matthew Wood Lord Mayor
of the City of London In pursuance of an Act of Parliament made and
Instituted an Act for the now easy Recovery of debts in his Majesty’s Plantation
And Colonies in America To hereby Certify that on the day of the dates hereof
Personally Came and appeared before me Richard Cranch 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 tool before me
upon the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God did Solemnly and Sincerely declare
testify and _____ 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 Lord
Mayor have Caused the Seal of the Office of Mayoralty
of the Said City of London to be hereunto put and affixed
and the Indentures of Release mentioned and referred to
in and by the Said Affidavit to be hereunto also annexed
Dated in London the fifth day of June in the Year of
our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Seventeen.
Windale
Bundle up, and enjoy,

Jim

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