Monday, July 9, 2018

Amanuensis Monday - Post #436: 1856 Deed of Henry A. White to Smith and Ellen Lewis in Killingly, Conn.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is from the Killingly, Connecticut Deed records for an 1856 deed of Henry A. White selling land to Smith and Ellen Lewis:

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 County of Windham and State of Connecticut for the consider-
ation of Eleven Hundred and Fiffty Dollars received to my full satisfaction of
Smith Lewis and Ellen Lewis wife of the said Smith both of Killingly
Do give grant bargain sell and confirm unto the said Smith Lewis and Ellen
Lewis their heirs and assigns forever one certain tract or parcel of land situ-
ated in said Killingly bounded and described as follows, viz., Bounded on the
North by land formerly owned by Thomas S. Pierce and belonging to the heirs
of Rhueben Bartlett Deceased East by land of Barnice Carder Southerly by
land of Brayton Slator to the West side of a highway thence Southerly by
the West side of said highway to land of Putnam Warren thence Westerly by
said Warren's land and land belonging to the widow and heirs of Joseph
Pray Deceased containing about forty acres be the same more or less
Together with a Dwelling House and other buildings thereon standing said
premises being subject to all legal highways passing over the same.

To have and to hold the above granted and bargained premises with the
appurtenances thereof unto them the said Grantees their heirs and assigns
forever to them and their own proper use and behoof. And also I the
said Grantor do for myself my heirs executors and administrators cove-
nant with the said Grantees their heirs and assigns that at and until the
ensealing of these of these presents I am well seized of the premises as a
good defensible estate in fee simple and have good right to bargain and
sell the same in manner and form as is above written and that the same
is free from all incumbrances whatever except said highway.

And furthermore I the said Grantor do by these presents bind myself
and my heirs forever to warrant and defend the above granted and
bargained premises to them the said Grantees their heirs and assigns
against all claims and demands whatsoever Except said highway.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 17th
Day of May AD 1856. Signed sealed and Delivered
In presence of us
Almond M. Paine                                     Henry A. White LS
Barnice Carder

                   State of Connecticut Windham County SS Killingly
                   May 17th AD 1856 Personally appeared Henry A.
                   White signer and sealer of the foregoing Instrument
                   and acknowledged the same to be his free act and
                  Deed before me.                      Almond M. Paine
Recorded May 20th 1856                          Justice of the Peace

by me Geo. W. Greenslitt 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 39, page 341 (image 745 of 820), Henry A. White to Smith and Ellen Lewis, 17 May 1856, recorded 20 May 1856, accessed on Family History Library microfilm US/CAN 1,450,885; 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 fifth deed recorded in Killingly town records for Henry A. White.  Smith and Ellen Lewis bought this land for $1,150 from Henry A. White on 17 May 1856.

Henry Arnold 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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