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This is the oldest deed I was able to find, the property mentioned includes my property. --Alex Ross, August 25, 2004

This Indenture made the first day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four Between Peter Smith of Whitestown in the County of Oneida and State of New York as proprietor of one undivided Moiety or half part of the premises herein after Designated, and Elizabeth his wife and John Jacob Astor and William Laight of the City and County of New York and State aforesaid as proprietors each and respectively of one undivided fourth part of the said premises, and Sarah Astor wife of the said John Jacob, by their attorney, the said Peter Smith appointed under their Hands and Seals, of the first part, and Hugh Macquire of Kortright in the County of Delaware and State aforesaid of the Second part, whereas the said Peter Smith is seized in fee simple of one undivided Moiety or Equal half part of that of that certain parcel or tract of Land (or such part thereof as the late Sir William Johnson Died Seized) Situate, lying and being in the County of Delaware and State of New York aforesaid, commonly Called, Known and Distinguished by the name of Charlotte River Patent, and whereas John Jacob Astor and William Laight, of the city of New York Merchants are Seized in fee simple each and respectively, of an undivided one fourth part (of such part aforesaid) of the Tract aforesaid. And whereas the said John Jacob Astor and Sarah his wife, and the said William Laight, did by letters of attorney signed with their own proper hands, and under their respective Seals, constitute and appoint the said Peter Smith their and each of their true and lawful attorney for them and in their names (among other things) to sign seal make and Execute, and as and for the act and Deed of them and Either of them, to Deliver any Deed or Deeds, conveyances and assurances for conveying the said premises or any part thereof and all the Estate, right, title, Interest right and title of dower, or thirds of them, or any of them, and finally giving to the said Peter Smith their Full and Whole power and authority in and about the premises, as by the said in part recited authorizations now on record in the Clerks office of the County of Otsego reference thereunto had, may more fully and at large appear, Now Therefore This Indenture Witnesseth that the said parties of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of Eight hundred Sixty one Dollars Seventy five cents current money of the United States to them in hand paid at and before the ensealing and Delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby confessed and acknowledged, Have granted, bargained, Sold, aliened, remised, released, enscossed and confirmed, and by these presents Do grant, bargain, Sell, alien, remise, release, enscoss and confirm unto the said party of the Second part his heirs and assigns, all and Singular that certain farm, piece or parcel of Land, Situate lying and being in the tract aforesaid, in the county of Delaware and State of New York aforesaid, which said farm piece or parcel of Land is more particularly Known and Distinguished on the map of said Tract, By lot Number Seventeen South side of the River, which lot is bounded northerly by the middle of the River as it winds and turns Easterly by lot number Sixteen Westerly by lot Number Eighteen, and Southerly by the Southerly bounds of the Patent + contains one Hundred Ninety One + an half acres be the same more or less. Together with all and Singular the appurtenances, privileges and advantages whatsoever unto the said above mentioned and Described premises in any wise appertaining or belonging, and the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders, rent, Issues, and profits thereof, and all the Estate, right, title Intrest, property, Claim and Demand, Either in law or Equity, and the right and title of Dower and thirds of the said parties of the first part or any of them, of, in and to the same or any part or parcel thereof with the hereditainments and appurtenances. To Have and To Hold the above granted, bargained and Described premises with the appurtenances unto the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns, for their own proper use, benefit and behoof forever. And the said parties of the first part for themselves, their heirs, Executors and administrators, do covenant, grant, promise and agree to and with the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns that they the said parties of the first part , their heirs and assigns will well and truly by these presents forever warrant and Defend the above Described premises and every part and parcel thereof, and these presents are upon the Express condition that the said released premises are at all times and forever subject to the Quitrents which are or Shall become Due thereon, reserved as payable to this State any thing in this Indenture to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding. In witness the said parties have hereunto put their hands and affixed their seals the day and year first above written.-


Signed, Sealed and Deliered in the presence of          Peter Smith    L. S.
 Note on the Sixteenth line Seventy was interlined      Elizabeth Smith     L. S.
Daniel Fuller                                           John Jacob Astor  L. S.
Christopher Breekman                                    Sarah Astor           L. S.
                                                        William Laight      L. S.
                                                      By their attorney
                                                        Peter Smith
State Of New York ss. On the second day of July in the year 1804, before me came Peter Smith + Elizabeth his wife known to me to be the persons described in and who executed this deed. The said Peter acknowledged that he Executed the same for himself and as attorney for John Jacob Astor, Sarah Astor and William Laight and the said Elizabeth being by me examined separate and apart from her husband acknowledged she executed this same Deed freely and without any fear from or compulsion of her husband. Observing an interliniation which is noted and no erasures I allow the same to be recorded.


                                             Arthur Bresee
                                             Master in Chcy.

Recorded the twenty third day of July 1804 at 9 o'clock in the forenoon of said day
                                             John McClelland Dep. Clerk



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