Town's Deed of Indian Land

To all people to whom this presents shall come, Greeting.   

Know you that we, Constable and Harry, Indians of Branford, sons of Jeffrey, Indian, late sachem of Branford, deceased, in the County of New Haven in the Colony of Connecticut in New England, for and in consideration of the sum of twelve pounds current money, secured to be paid to our content and satisfaction by John Howd, Isaac HarrisonSamuel StoutSamuel Harrington, Jr.and John Russell of town, county, and colony aforesaid, being agents for the Town of Branford, to receive a conveyance of land in behalf of the town, have thereof given, granted, bargained, sold, aliened, conveyed, and confirmed and by these presents so fully, freely, and absolutely, give, grant, bargain, sell, alien, convey, and confirm unto them, the aforesaid John Howd, Isaac Harrison, Samuel Stout, Samuel Harrington, and John Russell, their heirs and assigns forever, a certain parcel of land within the township of Branford aforesaid [ torn ]sing at a place commonly called Indian Neck, being by estimation twelve acres, be it more or less, bounded by the sea south and southeasterly, westerly by salt meadow, belonging to the estate of William Maltbie, Esq., deceased, northwesterly by the highway, north and northeasterly by land belonging [ torn ] to town, now in the possession of  Mr. Samuel Russell, or whomsoever otherwise bounded or reputed to be bounded, (there being within these bounds, a parcel of land belonging to Old Richardwhich is excepted in this sale) to have and to hold the said granted and bargained premises, with the appurtenances, privileges, and commodations to the same, belonging or in any ways appertaining to them, the said, John Howd, Isaac Harrison, Samuel, Stout, Samuel Harrington, and John Russell, their heirs and assigns, to their only proper use, benefit, and behalf forever, and we, the said Constable and Harry, for ourselves, our heirs, executors, and administrators do covenant, promise, and grant for and with the said John Howd, Isaac Harrison, Samuel Stout, Samuel Harrington, and John Russell, their heirs, and assigns, that before [ torn ] ensealing hereof we are the true sole and lawful owners of the [ torn ] above bargained [ illegible ] [ torn ] lawfully seized [ torn ] seized of the same [ torn ] own proper right [ illegible ] [ torn ] [ illegible ] and absolute estate of inheritance in fee [ torn ] and have in our [ illegible ] right full power and lawful authority to grant, bargain, sell, convey, and confirm said bargained premises in manner as abovesaid.  And that the said John Howd, Isaac Harrison, Samuel Stout, Samuel Harrington, and John Russell, their heirs and assigns, shall and may from time to time and at all times forever hereafter by force and virtue of these presents lawfully, peaceably, and quietly have, hold, use, occupy, possess, and enjoy the said demised and bargained premises, with the appurtenances, free and clear and freely and clearly acquitted and discharged of, and from all and all manner of former and other gifts, grants, bargains, sales, leases, mortgage, wills, entails, jointers, dowries, judgments, executions, encumbrances, and intents.  Furthermore, we, the said Constable and Harry, for ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators do covenant and engage the above-demised premises to them, the said John Howd, Isaac Harrison, Samuel Stout, Samuel Harrington, and John Russell, their heirs and assigns, against the lawful claims or demands of any person or persons whatsoever, forever hereafter to warrant, secure, and defend.  In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals, this third day of January in the third year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George of Great Britain, King, in the year of our Lord 1716/7.

Constable, Indian, his mark
Harry, Indian, his mark
 
Witness:            Signed, sealed, and delivered in presence of George BaldwinHezekiah Rogers.  Branford, January 3, 1716/7.    
    
Certification:    Then Constable and Harry, Indians, appeared and acknowledged this instrument to be their free act and deed, and that they did understand the same, before me, Edward BarkerJustice Peace
 
Recording:       The town’s deed of Indian land recorded January [ torn1717, recorded in Branford records, Book Third, folio 494, per John Russell recorded.
 
Notation:          Number 4