Part 430s – Smith Robertson Genealogy – Indenture Research – 1821 GGG-Grandfather James Smith – Pleasant Hill Estate

06 January 2011

Good Morning, Joyous Three Kings Day, Greetings for Epiphany, and a Merry 12th Day of Christmas…

Another cold front is moving into the southern climes of Florida. Canada has all been a very generous and giving country, but for once could you please keep and refrain from sending us your blasted winter air?

In my search and work on my Transcription Project of the Grenada Registers of Records I now move to a new Item, Item 7 of the microfilm FHL [1563379]. This microfilm covers the Register of Records 1811-1825 (v. W4-H5). The prime purpose of my Transcription Project is my quest and search for the origins of and possible genealogy of my ggg-grandfather James Smith.

The first Document of this Item 7, is included on Pages 56 through and including 58. It appears to be a contract lease and sale of approximately 11 acres of land in the Parish of Saint Andrew. From my understanding of the Document, and I am neither a Contract nor Real Estate Lawyer, ggg-grandfather James Smith is selling, well sold, the Pleasant Hill Estate to one William Lyon, a Mason, also of Grenada.

Here are the downloaded images of the Indenture –

And my transcription –

Grenada 28 May 1816

Entered 28 April 1821
This Indenture of Lease made the twenty third day of May n
the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and sixteen and in the
fifty sixth 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 an so forth Between James Smith of the parish of Saint George and the
Island of Grenada Mill Carpenter of the One part and William Lyon of the Parish
of Saint Andrew in the Island of Grenada aforesaid Mason of the other part
Witne∫seth that for and in Consideration of the sum of the five shillings Current money
of thesaid Island Grenada to him thesaid James Smith in hand well and truly
paid at on before the sealing and delivery of these presents by thesaid William Lyon
the receipt whereof is here acknowledged he thesaid James Smith Hath
granted bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant bargain and sell
unto thesaid William Lyon his Heirs Executors and Administrators All that
Plantation or parcel of land commonly called or known by the name of
Pleasant Hill Estate situate lying and being in the parish of Saint Andrew of
the said Island Grenada Containing Eleven acres of land English Statute
measures or thereabout abutting and bounded as next hereinafter is mentioned
that is to say To the East by the road leading from Pelerins? land to the
mountains as the same is at present existing To the west by the Retreat
Estate To the North by land now belonging to the Heirs of Canteloup de Bundin?
deceased and to the south by Cherry Hill Estate or howsoever otherwise thesaid
parcel of land or Plantation or any part thereof is abutted and boundary and
by whatsoever other Name or Names description or descriptions the same
is or has bee called known by distinguished or described And also all me∫suages
Tenements Edifices Erections and buildings erected built standing or being on
the same plantation or parcel of land And also all Ways paths passages
Lights easements Waters watercourses Woods underwoods Priviledges profits
Comodities Condiments Advantages hereditaments rights members
and appurtenances whatsoever to thesaid plantation or parcel of land
me∫suages Tenements and premises belonging or in any wise appertaining
either with most commonly _____ used occupied possessed or enjoyed or accepted
reputed deemed taken or known as part parcel or _____ of the same premises
and the reversion and reversions remainder and remainders yearly and other
_____ i∫sues and profits thereof And also all the Estate right title interest _____
trust possession property Claim challenge and demand whatsoever of him thesaid
James Smith either at Law or in Equity of in to or out of this and Plantation or parcel
of law me∫suages tenements hereditaments and premises mentioned or intended to
be hereby bargained and sold and also all deeds evidences and writings muniments
_____ and _____ anywise relating to the same plantation or parcel of land which
now are in the custody of the aforesaid James Smith or which he can or may come by
without suit either at Law or in Equity To have and to hold thesaid plantation
or parcel of land me∫suages tenements and all and singular the premises
mentioned or intended to be hereby bargained and sold with their and every of
their appurtenances unto thesaid William Lyon his Heirs Executors
administrators and a∫signs from the day next before the day of the date
hereof during and unto the full and of whole year from thence next ensuring


And fully to be complete and ended Yielding and Paying therefor
unto thesaid James Smith his Heirs and a∫signs the rent of One Pepper Corn
only at the _____ of the said term if the same _____ be lawful _____
To the intent and purpose that by virtue of these presents and by force of the
Statute for transferring use unto possession made and provided He thesaid
William Lyon may be with actual possession of thesaid Plantation or
parcel of land me∫suages tenements and all and singular the other heredita-
ments and premises mentioned and intended to be hereby bargained and sold
and thereby to enable to accept and take a Grant and release of the Freehold
_____ _____ and _____ of thesaid premises unto and to the only proper
use of thesaid William Lyon his Heirs and a∫signs in and by a certain Indenture
of Release _____ prepared? intended to bear date the day next after the day of
the date thereof and made or mentioned to be made between the same parties as
are to these presents In witness whereof the party first above named his Hand
and Seal has set to these presents the day and year first above written.
James (LS) Smith
Signed and Delivered in the presence of
L. Vonweiller

The above insert of the Three Wise Men is a snippet from "Mary and Child, surrounded by angels", mosaic of a Ravennate italian-byzantine workshop, completed within 526 AD by the so-called "Master of Sant'Apollinare", from Wikipedia.

The next Indenture appears to also involve both ggg-grandfather James Smith and William Lyon. Stay tuned.




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