MS 34. Literal transcription – misspellings are left intact, xxx 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: Aug’t 15 1754:
Bonj’n Biles, To W’m Ely, Dood of Convoy (ance) of Two Lotts of Land in Trenton
Recorded in tho Secretary’s Office at Burlington in Book A.B. of Deed of fol. 73
Signed: Reed Sec’y (Likely Charles Read, but not confirmed).
First page attached to main body with wax seal:
Benjamin Biles’s Title of Two Lotts of Land in Trenton Sold
To William Ely derived down: as Schedule following-
And to Which xxx annexed Deed doth Refer-
21st January 1685. Mahlon Stacy and Peter Fritwell to John Willford Original Deed. Recited in Jonathan Petits Deed to W’m Hope Dated 5 Aug’t 1723.
Upon Record Acres 100.
21st May 1695 JohnWilford and his son John’s to Nathaniel Pettit recited in Same Deed for 110 ^Acres and other Lands……} not recorded
13 March 1714 Nathaniel Petit’s Will recited in said Deed Devising xxx above to Jonathan Petit. 100 acres
5th August 1723 Jonathan Petit to William Hope for 5 Acres and ¼ pte of xxx 100.
16 17th Sept’r 1729 William Hope and Rebecca his Wife by Lease & Release to John Bainbridge of 5 acres & ¼.
10th ffeb’y 1732 John Bainbridge to his son John 5 acres & ¼ InterAlia Recorded.
20th May 1737. John Bainbridge Jun’r and Mary his Wife to Sam’l Biles & Elizabeth Biles including the 5 acres & ¼.
16th July 1744 Elizabeth Biles Release as joint Tenant with Sam’l Brother to Benjamin one half of 33 acres which Includes the five Acres & ¼
N:B: the above is the Claims of the title of the 5 acres Lott of the Title
N:B: The following is the Branch of the other Lott of 12 acres 1 Rood and 36 Perches, and Begins with the Deed from John Willford and his Son, to Nathan’l Petit but recites Nothing further-
21st May 1695. John Wilford and his son John to Nath’l Petit as the 2’d Entry above
7 March 1711 Natha’l Petit to his Son Elias Petit ab’v 40 acres including y’e Other Lot.
15 May 1754 Elias Petit to Benjamin Biles for 15 Acres. Which includes the Twolvo Acre on Rood & 36 porchos Lott.
This Indenture Made the ffifteenth day of August in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and fifty four Between Benjamin Biles of Trenton in the County of Hunterdon Esq’r of the one part and William Ely of the same Place Yeoman on the other Part. Whereas by Diverse and Sundry Mefne Conveyances and other good and Sufficient Afsurances in the Law (as by the Schedule of Deeds and Writings hereunto Annexed will more particularly Appear) the Above Mentioned Benjamin Biles, became intitled unto, and now at the Execution of these Presents is lawfully Seized in ffee of and unto Two Certain Tracts or Lotts of Land Situate lying and being in Trenton aforesaid the one Containing Twelve Acres on Rood and Thirty Six Perches of Land the other five acres of Land or thereabouts more or lefs and which are herein after more Particularly mentioned described and Exprefsed Now this Indenture Wittnefseth That the said Benjamin Biles for and in Consideration of the Sum of One Hundred and Eighty Nine pounds Ten shilling Proclamation Money to him the said Benjamin Biles in hand paid by the said William Ely before the Ensealing and Delivery of these presents the receipt whereof he the said Benjamin Biles doth hereby own and acknowledge and Thereof and every Part and Parcell thereof doth hereby acquit Exonerate release and Discharge the said William Ely his Heirs Executors Administrators & every of then for ever and by these Presents Hath Granted, Bargain, sold, aliened, enffeofed, released, Conveyed and Confirmed and by these Presents doth hereby fully freely Clearly and Absolutely Grant, Bargain, sell, Enffeofe Release Convey and Confirm unto the said William Ely/ by force and Virtue and in pursuance of the Act of General Afsembly of this Province of New Jersey for transferring of uses into Pofsefsion/ and to his Heirs and Afsigns forever all those Two Certain Tracts or Lots of Land Situate Lying and being in the Township of Trenton in the County of Hunterdon and Province of New Jersey aforesaid, Butted and Bounded as follows the one of the said Lotts Beginning at a Post in the line of Docter Pattersons Land and runs from thence North forty two Degrees east eight Chains and forty links to a Spanish Oak Tree then North Forty four Degrees Thirty Minutes West fifteen Chains and Thirty Links to a Hickery Corner to Arthur Howells then by the same South fifty one Degrees. West Seven Chains and a half to a Stake Corner to said Howell and William Johnson then by said Johnson and said Patterson South forty one Degrees East Sixteen Chains and Eighty Links to the place of Beginning Containing Twelve Acres one Rood and Thirty Six Perches of Land, The other Tract or Lott of Land beginning at a Stone by Hopewell Road and Runs from thence