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John Stites - property dealings


Deed - Essex County, New Jersey.

Book H, pg.151


Elijah Woodruff and wife
to
John Stites, Matthias Denman and William Steele 

This Indenture made this twenty second day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety four Between Elijah Woodruff of Springfield in the County of Essex and State of New Jersey and Mary his wife of the one part, and John Stites, Matthias Denman and William Steele of the County and State aforesaid, Trustees of the Proprietors of the Columbian Manufacturing Society of the second part 

Witnesseth that the said Elijah Woodruff and Mary his wife, for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and sixty pounds lawful money of the State of New Jersey, to them in hand well and truly paid by the said John Stites, Matthias Denman and William Steele at the sealing and delivery of these presents, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, and they the said John Stites, Matthias Denman and William Steele, thereof, and therefrom are acquitted, exonerated, and forever discharged, have given, granted, bargained, sold, aliened, released, enfeoffed, conveyed, and confirmed, and by these presents do give, grant, bargain, sell, alien, release, enfeoff, convey, and confirm unto the said John Stites, Matthias Denman and William Steele, their heirs and assigns forever, in trust for the use of the proprietors of the Columbian Manufacturing Society and their successors forever, all that certain tract or parcel of land situate, being, and lying in Springfield, 

beginning at a large whitewood tree standing on the Southeast side of the large Pond, and in the line of Samuel Tyler;
thence North fifty degrees and twenty minutes East, two chains and forty one links;
thence South eighty three degrees and twenty minutes East, six chains and forty one links, along the line of the said Samuel Tyler, to a stake;
thence North three degrees and thirty minutes West, one chain and thirty three links to a small apple tree;
thence North thirty nine degrees and thirty five minutes West, fourteen chains and sixty eight links to a corner of lands belonging to Walter Smith;
thence South eighty three degrees West, nine chains and ninety four links;
thence South sixty eight degrees and forty minutes West, two chains and eighty links, along the line of the said Walter Smith, to a whitewood tree standing in the corners of the said Walter Smith, Samuel Tyler and William Steele;
thence South fifty four degrees and twenty minutes East, three chains and thirty links;
thence South forty two degrees and twenty minutes East, seven chains and fifty three links;
thence South sixty one degrees and twenty minutes East, seven chains to the beginning corner. 

Also so much land as to open a passage from the land of the said Samuel Tyler, along the line of the said Walter Smith, to the above described premises, the said passage to be four rods wide where it communicates with the lands of the said Samuel Tyler, and three rods wide where it communicates with the above described premises, and equally wide in every part thereof in proportion to the extremes of the said passage, The whole containing fifteen acres and one quarter acre, be the same more or less. Together with all and singular the houses, outhouses, barns, stables, gardens, orchards, fences, pastures, meadows, ways, waters, mines, minerals, profits, hereditaments, and appurtenances to the same belonging, or in any wise appertaining, except the wood and timber which the said Elijah Woodruff and Mary his wife reserve unto and keep for the use themselves their heirs and assigns, together with the privilege of cutting and taking away all the same for the space of three years from and after the date of these presents. 

And also all the estate, right, and title, interest, property, claim and demand whatsoever of them the said Elijah Woodruff and Mary his wife, of in and to every part and parcel thereof, the wood and timber excepted as before; To have and to hold the above granted and bargained premises with every of the appurtenances, the wood and timber excepted as before, unto the said John Stites, Matthias Denman and William Steele, their heirs and assigns in trust for the use and benefit of the Proprietors of the Columbia Manufacturing Society, to the only proper use, benefit and behoof of them the said John Stites, Matthias Denman and William Steele, their heirs and assigns forever, in trust for the use and benefit of the Proprietors of the Columbia Manufacturing Society and their successors forever. 

And the said Elijah Woodruff for himself, his heirs, executors, and administrators, doth covenant, grant and agree to and with the said John Stites, Matthias Denman and William Steele, their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, Trustees as aforesaid, that he the said Elijah Woodruff is the true, sole and lawful owner of the said tract and parcel of land and premises above mentioned, without any condition or limitation whatsoever, and doth in himself good right, full power and lawful authority to give, grant, bargain, sell, and convey the said tract and parcel of land and premises, with all and singular the above mentioned appurtenances, unto them the said John Stites, Matthias Denman and William Steele, their heirs and assigns forever, Trustees as aforesaid, according to the true intent and meaning of these presents. 

And the said Elijah woodruff doth further covenant for himself, his heirs, executors and administrators, that he the said Elijah Woodruff shall and will forever indemnify and keep harmless the said John Stites, Matthias Denman and William Steele, their heirs and assigns, Trustees as aforesaid, from all former and other bargains and sales, basis, mortgages, jointures, dowers, wills, judgments, executions, and Writings Obligatory, and of and from all other charges and incumbrances whatsoever, had, made, committed, done or suffered by him the said Elijah woodruff, or any other person or persons whatsoever, claiming, or to claim, by from or under him, them or any of them, and in the quiet, full and peaceable possession of the above mentioned premises, them the said John Stites, Matthias Denman and William Steele, their heirs and assigns, Trustees as aforesaid, shall and will forever warrant and defend. 

In witness whereof the parties of the first part have to these presents interchangeably set their hands and seals the day and year first above written
Mary Woodruff (seal)  Elijah Woodruff (seal)
 

Sealed and delivered in the presence of
Elijah Woodruff jnr., Saml Denman,  Samuel Duehurst, Abigail Woodruff x her mark 

Receipt
rec’d Springfield August 8th 1796 Matthias Denman the sum of one hundred and seventy two pounds seventeen shillings and six pence being in full for the within ~ the above lawful money of the State of New Jersey seven shillings and six pence to the dollar
Elijah Woodruff,   Elijah Woodruff jnr.
 

Proof
New Jersey
Elijah Woodruff one of the subscribing witnesses to the within Instrument of Conveyance came before me Jonas Wade on of the Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Essex who being sworn declareth on oath that he saw Elijah Woodruff senr. Grantor of the within Instrument of Conveyance execute the same and deliver as his voluntary act and deed for the uses and purposes therein expressed.
Taken this 14th day of May 1803 before me
Jonas Wade 

Received in the office 28th June 1803
William S. Pennington Clk
 


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