Monday, June 18, 2018

Amanuensis Monday - Post #433: 1851 Deed of Henry A. White to Plina Mitchell in Killingly, Conn.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is from the Killingly, Connecticut Deed records for an 1851 deed of Henry A. White selling land to Plina Mitchell:

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
Henry A. White of Killingly in the County of Windham and State of Connecticut for
the consideration of one hundred and fifty dollars received to my full satisfaction
of Plina Mitchell of said Killingly, Do give, grant, bargain, sell and confirm unto the
said Plina Mitchell of said Killingly one undivided half of a certain tract a parcel
of land situated lying and being in said Town of Killingly, bounded & described
as follows viz. Northerly on land of Samson Covell. Westerly on land of William
Harrington and land of Otis Basto. Southerly on land of Arba Covell and land
of Samson Covell. Easterly on lands of Calvin Cutler, Otis Basto, Arba Covell
and containing by estimation fifty four acres be it the same more or less, with a
dwelling house, Barn and other out-houses thereon standing. The said tract or
parcel of land above described of which an undivided half is herein conveyed being
the same and all the same land which was conveyed to my father Jonathan White
by Joseph Arnold by deed bearing date the 9^th day of May AD 1837 to which reference
may be had for a more particular description.

To have and to hold the above granted and bargained premises, with the appurtenances
thereof unto her the said Plina Mitchell her heirs & assigns forever to her and their own
proper use and behoof. And also I the said Henry A. White do for myself my heirs
executors and administrators, covenant with the said Plina Mitchell, her heirs and
assigns that at and until the unsealing of these presents I am well seized of the
premises as a good indefensible estate in fee simple and have good right to bargain and
sell the same in manner & form as is above written, and that the same is free from
all incumbrances whatsoever. And furthermore I the said Henry A. White do by
these presents bind myself and my heirs forever to warrant and defend the above
granted and bargained premises to her the said Plina Mitchell her heirs and assigns
against all claims and demands whatsoever. Provided always & this deed is upon
condition that whereas the said Henry A. White is justly indebted to the above named
Plina Mitchell in the sum of One hundred and fifty dollars in and by his certain
promissory note bearing even date herewith in and by which said Note the said White
promises the said Plina Mitchell to pay to her or her ???? for value received the said
sum of one hundred & fifty dollars, two years from date with interest annually. Now if
the said White shall well & truly pay said Note according to the term and effect
thereof then this deed to be null & void, otherwise to be & remain in full force as wit?? in the law.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this
18^th day of April in the year of our Lord 1851.

Signed sealed and delivered
in presence of                                                Henry A. White {L.S.}
Daniel Mitchell
Earl Martin

Windham County SS. Killingly April 18^th AD 1851 Personally
appeared Henry A. White signed and sealed of the foregoing instrument and
acknowledged the same to be his free act and deed before me.
                                                      Earl Martin Justice of the Peace
Recorded April 18^th 1851         }
by John J. Warren 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 69, Henry A. White to Plina Mitchell, 18 April 1851, recorded 18 April 1851; accessed on Family History Library microfilm US/CAN 1450885; original records in Danielson, Conn. town hall.

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

This is the first deed recorded in Killingly town records for Henry A. White.  The deed clearly states that the land was conveyed to his father, Jonathan White (1803-1850) in 1837.  Jonathan White, in his will dated 18 April 1850 and proved on 27 April 1850, directed that his two sons receive all of his real estate in Connecticut and Rhode Island, and also that they pay their sister $200 one year after their mother's decease.  This deed may have been drawn to establish the fact that Henry A. White owned this parcel (perhaps he and his brother Albert White agreed to a division of the land).

In addition, Henry A. White writes a promissory note to the grantee Plina (Paulina?) Mitchell for the $150 purchase of the land, payable in two years after the date of sale.  

The names of the neighbors of this parcel may help me find a map of the property owners in this time frame to try to figure out the location of the land 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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