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1812 Deed from Christian Walrath to William Walrath

This indenture made the twenty ninth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve (1812) between Christian Walrath of the town of Oppenheim in the County of Montgomery in the State of New York of the first part and William Walrath of the same place town and county aforesaid of the second part. Witnesseth that the said party of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of Ten dollars lawful money of the United States of America to him in hand paid at or before the ensealing and delivery of these presents by the said party of the second part the receipt whereof is hereby confessed and acknowledged, hath granted bargained sold remised released aliened and first claimed and by these presents doth grant bargain sell remise release alien and forever first claim unto the said party of the second part and to his heirs and assigns Forever all Those Certain Tracts pieces or Parcels of land situate lying and being on the North side of the Mohawk River in said town and are known and being part of Lots number 16 and 17, or either, in a patent granted to Francis Harrison Lewis, Morris Jung (sp?) and others the one of said tracts pieces or parcels of land is butted and bounded as follows : Beginning at the Southwest corner of said Lot number 17 on the bank of the Mowhawk River and runs thence along the Westerly line of said Lot number 17 North 45 degrees East 32 chains and 20 links to the Southwest corner of a piece, part of said lot belonging to Conrad Hillegas thence along the same till to said Westerly line thence along the same North 45 degrees East to the Southwest corner of part of said Lot number 17 belonging to Adam (I. or J.) Walrath thence along his Southerly bounds South 44 degrees East 11 chains thence South 40 degrees and 45 minutes West to the foot of the hill by the Northerly edge of the low land thence along the Northerly edge of said low land till within 3 chains and 38 links from a certain lime stone put up into the ground for a corner of the land owned by John Eisenlord Esq. Measured on a course North 63 degrees and 15 minutes West from said stone thence South 47 degrees and 51 minutes West 13 chains and 40 links to a stake thence North 63 degrees and 15 minutes West 2 chains and 64 links to a stake put up on the brow of the ridge or bank between the plowland and the meadowland thence Westerly keeping on said bank or ridge _____ing a small gulley on the Westerly side of said gulley keeping on the said ridge or bank thence between the plow land and meadow land Westerly till to the upper or Westerly end of said plowland thence still Westerly along the Northerly edge of the plow land till to the said Mohawk River and thence along up said river to the place of beginning containing 135 acres 3 roods and 28 square rod of land and the second of said tracts pieces or parcels of land is known and being the equal half of all the lands or meadow land lying between the aforesaid ridge or bank and brow and edge to the said Mohawk River the Western most or uppermost half of the same to be divided by a line drawn from said brow to the said river on a course South 32 degrees West. Containing altogether about 140 acres and 2 roods of land, which is intended to be the one half in quantity of acres of up land. The half of the plow land on the flats with a small meadow in the plowland included and the one half of the meadow land on said flats lying between the said brow of said ridge or bank ledge of said river it is altogether intended to be the one half of the lands. The late John A. Walrath deceased, did by his last will and testament give divise and bequeath unto the said parties to these presents and to their heirs and assigns forever in such manner as expressed in said last will and testament, exclusion of the road from the Mohawk Turnpike to the said river the said party of the first part excepts and reserves for himself and his heirs and assigns to and for his and their a road or roads on and across the said above described premises to pass and repass to and from his part, of the said lands the said John A. Walrath deceased, did by his said last will and testament give devise and bequeath as aforesaid, at such place or places as may be convenient for a road or roads with as little damage as possible, together with all and singular the heriditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining and the reversion and reversions remainder and remainders rents and profits therof and all the estate right title interest claim and demand whatsoever of the said party of the first part either in Law or Equity of in and to the above bargained premises with the said heriditaments, to have and to hold the said above mentioned and described premises with its members and appurtanances (except and reserve as before excepted and reserved) to the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns to the sole and only proper use benefit and behoof of the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns forever in manner aforesaid. In witness whereof the said party of the first part hath here unto set his hand and seal this day and year herein first above written.

Sealed and delivered in the presence of

Adam J. Walrath

Corn. C. Beekman

Christian Walrath

Transcribed from the original by Jerry L. Walrath. The original is in the possession of Hester Armstrong Hyde

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