MS 33. Literal transcription – misspellings are left intact, ax denotes illegible word, italicized items are my own comments for clarification. Please note that in some instances the letter “e” has been replaced with the letter “o” and the letter “s” has been replaced with the letter “f,” as was the custom at that time – TG.
Title: John Anderfon et als
Receiv’d g Exam.
In pencil: 19th May 1751
This Indenture made the ninthteen Day of May—In the year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred and ffifty two Between John Anderson of Maidenhead in the County of Hunterdon and Province of New Jersoy Yeoman son and Hoir of Enoch Anderson lato of Trenton in the County and Province aforesaid Yeoman Deceased, and Enoch Anderson son of the said Enoch Anderson Deceased, Katherine Bonham Widow, Benjamin Stevens and Sarah his Wife, Ralph Smith and Rachael his Wife, all of the County and Province aforesaid Devisees and Residuary Legatees of the last Will and Testamont of the aforesaid Enoch Anderson Deceased of the one part, And Elijah Bond of Trenton in the County and Province aforesaid Inholder of the other part, Whereas the aforesaid Enoch Anderson Deceased was in his life time and at the Time of his Death Seized in his Demesne as of ffoo of and in Six Acres of Land with tho Appurtenances Situate lying and Boing in Trenton aforesaid and Butted and Bounded as follows, (that is to say) Beginning at a Stako in a Line of Land late James Trents Deceased and on the East sido of Queens Street and Runs from thence along said Street South three Degrees West fivo Chains and Sixty fivo Links to the Lott late William Yards Deceasod, Thence along the same North seventy five Degrees, East Ten Chains and forty Links to a Stone, thence North three Degrees West Six Chains and a Half to the line of said Trent, and then Along the said Line to the Place of Beginning, And whereas the aforesaid Enoch Anderson Deceased, By the Name of Enoch Andrus, in and by his said last Will and Testamont in writing Duly made and Executod Bearing Dato the second Day of October in the year one thousand sevon Hundred and fforty one Did Among Other things in the said Will Montionod and Contained, Give and Devise unto his son Joshua Anderson the aforesaid Six Acres of Land in the words following (Viz) And to my son Joshua I give Six Akers of Land Lying on the East side of York Roade where the Brew House is now Standing, And Two Hundred Akors of Land, lying in the Tract that I Bought of Doctor Kidwalader, He paying to me Sum of fourteen Pounds yearly, and aftor my Decease to have it Clear, as by the said last Will and Testament duly proved and Entered of Record in the Secretarys Office for the Province of New Jersey at Burlington, Reference Being thereunto had may more fully and at Large Appear, And whereas the said Joshua Anderson upon the Death of his said ffather Enoch Andorson the Testator and by Virtue of tho Deviso in his said last Will and Testamont abovo Montioned, was Lawfully Seizod and Did Actually Enter into and was in full Pofsofsion of the aforesaid Six Acres of Land with the Appurtonances Butted and Bounded as aforesaid And whereas the said Joshua Anderson Afterwards In and by his Certain Deeds of Lease and Release, The Lease Bearing Date the Twenty Eighth and the Release the Twonty Ninth Days of June in the yoar of our Lord ono thousand seven Hundred and fforty five, ffor and in Consideration of the Sum of Two Hundred and fifteen pounds proclamation Money, Did grant, Bargain, Sell, Release, Convey and Confirm the aforesaid Six Acres of Land with the Appurtenances unto the aforesaid Elijah Bond, party to these presonts, To have and to hold the said Six Acres of Land with the Appurtenances unto the said Elijah Bond his Heirs and Afsigns for Ever, as in and by the said Deeds of Lease and Release, Relation being thereunto also had will more fully and at Large Appear, And whereas By reason of tho Incorrect, and Injudicious Drawing of the before montioned will, And of Some Dubious, Dark, usolefs and Unintelligible Clauses and Exprefsions therein Containod, Diverse Litigeous persons in time to Come may be Induced to Raise many Doubts and Scruples, and putt false Glofsos and Interpretations on the Clause in the said Will by which the premifses aforesaid were Devised to the said Joshua Anderson Contrary to the True Intent and Meaning of the said Testators By which the said Elijah Bond his Heirs and Afsigns may be much Damaged and perplexed with ffrivilous and Exponsive Law Suits, Though ho the said Elijah Bond bo well known at Present to be an Honest and fair Purchaser of the said Premifsos for a Valuable Consideration, Now Therefore This Indenture Witnefseth that the aforesaid John Anderson, Enoch Anderson, Katherine Bonham, Benjamin Stevens and Sarah his Wife Ralph Smith and Rachael his Wife, for and in Consideration of the Sum of ffive Shillings to thom in hand paid by the said Elijah Bond, The receipt whereof is hereby Acknowledged (And moro Espocially in Consideration of, and for the Better and More Effectual Establishing and Confirming the said Elijah Bond his Hoirs and Afsigns for Evor, in the Lawfull and peaceable pofsofsion of the aforesaid Lott of Land and promifsos with the Appurtonances, According to the True Intent and Meaning of the Before in part recited Deeds of Lease and Release from the said Joshua Anderson to the said Elijah Bond his Hoirs and Afsigns as aforesaid) Have Remised, Confirmed, Released, and for Evor Quitt Claimed And by theso presonts Do for thomsolvos