Part 516sb – Smith Robertson Genealogy – Indenture Research – 1798 Robert Smith – James Gordon Brebner – Carriacou – 1/4

30 May 2011

Good Afternoon,

My transcription work continues in the search for the ancestry and origins of my great-great-great-grandfather James Smith.

This next Indenture dated 13 April 1798 and entered to the Grenada Registers of Records 10 May 1799 is a long one; 27 pages of document copy. It also includes many, many names. This contract I believe includes property and land to include, more or less, 408 acres in Carriacou, as well as three islands: Molonia, Detournois, and Jacques Adam, all found in Grand Ance Bay. (The above inserted map is a Nautical Chart of Carriacou from 1891; from Wikipedia.)

The only Smith that I have been able to extract, entered five times, is one “Robert Smith of Basinghall Street London Gentleman”. Is there any connection to ggg-grandfather James Smith? At this point in my research there is no conclusive evidence that there is. My previous references to one Robert Smith are included in Part 192s and Part 427s.

Another name included in this Indenture, on Page 377, piqued my interest. It is that of “the Honorable James Gordon Brebner Esquire Chief Justice of his Majesty’s Southern Caribee Islands in America)…Brebner is a family name included in my Family Tree. See my previous references on July 10, 2009; Part 1; Part 3; and Part 6.

As this is a long Indenture I have decided to post my transcription work to four postings; 1/4; 2/4; 3/4; and 4/4. The Document Pages include Pages 376 through and including 402. They are downloaded from the Grenada Registers of Records 1799-1811 (v. M4-W4) from the microfilm FHL [1563378].

This is my first Smith-related transcription work from this microfilm and set of Registers. (I will be updating my Indenture Study Matrixes in the short future to indicate my progress.)

Here are images of Pages 376 through and including 382.


And my corresponding transcription –

(376)

B
Entered 10th May 1799
This Indenture of four Parts made the thirteenth
day of April in the thirty eighth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the
Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender
of the Faith _____ And in the Year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and ninety
eight Between John Campbell the Elder Alexander
Campbell and Alexander Campbell the Younger of the City
of Glasgow Merchants and Partners carrying on Trade under the firm of John
Campbell Senior and Company of the first part Patrick Bartlet late of
the Island of Carriacou in the West Indies but now of the City of Bristol in the
Kingdom of Great Britain Esquire William Arbuthnot of the said
Island of Carriacou Esquire and John Span of the said City of Bristol
Merchant

(377)

Merchant of the second part Joseph Kaye of Swithins
Lane London Gentleman of the third Part and Robert Smith of Basinghall
Street London Gentleman of the fourth Part Whereas by certain Indentures of
Lease and Release bearing date respectively on or about the second and third
days of September which was in the Year of our Lord One thousand seven
hundred and ninety five and made or expre∫sed to be made between James
Gordon of upper Grosvenor Street in the County of Middlesex Esquire of the one
Part And the said John Campbell the Elder Alexander Campbell and
Alexander Campbell the Younger of the other Part Reciting in the said
Indenture of Release that the said James Gordon being seized in his Demesne
as of fee or otherwise well and sufficiently intitled unto the Plantation and
Premises thereinafter particularly mentioned and described and described did by Indentures
of Lease and Release bearing date respectively the Twelfth and Thirteenth days of
April One thousand seven hundred and sixty nine and made between him the
said James Gordon ( by his then Name and Description of the Honorable James
Gordon Brebner Esquire Chief Justice of his Majesty’s Southern Caribee Islands
in America ) of the one Part and James Campbell and Duncan Campbell of
the Island of Grenada Esquires of the other Part In Consideration of the Sum of
Forty four thousand one hundred Pounds of lawful Money of Great Britain to
him paid or secured to be paid by the said James Campbell and Duncan
Campbell their Heirs Executors Administrators and A∫signs The Plantation or
Estate situate in the Island of Carriacou therein and hereinafter particularly
mentioned and described with the Negroes Slaves Cattle Stock and Appurtenances
thereunto belonging or appertaining To hold the same unto and to the use
of the said James Campbell and Duncan Campbell their Heirs Executors
Administrators and A∫signs as Tenants in Common and nor as joint Tenants
according to the natures and qualities thereof respectively And also reciting
in the Indenture of Release now in recital that by Indenture of Lease and
Releases bearing date respectively the fourteenth and fifteenth days of April One
thousand seven hundred and sixty nine and made between the said James
Campbell and Duncan Campbell of the one Part and the said James Gordon of
the

