Monday, July 16, 2018

Amanuensis Monday - Post #437: 1856 Deed of Smith and Ellen Lewis to Henry A. White in Killingly, Conn.

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

[Volume 39, pages 346-347]

[Volume 39, pages 348-349]

The transcription of the deed (starting on the right-hand side of the page 347 image above) is:

To all people to whom these Presents shall come Greeting. Know ye that We
Smith Lewis and Ellen Lewis both of Killingly of Windham and
State of Connecticut for the consideration of Two Hundred Dollars received
to my full satisfaction of Henry A. White of said Killingly Do give grant
bargain sell and confirm unto the said Henry A. White his heirs and assigns
forever one certain tract or parcel of land situated in said Killingly Bou-
nded and described as follows (viz); bounded on the North by land formerly
owned by Thomas S. Pierce and land belonging to the heirs of Reuben Bartlett
Deceased East by land of barnice Carder Southerly by land of Brayton Slater

[page 348]

to the west side of a Highway thence Northerly by the west side of said
highway to land of Putnam Warren Thence Westerly by said Warrens land
and lands belonging to the widow and heirs of Joseph Pray Deceased contain-
ing 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 all appurtenances thereof unto him the said
Grantee his heirs and assigns forever to him and his own proper use and
behoof. And also we the said Grantors do for ourselves our heirs executors
and Administrators covenant with the said Grantee his heirs and assigns
that at and until ensealing of these presents We are well seized of the
premises as a good indefeasible estate in fee simple and have good right
to bargain and sell the same in manner and form as above written and
that the same is free from all incumbrances whatsoever Except said high-
way and furthermore We the said Grantors by these presents bind myself
or ourselves and our heirs forever to warrant and defend the above granted
and bargained premises to him the said Grantee his heirs and assigns
against all claims and demands whatsoever Except said highways. Provi-
ded Nevertheless that this Deed is on condition that whereas the said Grantors
is justly indebted to the said Grantee by their promisory Note bearing even
date herewith for the sum of Two Hundred Dollars payable to the said Grantee
a order for value received Two years from date thereof with interest annually.

Now if the said Grantors shall well and truly pay said note according to
the tenor and effect thereof then this Deed is to be null and void other-
wise to be and remain in full force and virtue in law. In witness whereof
I have hereunto set our hands and seals this 17th Day of May A D 1856.

Signed sealed and Delivered
In presence of                                               Smith Lewis LS
Almond M. Paine                                        Ellen X Lewis LS
Barnice Carder                                                  her mark

                         State of Connecticut Windham County SS Kill-
                         ingly May 17th A D 1856 Personally appeared Smith
                        Lewis & Ellen Lewis signers and sealers of the inst-
                        rument and acknowledged the same to be his free
                        act and Deed before me Almond M. Paine
                                                               Justice of the Peace
Recorded May
24th A D 1856 By me
Geo. M. Greenslitt Town Clerk

[written across the top of page 348]

Killingly July 23^rd 1857
I acknowledge to have received full
satisfaction for the Debt secured by this
Mortgage and do therefore hereby cancel
and discharge the same.
In presence of
Edward S. Lewis               Henry A. White
Amey F. White

Recorded July 29^th AD 1857
By me Thos. J. Evans, 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, pages 347-348 (images 749-750 of 820), Smith and Ellen Lewis to 
Henry A. White, 17 May 1856, recorded 24 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 sixth 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 (see ) and with this deed became indebted to Henry A. White for $200 on the same date as the earlier deed.  They paid off the debt on 23 July 1857.

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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