and Each and Evory of thom, and for their and Each and Evory of thoir Hoirs, Executors, Adm’s and Afsigns, fully freely and Absolutoly Remise, Confirm, Release and for Evor Quitt Claim unto the said Elijah Bond, and to his Hoirs and Afsigns for Evor all the said Lott of Land Containing Six Acres as aforesaid, with the Appurtonances, And all the Estate, Right of Entry and all other Right, Title Interest use pofsofsion proporty Claim and Demand whatsoevor Eithor in Law or Equity which tho said John Anderson as Hoir at Law to his said lato ffathor Enoch Anderson Deceased, Or the said Enoch Anderson, Katherine Bonham, Bonjamin Stovons and Sarah his Wifo Rachael (should be Ralph, but Rachael is written) Smith and Rachael his Wife or any or Either of thom as Devisees and Residuary Legatoos of the last Will and Testamont of the said Testator Enoch Andorson Deceased, Evor had now have or shall or may hereafter havo or hath of in or to the Bororo Montioned Six Acres of Land with the Appurtonances, By any Right, Colour of Right, or Claim whatsoevor in Pofsofsion Reversion, Remaindor or Expectancy, To have and to hold the said Six Acres of Land together with all and Singular the Hereditamonts and premifsos thereunto Belonging unto tho said Elijah Bond his Hoirs and afsins for Evor, And the said John Andorson,Enoch Anderson Katherine Bonham, Benjamin Seveons and Sarah his Wifo, Ralph Smith and Rachael his Wifo for thomsolvos, and Each of thom Severally and Rospoctively for himsolf, and for thoir and Each and Evory of thoir Hoirs Executors and Administrators Severally and Prospoctivoly Do Covonent and Grant to and with the said Elijah Bond his Hoirs and Afsigns, That ho tho said Elijah Bond his Hoirs and Afisgns shall and may at all timos for Evor horoaftor Peaceably and Quiotly Have, Hold Occupy pofsofs and Enjoy all and Singular tho said Six Acros of Land and premifsos Abovo montionod and Evory part and parcel thoroof with tho Appurtonances, without the Entry Lett Suit Trouble Hindrance Mollestation Intorruption or Denial of thom tho said John Anderson, Enoch Andorson, Kathorine Bonham, Benjamin Stovons and Sarah his Wifo, Ralph Smith and Rachael his Wifo or of any of thom, or of thoir or any of thoir Hoirs Executors Administrators or Afsigns and Evory of thom, And of and from all and Evory other porson and porsons whatsoevor Claiming or to Claim by from or Undor thom or any or Eithor of thom Joyntly or Sovorally in Law or Equity, or othorwise Howsoovor, And furthor that thoy the said John Andorson, Enoch Andorson, Katherine Bonham, Bonjamin Stevons and Sarah his Wifo Ralph Smith and Rachael his Wifo or any of thom Have not Dono Committed or Suffereod to bo dono any Act Matter or thing whatsoevor since tho Death of tho aforos’d Enoch Andorson tho Tostator, Whereby or by roason whoroof the aofrosaid Six Acros of Land or any part thereof may bo Impeachod Chargod or Incumbrod in Titlo, Chargo, Estato or othorwiso Howsoovor And Lastly that the said John Anderson, Enoch Anderson, Katherine Bonham, Benjamin Stevons and Sarah his Wifo, Ralph Smith and Rachaol his Wifo they and Evory of thom and all and evory othor porson and porsons any thing havoing or Claiming in the af’d Six Acres of Land and promifsos or any part or parcell thoroof by from or and or thom or any or Eithor of thom Joyntly or Sevorally Eithor in Law or Equity, Shall and Will at all timos hereaftor upon the Roasonable Requost and at tho Costs and Chargos in the Law of the said Elijah Bond his Hoirs and Afsigns, mako Do and Acknowlodge or Cause or procuro to be mado Dono and Acknowlodgod all and Evory Such furthor and Othor Lawfull and Roasonable Act and Acts thing and things Dovice and Dovices Convoyances and Afsuroances in the Law Whatsoevor for tho furthor Bottor and Mor porfoct Releaseing and Confirming of thos aforesaid Six Acros of Land and promifsos with the Appurtonances unto the said Elijah Bond his Hoirs and Afsigns for Evor, as by him tho said Elijah Bond his Hoirs and Afsigns and his and thoir Council Learnod in tho Law shall bo reasonably Devisod Advisod or Roquirod, so that the said furthor Afsureance or Afsureances Contain no furthor or othor warantoo or Covonant than what aro Containod and Exprofsod, or Meant Montionod or Intondod to bo Conatinod and Exprofsod in thoso presonts, In Witnefs whereof the parties to these presonts Have hereunto Intorchangeably Sett their Hands and Seals the Day and year firt above written- 1750-(This clearly says 1750, but the date first written certainly looks like “fifty two,” therefore the first noted date is being used here – TG.)
Signed: John Anderson Seal Enoch Anderfon Seal Her Mark Chathrine Bonham Seal Benj Stevens Seal Sarah Stevens Seal Ralph Smith Seal Rachel Smith Seal
Verso left: Sealed and Delivered In the presence of}
Signed: Jacob Larrew
Verso right: Memorandum that on the 20th Day of June 1770 personally appeared before me Isaac Smith Esq’r one of the Judges for the County Huntordon in the Court of common Pleas Thomas Anderson one of subscribing Witnefses who being Duly sworn on the holy Evangelists of almighty God did dopofe & say that he saw John Andorson Enoch Anderson Catharine Bonham Benj’m Stevons Sarah Stevens Ralph Smith & Rachel Smith sign seal & execute the within Indenture for the Ufes & purpofes therein montioned
Proved the Day & Year above written before me
Signed: Isaac Smith
In pencil: Date of Deed 19th May 1752
Recorded in the Socrotary’s Offico at Burlington in Libor A:D of Deeds folio 256.
Signed: Chas. Pettit Soc’y