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Dr. John Stites - property dealings


Deed - Essex County, New Jersey.

Book D, pgs 585-588


Doctor John Stites
             
to
Colonel Aaron Ogden 

This Indenture made this twenty first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred between Doctor John Stites of the Borough of Elizabeth, County of Essex and State of New Jersey of the one part and Colonel Aaron Ogden of the same place on the other part 

Whereas a certain article of agreement was made and entered into, by, and between the said John Stites and by the said Aaron Ogden, under their respective hands and seals, bearing date on the fifth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred 

Whereby, it was agreed for and the consideration therein set forth that the said John Stites should by good and sufficient conveyances and assurances, bargain sell convey and assure, to him the said Aaron Ogden All the right title, interest, property, claim, and demand which he the said John Stites has or ought to have of in and to all his one third part of all the property and estate situate on the Sound and Newark Bay containing the ferries known by the name of Cranes Ferry and Thomas’ Ferry and all the lands appertaining to the same being the lands held in partnership at that time between the parties to these presents and the Honorable Jonathan Dayton Esquire situate in the Borough of Elizabeth which is to include the lands purchased from Colonel William Crane and the Cedar Swamp in Bergen County and also all the right, and title of him the said John Stites to the rents, fines, and profits and dividends of the said premises together with the Book of Certificates for two hundred shares in the same property signed by the said Stites, Dayton, and Ogden and which has been delivered to the said John Stites and is now pledged to one Catlin 

And whereas in pursuance of the said contract and in part execution of the same the sum of two thousand one hundred and fifty dollars was at the time of executing the said Article of Agreement paid in money to the said John Stites by the said Aaron Ogden and the Book of Certificates before mentioned to be delivered to the said Aaron Ogden by the said John Stites subject however to the payment of the money which the same had been pledged by the said John Stites to one Lyndon Catlin – And whereas the said Aaron Ogden has secured residue of the consideration mentioned in the said Article at or before the ensealing and delivery of these presents 

Now therefore this Indenture witnesseth that the said Doctor John Stites for and in consideration of the sum of five thousand pounds lawful money of the State of New York to him in hand well and truly paid at or immediately before the ensealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and the said John Stites to be therewith fully satisfied, contented and paid Hath granted, bargained, sold, aliened, released, enfeofed, conveyed, and confirmed, and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell, alien, release, convey and confirm unto the said Aaron Ogden and to his heirs and assigns forever all and singular the premises aforesaid and all the boats, rights of ferries, fisheries, causeways, and appurtenances thereto in any way belonging or appertaining together with the Book of Certificates in the said Article 

mentioned now in the possession of the said Aaron Ogden and all the dividends which have arisen heretofore or may hereafter arise thereon To have and to hold all and singular the said premises with their and every of their appurtenances hereby granted and conveyed unto the said Aaron Ogden his heirs and assigns to the only proper use, benefit and behoof of the said Aaron Ogden his heirs and assigns forever 

And the said John Stites for himself, his heirs, executors, and administrators doth covenant, promise and agree to and with the said Aaron Ogden his heirs and assigns, that he the said John Stites now is the true and lawful owner of all and singular the said granted and bargained premises and all other the premises hereby granted and of every part and parcel thereof with their and every of their appurtenances, and rightfully and absolutely seized thereof and every part and parcel thereof of a good, pure, absolute, and indefeasible estate of inheritance in fee simple without any manner of condition limitation or any other matter or thing whatsoever to alter, change or defeat the same 

And the said Aaron Ogden his heirs and assigns shall and may from time to time and at all times forever hereafter have hold, use, occupy, possess and enjoy all and singular the said messuages, lands, tenements, hereditaments and appurtenances and all and every the rents, issues and profits thereof arising, accruing or growing to have, receive and take without any manner of let, suit, trouble, or molestation whatsoever, of the said John Stites his heirs or assigns or every other person or persons whatsoever, claiming or to claim by from or under him, them or any of them 

And the said John Stites doth further covenant to and with the said Aaron Ogden that the said messuage and tracts of land hereby granted or mentioned or intended so to be as aforesaid and every part and parcel thereof with all and every their appurtenances now are and from hence forth forever hereafter shall continue, remain and be unto the said Aaron Ogden his heirs and assigns free and clear of and from all and all manner of former and other grants, bargains, sales, gifts, feofments, devises, jointures, dowers, estates, leases, rents, debts, dues, Judgements, executions, troubles and incumbrances, whatsoever 

In witness whereof the said John Stites hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year above written
 John Stites

Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us Wm M Ross, William Crane 

Note – the written conveyance is not meant to include the dwelling house and lott on which Mr. Stites lives and which was conveyed to him by Dayton, Ogden, and Stites in severalty 

Personally appeared before me Jeremiah Ballard one of the Judges of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Essex William M Ross one of the subscribing witnesses to the written instrument of writing who being duly sworn deposeth and saith that he saw Doctr. Joh Stites the within grantor sign, seal and deliver the same as his voluntary act and deed for the uses and purposes therein mentioned. 

Taken and sworn before me the eighth day of December 1800  Jereh. Ballard 

Received in the office and recorded Dec 8th 1800 An Ogden Clk.


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