About John Smith, Jr.
Whereas John Smith formerly of the Towne of Providence, in the Coloney of Rhode Island & Providence Plantations in the Narragan Set Bay in New England (Mason) (now deceased) Was Possessed With Certain lands in the Towne & Towneship of Providence aforeSd, the Which by his last Will & Testament bearing date the Twenty Sixth of March in the year one thousand Six hundred Eighty Six or eighty Seven, the Said John Smith did dispose of to his Wife Elizabeth Smith to be for her use Whilst Shes lived. & also for his Said Wife to have the disposeing of all the Said lands to Whom She pleased & how She pleased, Expecting his Son Benjamin to be Maintained by Said lands: And Whereas the aforeSd Elizabeth Smith (Widow & Relique of the aforesaid deceased John Smith) did by an Instrument under her hand & Seal. bearing date the Ninteenth day of January in the year one Thousand Seven hundred & five, 1705/06 fully Wholy & Absolutely put into the Care & custodye of Major William Hopkins & Mr Joseph Williams Assistants in Said Providence together with all the rest of the Justices in Said Providence all those lands which were by Said Will by her Said husband John Smith to her comitted & disposesed, for them to Order & dispose for the Support & Maintenance of herself and of Benjamin her Said son, in manner & forme according as their Wisdoms & understanding Should them direct; She having unto them fully & Wholy yielded & Resigned up all her power as to the Premises, & invested them With the Same; And Whereas there being Ten Acres of the Said lands so disposed of the Which is lieing & being within the Townshipp of Said Providence, & in that Tract of land in Sd TowneShipp called the Neck. the which Said Ten acres of land is lieing on the Western Side of the swamp called the great Swamp, & not far NorthWard from tile land Whereon Daniell Browne of Said Providence now dwelleth; The Said Ten acres of land [be it more or less) being bounded on lhe Northeastern corner with a rock and stones laid on it; & on the Northwestern corner with a stake and a heap of stones about it: On the Southeastern Corner with a black oak tree & Stones laid about it, & on the Southwestern Corner with a Stake & a heap of Stones about it: Bounding Now on the Eastern part with the land of James OIney of said Providence, On the Western Part with the land of Samuell Whipple of sd Providence, On the Northern part With the land of James Browne of Sd Providence, & on the Southern part with the Comonland: And for as much as the Said Benjamin (who was the Son of the [afore] Said John Smith, & of the afore said Elizabeth his Wife) fell to be the Care of the Majestrates in Sd Providence to provide for him the Said Benjamin for his Support Relief & Maintenance, he not being able to take Care of himSelfe by Reason of his infirmities, & the Weakeness of his Capacity, whereby there Was a Necessity to Make Sale of some part of the aforementioned lands for to procure what Was Needefull for the said Benjamain his Supply Whilst lie lived, & to defray the Charges Which did accrew by What befell him at his Death; Therefore, Be it it known unto all people by these presents; That we the above Said William Hopkins & Joseph Williams Assistants together with the Justices in Said Providence for & in Consideration of the full & just sum of Twenty pounds Silver Current Money in hand already well and truely paid unto us for the end & use aforeSaid, by William Harris of the Towne of Providence aforesaid Weaver (Weaver) or to Say in other good & paSsaide pay to the full Value thereof the recept Whereof We the said Majestrates doe owne & acknoWledge, & therewith to be fully SatiSfied Contented and paid, & doe hereby Aquitt & discharge the Sd William Harris his Heirs, Executors AdminiStrators & Assignes of the same & every part thereof; have Given Granted, Bargained. Sold, Enfeoffed Aliend, Assigned Set over & Confirmed, And by these presents for us & all those who in said Providence as MajeStrattes from time us Succeede, Doe Give, Grant. Bargaine. Sell Enfeoff, Alien. ASsigne, set over and confirme unto the Sd William Harris. his Heirs, Executors, Administrators & Assignes forever the above Tenn acres of land all & whole, according to the bounds prescribed With all & every its appurtenances To have & to hold the Said Tenn Acres of land as aforesd unto the sd William Harris his heirs Executors AdminiStrators & ASsignes forever, to the only proper use & behoofe of the said Williant Harris, his Heirs Executors AdminiStrators & Assignes forever; ANd that the said William Harris, his Heirs, Executors. AdMinistrators & Assignes by force & Vertue of these presents is, & Shall Stand & be lawfully SeiSed to him his Heirs Executors Administrators & Assignes of & in the Bargained Premises & of & in every part thereof, Of a good. Sure lawfull. Absolute & Undefeazeable Estate of Inheritance in fee Simple Without any conditions. limitation. USe or other thing to alter or change the Same; ANd that the premises above by these presents mentioned to bt, Granted, bargained, & Sold, & every part thereof, upon the Signeing Sealeing & delivery hereof is. & from time to time. & at all times hereafter forever, Shall
be Remaine & Continue to be the Proper USe & behoofe of the Sd William Harris, his Heirs, Executors, AdminiStrators & Assignes forever Cleare & free off and from all & all Manner Of Claimes & Demands Whatsoever Which Shall or May at any time be Made or Challenged from by, or Under the above sd John Smith (Mason) now deceased; But the sd DemiSed Tenn acres of land, the Said Wiliam Harris, his Heirs, Executors, Administrators & Assignes the Same To have & hold by Vertue of the Power unto us tile aforesaid Majestrates CoMitted; In wittneSs of the PremiSes Wee the Said MajeStrates have hereunto Set our hands & Seales the Twenty & fift day of December, ANNOqe; Domini: one ThouSand Seven Hundred & Six.
He was a resident of Providence, RI.
1665, February 19- He was assigned lot 42 in a division of lands.
1679, July 1- He was taxed 1 shilling and 10 1/2 pence with son Joseph.
1687, March 16- His will was presented.
1687, September 1- His estate and son Joseph were taxed 3 shillings.
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Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA