Joseph & Jonathan Bull's Deed to Nehemiah Smith (Copy)

To all to whom these Presents Shall Come, Greeting

And know you that we Joseph Bull and Jonathan Bull, yeoman of the Town of Hartford in the Colony of Connecticut in New England, do for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred and fifty pounds current money of New England received of and from Nehemiah Smith of New London in the Colony aforesaid, the receipt whereof we do acknowledge and therewith fully satisfied, content, and paid, do by these present freely, fully, and absolutely bargain, sell, alienate, enfeoff, and confirm, and by these presents, do acknowledge ourselves to have bargained, sold, enfeoffed [ illegible ] unto the above named Nehemiah Smith, his heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, all that our farm or tract of land, both upland and meadow, lying and being on the west side of Niantic River, being by estimation in the patent seven hundred acres and in the agreement six hundred acres, be the same, more or less, butted and bounded as followeth, the points of the [ illegible ] bears east-southeast and west-southwest and the ends toward the north bounds with a fresh run of water running to a little cove of salt water lying towards a little hill on the south side, the hill called Pattaconk by Indians and by the English called Sergeant’s Head and from thence to the turning of the brook aforesaid and from thence upon a straight line to the fresh ponds bounded with a running brook out of the said pond till it comes to a little piece of meadow at the upper end of the salt creek lying on the west side of the said Creek and from thence running upon a straight line adjoining to Niantic Bay and from the aforesaid pond to the aforesaid sandy point and from thence to run round the point of land lying against Niantic River running into the salt cove to the aforesaid run of water near into the aforesaid Sergeant Head.  Also a highway shall be allowed to the Town of New London for cart or cattle for their use from the sandy point to the little pond by Niantic Bay and also another highway from the foot of the aforesaid pond called Soldiers Reward to go down in the neck called Black Point.  Also two hundred of the abovesaid acres of land belonging to said farm was laid out by the Town of Lyme and is bounded as followeth, northwest corner with a great rock, running to a marked tree eastward about two rods from a brook that bounds the north part of the farm from that great rock, the line running south to a highway leading from Lyme to Black Point to a marked tree, south bounding on a salt marsh meadow, only a highway in it leading from Lyme to Black Point.  Also a certain parcel or tract of meadow and marsh belonging to the abovesaid farm of land, be it more or less at the upper end of the aforesaid creek of salt water, all which, lying together on both sides of said creek until you come down the creek to a great rock on a little point of upland, lying on the east side of said creek and from that rock to run upon a straight line towards the northwest and by north to the upland on the other side of the creek. Also the said Joseph Bull and Jonathan Bull do sell with the said farm the herbage and mowing grass of one hundred acres of land on Black Point which was purchased of the Niantic Indians as by record doth appear and is an appurtenance to the said farm, all which land and meadow, as it is butted and bounded, lying partly within the Town of New London and partly within the bounds of Lyme as it was given and granted to Captain Bull and some other at Hartford Court,  May 15, 1651, with all other additions and privileges since added thereunto together with all housing, fencing, and all manner of improvements on said farm, we, the said Joseph Bull and Jonathan Bull, do for ourselves, our heirs, executors, and administrators, bargain, sell, alienate, enfeoff, and confirm to the abovesaid Nehemiah Smith, his heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns forever to have and to hold, use, and improve, and peaceably to enjoy all and singular the farm with all the meadows, pasturage, woods, easements, profits, benefits, commonage with all and singular the members and every part thereof as it is butted and bounded or reputed to be bounded and also that the said land is free from all encumbrances whatsoever, and the said Joseph and Jonathan Bull have good right and lawful authority to sell and convey the lands with all the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging or appertaining to him, the said Nehemiah Smith, his heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, forever, and we, the said Joseph Bull and Jonathan Bull, do hereby jointly and severally oblige and bind ourselves and either of us, our heirs, executors, and administrators, that the abovesaid Nehemiah Smith, his heirs, executors, and assigns, shall have, hold, use, improve, and peaceably enjoy all the abovesaid promises without any let, hindrance, trouble, or molestation from us, our heirs, executors, or administrators, or any other person or persons that shall present any lawful claims to any of the said premises.  In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and affixed our seals in New London this March 12, 1691/2

Joseph Bull (seal)

Jonathan Bull (seal)

Witness:            Signed, sealed, and delivered in presence of us, Daniel Wetherell, John Christophers

Certification:    Memorandum there is eight acres of land more given by the Town of Lyme, called the Fourth Division, that lyeth somewhat distance from the farm but is an appurtenance to it and is to [be] enjoyed by the said Nehemiah Smith, his heirs, and assigns, but was omitted entering in its due place, but it is agreed to be entered before signing and sealing of the conveyance.  This instrument, above written, was acknowledged [ illegible ] March 12, 1691/2, before me, Daniel Wetherell, Assistant

Notation:          Joseph and Jonathan Bull’s deed to Nehemiah Smith

Recording:       Extracted out of the original and recorded by Daniel Wetherell, Recorder March 15, 1691/2 

Copy:               A true copy taken from New London Records, examined per Daniel Coit, Recorder

Cataloguing:    125a, 125b, 125c, 12d