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Dr. John Stites - property dealings


Deed – Secretary of State, New York.

Deed Book 26, pgs 229-230


John Stites & wife Susannah
and
John Innes Clarke & John B. Murray 

This Indenture made the fourteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety four between John Stites of the State of New Jersey Merchant and Susannah his wife of the one part and John Innes Clarke of the town of Providence in the State of Rhode Island and John  B. Murray of the City of New York Merchants of the other part 

Witnesseth that the said John Stites and Susannah his wife for and in consideration of the sum of fifteen hundred  pounds current money of the State of New York to them in hand paid at or before the ensealing and delivery of these presents by the said John Innes Clarke and John  B. Murray the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted bargained sold aliened remised released conveyed assured enfeoffed and confirmed fully freely and absolutely by these presents unto the said John Innes Clarke and John  B. Murray’s heirs and assigns forever All these several lots or tracts of lands situate lying and being in the County of Washington being part of Totten and Crossfields purchase and in the town of Peterborough otherwise called Township No. 30 granted by letters of patent of the people of the State of New York bearing date the … day of ……. 17..  to Peter Van Burgh Livingstone and Elias Bondinot and which said lots in the general partition of said Patent fell to the share of the said Elias Bondinot Esquire and are distinguished and known in a map of the said Township by Lots numbers four, six, , eight, ten, twelve, fourteen, sixteen, eighteen, twenty, twenty two and twenty four containing each one thousand acres making in the whole eleven thousand which said several lots of land above mentioned were conveyed to the said John Stites the ninth day of January 1794 by Elias Bondinot Esquire and Hannah his wife reference being had to the said Patent or Record thereof in the Secretary’s Office will fully appear as also the said conveyance 

Together with all and singular the appurtenances privileges and advantages whatsoever appertaining or belonging;  And the reversion and reversions remainder and remainders rents issues and profits thereof;  And also all the estate right title interest property claim and demand whatsoever as well in law as in equity of the said John Stites of in and to the same or any part or parcel thereof with the appurtenances 

To have and to hold all and singular the said premises above mentioned and intended to be hereby granted and released with the hereditaments and appurtenances thereto belonging unto the said John Innes Clarke and John  B. Murray their heirs and assigns to the only proper use and behoof of the said John Innes Clarke and John  B. Murray their heirs and assigns forever subject nevertheless to reservations and restrictions in the Patent contained and the said John Stites for himself his heirs executors and administrators doth covenant promise grant and agree to and with the said John Innes Clarke and John  B. Murray their heirs and assigns that he the said John Stites at the time of ensealing and delivery of these presents is lawfully seized in his own right of in and to the aforesaid described premises hereby granted and conveyed with the appurtenances as of a good sure perfect absolute and indefeasible estate of inheritance in the law in fee simple without any manner of condition to alter change determine or defeat the same and hath in himself good right full power and lawful authority to grant bargain sell convey and release the above said described land and premises with the appurtenances unto the said John Innes Clarke and John  B. Murray their heirs and assigns in manner aforesaid

And also that the said John Innes Clarke and John  B. Murray their heirs and assigns shall and may from time to time and at all times hereafter peaceably and quietly have hold occupy posses and enjoy the said hereby granted and bargained premises with the appurtenances, without any suit trouble molestation or interruption whatsoever of the said John Stites or his heirs or assigns or of any person or persons having or lawfully claiming or to claim any estate right title interest of in or to the same or any part or parcel thereof, and that free and clear and freely and clearly acquitted exonerated released and forever discharged of from and against all former and other gifts grants bargains sales leases releases mortgages dowers rights and titles of dower and from all other charges, troubles and incumbrances whatsoever had made committed done or suffered by the said John Stites or by any other person or persons whatsoever having or lawfully claiming or to claim any estate right title or interest of in and to the aforesaid described lots of land and premises 

And lastly that the said John Stites his heirs the said lots and premises above mentioned and described and hereby granted and released and every part and parcel thereof with the appurtenances unto the said John Innes Clarke and John  B. Murray their heirs and assigns against the said John Stites his heirs and against all and every other person or persons whomsoever shall and will warrant by these presents forever defend 

In witness whereof the parties to these presents have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year above written     John Stites    Susannah Stites 

Sealed and delivered in the presence of  
John Ray,  Archd. McLean…….. New York….. August 15 1794 

Then received the consideration of fifteen hundred pounds within mentioned in full
John Stites 

Witnesses    Jas. Abeel,  John Viall 

Be it remembered that on the fourteenth day of August one thousand seven hundred and ninety four before me John Ray one of the Masters in Chancery for the State of New York personally appeared John Stites and Susannah his wife who severally and acknowledged they signed sealed and delivered the within written Indenture as their voluntary act and deed for the uses and purposes therein mentioned; and the said Susannah being examined by me privately and apart from her said husband acknowledged she executed the same without any fear threat or compulsion of her said husband. And there appeared no material erasures or interlineations in the said Indenture I do allow the same to be recorded.  John Ray 

The preceding Indenture was recorded at the request of John Innes Clarke and John  B. Murray and is a true copy of the original (page 230 line 10 word “­thousand” and line 46 “any” wrote on erasures; line 24 and line 27 of same page word “the” obliterated) Examined and compared therewith this 11th October 1794

By me  Lewis A. Scott Secretary


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