transcribed by Alex Ross, May 3, 2004
This Indenture Made the Twenty Sixth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and thirty six, Between Nelson Bresee and Lydia his wife of the town of Davenport, in the County of Delaware and State of New York of the first part, and John Birdsall of the town County and State aforesaid of the Second part. Witnesseth, That the Said parties of the first part for and in Consideration of the Sum of Two hundred and Eighty Dollars good and Current money of the United States of America to them in hand paid by the Said party of the Second part, the receipt whereof is hereby confessed and acknowledged have granted bargained Sold remised released aliened and confirmed. And by these presents Do grant bargain Sell remise release alien and confirm Unto the Said party of the Second part in his actual possession now being and to his heirs and assigns forever. All that certain piece or parcel of land Situate and lying in the town of Davenport aforesaid being a part of lot No 17 in the Charlotte river patent, on the South Side of the river and bounded as follows, beginning in or near the highway opposite the East Side of the burying ground thence running Northerly along a Stone wall to the corner of the burying ground on the brink of the hill thence running in the Same direction past the burying ground about three rods to a Stake and Stones thence N. Easterly to the division line between Sarah Ten Eycks lands and lands now occupied and owned by Isaac Pierce given twenty rods from the road at Said line thence continuing in the Same direction Eight rods to a Stake and Stones thence Easterly twenty rods to the highway near the N.E. corner of a Small building and parallel to the division line above Mentioned thence Southerly along the highway to the place of beginning containing two acres of land be the same more or less, lying on the N. Side of the highway. Together with all and Singular the hereditainments and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining and the reversion and reversions remainder and remainders rents issues and profits thereof, and all the Estate right title interest claim and demand whatsoever of the Said parties of the first part, Either in Law or Equity of in and to the above bargained premises with the hereditainments and appurtenances To have and to hold the Said premises to the Said party of the Second part, his heirs and assigns to the Sale and only proper use benefit and b----- of the Said party of the Second part, his heirs and assigns Forever. And the Said parties of the first part for themselves their heirs Executors and administrators Do covenant grant bargain promise and agree to and with the Said party of the Second part his heirs and assigns the above bargained premises in the quiet and peaceable possession of the Said party of the Second part his heirs and assigns against all and Every person or persons lawfully claiming or to claim the whole or any part of the above mentioned and described premises will forever Warrant and Defend. In witness whereof the Said parties of the first part, have hereunto Set their hands and Seals the day and year first above written.
Signed Sealed and Delivered Nelson Bresee LS
In the presence of Nathan Olmstead Lydia _X_ Bresee LS
State of New York
Delaware County ss On the twenty Seventh day of July one thousand Eight hundred and thirty Six , before me came Nelson Bresee and Lydia his wife known to me to be the individuals described in and who Executed the within conveyance who acknowledged that they Executed the Same, and the Said Lydia acknowledged on a private examination apart from her husband that She Executed the Said conveyance freely and without any fear or compulsion of her husband.
Recorded Nov 14, 1836 3 P.M.
This deed from 1836 is the oldest I could find, and I noticed it mentions a "small building". Not sure if this is the house or not, but something was already here then. Davenport historian Mary Briggs surmises it may have been a log cabin used by earlier settlers. This property may have once belonged to George Ten Eyck who is referred to on the bottom of the deed. --Alex Ross, May 3, 2004