North Thirty five Degrees East five Chains and Seventy five Links to the Corner of Doctor Patterson’s Land then along the same North forty eight Degrees thirty Minutes West Eleven Chains, to an old maple stump on a Ditch Bank then along said ditch being Samuel Johnsons Bound South Seventeen Degrees forty five minutes West five Chains and forty links to Hopewell Road and so is Bounded along said Road to the Place of Beginning Containing five acres. Together with all and Singular the fences and Improvements whatsoever Belonging or in anywise Appertaining to the said Two Several Tracts and lotts of Land with all the mines Minerals and all and Singular the Comodyties Priviledges Advantages and Heriditaments to the said two several Tracts or Lotts of Land Belonging or in anywise appertaining. And all the Estate, Right, Title, Interest Property Claim or Demand Whatsoever of him the said Benjamin Biles his Heirs Ex’rs and Adm’rs Either in Law or Equity of in or to the said two Several Tracts and Lotts of Land or Premifses or any Part thereof. To Have and to Hold the said Two Several Tracts and Lotts of Land and all and Singular the Granted and Bargained Premifses with their and Every of their Appurtenances unto the said William Ely his Heirs and Afsigns for ever to the only Proper use and behoof of him the said William Ely his Heirs and Afsigns forever. And the said Benjamin Biles for himselfe his Heirs Ex’rs and Adm’rs doth Covenant Grant, and agree, to and with the said William Ely his Heirs and Afsigns by these Presents in manner following (Viz) that he the said Benjamin Biles at the tie of the Ensealing and Delivery hereof Standeth Lawfully and Rightfully Seized of the said Two Several Tracts and Lotts of Land and Premifses and every Part thereof of a Good sure and Indefeazeable Estate of Inheritance in fee Simple and now hath good Right and full Power Lawfull and absolute Authority in himself to Grant Bargain and sell the said Two Several Tracts and Lotts of Land and every Part thereof with their and every of their Appurtenances unto the said William Ely and to his Heirs and Afsigns forever according to the true Intent and meaning Thereof. And that it shall and may be Lawfull to and for the said William Ely his Heirs and Afsigns forever hereafter by Virtue of these Presents Quietly to have hold Occupy Pofsefs and Enjoy the said Two Several Tracts and Lotts of Land and Premifses and every Part thereof with every of their Appurtenances without the Lawfull Trouble Hindrance Eviction Ejection, Lett, Interruption, or Denyal of the said Benjamin Biles his Heirs, Executors, Administrators or any of them, or of any other Person or Persons whatsoever Claiming or Pretending to Claim, any Right Title Property Pofsefsion or Demand by his means or Consent But that the said Two Several Tracts and Lotts of Land and Premifses are and is free and Clearly Acquitted and Discharged of and from all former and other Incumbrances & Demands Whatsoever And the said Benjamin Biles for himself his Heirs Ex’rs and Adm’rs doth Covenant to and with the said William Ely his Heirs and Afsigns the said Two several Tracts and Lotts of Land and Premifses with all Appurtaining thereunto the said William Ely and his Heirs and Afsigns Against Him the said Benjamin Biles his Heirs Executors and Adm’rs and against all and every other Person and Person Whatsoever Shall and will Warrant and forever defend by these Presents- And further that he the said Benjamin Biles for himself his Heirs Ex’rs Adm’rs and all Claiming under him or them shall and will at any time hereafter during the Term of Seven Years next ensuing at the Request and Proper Cost and Charges of the said William Ely his Heirs and Afsigns make do Suffer Execute and Acknowledge or Cause to be ^done all such further and other Lawfull and Reasonable act or acts Thing or Things Conveyances and Afsurances in the Law Whatsoever for the further Better and more Perfect Afsuring Sure making Conveying and Confirming the said Granted and Bargained Premifses and every Part and Parcell of the same with their and every of their Appurtenances unto the said William Ely his Heirs and Afsigns forever according to the Tenor- purport true Intent and meaning of these Presents In Wittnefs Whereof the Parties to these Presents their hands and seals have Interchangeably sett and Putt the day and Year first above Written
Signed Sealed and Delivered
In the Presence of}
Signed: Jos Warrell.
Jos Yard Signed: Ben. Biles Seal
Perfonally Appeard before Me of a Judge of the County of Hunterdon, Benjamin Biles Who Accnowledged, That he Sealed and Delivered This Inftrument of Writing as his Act & Deed for the Ufes Therein Mentioned, Given Under My Hand at Trenton This Twenty forth Day of The Month Called April – 1769.
Signed: W Morris