(378)

the other Part It was witne∫sed that for the Considerations
and Purposes therein mentioned They the said James Campbell and Duncan
Campbell did Grant Release and convey unto the said James Gordon as well the
said Plantation situate in the Island of Carriacou aforesaid with the Negroes
Slaves Cattle Stock and Appurtenances thereto belonging as also another Plantation
or Estate and Premises situate in the Island of Tobago To hold the same unto
and to the Use of the said James Gordon his Heirs Executors Administrators and
A∫signs according to the natures and qualities thereof respectively Subject neverthele∫s
to a Proviso Therein contained for Redemption of the same Premises on payment by
the said James Campbell and Duncan Campbell or either of them their or either
of their Heirs Executors Administrators or A∫signs unto the said James Gordon his
Executors Administrators or A∫signs of the said Sum of forty four thousand and one
hundred Pounds by Twenty one Annual Payments or Instalments of Two thousand
one hundred Pounds each at the times and in manner therein particularly
mentioned And also reciting in the said Indenture of Release now
in recital that the said James Campbell and Duncan Campbell afterwards
came to some Agreement between themselves touching a Partition of the several
Plantations and Estates held by them as Tenants in Common in the said Island
of Carriacou and in the Island of Tobago in the West Indies And upon such
Agreement the Plantation or Estate and Premises at Carriacou aforesaid were
allotted to the said Duncan Campbell and the nece∫sary Conveyances thereof were
made to him accordingly Subject to such Mortgage thereof as aforesaid And
also reciting in the Indenture of Release now in Recital that the said
Duncan Campbell some time after such Partition as aforesaid sold and conveyed
the said Plantation and Premises as Carriacou aforesaid unto and to the Use of
John Grant then of the Island of Carriacou aforesaid Esquire this Heirs Executors
Administrators and A∫signs for were according to the natures and qualities thereof
respectively And also reciting that the said annual Instalments
payable on the said Mortgage of the fourteenth and fifteenth days of April One
thousand seven hundred and sixty nine note having been regularly paid an
account Current of the Arrears thereof was on or about the twenty eighth day of April
One

(379)

One thousand seven hundred and eighty four made out by the said James
Gordon and such Account was duly settled and adjusted between him and the
said John Grant whereby it appeared that such Arrears amounted to the Sum of
five thousand two hundred and eighty three Pounds eighteen shillings and
three pence of lawful Money of Great Britain and thereupon the said Duncan
Campbell and John Grant did by their Bond or Obligator in Writing bearing
date the same Twenty eighth day of April One thousand seven hundred and
eight four and duly executed by them in the Island of Grenada aforesaid
became jointly and severally bound to the said James Gordon in the Penal Sum
of forty thousand Pounds conditioned for payment as well of such Arrears with
Interest thereon from the first day of November One thousand seven hundred
and eighty four on the several days and times therein mentioned as of such of the
said Principal Sums or Instalments in the said Mortgage contained as would
thereafter become payable or grow due at the several times in the said Mortgage
mentioned And also reciting in the Indenture of Release now in Recital
that the several annual Payments or Instalments in the Condition of the said Bond
mentioned not having been regularly paid an Account Current in respect thereof
was made up be the said James Gordon to the first day of November One thousand seven
hundred and eighty nine and such account was on or about the fourteenth day
of the same Month duly settled and subscribed in London by him and the said
John Grant whereby it appeared that there was then justly due and owing to the
said James Gordon upon and by virtue of the said recited Mortgage and Bond
the Balance or Sum of Ten thousand six hundred and seventy two Pounds thirteen
shillings and eight pence of like lawful Money of Great Britain And also
reciting that by another account Current in like manner made up settled
and adjusted by and between the said James Gordon and Thomas Campbell late
of the Island of Grenada Esquire on behalf of the said Duncan Campbell and
John Grant up to the twenty first day of December One thousand seven hundred
and ninety ( the several periods of Instalment in the said Mortgage mentioned
being then fully expired ) the Balance then remaining due to the said James
Gordon ( after crediting in such Account the sum of two thousand two hundred
and

(380)

And fifty one Pounds eighteen shillings and seven pence which on
the twenty first day of December One thousand seven hundred and ninety was
paid to the said James Gordon by the said John Campbell the Elder party
hereto for or on Account of them the said Duncan Campbell and John Grant )
amounted to the sum of Eleven thousand two hundred and fifty nine Pounds
thirteen shillings and four pence of like lawful Money of Great Britain and
which said Balance or Sum of Eleven thousand two hundred and fifty nine
Pounds thirteen shillings and four pence ( being principal Monies ) it was
agreed should be paid in five equal Payments of Two thousand two hundred
and fifty one Pounds eighteen shillings and eight pence each on the Twenty first
day of December yearly beginning on the twenty first day of December One
thousand seven hundred and ninety one together with Interest annually at
and after the Rate of Six Pounds per Cent per Annum ( the dame being the
lawful Interest of the said Island of Grenada and Carriacou and the Rate
of Interest specified in the said recited Bond executed in the said Island of
Grenada as aforesaid in manner at the foot of such last mentioned Account
particularly specified And also reciting that the said John Campbell
the Elder as the request and as Surety or Guarantee for the said Duncan
Campbell and John Grant or one of them did in and by a certain paper writing
under his hand bearing date the tenth day of January One thousand seven
hundred and ninety-one undertake and ingage to pay to the said James Gordon
the said Balance or Sum of Eleven thousand two hundred and fifty-nine Pounds
thirteen shillings and four pence so due to him upon the said Account current
made up to the Twenty first day of December one thousand seven hundred and
ninety as aforesaid with Interest thereon at the times and by the by several
Instalments at the foot of the said Account mentioned (that is to say) on the twenty
first day of December One thousand seven hundred and ninety One the sum of
Two thousand nine hundred and twenty-seven Pounds ten shillings and two
pence on the twenty-first day of December One thousand seven hundred and ninety
two the sum of two thousand seven hundred and ninety-two Pounds seven shillings
and

