Part 428s – Smith Robertson Genealogy – Indenture Research – 1819 Two Smiths – Archibald and James

04 January 2011

Good Morning,

And the search continues. All the time my eyes are at a constant saccade looking for that one iota of a hint or clue which may lead to some information or fact as to the origins of my ggg-grandfather James Smith. This is how I am in my transcription project searching for that connection which will provide me the ancestry and genealogy of my ggg-grandfather James. I am obsessed. Genealogy is my quest.

The next Document from the Grenada Registers of Records in my Transcription Project is one that is associated to the Smiths of Jordan Hill, Scotland. And this time there are now only two Smiths; Archibald and James. It appears that since my most recent Posting in Part 427s, and sometime between 19 July 1819 and 17 August 1819 one of the James Smiths, one of the co-partners of Leitch & Smith, has passed away. But of course there is no indication as to which one. (At times, I wonder what it would be like not having the most common name in the English language.)

This new Document also indicates that the co-partner John Smith has passed away as well. Here is where I get a bit confused as I am, from information from Part 427s, under the impression that John Smith had been deceased prior to 19 July 1819. All-things-being-equal this could be a reiteration of the event as this specific Indenture was written just under a month after the previous one.

This Indenture can be cross-referenced back to the 1810 Indenture and Document I worked on in Parts 398s and 399s. There was a singular mention on Page 309, in Part 399s to a James Smith, and at that time I did not have any indication as to which James Smith it could be. All-things-being-equal, and due to this new 1819 Document it is possible that the James Smith that was being referred to was one of the Jordan Hill James Smiths and not ggg-grandfather James. I have indicated with a red ellipse on the above inserted 1801 map of Grenada of where I believe may have been the approximate location of the Estates as discussed in the Indentures.

This genealogy stuff can become somewhat confusing at times… especially in my search for James Smith.

Here are the images of the two pages, 872 and 873 as downloaded from Item 5 of the microfilm FHL [1563379].

And my transcription –


Entered 6th March 1820
This Indenture made the seventeenth day of August in the year of Our Lord One thousand
eight hundred and Nineteen Between Archibald Smith Adam Crooks John Guthrie John Ryburn James
Smith Andrew Rankin and John Lyndsay (who have survived James Smith and John Smith Merchants
and Copartners carrying on Busine∫s in that part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
called Scotland (acting herein by William Kirkland of the Town of Saint George in the Island of Grenada
Merchant Our Attorney) of the One part and Ferdinand De Creft of the Parish of Saint Andrew in the
said Island of Grenada Planter of the other Part Witne∫seth that for and in Consideration of the
Sum of ten shillings Current money of Grenada to them the said Archibald Smith Adam
Crooks John Guthrie John Ryburn James Smith Andrew Ranken and John Lyndsay in hand
well and truly paid at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is
thereby acknowledged They the said Archibald Smith Adam Crooks John Guthrie John Ryburn James
Smith Andrew Rankin and John Lindsay Have and each of them Hath Granted bargained and sell?
and by these presents Do and each of them Doth grant bargain and sell unto the said Ferdinand De Creft
his Executors Administrators and A∫signs All that Sugar Plantation or Estate called Colombier
situate lying and being in thesaid Parish of Saint Andrew and Island aforesaid Containing forty
eight Quarres of Land French Measure or thereabouts be the same more or le∫s and abutted and
bounded as follows that is to say On the East by the Estate or Plantation called Balthazar on the West
by the Estate or Plantation called Zomlin? on the North by the Estates or Plantations called Mirabeau?
and Retreat and on the South by the Estate or plantation called Laforce or howsoever otherwise
the same may be abutted and bounded and bounded and also all those Fifty Negro and other Slaves
now being upon or belonging to the said Estate or Plantation called Colombier And also all these
Sixteen Negro and other Slaves whose several and respective names are mentioned and set forth
in a certain Schedule or List annexed to a certain Indenture of Release already prepared and
annexed to this Indenture ^of release already prepared and annexed to this Indenture intending to bear date the day next after the day of the date of these
presents and made or mentioned to be made by and between the same parties as are parties to these
presents and all the I∫sue and Increase of the Females of the said Slaves And also all that other
Coffee and Cocoa Estate or plantation call Pyrrhennes? situate lying and in the said Parish of Saint
Andrew Containing by Estimation twenty quarres of Land French Admeasurement or thereabouts
be the same more or le∫s and abutted and bounded as follows that is to say _____ East by the Estate or
Plantation called Morneuolin? On the West by Chadeus? and Ungranted Lands on the North by Vandor?
of Preudhomme and Molenier and on the South by Lands formerly Richardson howsoever otherwise
the same maybe abutted and bounded and all and every the live and dead stock Utensils and
Implements of plantership on each of the said Plantations being or to the same belonging and also
all Dwelling Houses Outhouses Negro houses Boiling houses Mills Sugar Works Coffee _____
Edifices and buildings whatsoever of every description on the said two Plantations or either of them
standing or being or thereto belonging and all Cocoa and other Trees thereon growing and all ways
paths pa∫sages Waters Water courses Profits Commodities Advantages Hereditaments and Appurtenances
whatsoever to each of the said plantations or Estates and premises belonging or in any wise appertaining
or therewith or with either now or at any time had held used occupied or enjoyed or accepted
reputed deemed taken or known as part parcel or member thereof or of any part thereof and the
Reversion and Reversions Remainder and remainders Yearly and other rents I∫sues and profits of each
and every part parcel and member thereof To have and To hold the said two Plantations or Estates
and all and singular the Negro and other Slaves as mentioned in thesaid Schedule Buildings Planta
tion Utensils Implements and all and singular other the hereditaments and premises and each
and every of them hereby bargained and sold or intended so to be with their and each and every of their
appurtenances unto thesaid Ferdinand De Creft his Heirs Executors Administrators and A∫signs from
the day next before the day of the date of these presents for and during and unto the full end and
term of One whole year from thence next insuring and fully to be complete and ended Yielding and
Paying therefor One pepper Corn at the End of thesaid Term if the same shall be lawfully demanded
For the intent that by virtue of these presents and by force of the statutes made for transferring same? with
Po∫session he thesaid Ferdinand De Creft may be in the strict? possession of all and singular _____


Premises hereby granted bargained and Sold with their and every of their appurtenances and may thereby
be _____ to take and accept of a Grant and Release of the Reversion and Inheritance thereof unto and to
the only proper use and behoof of him thesaid Ferdinand De Creft his Heirs and A∫signs for ever In Witne∫s
whereof the parties to these presents have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above
Archd Smith by his Atty W Kirkland (LS) Adam Crooks by his Atty W Kirkland (LS)
John Guthrie by his Atty W Kirkland (LS) John Ryburn by his Atty W Kirkland (LS) James Smith by his Atty
W Kirkland (LS) Andrew Rankin by his Atty W Kirkland (LS) John Lindsay by his Atty W Kirkland (LS) 
Sealed and delivered in the presence of
John Reynaert




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