Monday, June 11, 2018

Amanuensis Monday - Post #432: 1852 Deed of Paulina Mitchell to Henry A. White in Killingly, Conn.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is from the Killingly, Connecticut Deed records for an 1852 deed of Paulina Mitchell selling land to Henry A. White:

The transcription of the deed (on the right-hand side of the image above) is:

To all people to whom these presents shall come Greeting;
Know ye that I Paulina Mitchell of the town of Killingly County of
Windham and State of Connecticut for the consideration of One hundred
and fifty dollars received to my full satisfaction of Henry A. White of the
town of Killingly County of Windham State of Connecticut have remised
released and forever Quit claim and do by these presents for myself and
my heirs justly and absolutely remise release and forever Quit claim unto
the said Henry A. White and to his heirs and Assigns forever all such rights
title and interest as I the said Paulina Mitchell have or ought to have in
or to one certain lot or tract of land situated in the town County & state aforesaid
containing by estimation fifty four Acres be it the same more or less, bounded as
follows (viz.) beginning at the northwest corner of said lot which is now a bound
of William Harrington's land and in line of Samson Covell's, thence southerly on said
Harrington's land to a stake and stones about fifty rods be it the same more or less,
thence easterly on said Harrington's land to grey oak tree or stump with stones
about it, thence southerly on said Harrington's land to a stake and stones being
about forty rods more or less, thence westerly on said Harrington's land to a long
stone stuck in the ledge a corner of Otis Basto's land thence southerly on said
Basto's land about fifty rods to an oak tree with stones about it thence easterly
on land of Arba Covell until it comes to the road or highway, thence N 30-1/2 E
10 rods 7 links on land of Calvin Cutler, thence N 10-1/2 E 9 rods 5 links, thence N
17 E 11 rods 12 links, thence N 11-1/4 W 11 rods to a stake & stones, thence S 8-1/2 E 11 rods
7 links, thence N 86-1/2 E 14 rods on land of Calvin Cutler to a stake & heap of stones, thence
N 66-1/2 W 3 rods on said Basto's and Arba Covell's land, thence N 78 W 8 rods 21 links on s^d
Covell's land, thence on said Covell's land to a heap of stones being about fifty rods
more or less, thence westerly on land of Samson Covell to the first mentioned
bound, with a dwelling house & barn thereon standing. To have & to hold the premises unto
him the said Henry A. White and unto his heirs and assigns to the only use and
behoof of said Henry A. White his heirs & assigns forever so that neither I the said
Grantor nor my heirs or any other persons in my name and behalf shall or will
hereafter claim or demand any rights or title to the premises or any part thereof
but they and every of them shall by these presents be excluded & forever barred.

In witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 21^st day of May 1852.
signed Sealed & delivered
In presence of
Daniel Mitchell                                           Paulina Mitchell { L S }
Albert H. White                                                her X mark

Killingly May 21^st 1852 Windham County Ss personally appeared Paulina Mitchell
signer & sealer of the above instrument & acknowledged the same to be her free Act & deed
Before me.                                        Hazael Peckham Justice of the Peace

Recorded May 22^nd 1852 by Harley H. Adams Town Clerk

The source citation for this deed is:

Killingly (Connecticut) Town Clerk, Land Records, 1709-1907; General Index, 1709-1908, "Land records, Vol. 37-39, 1850-1857," Volume 37, page 326, Paulina Mitchell to Henry A. White, 21 May 1852, recorded 22 May 1852; accessed on Family History Library microfilm US/CAN 1450885; original records in Danielson, Conn. town hall.

There are several deeds for my 2nd great-grandfather Henry A. White (1824-1885) in Killingly, Connecticut land records.  These records are recorded in the Connecticut towns rather than in the county records.  

The metes and bounds for this deed define the boundaries of the property, and provide some indication of the neighbors.  Hopefully, I can find a map of the property owners in this time frame to try to figure out just where the land was in Killingly.

Henry A. White (1824-1885) was a son of Jonathan and Miranda (Wade) White of Killingly.  He married Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864) in 1844 in Thompson, Connecticut.   Their daughter, Julia E. White (1848-1913), who married Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) is my great-grandmother.  


NOTE:  Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent  TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday."  John offers this definition for "amanuensis:" 

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

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