(381)

And eleven pence on the twenty-first day of December One thousand seven
hundred and ninety-three sum of Two thousand six hundred and fifty-seven
Pounds five shillings and seven pence on the twenty-first day of December One
thousand seven hundred and ninety-four the Sum of Two thousand five hundred
and seventy-two Pounds three shillings and three pence on the twenty-first day of
December one thousand seven hundred and ninety-five the sum of Two thousand
three hundred and eighty-seven Pounds and eleven pence said several
Sums made together with the said Sum of Two thousand two hundred and fifty
one Pounds eighteen shillings and seven pence before paid by the said John Campbell
the Elder to the said James Gordon as aforesaid the sum of fifteen thousand five
hundred and thirty-eight Pounds six shillings and five pence of lawful Money of
Great Britain And that it was by such Paper Writing stipulated and agreed that
upon the whole of the said Instalments being paid and discharged the said
James Gordon should execute the said John Campbell the Elder (for his Security
and Indemnification in the Premises) a Transfer of the said Mortgage and also an
A∫signment of the said Bond so given and executed by the said Duncan Campbell
and John Grant as after said And also writing in the Indenture of
Release now in recital that all such of the said several Instalments in the said
last mentioned Account Current and Paper Writing contained as had then become
due and Payable had been duly paid the said James Gordon by the said John
Campbell the Elder either singly or in Partnership with the said Alexander Campbell
and Alexander Campbell the Younger And also Reciting that the
said John Campbell the Elder Alexander Campbell and Alexander Campbell
the Younger had proposed to paid to the said James Gordon the last of the said
five Instalments amounting to the sum of two thousand three hundred and eighty
seven pounds and eleven pence he the said James Gordon first deducting a proportion
able Part of such Instalment for the time then unexpired of the period whereas the
same would become payable according to the said Mortgage Bond and Paper
Writing and that the said James Gordon had agreed to accept the same and
thereupon to execute and Transfer and A∫signment as thereinafter mentioned It
is by the Indenture of Release now in recital Witne∫sed that in consideration
of

(382)

Of the sum of the sum of two thousand three hundred and forty-six Pounds
fourteen shillings of lawful Money of Great Britain being said last
Instalment or Sum of two thousand three hundred and eighty-seven Pounds
and eleven pence after deducting thereout the sum of forty Pounds six shillings
and eleven pence in respect of such proportion of time there unexpired as
aforesaid) to the said James Gordon paid by the said John Campbell the
Elder Alexander Campbell and Alexander Campbell the Younger He the said
James Gordon did bargain sell alien release and confirm unto the said John
Campbell the Elder Alexander Campbell and Alexander Campbell the
Younger their Heirs Executors Administrators and A∫signs The said Plantation
or Estate Lands Tenements Negroes Slaves Cattle Stock Hereditaments and
Premises therein and hereinafter ^ particularly mentioned and described and intended to be
hereby Released and Conveyed To hold the same unto the use of the said
John Campbell the Elder Alexander Campbell & John Campbell the Younger
their Heirs Executors Administrators and A∫signs for ever according to the natures
and qualities thereof inspected lease subject neverthele∫s to such Redemption in Equity
as the said Plantation and Premises were then subject to under and by virtue of
said in part recited Indentures of Lease and Release or Mortgage of the
fourteenth and fifteenth days of April One thousand seven hundred and sixty-nine
or otherwise howsoever And it is by the Indenture of Release now in recital further
witne∫sed that for the considerations aforesaid either said James Gordon did bargain
sell a∫sign transfer and set over unto the said John Campbell the Elder Alexander
Campbell & Alexander Campbell the Younger The said in part recited Bond or
Obligation of the twenty-eight day of April one thousand seven hundred and eighty
four so given and entered into the said Duncan Campbell and John Grant to the
said James Gordon as aforesaid and all and every Sum and Sums of Money then due
or to become due and payable thereon and all remedies and Powers both at Law
and in Equity of the said James Gordon is Executors or Administrators for
compelling payment of such Monies To hold receive and take and enjoy the same
unto the said John Campbell the Elder Alexander Campbell and Alexander
Campbell the Younger their Executors Administrators or A∫signs as and for their own
proper

Stay tuned for my next Posting 2/4 with the next set of transcribed pages.

Enjoy,

Jim

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